Review: ZAN-GAH: A Prehistoric Adventure by Allan Richard Shickman

Zan-Gah:  A Prehistoric Adventure (Zan-Gah, #1) 
Allan Richard Shickman
148 pages
Publisher: Earthshaker Books
Release Date: March 26th, 2007
Source: Review from Published
Rating:  LIKED

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. Themes: survival, cultures, gender roles, psychological trauma, nature’s wonders and terrors.

Pressed by love for his brother and a bad conscience, the hero undertakes a quest which leads to captivity, conflict, love, and triumph. In three years Zan-Gah passes from an uncertain boyhood to a tried and proven manhood, and takes the role of leadership amongst his people.

Allan Shickman writes a fantastic tale in which Zan battles his conflicts while in search of his beloved lost brother. The book has won three awards and has had many positive reviews, and it captivates readers of all ages. Zan-Gah, A Prehistoric Tale is very well written and Mr. Shickman uses a lot of great writing skills to draw all the positive attention this book has gotten.

However, I had a few negative thoughts about this book. The main one to me, is that the whole book is written in third person, a point-of-view I’m not exactly fond of. Another is that even though at the start of the book, Zan is in his early teens, but he acts way too mature and is already married by the end of the book. But all in all it was a truly great book that had me excited to read the second.

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This review was written by my 12 year old brother (pen name: Calidude)
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    January 26, 2011

    Sounds like a good read, I will have to check this one out. Thanks for the review!

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    January 26, 2011

    I'm really glad you liked the first Zan-Gah book. Nice review! You are not the first to complain about the book being written in the third person, but I must say that many great books are. Call of the Wild and Holes, to name a couple. I don't think I could have said the things I said in the first person. It wouldn't have worked. Still, you raise some good points. I hope you like the second book. The third is slowly coming along.

    Allan R. Shickman

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    The Slowest Bookworm

    January 26, 2011

    Prehistoric has never really interested me, but this sounds good. I enjoyed reading your thoughts as it's not a book I've come across before.

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    February 17, 2011

    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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    February 10, 2013

    This sound like an interesting series to get into!! I hadn't heard of it before. Great for the younger reader.