The Stone Arrow [NOOK Book]

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Stone Age England. The ancient, nomadic way of life is coming to an end; the agricultural revolution has begun. When the farmers of Burh attack the sleeping nomad tribe, Tagart is the only survivor. Twenty-five and heir to the chief, his sole inheritance now is his tribal honour – and it demands revenge. His ally is the forest itself: that, and his own ingenuity, courage and hunting skill.
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The Stone Arrow

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Overview

Stone Age England. The ancient, nomadic way of life is coming to an end; the agricultural revolution has begun. When the farmers of Burh attack the sleeping nomad tribe, Tagart is the only survivor. Twenty-five and heir to the chief, his sole inheritance now is his tribal honour – and it demands revenge. His ally is the forest itself: that, and his own ingenuity, courage and hunting skill.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940000824412
  • Publisher: Richard Herley
  • Publication date: 2/15/2010
  • Series: Pagans, #1
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 181,693
  • File size: 299 KB

Meet the Author

I was born in England in 1950 and educated at Watford Boys' Grammar School and Sussex University, where my interest in natural history led me to read biology.

My first successful novel was "The Stone Arrow", which was published to critical acclaim in 1978. It subsequently won the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize, administered by the Royal Society of Literature in London, and was the first in a trilogy. This was followed by "The Penal Colony" (1987), a futuristic thriller that formed the basis of the 1994 movie "No Escape", starring Ray Liotta.

The main difficulty for the author is making his voice heard in the roar of self-promotion. I believe that the work I am producing now is of higher quality than my prize-winning first, and ask you, the reader, to help spread the word by telling your friends if you have enjoyed one of my books.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2008

    A reviewer

    This is set in southern Britain in 5000 B.P., in the late Neolithic, which is of special interest to me as an archeology student. It's about the conflict between the native hunter-gatherers, leading a Mesolithic lifestyle, and the immigrant farmers from the European mainland. There is no evidence that such a conflict took place on the other hand there is no evidence that it didn't: given the recent history of such places as Kosovo or northern Iraq, I rather incline to Herley's point of view. The artefacts, cultures and landscape are recreated with masterly skill. It's one of those rare novels that gives an immersive experience. There's something peculiar and remarkable about the effect that Herley's imagination has on your own. The action is rapid, luminous, and irresistible. I don't want to give any of the story away. Let me just say that it makes 'Rambo' look like a vicarage tea-party. You have been warned! This novel predates Jean Auel's ponderous series of Paleolithic novels and may even have given her the idea. It's a shame it has been unavailable for so long, but the recent reissue of this and his other books is a welcome, and overdue, development.

    19 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2012

    Tiffany Oxley

    I first read The Stone Arrow twenty some odd years ago. I am getting ready to read it again for the third time. Richard Herley is a master story teller. You will not be able to put this book down....enjoy!

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 5, 2012

    If you enjoyed Penal Colony you will enjoy this book

    Richard Herley has a way of putting you in the shoes of the characters-very descriptive and rich. Some people find that distracting, I like it.

    This story is about survival, doing the right thing and being true to oneself. It takes place in a very primitive culture. I liked it a lot.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 15, 2012

    Let Down

    This book started off very good but the avenging attitude that permeated through out became very old. Not enough about the way early man lived and too much about getting even. I was disappointed.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 10, 2011

    Not that great

    Too much detail and description and not enough character development and plot. There are much better in this genre and theme.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2012

    Great Story

    I can't wait to resd the next two in the series. I am usually a sci- fi fan but I wanted something different. This is it. I did go though a history phase years aqo but I must say this novel well worth reading.
    Sanna7125

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2012

    Strider

    No one's here.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2012

    Halt

    *Comes trotting in on alebard (or however you spell that.)*

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2012

    Cloud

    Looks at Strider

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2012

    Two Stars For Effort!

    This was my first and last book written by Richard Herley. I found his writing style hard to follow, his characters under developed and the fact that he clumped too much unnessary information frustrating, i.e. north-west to trees of this sort, south to marches, yada, yada, yada!

    I have read every book by Jean M. Auel and some of Joan Wolfs and I really thought I was getting an exceptional treat by aquiring, The Stone Arrow for free...I was wrong.
    How he obtained such high reviews by the number of different sources; excluding readers, is beyond me. 400 plus pages of, "I just need to finish this book"! Only to be left hanging in the end. ArgggGrrrr!

    I think this book could have rated higher had the author slowed down enough to expand on the characters, thier situations, thoughts/feelings and actions, rather then superficially introduce information.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 21, 2012

    Good enough for a second read.

    Contains concepts and situations that stick with you... I would recommend this to my archeologist friends... A bit bloody at times, but, there are few religions that don't have such a sorted past.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 14, 2010

    goood read

    can't put down.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2014

    This was the worst of times.

    While I will admit that this was well written it is very difficult to say exactly what I think without giving away the plot. The hero (term used loosely) destroys an entire village and all of it's inhabitant to satisfy a need for revenge, but when he has a chance to do some actual good and rid the world of someone who is truly dangerous to everyone he suddenly develops compassion? I don't buy it. I will not be reading the other books in this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2013

    Not historical??

    Stone age in England would NOT have corn crops. Corn is an American crop not introduced to Europe until the 1500's

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2013

    New Author

    I have read several of his books now and have enjoyed them all. He isn't new, since most books were written in the 80's and 90's but new to me.
    BrynnS

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  • Posted April 27, 2013

    I read this book straight through. I'm not an expert on Neolithi

    I read this book straight through. I'm not an expert on Neolithic Britain, but the setting rang true.

    This story is set 5000 years ago, as small farming communities are encroaching on the forests and bringing an end to the hunter-gatherer bands that have lived in the woods for generations. It is a story of ambition and revenge. It is very violent, but the author, to his credit, doesn't linger on the violence, or go into unnecessary detail.

    The protagonist is sympathetic, despite being a barbarian.

    The very beginning of the book struck me as a bit disjointed, but it settled down quickly. I liked it enough that I just bought the sequel, The Flint Lord, and I've already started reading it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2013

    Pretty good

    Interesting indeed. Four hundred some pages. Long like the hunger games though. Definitely recommended

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    The stone arrow

    Excelent

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2012

    Well written

    Good organization, believeable characters, good ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2012

    NICK???

    U here dude? I wonder where u r.....~Arem

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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