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Hardcover Details
  • 11/2018
  • 978-1-940317-08-3
  • 356 pages
  • $28.00
Paperback Details
  • 11/2018
  • 978-1-940317-09-0
  • 408 pages
  • $16.00
Ebook Details
  • 11/2018
  • 978-1-940317-10-6
  • 392 pages
  • $7.99
Dan Cray
Author
Mother Tongue
Dan Cray, author
An elementary school teacher working to revive a dying language is suddenly tormented by visions of an extinct tongue… mesmerizing words that confer extraordinary influence over people and events. Now Jon Wanamaker needs to know: is this forgotten language the key to saving hundreds of other languages currently facing extinction? Or is it dangerous, as the woman he loves—and the deranged assassin tracking him—suspect? The startling answers promise to unlock new scientific frontiers… if Jon can avoid falling prey to the Mother Tongue.
Plot/Idea: 7 out of 10
Originality: 10 out of 10
Prose: 7 out of 10
Character/Execution: 7 out of 10
Overall: 7.75 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot: Cray's novel offers a highly intriguing work of fiction that focuses on the topic of remote perception--deftly explored through an unexpected and engaging storyline. The author's convincing integration of ideas relating to linguistics and neurology, provide a degree of verisimilitude to the sci-fi elements.

Prose: Cray's language is strong and consistent, though the prose carries less impact than the bold and weighty concept behind the book itself.

Originality: This novel takes a fascinating approach to the topics of ancient languages and linguistics. What is lost when a language becomes extinct? Are there ghostly echoes of such languages accessible to some among us? Such intriguing questions populate Cray's unconventional story.

Character Development: The central character's unusual interest in forgotten languages provides artful foreshadowing. Additional characters from unique backgrounds and ages offer the story additional substance.

Date Submitted: August 09, 2019

Reviews
Kirkus Reviews

"A smart, unorthodox, and delectable superpower tale.” – Kirkus Reviews

Formats
Hardcover Details
  • 11/2018
  • 978-1-940317-08-3
  • 356 pages
  • $28.00
Paperback Details
  • 11/2018
  • 978-1-940317-09-0
  • 408 pages
  • $16.00
Ebook Details
  • 11/2018
  • 978-1-940317-10-6
  • 392 pages
  • $7.99

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