Troll [NOOK Book]

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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 incidents, many, many years ago. While Dr. Connor's excavation continues, the story of what happened is slowly ...

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940044977693
  • Publisher: Richard Sutton
  • Publication date: 10/4/2012
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 781,054
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

From San Rafael, California on a windy January in 1952, I've taken quite a few steps. My father told me how to walk in the woods when I was about 6, how to pilot a boat when I was 8, bought me a Kay guitar when I was 9 then told me not to ever join the army when I was about 13.

University of Oregon 1969 -- Everything else, until I met my wife on Manhattan's Canal Street in 1973, is complicated filler. In short, I've worn lots of different hats and hung them all over the place. Now, I have the chance to concentrate on what I really love about being alive in this amazing Creation, and to read what I like, when I like; listen to and make the kind of music that gives me peace and to write.

I learned my craft post-college, spending 20-plus years in the trenches of advertising and publicity as a graphic designer, marker-pen-jockey, art director and copy writer. I served the needs of a wide range of clients from corporate multinationals to non-profits and small retail businesses.

Our family business, since 1985 has been trading and retail in the American Indian arts, primarily Southwestern cultures. Indigenous cultures world wide, have an amazing resilience and ability to endure despite the most repressive conditions imposed by more "advanced" occupiers.

This has been the norm since our species emerged to find the ice melting! I try to reveal characters in whom this interplay and struggle is evident, in my work. Celtic/Irish themes are a specialty and a life-long interest, probably having something to do with my Irish-Anglo bloodlines and my Irish wife!

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  • Posted April 2, 2014

    We are proud to announce that Troll by Richard Sutton is a B.R.A

    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!


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  • Posted February 28, 2014

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    Reviewed by Lex Allen for Readers' Favorite I thought this woul

    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.

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  • Posted August 19, 2013

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    Prehistoric fiction is a rarity, so it was with great interest t

    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. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2013

    Interesting...

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    Flameblaze

    Name: Read the title, idiots.



    Gender: Male

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2013

    Why

    Why

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2013

    Justine

    Name-Justin Shore Gender-Female Rank-? Looks-Tall,long brown hair,deep blue eyes. Age-29 Personality-Fun,nice,strong,stubborn. Status-Who cares.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    Terminator

    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

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    Posted June 13, 2013

    Kelly

    Name: Kelly. Age: 19. Heighr: 5'6". Codename: Cougar or Killer

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    Posted June 13, 2013

    Christiana Wolf

    Name. Christiana/
    Christy Wolf <br>
    Codename. Wolf or
    Spur <br
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    Gender. Female <br>
    Height. 5'6 <br>
    Weight. 112 <br>
    Appearence. Long black waist length hair and dark blue eyes. Tan skin. <br>
    Other. Update later. <br>

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  • Posted May 21, 2013

    A thought provoking, sensitively told and believable story of a

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2013

    Well written story taking place in prehistory. Thoroughly enjoye

    Well written story taking place in prehistory. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    You have been TROLLED

    Trololololo

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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