An electrifying debut--featured in Publishers Marketplace.
Tutored by his sabertooth siblings, young Gora learns to master the prehistoric world of Opalon, with its smoldering volcanoes, dueling dinosaurs, and treacherous tar pits. But the discovery of a computer in a hidden cave changes Gora’s world: he realizes he is human and takes the name Tophero. His magnificent physique and sterling intelligence do not help to stave off loneliness; Tophero longs to meet others of his kind. But when they come, they bring destruction, and Tophero must use the primitive ways of the jungle to battle high-tech invaders. At stake: the survival of his home planet . . . the love of his life, an Earthling zoologist . . . and his very identity.
[Inside front flap]
“. . . Gora learned from the box that he
was a human being—a man, not a strange
species of tailless lemur as Tyra had
thought. The little female and the big
female in the black box were called ‘a
girl’ and ‘a woman.’ His study of the
ways of men filled him with curiosity.
He longed to find others like himself
in the jungle. Most of all, he yearned to
uncover the mystery of his origin. He
came to realize that Tyra couldn’t have
given birth to him, and he wondered who
his mother had been. I am a man, he thought.”
The author takes us on a lost child’s
perilous quest to find his true identity.
Young Gora was raised to maturity by
sabertooth cats on the planet Opalon.
Now, as Tophero, he must conquer all
obstacles to finally reunite with his human
parents and his newfound mate. The book
celebrates the power of words. . .and the
ability of love and brotherhood to conquer
and thrive in an exotic, uncharted world.