Richard Tooker
The Day of the Brown Horde
1929
from the dustjacket:

This saga of Kaa, the Unnamed, is a dynamic picture of the morning of mankind in the New World, when cockcrow poured from the throats of goblin-like animals stranger than those born of delirium; and man, rolling away the stone door of his barrow, looked out upon a universe teeming with Life; stumbling through the first syllables of unrecorded time.

In a valley which now forms the upper end of the Gulf of California lived this savage tribe of troglodytes. O-Wa's violation of an ancient law which brought death to weakling children, begins this fascinating story of a dateless age; and the mother's marathon flight through the forest to refuge in the barren uplands is a classic of contagiously exciting escape.

But the real drama is Kaa's. Not since "Green Mansions" have man and nature played roles of more equal intensity than in this outcast's return to the tribe; the boy now grown to man's estate, eager to revenge the murder of his mother. And always the threat of the awakening earth rumbles an accompaniment to Kaa's plans, until at last the village is visited by one of the cataclysmic upheavals which changed the face of the world. The exodus scene of man and beast from that valley of death is an unforgettable chapter of rushing narrative.

Richard Tooker's tale of the barrowmen of America promises to stand as the fictional classic of ancient man, for he has painted a memorable picture of the vanguard of our mortal caravan as it emerged from the womb of Time.


Richard Tooker

The author of The Day of the Brown Horde was born in Farina, Illinois, in 1902 and is of English and Pennsylvania-Dutch parentage. He inherited a flair for adventure from his father's people, who were sea captains, soldiers and adventurers; while from his mother came a literary bent from her relationship to Maurice Thompson, author of Alice of Old Vincennes. His first story was published in magazine form when he was 15 years old. After leaving preparatory school he held several editorial positions with various Western publications. He served for two years with the United States Marine Corps, and for one of his years has had an unusually broad experience, including being an editor, a reporter, soldier, musician, cowboy, railroad clerk, bank cashier, dairyman and farmer, but always has been a believer in his own literary ability. He is a profound admirer of Jack London and oddly enough his own life largely parallels, from a psychological and philosophical angle, Mr. London's Martin Edin. He is at the moment engaged in writing his second novel, tentatively called The Atavist.