American Neolithic

American Neolithic Review

In a starred Kirkus review, American Neolithic was called "a towering work of speculative fiction that will have readers rethinking what it means to be human."

America is a Police State Lite. Drones patrol the skies. The Patriot Amendments have gutted civil liberties. The Homeland Police and Patriot Tribunal have exclusive jurisdiction over all legal actions implicating national security.

Enter Blingbling, the last literate member of the sole surviving band of Neanderthals, sent into the world to earn money for his people, who live in hiding on Manhattan's Lower East Side. After he is implicated in a hip-hop murder, shadowy benefactors retain a lawyer, the hard-boiled Raleigh. When a routine DNA swab reveals that he fits no known human genotype, the Homeland Police take notice. If Blingbling's true ancestry is disclosed, his people are in jeopardy. Raleigh finds himself caught in a professional and personal trap that can destroy his client, his career, and much more.

Political satire, courtroom thriller, and speculative fiction, American Neolithic is also a story of loyalty, betrayal, and redemption. Terence Hawkins has written a smart, dark, funny book that is ultimately deeply moving.

Title:American Neolithic
Edition Language:English

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  • Dana

    What a spectacular read. BlingBling has my heart. I am so grateful to Mr. Hawkins for giving me the opportunity to read this novel in its intended format(thanks again).Right from the beginning the wri...

  • Jason Pettus

    (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)The las...

  • E.

    Imagine that a small band of Neanderthals survives in contemporary America. Imagine also that after another terrorist attack the US goes even further to the right, amending the Constitution expanding ...

  • B. Thomas Harwood

    I really enjoyed this book. At just under 200 pages it is a nice, compact read, but it tells a bigger story about the direction this country of ours was teetering dangerously close to going down just ...

  • Daniel Cline

    American Neolithic is excellent! I couldn't put it down. Reminiscent of the works of Jim Harrison, Philip K. Dick, George Orwell, and Jonathan Swift, but projecting the author's unique voice, it prese...

  • Lee Jacobus

    I really enjoyed American Neolithic. It's a wild, very edgy story and it's filled with a remarkable knowledge of the lower East Side and the world of its inhabitants. Quite a risky book, I think. The ...

  • Marc Fitten

    This is one funny book. American Neolithic is speculative, dystopian, fiction written in a style that will have you guffawing out loud. If Joseph Heller, Dashiell Hammett and Gene Roddenberry made a b...

  • Tuck

    a sci fi a sorts, in where a representative neanderthal all round dolt but really, a sensitive guy, and hip hop dude of sorts gets busted by homeland security. lawyers are involved, and rich fat cats,...

  • Gerald Weaver

    I would like to recommend American Neolithic, by Terence Hawkins, but what I really mean is that it should be on everyone’s required-reading list. It is a tour de force of how a story may be told in...

  • Greg Harris

    "American Neolithic" connects, first, with a brilliantly written character voice, the cynical, funny, hard-bitten lawyer Raleigh, who's constantly being undermined by his attachment to impossible case...