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The Gorge is a story of the triumph of will and perseverance by four young girls of pre-history. Micaela is of the people, one of four young orphaned girls within the clan where all females are chattel. All four eagerly anticipate the annual winter migration and the opportunity to find a mate. But first, they must undergo a rite of passage. The Breeding is an ancient ceremony, vital to the continued existence of the clan. It is also the one time when young women have any semblance of worth. But The Breeding has unexpected and disastrous consequences, leaving the girls outcasts with few prospects and little chance of survival. Now they must stand together against a harsh environment, wild animals, a vicious tribe known as the Raiders, and their society. No one expects them to succeed—except possibly for the enigmatic Others, who move quietly among the People, pursuing their mysterious goals A deft exploration of the subjugation and exploitation of women in early civilizations, The Gorge recounts the adventures, trials, bravery, and sacrifice of four girls struggling to understand their place in a world that undervalues their skills, their dreams, and their abilities. Together, they will prove themselves the equals of any warriors, triumph over their enemies, and learn to defend themselves both morally and intellectually. With a little help from the Others, they might just change the world.
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What many call careers, Joe Zeigler calls interests. Beginning as a firefighter in Williamsburg, Virginia, Zeigler left to earn a degree in fire protection from Oklahoma State University, picking up a BA in business along the way.
Taking a job as a fire protection engineer with Kemper Insurance somehow led to a ten-year stint as a professional motorcycle racer.
In 1981, Zeigler founded the Penguin Road Racing School and wrote How to Fly, a how-to manual for motorcycle racers. Intrigued by the developing world of personal computers, he retired from racing to become a consultant for Digital Equipment Corporation.
Zeigler launched six computer stores and the nation’s first computer discount warehouse—only to lose them at the hands of an arsonist. He rebounded to write FirePrograms, a software package for fire departments and the world’s first low-priced UPS shipping manifest software. He sold both businesses to focus on his writing.
Joe is also a pilot and a cook with his own line of hot sauce and feels ill-defined by any single idiosyncrasy.Review:
The Gorge is a satisfying, easy, fast-moving read. The characters are members of various groups forced to travel by weather and tradition. Some groups survive by aggression; some by wiliness; some by fleetness of foot. All are, by need, practical to the extreme in their own ways.
I recommend this book to anyone wanting an entertaining read about ancient life. There are several surprises along the way, and an ending that is the biggest surprise of all.
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