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After his village is destroyed and almost all of his people killed, Man That Runs Too Fast (Lan) follows the old shaman’s advice and travels from the west coast eastward to find a new home in Hunters of the Columbian Mammoth by Adrian del Valle. This treacherous journey takes Lan, the tribal leader, across the Rocky Mountains and onto the Great Plains, past many obstacles and dangers. The path is torturous and the wild animals fierce, and then there are unfriendly tribes who kill strangers without question.
To get to the new hunting grounds on the other side of the ‘high place’, Lan will have to cross the sacred grounds that keep the other tribes from moving to the east. With the guidance of the shaman, Lan prepares the way with chants and cave drawings to depict what he expects to find. On the way, Lan comes across a lone man and his woman. After killing the man, Lan is pleased that the woman follows him and becomes his partner. Reaching the tribe that had exiled the lone man on the plains, Lan and Ayashe endure even more difficulties due to jealousies and the constant threat of the bloodthirsty groups from further west. Life is not easy, but will it be possible to make a new home in relative peace?
Hunters of the Columbian Mammoth is an exciting tale by Adrian del Valle that chronicles part of the life of ancient man on the North American continent. Amazingly detailed yet with an extremely gripping narrative, the story begins in the present day with the discovery of a pair of skeletons in central Wyoming and then follows the characters to explain their lives and struggles. The action sequences are vivid and keep you holding your breath. A great story with wonderful detail. Generally captivating, Hunters of the Columbian Mammoth helps you develop an appreciation for the difficulty that these early people endured to simply survive.