CATASTROPHE! The first book in the ILLOREAEN series
From the 27th January 2018
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Questa, Orrox and Anja’s individual experiences and suffering during the super-volcano eruption, grips the reader’s attention in this actuality based novel.
Would their superior intelligence and Sensing abilities help them survive the lethal conditions, humans had never experienced before, nor since then?
Is Sensing a threat and a curse or is it a boon to the Clans. Is extra sensory perception (ESP) possible or is it a fraudulent claim, used for personal gain?
Can the Clans and Clan-members survive the combined onslaught of nature and of other huminids, competing and killing in their effort to survive the Catastrophe?
Is the Dynasty’s power and protection still available? Can they still deny other Hominid groups access to the Clan valleys?
Can the Clans protect themselves?
Questa’s problems begin early, when she is abducted by Giant Neanderthals.
Orrox, the benevolent heir of Dynastic power, feels responsible for the Clans but has limited options and must survive himself.
Anja’s Clan Habitat is destroyed. She has to escape from her devastated Clan valley and find refuge and other survivors or perish.
Only a secret, technology advanced Clan called the ILLOREAENS, is relatively unaffected by the Catastrophe, but even their isolated independence is challenged.
The previous beauty of the fertile, south facing valleys in the Great Mountain Range, contrasts with the Catastrophe’s worldwide devastation. The reader will be haunted by the scope of the disaster, which eradicated most hominid species 74 000 years ago.
This novel is set in prehistory, during the Toba Super Volcano eruption. By then the ice-sheets of the-ice age had been marching south for at least fifty thousand years . The ice sheets reflected the sun’s heat while capturing huge quantities of water. This caused drastically lowered sea levels and a cold, dry, but healthy climate. Large deserts spread over all the continents.
The sea level was so low that the Mediterranean Sea had not yet broken through the Bosporus to fill the cavity of what we now know as the Black Sea, known to the Clans as the Chasm. Only a few rivers manage to wend their way through the surrounding deserts, dumping their limited flow into the immense hollow, many kilometers deep.
The Great Mountain Range caught enough moisture to maintain a perpetual snow cover over the high peaks, allowing snow-melt and fountains to water the South facing Clan valleys and to create soggy bogs on the plains lower down, where primitive hominids roamed in small groups, raiding and killing competing bands in competition for the limited resources available there.
It was a difficult environment to survive in.
The volcanic winter made it infinitely worse for the different homo species that roamed the earth before the massive Toba eruption, which caused death everywhere.
We know homo Sapiens (that’s us), Neanderthals, Cro-Magnons, Heidelbergensis, Floresiensis, Denisovans and many others existed at that time. All had pursued a hunter-gatherer type lifestyle that slowly became more sophisticated as the brains of their different forebears developed and grew bigger over a period of millions of years. Then, over a few hundred thousand years, intelligence on par with that of the humans of today had accompanied the large brains of a few of the Homo species, while others remained more primitive.
Archeologists speculate that only “a few breeding pairs survived” the devastation.
The next books in the Illoreaen Saga covers the aftermath of the Catastrophe. It follows the life of the survivors who must adapt and cope with the onset of the thousand year long Volcanic Winter.
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