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by Richard Sutton

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At what point did humanity learn to fear each other? To hate? Paleo-Anthropologist Ariel Connor thinks she knows. She just can't prove it yet, but her newest find, high in a Norwegian Valley may give her the proof she needs. Those scary stories we've told our children to keep them from roaming too far outside the gleam of the porch light may have come from real


At what point did humanity learn to fear each other? To hate? Paleo-Anthropologist Ariel Connor thinks she knows. She just can't prove it yet, but her newest find, high in a Norwegian Valley may give her the proof she needs. Those scary stories we've told our children to keep them from roaming too far outside the gleam of the porch light may have come from real incidents, many, many years ago. While Dr. Connor's excavation continues, the story of what happened is slowly revealed.

Two clans are converging on the remaining game lands. One will have to leave their homes, one will tell stories and sing songs of their own bravery. A simple hunter and his young daughter stand in the way. They undertake a desperate journey to heal the enmity and fear, to share their knowledge and bring lasting peace.

One people will disappear while the other will bring their own history into the modern world. One way of life will be lost, but does the better way endure? What have we learned from the ancients that would have been better forgotten?

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A former commune-dwelling goat herding hippie and guitar picker turned tree planter and ski mechanic, illustrator, wood carver and carpenter; author Richard Sutton left college and hitch-hiked to New York in 1972 with forty dollars in his pocket and no preconceptions. "There, I met my wife, worked in advertising and design until I was an empty, hollow shell, then ran a retail gallery, becoming an Indian Trader in 1985." More travel followed and a home in New Mexico. He finally saw the light of day and began to write fiction more or less full-time, in 1996. An historical fiction/fantasy The Red Gate began it all in 2009, then a sequel, The Gatekeepers in 2010. 2011, saw the release of his first SciFi novella, Home, and Troll, a prehistoric-fantasy, followed in 2012. 2014, Back to Santa Fe was released April 1st, writing as WT Durand and On Parson's Creek, a YA mystery was just released in October. He lives with his wife and their cats, raccoons and other boarders in New York.

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Troll 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
indiebrag More than 1 year ago
We are proud to announce that Troll by Richard Sutton is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lex Allen for Readers' Favorite I thought this would be a fascinating read and it was. I thought that it must be extremely difficult to tell a story about prehistoric people of whom we have very little knowledge upon which to base dialogue, habits, beliefs, etc. We have theories based upon archaeological findings and evidence, but we don’t really know. Mr. Sutton has done an excellent job of telling the story of two clans who are near opposites of each other. One clan, that of early modern man, is fair-skinned and very much like the people you see on the street every day; while the other is Neanderthal — dark complexion, more ape-like and perhaps, the models for whom the authors of fairy tales called “trolls.”   Troll is based upon an archaeological find that could prove that the two clans, generally thought to be thousands of years apart in evolution or geographical location, may in fact have existed simultaneously in the same location. The story goes on to describe what might have happened had these two very different cultures met; a meeting which would explain the strange archaeological discovery thousands of years later. The clan characters are all very well developed, and with only a few exceptions, Mr. Sutton uses modern dialogue to provide communication ability to each of the clans; an ability for which we have no examples or real knowledge about their language, if any. While I enjoyed reading Troll, I would have enjoyed the story more had Mr. Sutton included more detail into the modern day, archaeological team’s characters and storyline, and less of the mundane, day-to-day events of the two clans.
Mirella More than 1 year ago
Prehistoric fiction is a rarity, so it was with great interest that I read Troll. Like all books in this genre, the author provides great descriptions to give good understanding of the tools, scenery, and way of life of the period. The story takes place in Scandanavia and is about two factions of people. One group is highly developed and clearly resembles human beings. The other group is somewhat Neanderthal, part way between human and ape. These are the trolls. The two groups fear each other. Yet when a child of the human clan falls ill, it is a woman of the troll clan who offers the secret red flowers that will cure the child. The characters are fascinating and the story is riveting and believable. Instead of making them primitive and primal, author Richard Sutton has made them human, credible, and easy to identify with. His interpretation of the period is well researched without bogging down the pace of the story. The conflict takes time to gather momentum and it is not until after the first third of the book that the story begins to truly take hold and fascinate. The events that unfold are plausible and the author writes with enough clarity and conviction that it evokes empathy and a realm of other emotions from the reader. I found myself questioning what it meant to truly be human. Is it one’s appearance? Or knowledge? Or skill? Or rather is it how we interact with others of different races and cultures? How is superiority determined? These are some of the questions that raced through my mind as I read the story to its satisfying conclusion. This is a gentle, easy read with depth, a pleasant change from other more highly read genres of historical fiction. A lovely book indeed and definitely recommended. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty decent quick read. The storyline is supplemented by exerps from various books and legends, which is a nice style but the story itself is nothing special. It was told from the perspective of 5 people which left too little time to build depth for any of the characters. Also, the main character has several names which is rather confusing at first.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Name: Kelly. Age: 19. Heighr: 5'6". Codename: Cougar or Killer
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Name: look at the title stupid humans age: 20 gender: male codename: steel appearence: skeletal robot made of an unknown material wieght: 120 lbs hieght: 6 feet
ChrisGraham More than 1 year ago
A thought provoking, sensitively told and believable story of a series of events that could have happened in the distant, prehistoric past, when two species of Homo Sapiens discovered each other in the far north of Scandinavia.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written story taking place in prehistory. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Name: Read the title, idiots. Gender: Male
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