Against All Odds: New Release Review

I’ve been a fan of Jacqui Murray’s prehistoric fiction for years now. Her latest, Against all Odds, the 3rd book in the Crossroads Trilogy, is just out and my review is below.

Did I mention that I’m a fan? I’ve read and reviewed:

Born in a Treacherous Time 

Survival of the Fittest (Crossroads Trilogy 1)

The Quest for Home (Crossroads Trilogy 2)

And, newly released:

Against All Odds (Crossroads Trilogy 3)

If you need an August read, why not give prehistoric fiction a try.

The Story:

A million years of evolution made Xhosa tough but was it enough? She and her People finally reach their destination—a glorious land of tall grasses, few predators, and an abundance that seems limitless, but an enemy greater than any they have met so far threatens to end their dreams. If Xhosa can’t stop this one, she and her People must again flee.

The Crossroads trilogy is set 850,000 years ago, a time in prehistory when man populated most of Eurasia. He was a violent species, fully capable of addressing the many hardships that threatened his survival except for one: future man, a smarter version of himself, one destined to obliterate all those who came before.

From prehistoric fiction author Jacqui Murray comes the unforgettable saga of a courageous woman who questions assumptions, searches for truth, and does what she must despite daunting opposition. Read the final chapter of her search for freedom, safety, and a new home.

A perfect book for fans of Jean Auel and the Gears!


My Review

This book concludes the fascinating trilogy that began 850,000 years ago as Xhosa and her People begin their search for a new home, migrating across continents, meeting different peoples, and facing the harsh elements. They learn new skills, adapt, and develop strategies that help them survive. I recommend reading this series in order since it entails a single journey.

What I’ve enjoyed most about Murray’s prehistoric fiction is the meticulous research, which shines through and brings the time period to life. While the glimpses into prehistoric life were mesmerizing at the beginning of the series, this third installment focuses more on the characters and their personalities and how they adapt to situations. The natural landscape and elements continue to be a challenge but there are more encounters, both cooperative and aggressive, with other humans, including cannibals.

The cast of characters has grown over the trilogy and a glossary of names at the book’s beginning is worth browsing for a refresher. Murray also provides some research detail in a foreword that is interesting though not required to enjoy the story. The book moves along at a good pace, and the author does a great job envisioning the world through prehistoric eyes with terminology that creates an aura of the past. Highly recommended for readers of prehistoric fiction.

Meet Jacqui Murray

Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the Man vs. Nature saga. She is also an adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for  NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Laws of Nature, Book 2 in the Dawn of Humanity trilogy, Winter 2021.

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Happy Reading!


145 thoughts on “Against All Odds: New Release Review

  1. Nicely penned
    Stay wealthy healthy safe and happy

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  2. It takes a special kind of imagination to write an epic work of prehistorical fiction like Against All Odds — there’s a reason so few authors will even attempt it! Bully for Jacqui!

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  3. michnavs says:

    Wow Di you never failed to amaze me with your book recommendations and ypu have been reading lot.

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  4. Ankur Mithal says:

    Jacqui continues to inspire, with her work ethic and what I would call transparency, her ability to share progress and challenges on her book projects with readers.

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  5. Very interesting! I loved Jean Auel and this series sounds like a fun replacement. I’m adding it to my TBR.

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    • Thanks for stopping by, Michelle. I think you’ll enjoy the authenticity in these stories that comes from some amazing research. I enjoyed Clan of the Cave Bear, but the people were a bit “modern” in a lot of ways. Jacqui does a good joy of recreating the past to the extent we understand it. I hope you give it a try. Happy Reading!


  6. Jina Bazzar says:

    I’m amazed at the depth and tenacity it must have taken Jacqui to write this trilogy, all that research!
    Glowing review, Diana, congrats Jacqui!

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  7. What a great review, Diana. I agree with you on the amazing research from Jacqui that goes into her prehistoric books. life was fascinating in those times.
    What a prefect timing! Jacqui is over on my blog for her launch of Against All Odds!

