Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on Book on the Shelves – Survival of the Fittest (Book 1 of the Crossroads Trilogy) by Jacqui Murray

Delighted to showcase the latest release from Jacqui Murray – Survival of the Fittest (Book 1 of the Crossroads Trilogy)

About the book

Five tribes. One leader. A treacherous journey across three continents in search of a new home. Written in the spirit of Jean Auel, Survival of the Fittest is an unforgettable saga of hardship and determination, conflict and passion.

Chased by a ruthless enemy, Xhosa leads her People on a grueling journey through unknown and dangerous lands following a path laid out decades before by her father, to be followed only as a last resort. She is joined by other fleeing tribes from Indonesia, China, South Africa, East Africa, and the Levant, all similarly forced by timeless events to find new lives. As they struggle to overcome treachery, lies, tragedy, secrets, and Nature itself, Xhosa is forced to face the reality that her enemy doesn’t want to ruin her People. It wants to ruin her.

The story is set 850,000 years ago, a time in prehistory when man populated most of Eurasia, where ‘survival of the fittest’ was not a slogan. It was a destiny. Xhosa’s People were from a violent species, one fully capable of addressing the many hardships that threatened their lives except for one: future man, a smarter version of themselves, one destined to obliterate all those who came before.

One of the early reviews for the book

Balroop Singh  5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant imaginative saga of early humans  March 22, 2019

Survival of the Fittest by Jacqui Murray records the imaginative history of tribes of those times, (850,000 years ago) about which there is no conclusive evidence. So the arena is open for writers to explore and Jacqui has made a brilliant effort. While Born in Treacherous Times by her was my introduction to pre-historic times, this story is more intense, as it brings out the conflict between tribes trying to establish their supremacy.

Xhosa and her people seem no different than human beings of today. They were competitive, observant, strong and ferocious. They were eager to learn from each other, from friendly tribes, even from the strategies of an opponent. It is interesting to note that basic emotions of responsibility, co-operation, loyalty and jealousy stand out amongst all tribes. Though Jacqui has given them words but I wonder what was their language and how much of it they knew!

Murray’s characters are crafted so well that a reader could predict their behavior. Xhosa and Pan-do shine while Nightshade possesses some streaks of wickedness and jealousy. Lyta is sensitive, appreciated the sounds of nature, walking in rhythm with sounds soothed her and seems to possess a divine power, as she had the ability to smell evil and dishonesty, a subtle hint that human instincts were well-developed even in early man. Do they find a homeland? When did they find peace, which remains elusive even to modern man.

If you are fond of challenging adventures, this is the book for you.

Read the other early reviews and buy the book:

And Amazon UK:

Also by Jacqui Murray


Read all the reviews and buy the books  Amazon Author Page US

And: Amazon UK

 Read more reviews and follow Jacqui on Goodreads:

About Jacqui Murray

Jacqui Murray is the webmaster for Worddreams, her blog about all things writing. She is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the upcoming prehistoric fiction, Born in a Treacherous Time. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for Ask a Tech Teacher an Amazon Vine Voice  a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics.

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Thank you for dropping in today.. I am looking forward to reading Jacqui’s new book as I enjoyed Born in a Treacherous Time very much.. Please pass the word about her latest release.. thanks Sally.

67 thoughts on “Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on Book on the Shelves – Survival of the Fittest (Book 1 of the Crossroads Trilogy) by Jacqui Murray

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  3. Hi Sally and Jacqui – Jacqui brings a professionalism to her books, which comes across in her blog posts and her attention to others in the writing sphere. Balroop’s review is wonderful isn’t it … and what did we do back then – it takes a lady of courage to start to pen about life back 850,000 years ago, turning it into three books. I have huge admiration for Jacqui … and look forward to reading her trilogy in the future … congratulations Jacqui – all the best to you both – cheers Hilary

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  5. Sally, I just finished Jacqui’s book Born In a Treacherous Time, and wow! Writing pre-history takes a creative imagination and technical aptitude and Jacqui, you nailed this with Lucy’s journey. I’m looking forward to Xhosa’s journey, too!

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