About Heart of the Bison
Twenty-five-thousand years ago a young Neandertal girl has a dream that begins the epic Neandertal trilogy with Heart of the Bison!
As the lambent light from the slumbering fire dances across the roof of a cave, a young Neandertal girl wakes from a dream. Kec’s dream tells her that her clan is in jeopardy, and Mother Earth expects her to save her people. Her name is changed to Kectu. A magic child and a Spirit Fire are promised to help. Far away, Strong Branch, a powerful Shaman of the Cro-Magnum people, has his own dream. The Great Spirit sends him a warning about a future of conflict and killing.
Kectu’s people are very simple, but they are strong and powerful enough to have survived the ice ages of Pleistocene Europe, by force, for over one-hundred thousand years. Strong Branch’s people are late comers from an alien world far to the South. They bring an advanced technology that allows them to utilize the environment in ways Kectu’s people never could.
As the population of the new comers has grown over a period of more than twenty thousand years, the stress on the environment has become critical. Kectu and Strong Branch must play their parts in a microcosm of the greater struggle for survival. The conclusion of their struggle will establish a new story and a new history for each of their peoples.
Heart of the Bison Book Reviews
An essay of the Neandertal Trilogy – Heart of the Bison, Spirit Fire, Search for the Heart of the Bison:
Glen R. Stott has written a trilogy that, ostensibly, deals with the worlds of Neandertals, Cro-Magnon's and the like, books both alive in the time of early man and looking back at it from the future. I say ostensibly because really, the separate pieces of these wide ranging tales get at the heart of man's psyche, our driven natures and derelict war mongering, the way and why of what compels our species toward hope and tragedy. There is love in these works, and understanding. Blessedly, there are also stories, great rolling pleasures that sink the reader into worlds unknown to them. There are symphonies of characters within the pages of the three novels, man (and women are included in this iteration of the word man) carved out and laid bare with concise description that lets you know them as real. The worlds created are also set forth with a skill that makes these long ago or futuristic places unequivocally plausible. Imagination, I think, is the term I am circling, the full type that, in the hands of a writer with Mr. Stott's command, enables everything to hold attention, to seem plausible and actual.
The novels in order are titled: “Heart of the Bison.” “Spirit Fire.” “Search for the Heart of the Bison.” They can be read as separate entities and enjoyed as stand-alone creations. They are only loosely connected (characters do re-appear but that is no worry: they arrive in each work fleshed out as original) but there is definitely an added bonus, as there might be in knowing underlying traits of a person close to you, as opposed to only being an acquaintance, in having witnessed the actions of the players in any book preceding the last. One of the deepest pleasures of Glen Stott's weavings here may just be the mystic mores that float like fog throughout the three novels. It gives a certain essence of earth and the lives lived there that makes it seem so superbly otherworldly, like the smell of rain, or the look of a bare tree bent in winter toward the gloaming. You feel the Earth People and the Sun People, Mother Earth and Sotif and Kec and Strong Branch, all colorfully named and described in these pages as creatures keening toward good and trouble. You take almost as your own their quests and desires and love. It may be the perfect idea to set Neandertals and Cro-Magnons down as the way toward investigating the human animals lost, searching, dangerous soul. Early man is ours; we are them. And then, in the final chapter, the last book, bringing in the now. How brilliant to show scientists (the great female protagonist Sandi Hartwell) marred by our current destructiveness, delving for enlightenment by scouring the past.
Novels full of intrigue, mysticism. Full of war learned and practiced, love wanted and crushingly found. Travels through time and times, spirit, the heart, the search... What fullness. What deep mining. Three books forming a trilogy to be loved, to be studied. Dig deep friend. There's gold beneath the obvious. There may even be answers.
Heart of the Bison is an action adventure that chronicles man’s progression. The author does a fine job introducing factual information throughout. The author’s writing style is clever and creative. This author has done his homework. The author also creates some inimitable characters with distinctive voice. I think the manuscript will appeal to a large audience of readers, both young and old. This is an informative and entertaining read that will intrigue many.
iUniverse Writer’s Showcase Review
Heart of the Bison is book one in Stott’s Neandertal series... So the premise is this: Kec, a young child of the Neandertals, wakes from a troubling dream. During this dream Mother Earth tells Kec that the clan she comes from is in trouble and that she must be the one to save her people... In summary, a well-written, well thought out tale and anyone who has enjoyed the “Earth’s Children” series by Jean M. Auel will most likely want to read this saga as well.
Charline Ratcliff of Rebecca Reads
I confess, when selecting books to read, my natural inclination is not toward works that take place in ancient times. However, this is a prejudice I suddenly find myself questioning, having just finished Glen R. Stott's, “Heart of the Bison.” If, reader, it is at all your desire to be taken away and laid down wholly in a world other than what is known by you, to feel as if that world is as real as any you have experienced firsthand, this book, a first book in a loose trilogy, is an excellent choice. Mr. Stott is a writer of fierce power, a creator of high order at the top of his imaginative powers, who can conjure settings and characters with a poet's feeling and a reporter's eye for detail. The prologue to this novel, titled, The Stories of Mother Earth, is perhaps the finest set up to a story I have read. It begins with a very Kubrick 2001 A Space Odyssey like feel and proceeds with passages such as, A pride of hungry cats came from the tall grass. The males screamed and jumped, throwing dirt, dried grass, sticks, and stones in the direction of the cats. Usually, this threatening display turned the cats and other predators away from the troop, but this time the cats were too hungry to be dissuaded. Instantly, after riding through this brief eight page opening, you are ready with an understanding and anticipation for the journey ahead.
Good writing can make almost any story a thing to cherish. Here, in Glen Stott's novel we have a story, or rather, two distinct stories traversing and colliding (at great distances) with one another, that are as interesting as the writing is superb. Really I think there is the air of an epic tale to “Heart of the Bison.” It flows in a way that opens up large ideas and happenings. Even the names employed, Star Shadow, Sky Runner, Muddy River, Melting Snow, manage to give the feel of great adventure while sounding earth like in their grounded nature. We are dealing with two distinct species here: Neandertals (and yes it is spelled correctly and you will learn why) and Cro-Magnon. The hard edged, hard scrabble life of the Neandertals is etched on the pages in a way that made my body ache from feeling it so deeply. You get every inch of what it was like to live as a human animal at its earliest incarnation. The great feat of this story though, is how full of humanity Stott makes the character Kec and her people. The norm as far as I know is to make even the thoughts of such as these no more than grunts and fierceness. That the author avoided this and had the great instinct to draw real characters with feelings and desires turned everything into something I quickly grew fully invested in.
Both main protagonists, Neandertal, Kec and Cro-Magnon, Strong Branch are instructed in dreams about things that will unfold with them and their people and because of this are set off onto paths that challenge them in the most gut wrenching of ways. Really, in a sense, they are charged with the healing, the saving of their species. Moving from world to world is handled seamlessly and when you have different perspectives from different characters the test is how much you are able to let go of one and fall into the other. The gift here is that when leaving Kec for Strong Branch you are initially upset with being forced to trade off. Very soon though you are too glad to be with Strong Branch, in his story. The same is true in reverse. This is magic. Only a writer in complete control can do it. Glen Stott makes you happy to be wherever he puts you. This is because he is conjuring a fiction that plays as truth. He is laying down sentences that make worlds. The people feel real. The places seem rock solid. The story is a full press, fantastical adventure, blessed with heart. You will not want to stop turning pages. When it is done, you will wish you were just beginning. A reader cannot ask for more than that.