The Round Thing Publishes Latest Novel by The Lord of the Cats Author

The novel follows the saga of an immortal man from prehistoric Africa to the 21st century and beyond.
BOSTON - April 9, 2013 - PRLog -- The Round Thing announces the publication of The Ancient One, the latest novel by Ilan Herman, the celebrated author of The Lord of the Cats.  The Ancient One, is a fantasy novel relating the chronicles of the life of Uxe, an African man who lives for a thousand years.  The Ancient One, is published as an e-book and tells the saga of the protagonist from youth a thousand years ago when he discovers an age defying plant to triumph in the 21st century.  Written by Ilan Herman, the author has brought a vision of immeasurable breadth to print, the world created is immersive and realistic, bringing up questions about science, faith, personal relationships and the modern lifespan.   The book is published Spring, 2013 and available now through and The Round Thing’s online bookstore on the web at

Inspired by the life of the Kalahari’s Bushmen, the story evokes the biblical times of Moses and the exodus of the Israelites.

As a boy living in southern Africa, Uxe ventures into the desert on a punishing tribal initiation and discovers a blue tuberous root that holds the key to longevity. Instructed by God, who speaks from the fire, Uxe begins a quest to unite five tribes of hunter-gatherers, and builds a flourishing society that lasts for centuries, only to see it destroyed by fierce invaders.

In the year 2020, Carli Brown, an African-American linguist, uncovers the history of the vanished tribes and locates Uxe. Hunted by government agents and pharmaceutical executives hungry for the life-extending power, Carli and her friends help resurrect the legacy of a forgotten people.

When Uxe discovers the truth about his millennium-long journey: his immortality is the result of paranormal meddling we share the hero’s surprise in the story’s cosmic revelations.

Written by Ilan Herman, the novel is the latest from the author of The Lord of the Cats, Impulse, Gravedigger, and Chan Kim.  Herman has the remarkable skill of making the unimaginable become believable.  In The Lord of the Cats, a tribe of talking cats takes the plot where you would never expect, and in The Ancient One, Herman brings the reader on an African adventure through the ages.  To the characters in the book, time takes on a surreal quality they live in a paradoxical world that is always changing in a pitted battle against the forces of nature, but frozen in time.

The e-book was produced for the Kindle e-reader and allows this spiraling adventure to be accessible to all audiences.  This is the perfect book for anyone interested in prehistoric fantasy, ancient aliens, or looking for a well written perspective on the great mysteries in life.  The e-book is the perfect way to present this tale, a delightful interface between society and technology in a rapidly changing world.

About Ilan Herman.
Ilan Herman is the celebrated author of numerous novels and short stories.  The author’s work may be found in literary magazines and books, in print and electronic editions.  Other works by Herman include Chan Kim, Gravedigger, and The Lord of the Cats.

About The Ancient One.
The Ancient One is the new novel by Ilan Herman published by The Round Thing.  The story is a fantasy inspired by the life of the Kalahari’s Bushmen, the story also evokes the biblical times of Moses and the exodus of the Israelites. The protagonist discovers a mysterious plant that gives him immortality he uses his powers for the forces of good and unites five tribes into a single nation.  Throughout the story the character talks to an animistic deity only to find out an extraterrestrial has been using humanity in a social experiment.

About The Round Thing.
The Round Thing is a new imprint looking to publish the very latest in art and literature as well as science and technology.  One of the many goals of the publisher is to thoughtfully present a map of the unknown.  The publisher is developing a magazine published in e-ink with an upcoming issue to be released shortly.  Visit on the web at

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