Books by Neil Bockoven

Moctu and the Mammoth People

A fascinating and well-researched thriller about a strong, Cro-Magnon boy who must fight his rival for leadership of his tribe and the right to mate the beautiful and talented Nuri.

Moctu has confrontations with the “Pale Ones”, a fierce group of Neanderthals also called the People Eaters, as the two cultures interact in Paleolithic Italy 45,000 years ago. Besides having dangerous encounters with mammoths, wolves, and saber-tooth tigers, Moctu has to deal with his older rival, Jabil, who fights and undermines him at every opportunity. Nuri faces emotional and physical adversities including coming of age and potentially being mated to a man she despises.

When We Met Neanderthals

An engaging, realistic account of when our people met up with an entirely different set of humans – the Neanderthals. Genetic and archaeological data indicate that this actually happened in southern Europe about 45,000 years ago when mammoths and saber-tooth tigers roamed the land. Science Corners on many pages feature amazing topics such as how genetics show that most of us are part Neanderthal, the earliest musical instrument ever found, and what factors likely caused the demise of Neanderthals.