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by James F. David

  • Author: James F. David
  • ISBN: 0765307707
  • ISBN13: 978-0765307705
  • ePub: 1594 kb | FB2: 1666 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Thrillers & Suspense
  • Publisher: Forge Books; 1st edition (April 4, 2006)
  • Pages: 400
  • Rating: 4.6/5
  • Votes: 416
  • Format: rtf docx lit mobi
Thunder of Time ePub download

The action-packed but formulaic sequel to David's time-travel novel Footprints of Thunder (1996) once again races through rifts in the space-time continuum, which in the earlier novel deposited dinosaurs in the modern world and swallowed entire contemporary cities. Now, engineer and rabid environmentalist Vince Walters, with the help of his followers, hopes to return the world to a Garden of Eden via newly created black holes.

Thunder of Time delivers truckloads of confrontations. As truly mediocre writers go, James David is at the top of his field

Thunder of Time delivers truckloads of confrontations. It becomes quickly clear that, in spite of their weapons, human beings are almost powerless against the mighty lizards. Their only skill is their brain and their capability to adapt. As truly mediocre writers go, James David is at the top of his field. He's never met a modifier he couldn't dangle; conjunctions and punctuation have no truck with one another in his world; and the difference between adverbs and adjectives is the kind of nit-picking he just doesn't have time for.

David's storytelling has markedly improved since Footprints, and this book includes enough toothsome confrontations and century hopping to please both dinosaur and time-travel aficionados.

Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Thunder of Time. David's storytelling has markedly improved since Footprints, and this book includes enough toothsome confrontations and century hopping to please both dinosaur and time-travel aficionados.

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James F. David has a P. from Ohio State University and is currently a professor of Psychology at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon. He is the author of the thrillers Footprints of Thunder, Ship of the Damned and Before the Cradle Falls. He lives with his wife and three daughters in Tigard, Oregon.

Thunder of Time - James F. David

Thunder of Time - James F. David. While there are those who would play politics even in this time of unprecedented crisis, my decision to seal the break in time with a nuclear detonation on American soil was the only viable option. While we cannot bring back the family and friends we have lost, or send the dinosaurs back to their own time, we have stopped the time disruption once and for all.

Ten years ago, the prehistoric past collided with the present as time itself underwent a tremendous disruption, transporting huge swaths of the Cretaceous Period into the world of the twentieth century. Entire neighborhoods and cities were replaced by dense primeval jungles and modern humanity suddenly found itself sharing the earth with fierce dinosaurs.

Slowly at first, but with increasing frequency, time begins to unravel once more. Books related to Thunder of Time. What's worse, Nick Paulson, Director of the newly-formed Office of Security Science, discovers that the time displacements are being manipulated by unknown parties, utilizing a mysterious new technology. Indeed, the very integrity of the space-time continuum appears to be at risk. To preserve both the future and the past, Nick and his allies must uncover the secrets hidden within in a lost temple at the center of a dino-infested jungle‚Äďand in an enigmatic structure on the surface of the moon.

Ten years ago, the prehistoric past collided with the present as time itself underwent a tremendous disruption, transporting huge swaths of the Cretaceous Period into the world of the twentieth century. Entire neighborhoods and cities were replaced by dense primeval jungles and modern humanity suddenly found itself sharing the earth with fierce dinosaurs. In the end, desperate measures were taken to halt the disruptions and the crisis appeared to be over.Until now.Slowly at first, but with increasing frequency, time begins to unravel once more. What's worse, Nick Paulson, Director of the newly-formed Office of Security Science, discovers that the time displacements are being manipulated by unknown parties, utilizing a mysterious new technology. Indeed, the very integrity of the space-time continuum appears to be at risk.To preserve both the future and the past, Nick and his allies must uncover the secrets hidden within in a lost temple at the center of a dino-infested jungle-and in an enigmatic structure on the surface of the moon. But they are not alone in their quest. A cult of ruthless fanatics is also intent on controlling the time waves, and they will stop at nothing to reshape history to their own design . . . .
Mash
Thunder of Time is the sequel to the same author's Footprint of Thunder, published a few years ago. Although it features a few characters of the previous book (Ripman and John), most of the other characters are brand new.

The story leads the reader through a heavily transformed Earth, a heritage from the first book's nuclear blasts, both from History (WWII, Cold War blasts) and from the US' decision to get rid of the time quilts. As a result, entire places are inhabited by dinosaurs on today's Earth. But since the events narrated in Footprint of Thunder, humankind has managed to somewhat get used to cohabiting with the mighty lizards. They are parked, nurtured, protected, grown and respected in giant natural reserves. To the extent that an extremist animal-right movement starts plotting on getting back to an Earth in which people would be living with animals on the same, equal basis. Noble thoughts, dire plans. In order to do so, they must take control of a secret research facility in Alaska in which the US government is working on a new energy that has the potential of modifying time and space. Also, their ideals are far from pure, in a typical human way. In their path, they will encounter a fragmented group of scientists, with very different motives, that have understood how evil the "back to the roots, let's happily live with our brothers animals" group's intents are. Where the first book was intently focused on the day to day survival struggle of a few human beings among dinosaurs, this book is far more science-related and embraces a far broader, global, all-encompassing perspective on the events unfolding.

