Primeval Origins: Paths of Anguish

Primeval Origins: Paths of Anguish

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ISBN-13: 9780578138619
Publisher: Celestial Fury Publishing
Publication date: 03/19/2014
Pages: 306
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

Brett Vonsik was born in 1963 in North Carolina. He graduated from the United States Air Force Academy and served as an aviator in Air Force Special Operations. Currently, Brett works in industry by day while researching ancient mythologies, creation myths, religions, sciences, technologies, and writing in his evenings and weekends. His children grown and prospering, Brett lives with his extraordinary wife of 29 years in Florida, where when not creating and detailing the world of Primeval Origins, he hunts, hones his shooting skills, and enjoys his homestead.

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Primeval Origins: Paths of Anguish 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Chris_HM More than 1 year ago
Been a fan of SciFi/Fantasy novels for over 20 years, and reading this book reminded me that there are still plenty of unique and amazing stories out there to tell. It reads like one of the classic fantasy novels already. Paths of Anguish was a refreshing new look at ancient human history mixed with magic, science, religion, politics, and...dinosaurs. Excellent. Can't wait for the second book to be released and to see where things go from here.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Ancient history comes to life at a paleontological dig when the discovery of the well-preserved skeletal remains of a dinosaur is discovered with what appears to be cleanly severed breaks in several bones. An unusual sword is found that defies the test of time, made from an unusual material that baffles the minds of those at the site. How could man be alive in the time of dinosaurs? History will be rocked back on its heels and this could be the greatest mystery to be solved, ever! When a large chasm is opened in the ground, a young Dig assistant, falls through, and like Alice falling into the rabbit hole, Nikki is transported into a strange and often brutal world eons old, and relives the experiences of a young warrior/hunter-in-training determined to prove he is a man, finding his own path in the world. As this primitive, yet organized group survives through an organized hierarchy; corruption and political machinations threaten the fiber of their existence and young Rogaan learns that life is much darker and more complicated than he could have imagined. He is forced to grow up quickly when his once sheltered world becomes a living nightmare he never knew could exist. Primeval Origins: Paths of Anguish by Brett Vonsik has all the trappings of an epic historical fantasy in the making, with the potential to gain a cult following of this genre’s avid fans. Told in rich detail that alters its pace as a scene requires, every emotion comes to life as Rogaan feels fear and insecurity as well as triumph, anger and the self confidence that blossoms in the hearts and minds of the youthful. After the intricate world building, this tales settles in nicely and the reader is transported into another fascinating world that is difficult to say good bye to. This isn’t a race to the finish type of read, this is a tale to live in the moment with each character, to see the value and loyalty of friendship, the bitterness of competition, as well as an in-depth look at a fresh take on crossing the barriers of time to “see” the story an ancient set of bones can conjure. Are you looking for something to test the boundaries of your imagination, with the feel of a wonderful tapestry depicting a magical tale? Primeval Origins: Paths of Anguish will do that and more! Brett Vonsik’s passion for his work shines through in this one and an author with passion is one to follow.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite Primeval Origins: Paths of Anguish by Brett Vonsik is, I fervently hope, volume 1 of at least a trilogy. Vonsik begins Primeval Origins on a Bolivian archaeological dig, where the fossilized skeleton of the largest known example of a prehistoric carnivore on Earth has been found. But something is amiss. Unnaturally linear cuts appear on several rib bones. Inexplicably, the massive skull of the predator has been penetrated by a sword, which still remains in place! In short order several unhappy events occur, wreaking havoc on the team of scientists. Thus ends the prologue. We do not encounter these folks again until the epilogue. Between those two accounts, we are transported to a fascinating world in which a somewhat primitive civilization coexists with large, dangerous animals freely roaming the Wilds. Many of these animals, if not all, seem to be dinosaurs. The bulk of the book is spent watching over the shoulders of the residents of this world as they battle monstrous carnivores and corrupt government officials. You will join young Rogaan on his quest to save his father and his best friends’ parents. The tale is more than riveting; it will transfix you. Primeval Origins features a meticulously detailed world, crafted wholly from the author’s imagination. The society inhabiting the world is painstakingly described and altogether convincing in its many dealings. Vonsik has created a world full of intrigue, danger, magic and heroism. His scrupulous attention to seemingly innocuous detail has yielded a rich tapestry of believable realism on his unnamed planet, perfectly suited to hosting the account of Rogaan’s pursuit. Primeval Origins will get into your blood, and you will not want to put it down before reaching the final page. Then, you will feel a bit of panic as you realize you must wait until Vonsik completes the sequel before you can learn the fates of the various players in this saga. Primeval Origins is, in a word, outstanding. I urge all interested parties to purchase and read this mesmerizing story, and then post your reviews, so we can encourage the author to continue writing sequels to this engaging tale.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing story! It is an epic tale with captivating characters on an exciting and dangerous adventure. If you are a fan of Fantasy/Science Fiction and for authors such as J.R.R. Tolkien, Robert E. Howard and Robert Jordan, then Paths of Anguish is a must read!
PulpFictionFan More than 1 year ago
