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Cretaceous Sea

Cretaceous Sea

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by Will Hubbell
A time-warp machine offering the ultimate travel experience is ready to take off to the Cretaceous Period when dinosaurs ruled the earth.

Now paleontologist Rick Clements and a select group of tourists have arrived-unfortunately, just in time to witness the meteor that once laid waste to earth 65,000,000 years ago.


A time-warp machine offering the ultimate travel experience is ready to take off to the Cretaceous Period when dinosaurs ruled the earth.

Now paleontologist Rick Clements and a select group of tourists have arrived-unfortunately, just in time to witness the meteor that once laid waste to earth 65,000,000 years ago.

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Temporal Transport is offering a unique travel experience to the fabulously wealthy �a trip to the Cretaceous time period to see the dinosaurs firsthand. Paleontology student Rick Clements has signed on as naturalist for the first trip to take John Greighton, his new wife, and daughter, Constance (Con for short) to Montana Isle. Rick and Con soon realize that the people who set up the trip don't know much about time travel, or that the strange moving numbers in the "building" are really counting down to the K-T event, the nine-mile-wide meteor that stuck the earth and wiped out the dinosaurs. Con, Rick, and another man actually survive the K-T event; only Rick and Con make it back to Montana Isle to be picked up by the real time travelers from Earth's distant future. The time travelers have to decide if Rick and Con need to be eliminated so they do not alter history. In the end, they are sent to 1878 as Con's eccentric ancestor, Constance Clements. Although it is more than 50 pages before this novel takes off, the ending is a roller coaster ride. There is sexual tension between Rick and Con. He sees her naked while saving her from a mosasaur; at the end, she is pregnant. (This is integral to the plot, since she knows for sure she is meant to become her ancestor when she realizes she is pregnant.) For good readers who enjoy an offbeat, riveting, incredulous tale. KLIATT Codes: SA�Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2002, Berkley, Ace, 341p., Hoy

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Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
Ace Science Fiction Series
Product dimensions:
4.32(w) x 6.72(h) x 0.94(d)

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Will Hubbellis a writer and illustrator who lives in Rochester, New York.

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Cretaceous Sea 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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This is one of the worst novels I've ever read. The story--one of time travel to the Cretaceous Period, betrayal, and financial investments--is passably interesting, and the dinosaur material approaches fascinating. But it's impossible to overlook the fact that all women act like and are treated as six-year-olds (while men are clever and caring, of course). It's impossible to avoid the trite ending, and the plot 'twists' that you can see coming at least 75 pages in advance. If that isn't enough for you, how about the fact that the more emotional the characters get, the more melodramatic and ridiculous the writing gets? Skip this book, and read something better. I may not be the biggest Crichton fan out there, but he's a heck of a lot better than this tripe.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The idea of time travel and meeting descendents of mankind from the far future has a long pedigree. Dating in fact to the first book on time travel, "The Time Machine" by HG Wells. Later authors like Isaac Asimov with "The End of Eternity", and Poul Anderson and his Time Patrol stories expanded on this idea. Now comes this book, which combines it with rummaging through the Age of Dinosaurs, a la Crichton's "Jurassic Park". The book can be divided into three parts. The first is when our heros go from the 21st century to the Cretaceous. This section lacked tautness. The bad blokes are thin cardboard, and the plot unfolding was predictable and boring. The second part, and the most interesting, is when the heroes get stranded after the asteroid that kills most of the dinosaurs hits Earth. We learn how our heroes barely survive. A different take on most dinosaur books, which describe the lush environment. Here, there is only devastation. Fans of Jurassic Park will like this section. There is one implausibility here. At one point, the heroine tells her male companions to look the other way, before she strips in order to swim a river. By this time, they are struggling to survive. To get enough to eat and to keep warm. I suggest to you that a nudity taboo is a luxury that would have disappeared much earlier. Heck, think of your own experiences if you have ever been backpacking for several days in a coed group. Chances are, after a day or so, most of you would readily skinny dip. The third part concerns when our heroes are rescued by time travellers from the far future. Far enough that they have physically changed, and are unaware of normal human emotions of love, and of sex. Very implausible. We can imagine descendents that have decided to reshape themselves physically, and also emotionally. But even if they removed emotions, would they have lost knowledge of those? And what of sex? The descendents are male or female. Even if they reproduced asexually, the fact that they have kept vestigial sexual characteristics suggests that they would retain the knowledge of what those implied, even if they were no longer relevant. One of the descendents says they lost a lot of knowledge of earlier times, which supposedly accounts for their ignorance of the above. The author is confused. Losing records means that they might not know who was King of France in 1750. But their genes carry their own biological history. Overall, an uneven book. As science fiction, only moderately original. As an adventure novel, middling.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Con Greighton¿s father John is one of the wealthiest men in the year 2059, but to his daughter he¿s just an absentee father more interested in business and women than he is in her. When John invites Con on a mysterious journey with his fiancée and the trip¿s sponsor, the enigmatic Mr. Green, she accepts because it¿s a chance to do something never done before, journey back in time to the Upper Cretaceous period when the dinosaurs roamed the earth. When they arrive in prehistoric Montana Isle, paleontology student Rick Clements is elated to see in real life what he has only seen in fossils. Rick¿s job is to keep Con occupied while her father and Mr. Green discuss business, but when Rick realizes that they are on ground zero of the K-T meteor strike, a dream vacation turns into a nightmare.

Fans of Jurassic Park are going to love CRETACEOUS SEA as they glimpse into an era that has inspired many novels and movies. There are many surprises in this work so readers will never become bored or put the book down until they have all their questions answered. Will Hubbell has written a science fiction novel that will appeal to the action-adventure crowd.

Harriet Klausner