The Brothers Cro-Magnon by Roger PepperThe Brothers Cro-Magnon by Roger Pepper

The Brothers Cro-Magnon

byRoger Pepper

Paperback | August 1, 2014

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The Brothers Cro-Magnon has a 4-Star rating on U.S. It is a thriller in the vein of Jurassic Park, imaginative and ambitious, fusing the prehistoric to contemporary biology and futuristic science. It is a Siberian Arctic adventure with a strong female lead, a hero's quest. When New York reporter Corky Mason returns to her Siberian homeland, she plans to cover a story about cloned mammoths, but soon learns she might be the sister of four Cro-Magnon brothers born from prehistoric sperm, brothers who murder people that threaten their freedom.

Title:The Brothers Cro-MagnonFormat:PaperbackDimensions:310 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.65 inPublished:August 1, 2014Publisher:TrekkerPressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0986077607

ISBN - 13:9780986077609

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"THE BROTHERS CRO-MAGNON is a thrilling ride into a world few authors dare to go. Roger Pepper writes so vividly, you can almost feel the arctic chill sinking into your bones." -- Tess Gerritsen, NYT bestselling author of DIE AGAIN ---------------------------------------------------Roger Pepper is a retired aerospace materials engineer with a love of science, travel, The Brothers Karamazov, the Arctic, Cro-Magnons, woolly mammoths and all sorts of cool things (and really, really cold things!).If you love woolly mammoths, elephants and all things prehistoric and big, this novel is a must-read. Never mind that willing suspension of disbelief is a gargantuan "must" as well. Sure, there's a lot of poetic license going on here, but as the award-winning speculative novelist E.E. Giorgi says, "... if you don't allow an author his or her poetic license you'll miss out on the most fantastic premises.""The Brothers Cro-Magnon" is imaginative and ambitious, fusing the prehistoric with contemporary biology and futuristic science. It's an adventure, a hero's journey, a quest. Catherine, aka Corky, is a New York reporter who was born in Siberia but given up for adoption and raised in America when her parents were killed. She's traveled the world, endured the heat of the desert (so hot "she wore a burka without underwear"), reported from many an exotic location, but none so cold as this one. A tall, strong, cosmopolitan woman, she shivers on the helicopter "a short hop from the North Pole" and receives a furry hat from the short man seated beside her. I love the way she peeks at the journal this man is writing, unaware that the woman beside him can read his flattering observations about her because she's fluent in several languages.Stu Uhlig, with his German name and Native American coloring, is a great foil for Corky, so I'm happy to report that he remains part of this novel to the very end. Gotta love the way Corky, when Stu offers her a wolfskin cap, wants to say "no way would she wear the skin of an endangered species, but she'd tasted the warmth and couldn't pluck off the hat."A huge man with bushy hair and a beard, also a passenger on this flight, has no hat or gloves, his parka wide open. Smerdyakov, or Smerd, "had a huge barrel chest, arms as thick as tree trunks and the biggest pair of hands she'd ever seen."Eventually Cork meets all four Brothers Cro-Magnon-Dmitri, Ivan, Alyosha and Smerdyakov. The four brothers, created from ancient sperm that survived being frozen in the body of a Neanderthal rape victim, loom large in this novel. So too does the disturbing possibility that Corky might be the sister of this quartet of murderous mad men.She also meets the Russian Secret Service and a pack of hungry polar bears who guard a remote laboratory of cloned mammoths, and a captor who forces our heroine into a miserable prison cell until - well, you'll have to read for yourself how she escapes.You won't want to miss the baby mammoth scene. What could have been the most terrifying, bloody and brutal scene in the novel becomes the most moving and memorable.Pepper's larger-than-life cast of characters also includes real-life people. I love the Dolgans, a marginalized people "from the other side of the tracks, a much maligned minority. Stalin persecuted the nomads. He made them Soviet citizens so he could draft them into the army." Corky's first encounter with them is chilling in more ways than a thermometer could indicate.Great story, great characters, great premise, however fantastical - what's not to love? Pepper's enthusiasm for his subjects is infectious. He writes with passion and rich, descriptive detail. I'll suspend disbelief for a novel like this any time. Carol Kean, book critic for Perihelion Science Fiction Magazine