Brett Vonsik has written a remarkably story for a first time author. It’s an engaging book that had me edgy every time I got pulled away from it until I was able to get back and continue my adventure. It has been a long time since any book has made me feel the way I did as a teenager discovering Earthsea, the Chronicles of Amber, or Elric of Melnibone for the first time. The characters become real very quickly and I found myself feeling their pains, and excitements, and fears with them. Most of the book is set in the dim past as testified by the prehistoric creatures that still roam the world. This is not however a cave mans culture or even the barbarian world of Kull the Conqueror. The people of this past have built a civilization comparable to our middle ages. It is a very dangerous world with threats from the primitive wildlife and even more dangerous human threats. There are powerful people run the city and political games are afoot with secret societies, seemingly mystic forces and possibly foreign nations involved. Our heroes are young adults, not able to see the big picture of the world they live in but thrust into the turmoil not knowing where to turn or whom to trust. If this series maintains this high quality and engagement it will rate up there with some of my favorite Lost Civilizations epics like Lin Carter’s Mu, or Brian Lumley’s Theem’hdra. On top of that vivid past is a yet unexplained connection to our current time. Unlike Thomas Covenant who lives today but has adventures in a parallel land, this civilization is definitely part of Earth’s past and is being discovered for the first time by modern humans in the book right alongside the reader, though the reader gets the full back story while the book’s archeologists are just starting to piece together the past from the artifacts left behind. Paths of Anguish has a depth that comes through in the story-telling. This first book only scratches the surface but the interplay of the ancient past and the present time hints that these characters are all agents in a fully developed world with a detailed past that we are just starting to uncover. I can’t wait to see where this story goes.
Tzelibooks More than 1 year ago
Primeval Origins: Paths of Anguish has a very interesting way of hooking readers, and I was inexorably hooked. Brett Vonsik shows skill in stringing together adolescent angst into a journey, then a coming-of-age moment into a chase, then a battle scene. On and on this goes, one suspenseful event after another, leading me as a reader on and on by the nose as well. I am not only hooked, I am obsessed: the cliffhangers happen one after another, whether in an action scene or through dialog, and I am compelled to know what happens next. I could not stop reading this book until I reached the last page! I am quite amazed with Brett Vonsik's skill for keeping my attention in a vise-like grip. Despite having two disparate protagonists, with one clearly a passive spectator, who are separated by time and place, with no transitional narrative from one point of view to the next, the author never once faltered in building the tension up for me. Reading about Nikki Ricks first and then abruptly finding myself in Rogaan's point of view was not disconcerting at all, and I felt no break in the suspense. The book feels like it has a frightfully fast pace because the author is able to make most situations feel like a cliffhanger, whether it's Rogaan being chased by a carnivorous dinosaur or Rogaan summoning up courage to talk to a girl he likes. The author then piles these cliffhangers continually on top of each other until there seems to be no respite for the characters or me until I reach the end of the story. And this is just the first of what seems to be a series, which means I am compelled to hunt down the next volume and devour it once I find it! Brett Vonsik also has great skill in descriptive narrative, especially in relaying just how horribly something smells. I have never wrinkled my nose so much at a book I enjoyed reading! The author has successfully conveyed how even creatures as fabulous as dinosaurs can generate a lot of dung, and a forest teeming with wildlife would also be teeming with olfactory challenges. This skill is also handy in "de-whining" Rogaan's character, who is essentially a sheltered teenager way in over his head. Despite being very confused by all the turmoil in his life, despite being indecisive and unable to process the secrets his parents had formerly kept from him, Rogaan meets all the challenges head-on with what limited skill he has, trying to do what he thinks is best without his parents or an authority figure to guide him. The author balances out Rogaan's flaws and strengths enough for a reader like me to be sympathetic to this poor young man whose life has taken a turn for the worst. Between the artful handling of suspense and the skill in descriptive narrative, Primeval Origins: Paths of Anguish is loaded with action and is very hard to put down. This is the first in the series, and I can't wait for the next volume! Recommended.
WilliamBitner More than 1 year ago
Just finished reading “Primeval Origins: Paths of Anguish Book 1” by Brett Vonsik. I would like to first say thank you to Brett for sending me a signed copy of this book. An interesting and entertaining epic fantasy read. Brett does an amazing job creating his imagined world of prehistoric animals, oversized plants, forests, towns and beings. While I do not have a problem with made up names for creatures, places, etc., I think it would have been helpful and welcomed to have a glossary with this book. At times I got a little lost as there was no reference point for some of the names given to certain creatures, tribes or beings in different societies. The story was very well written and was quite exciting to go on the journey. It is a weaving of times and places, and they blended well into each other. From current times to a unknown time that for me was reminiscent of Tudor period with a hint of Asian influence and of course there are the prehistoric creatures, some used as beasts of burden and some as food, but there are some that will come and get you if you don’t look out. I am looking forward to Book 2 and the continued story of Nikki/Rogaan, Pax and the rest of this motley crew. Synopsis (from back cover): At a remote paleontological dig deep within the mountains of South America, a graduate student Nikki suffers an accident with an ancient device releasing into our world dreadful dangers while sending her into a primeval world of long ago reliving the life of the young aspiring warrior Rogaan. Rogaan, a skilled archer, seeking to join the elite ranks of the Kiuri'Ner, must first demonstrate his skills as a capable hunter and warrior surviving the cretaceous world of our deep past. Desperate to prove himself worthy of the Kiuri'Ner, and against his father's wishes, Rogaan takes his sacred Shunir'ra, a masterfully crafted bow of blue steel. Having to prove his mettle, Rogaan with his friend Pax brave the wilds trying to survive the Valley of the Claw and return with proof of a kill of a dangerous dinosaur in Brigum's Great Hunt. In his journey, Rogaan struggles against those set on keeping him from success and meaning to take his life while ancient forces act on schemes unrevealed. Join in the journey of Primeval Origins: Paths of Anguish as Rogaan battles packs of hungry leapers and malicious ravers and Nikki faces these ancient powers now loose on our world.