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Publish America, 19.95, 177 pp.
ISBN 1413701930

Ready to quit if nothing comes of this field trip with his students to Death Valley, Jacob Malfusco and his team uncover what appears to be the bones of a flying dinosaur, but not like a pterosaur as the wings are different. Jacob feels crazy but tells his students it looks like the remains of a mythological dragon.
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In Ayers Rock Australia, archaeologist Marsha Kimbrough hopes to salvage her dying career by proving that ancient astronauts came to earth. Her daughter Tricia accompanies her on the trek, but instead of studying cave paintings, they uncover the top of an Egyptian pyramid buried for centuries under the Australian sand.

In Mount Palomar, California, senior astronomer Papalov Darringer announces that millions of meteors are on a trajectory towards earth and will hit within a year. Pappy also states that these “rocks” all appear to be the identical size.

These three events seem to have nothing in common yet they do for what is coming to the earth has not existed on this orb in almost two millennium. The planet, in spite of technical advances, has no defenses unless Jacob, Marsha, and Pappy can find a way to save their species from extinction.

JUMP START grips the reader from the very moment that a depressed Jacob finds that first rib, remains at that pace through the next two discoveries, and then accelerates into a faster than light alien invasion tale. The action-packed story line contains solid key characters as Jacob and Marsha know failure in relationships and at work while Pappy feels every minute of his sixty-eight years. Gary Carter deserves accolades for this Von Daniken meets HG Wells in a modern retelling of George and the Dragon.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

Millions of similar sized meteors fall harmlessly into the oceans of the world and disappear. Soon the fisheries of the world begin to dwindle and dry up. Humanity finds itself faced with another problem: starvation on a massive, worldwide scale.
   At the beach six months later Jacob and Marsha are witness as hundreds of huge, ravenous, juvenile dragons emerge from the ocean, as they have begun to do world wide. Caught by surprise, the Malfusco's, along with the rest of mankind, beat a hasty retreat, but it is too late. The genetically engineered dinosaurs, livestock for a race of nomadic beings that circle the galaxy as a way of life, are elusive, adaptive and intelligent, mananging to outwit Earth's defenses at almost every turn. Jacob has to learn how to fight them.
The review of this Book prepared by Gary Carter

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 60%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 10% Tone of book    -   scarey (primal ax-wielding fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Tech./$$$/Info hunt    -   Yes Stealing/recovering/destroying    -   info about lifeform(s)/society/phenomena Adversaries are…    -   dragons (hostile) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book GIANT monster(s)    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   scientist Age:    -   40's-50's Really unusual traits?    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin


Terrain    -   Jungle    -   Desert    -   Water    -   Mountains    -   Forests Earth setting:    -   near future (later in 21st century)    -   current (early 21st century) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment    -   moderately detailed references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   some scientific explanation Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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