Friday, August 27, 2010

Preview: ZAN-GAH ~ Book One and Two by A. R. Shickman


A note on previews:  This is a series preview for two young adult books. It contains publisher data, author bio, and purchasing links. A review is coming with personal opinions and thoughts.

About:  In book one - the hero, Zan-Gah seeks his lost twin in a savage prehistoric world, encountering suffering, captivity, conflict, love, and triumph. In three years, Zan-Gah passes from an uncertain boyhood to a tried and proven manhood and a position of leadership among his people.

This book includes themes on - survival, cultures, gender roles, psychological trauma, nature's wonders and terrors


About:  In book two - the prehistoric saga continues in Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country, the sequel to the award winning Zan-Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure. In this story, Zan s troubled twin brother, Dael, having suffered greatly during his earlier captivity, receives a ruinous new shock when his wife suddenly dies. Disturbed and traumatized, all of his manic energies explode into acts of hostility and bloodshed. His obsession is the destruction of the wasp men, his first captors, who dwell in the Beautiful Country. When he, Zan-Gah, and a band of adventurers trek to their bountiful home, they find that all of the wasp people have died in war or of disease. The Beautiful Country is empty for the taking, and Zan s people, the Ba-Coro, decide to migrate and resettle there. But the Noi, Dael s cruelest enemies and former tormentors, make the same migration from their desert home, and the possibility develops of contention and war over this rich and lovely new land.  portrait

Bio: ZAN-GAH  author Allan Richard Shickman conceived Zan's adventure after thousands of miles of travel through mountains, deserts and forest land.  The idea for this exciting story was born in a cave deep beneath the earth— in the company of hundreds of bats.

Allan is an artist, teacher, actor, author, historian, gardener, and former Boy Scout.  He has published articles in The Art Bulletin, Art History, English Literary Renaissance, Studies in English Literature: 1500-1900, Notes and Queries, and Colby Quarterly.  He was also Art and Music Bibliographer for Shakespeare Quarterly.  He has had many letters in various newspapers, including a dozen in The New York Times.  Allan taught the history of art at the University of Northern Iowa for three decades.  He now lives and writes in St. Louis.

For more information about the author and his books go to the website for ZAN-GAH.

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Paperback: 160 pages

A Prehistoric Adventure:

  • Publisher: Earthshaker Books (July 15, 2007)
  • Amazon purchasing link in US/UK/Canada

And the Beautiful Country:

  • Publisher: Earthshaker Books (September 26, 2009)
  • Amazon purchasing link in US/UK/Canada

These books were sent by Earth Shaker Books for review. Thank you Bonnie!

1 comment:

earthshakerbooks said...

The third book of the Zan-Gah series, Dael and the Painted People, is nearly finished. Watch for it this summer at the new web address:

I hope you will pay us a visit.

Allan R. Shickman

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