The story is about a neolithic shaman who becomes injured by aliens, and when they heal them they make him immortal.

  • How long ago did you read it? – Jason Baker Sep 16 '15 at 23:19
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    What happens next? Does he live forever? When is it set? What is his name? Is he the hero or the villain? – Valorum Sep 16 '15 at 23:33
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    There's a similar but reversed version of this that I think was written by Turtledove where human members of an exploration and anthropology team find a planet where a queen is everything you could wish for in a ruler. She is dying and one of the humans sneaks out at night to give her a general spectrum cure. Couple thousand years later they return to find that she's still alive and still an amazing Queen. She realizes who and what they are and decides that next time, she'll go to meet them. – Broklynite Sep 17 '15 at 0:08
  • He pretty much lives forever, the story flashes back every now and then to different times in history. – Carl Wright III Sep 17 '15 at 0:43
  • @Broklynite - turtledove.wikia.com/wiki/Noninterference That was exactly the same story I thought of, too – andrewsi Sep 17 '15 at 0:56

Pretty sure this is the novel In the Face of My Enemy by Joseph Delaney. Below is a book review and cover:

Amazon Book Review

Plot Description

Eighteen thousand years ago a priest ascended a high place, there to hold converse with his gods. That night the gods chose to bless him with their physical reality. Alas, mortal flesh cannot bear the presence of godhead, and so he died. And was reborn. But ever after he was not as other men. He could change his form at will, his wounds healed instantly. . . and he did not age. As millennia passed he grew very wise, and came at last to understand. His destiny lay not among men, but among the stars.

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  • I just read 'The Face of My Enemy' and it is a novella (or maybe a bit shorter). – user22484 Sep 17 '15 at 5:09
  • Thank you, In the face of my enemy is what i was looking for, now i just have to find a copy :) – Carl Wright III Sep 18 '15 at 2:22
  • @user1155120 It's both a novella and a novel, and it's by Delaney, not Delany. – user14111 Sep 18 '15 at 7:07
  • Glad I could help. @user1155120, thank you for catching the typo. – beichst Sep 18 '15 at 11:34

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