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  8. D.L. Finn, Author says:

    Fantastic review! I can’t wait to read this:)

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  9. Teri Polen says:

    Congrats on the new release and the review, Jacqui! I can’t begin to imagine the amount of research that went into this series.

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  10. cath says:

    This is sounding good. As I enjoyed the previous two from this trilogy I’m feeling very tempted about checking up on the developments. This is such a good way to get a sense of early human history.

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    • Xhosa’s kind spread throughout Eurasia 850,000 years ago. This book shows how they got to the furthest reaches of Europe. Thanks for reading the earlier two, Cath!

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    • This book moves focuses more on the characters and the conflicts between groups than challenges with the environment. But that too was part of our history and survival. I’m looking forward to the next trilogy. 🙂 Thanks for the visit, Cath. Have a lovely week and take care. 🙂

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  11. Oh, I so want to read this triology! I’ve loved this type of literature ever since I was about 16 and started on Jean Auel. I promise I’ll get to them soon, Jacqui!! Wonderful review, D 🙂

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  12. petespringerauthor says:

    I’m late to the party. I have the first one in Jacqui’s trilogy waiting on my Kindle. It’s exciting to know that two others are waiting in the wings.

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    • You’re not late, Pete. The party will go for another couple of days here, and for Jacqui, it’s going to go a lot longer. 🙂 Now when you start the first, you won’t have to wait. I hope you enjoy the read. ❤ Have a wonderful week.

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    • I often buy all the books in a trilogy at once so I don’t have to stop. If I’m honest, I buy five books at a time in a series so I can just keep reading. And then I get more. I guess I like long stories.

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  13. dgkaye says:

    Congrats to Jacqui. So much research into a book like this. The trailer was fantastic! 🙂 ❤

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  14. I’m intrigued about where humans in the development of language during that period of history. I haven’t studied it or, until now, ever really thought about it.

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    • In the books, Liz, there is a lot of hand-gesturing and sounds, eventually including bird calls as call-signs. That’s what I mean when I say well-researched; it feels authentic. Of course the characters “talk” in the book, but it’s subtly clear that they aren’t actually “talking” like we do. The research adds an intriguing level of interest to the story. Thanks so much for stopping by to take a peek. Have a wonderful week. 🙂

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  15. Steven Baird says:

    This sounds like a great read. 🙂

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  16. A.S. Akkalon says:

    Darn it! Another book (well, series) I have to read. 😉

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  17. This sounds amazing

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  18. Prehistoric read – got to – being a Devon boy who grew up close to England’s Jurassic Coast – and old enough to watch the ‘Flintstones’ first time around! Going to take your advice (above), Diana and go for the first book first! All the best to you and yours.

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  19. Wonderful review Diana and I have next on my list to read, so looking forward to catching up with the characters and the story. I am sharing your review in Jacqui’s new book promo on the 10th. x

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  20. Like you, I’m amazed by the research that went into these books- it’s mind boggling!
    Wonderful review, congrats to Jacqui.

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  21. balroop2013 says:

    Lovely post Diana. Jacqui is a terrific writer. I too have read all the books in this series and am half way through this one.

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  22. I loved all three books and recommend them to anyone who ever wondered about what life was like before the days of Smart Phones. I just had to chuckle to myself because I read all three of these books on my Kindle!

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  23. A terrific review, Diana. I am looking forward to reading this.

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  24. Tessa says:

    Prehistoric fiction fascinates me too ❤️. Great review!

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  25. Enticing review Diana. You’ve piqued my interest for Jacqui and her books.

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  26. Thank you for this review, Diana. I’ve enjoyed the previous books, I’m looking forward to reading this one too, at some point.

    Hope you’re keeping well, my friend…x

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  27. Fantastic review, Diana! I love Jacqui’s series and I’m so looking forward to this one. Great trailer!

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  28. Thank you so much for hosting me, Diana! This will be a fun day.

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  29. mydangblog says:

    Great review–love the book trailer!

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  30. Never heard of this and I’m definitely adding it to my TBR list. Great review!

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  31. A terrific review and overview of Jacqui’s awesome series that takes us back before history was written!

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  32. V.M.Sang says:

    A great review. The series sounds like a good read.

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