Let's stop narrating the plot here and let's focus on what worked -or not- in the book.

Primarily, any book that features, like this one, an encounter between the two most powerful species that have ever inhabited the Earth deserves attention. Humankind Vs Dinosaurs. Intelligence Vs sheer Power. Thunder of Time delivers truckloads of confrontations. It becomes quickly clear that, in spite of their weapons, human beings are almost powerless against the mighty lizards. Their only skill is their brain and their capability to adapt. One of the opening chapters of the book features a very interesting action, set in Alaska. A dog-pulled sled is inadvertently confronted to a group of fierce Raptors in the cold of winter. This encounter is brilliantly written and, to some extent, is believable. In short, most of the gruesome encounters are appealing. It is so refreshing to see human beings struggling for their own survival in a place where they are no longer the ruling predator! A real lesson in humility.

Bits and pieces of genuine data on dinosaurs litter the book too. For one, I discovered -but is it true?- that some of the powerful giants' central nervous system could not get the input to a bite or touch of its tail to its tiny brain before an amazing 8 seconds... True or not, this characterizes the giants and could have been used to a greater potential by the author.

Also, with a few exceptions, the characters are well rendered. They have distinct personalities, mostly Ripman, Emmerett, John and Nick -all male characters. Female characters get a lower lever of "scrutiny" and lack personality depth.

But what bothered me most was the extent of the time travel complexity. After a while, it becomes difficult to follow the action in terms of causes and effects, with so many groups traveling in time -and space-, with distinct linear times. It is just too much. From a logical standpoint, I am not sure that the actions undertaken by each of the group, in each of the time eras, in each of the places -pardon the complexity of this sentence!- are truly compatible with each other. Plus, the electronic devices used by the characters as "maps" don't make any sense to me, nor is it clear how the computers used by Kenny could have survived so long in such a harsh environment. Beyond the complexity of time travel, the headline preceding each chapter are not welcome additions. They rarely add anything to the story, even slowing down the pace. It would have been interesting for the author to limit these statements to real citations, to put some further credence to his views.

It's not sure that this book is the actual end of the "saga". There might be a third one. I would buy it of course, but let's hope that the author puts less unwelcome complexity in his story and focuses more on the man-to-animal relationship -read Human Vs Dinosaurs instead...
Kamick
As truly mediocre writers go, James David is at the top of his field. He's never met a modifier he couldn't dangle; conjunctions and punctuation have no truck with one another in his world; and the difference between adverbs and adjectives is the kind of nit-picking he just doesn't have time for. That pairs of characters stop for a moment--as their colleagues and friends are being devoured by velociraptors all around them--to "kiss deeply and promise never again to part" doesn't strike David as a plotting problem. Nor does he shy away from giving his non-white characters "ethnic" speech and embarrassingly stereotyped behaviors, and his ability to write convincing dialogue is right up there with ... well, no, actually, he doesn't have the ability to write convincing dialogue. What's more, he knows just enough science to be dangerous (if you happen to know any more than him, this book will be a torture and it'd be better if you left it alone). In short, he's a typical Tor writer. For all its apparent success as a supplier of genre fiction, Tor apparently doesn't waste its money on editors. On the positive side, at least you always know what you're getting with Tor's thriller/sci-fi offerings--mega-action; abundant, gratuitous splatter; and prose in which the universe is often multidimensional but the characters never are. All of that said, I must grudgingly admit that most of Thunder of Time is a very fun ride (though David pretty much pulls the ending out of his butt)--good beach or before-bed reading, in particular, or at other periods in which your attention level is low enough that a lot of the foolishness just rolls off. I like books like that and--given the amount of stress we live with every day--at times I even need them. So good for David and good for Tor. I remain unclear why being a genre writer requires an author to treat the English language as though he were a T. rex and it was a medium-sized herbivore, but that's a mystery I'm apparently going to have to take to the grave.
Laitchai
The first book was great - then it began to fall off. More of dealing with and living with the dinos. ALOS - what happened to the people that the dinos replaced.
Enila
This is a great sequel to footprints of thunder!!! The third book in the series has also come out dinosaur thunder, Please write more books in this series David. Its a great world you have created. Dinosaurs, time travel, political intrigue
Gela
If you like dino's you will certainly like this book.Its full of action and mystery.I found it deep and I needed to really be focused compared to other books.Great fun,action,mystery and adventure for me.
Keth
if you love dinosaurs and time displacement and a new concept of paleofiction...?!?
James F. David is the King!
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