Yesterday People by Terri Herman-Ponce
I loved the humor, the pacing, and the tension, and overall found the author to have a strong, unique voice.
David Bellotti’s only focus is to find his abducted twelve-year old daughter. When he sees her on a news segment with her captor, a renowned archaeologist who’s made a major discovery, David sets out to bring her back home. But the search leads him to a secret message that could alter man’s history forever.
A message David and his daughter inscribed twelve-thousand years ago.
A message that will prove dangerous in the wrong hands.
Protecting this powerful information seems simple until David realizes some people will use his daughter against him to get it, at whatever the cost. Now David must make a choice. Protect mankind from a secret past that must remain hidden, or save his little girl.
From Terri Ponce Herman:
There is a lot of discussion and argument surrounding when certain peoples migrated to or lived in North America. For purposes of Yesterday People, I took creative license with some very old history. More than that, there are also different points of view about man’s origin. Are we a product of evolution on Earth? Or something else entirely? It was those questions that prompted me to write this book and to explore alternate, and in some ways revealing, paths.
I also often wonder about reincarnation, and do love the idea that we keep coming back to learn until we’re ready to move on. But that also made me wonder about the impact of past lives. What would happen if some of us really did come back? How would that change things, and our view of the world? Well, that’s what I tried to explore here. It was an eye-opening experience, and one that I’ve only just begun to explore. I can’t wait to see where these characters and their lives — all of them — take me next.
Review by Lisa Stowe:
This is the first book I have read in this series and Ms. Herman-Ponce deftly handles the needs of returning readers and new readers. She gives enough information to let me, as a new reader, know what has happened in previous books, without giving so much backstory that a returning reader will be bored.
The characters are fully developed and unique (Rita quickly became my favorite) and each character has flaws, their own threads in the story, and reasons to root for them. Even the antagonist has believable reasons for acting the way the person does. The author did an excellent job of avoiding cardboard characters and black-hat villains.
The premise was pulled together in a very believable way and I will never read articles on cave paintings again without thinking of alternative reasons for their existence. Ms. Herman-Ponce also did a very good job of tying up all loose threads, answering enough questions to leave me satisfied at the end, and leaving just enough unanswered little teasers that I’ll want to read the next book.
All in all I found this book to be well worth reading. I loved the humor, the pacing, and the tension, and overall found the author to have a strong, unique voice. I hope she continues with this series.
Review by Doc:
Terri Herman-Ponce’s reincarnation-suspense series continues to enthrall me. The story of modern-day characters David, Lottie, and Galen now goes beyond their memories of ancient Egypt, by delving into their interwoven past lives in the North American wilderness of twelve thousand years ago.
The plot thickens as David’s daughter Ada finds herself in trouble, a mix of what appears to be child custody problems and her own reincarnation memories. Will David be able to rescue her from an evil plot to use his and Ada’s memories of past secrets to control the future of mankind?
I recommend reading the entire series in order, so that you can enjoy the unfolding of this unique story. The ending left me hankering for more. Ms. Herman-Ponce, please write, write, write, and let me know what happens next!