It’s great to see reviews of Megaflood written by people who really liked my story and took the time to say so. An example:
“Perfect mixture of cataclysmic history, DNA science mystery, and Native storytelling at its finest! Author Thomas P. Hopp has delivered yet another superlative, page-turning thriller in his Northwest Tales series. With a combination of the very real geologic history of cataclysmic events surrounding the Missoula Floods that swept across the American West obliterating everything in their path, along with descriptions of Native encounters with mammoths and sabertooth cats, a modern science DNA mystery, and tribal relationships. This book is storytelling at its finest, where science meets natural history and the spiritual.”
And here’s a nice headline:
“Cave lions, sabertooth tigers, and shortfaced bears… oh my!”
And review that takes off on it:
“As another reviewer astutely noted, this book is amply stocked with ferocious beasts. And the connection to The Wizard of Oz is entirely appropriate. Both stories revolved around natural disasters: a tornado for Dorothy, and an epic flood for Denawe, the heroine of this story. And like Dorothy, Denawe is helped along her treacherous journey by friends and allies she meets along the way. Not only that, but her journey involves a wizard, in this case the old shaman Hokah, who lives in a distant cave surrounded by magic charms and animal spirits.
“Whether Hopp ‘borrowed’ some of these ideas from The Wizard of Oz or made them up on his own is no matter. What’s important is that this story wings along on a mix of scary and comical events as the misbegotten band of male and female heroes make their way from one gripping scene to the next. And the setting! Not the mystical dreamland of Oz, but the real environment of Ice Age North America, the way it was 14,000 years ago.
“Little nuances, like how Temokin made a ‘courting flute’ to play for his beloved Denawe, bring the culture of the times to light brilliantly, as do scenes of tribal dances, weddings, and funerals. These are based on known facts but brought to life by Hopp’s fine writing skill. Only time will tell whether this book will take its place alongside L. Frank Baum’s Oz and works of other great writers. But one thing is certain: it’s a gem.”
Words like those warm an author’s heart. And when written as an Amazon Reader Review, or on any other bookseller’s site, they also help to move sales of the book. So if you’ve read part or all of Megaflood and have been meaning to write a review, why not take the time now? I’ll be deeply grateful, and the booksellers’ mighty computers may push Megaflood a little harder. That way everybody’s happy. Here’s a LINK that will get you back to whatever bookstore sold you your copy.