Resonance

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While most living things don't notice earth's magnetic field, some are highly dependent on it, like homing pigeons and bees. But a magnetic alteration wouldn't just affect them; amphibians and insects are very susceptible to environmental changes. And there's no telling what it would do to the rest of us, since we don't know how we use our own internal magnetics, only that we have them.

Approximately 200 million years ago map north was ...

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Overview

While most living things don't notice earth's magnetic field, some are highly dependent on it, like homing pigeons and bees. But a magnetic alteration wouldn't just affect them; amphibians and insects are very susceptible to environmental changes. And there's no telling what it would do to the rest of us, since we don't know how we use our own internal magnetics, only that we have them.

Approximately 200 million years ago map north was magnetic south. But ten million years later, the poles traded. They've traded again approximately every sixty million years, the last of which was sixty-five million years ago

The current geological theory is that the poles begin a slow drift but that 'hotspots'—small pockets of reversed polarity—actually make the shift first. Once these reversals reach an unknown critical mass, the poles 'snap,' instantaneously trading places. Dr. David Carter the First was one of the first geologists to propose this theory, and it's his estranged son, Dr. David Carter the Second, who has just dug up some evidence that 'hotspots' do exist, and that they coincide far too closely with the dinosaur extinction.

Dr. Becky Sorenson has a cache of mutated frogs in her backyard. Hers have four back legs and, aside from the fact that they keep staring at her, are otherwise normal. Only later does she realize that they all face the site where they were found, and that the only thing abnormal about the area is that her compass needle points south.

Drs. Jordan Abellard and Jillian Brookwood are spending their days at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention writing reports on other physicians' field research. Jordan is convincedthat he can keep printing the same three reports: salmonella, botulism, and E. coli. But there's a cluster of patients in Florida who die from something new. Then another in Nevada, and another . . .

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  • ISBN-13: 9780979951046
  • Publisher: Griffyn Ink
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Pages: 484

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  • Posted August 9, 2010

    Mother Earth Flips

    Book Title: Resonance
    Author: A. J. Scudiere
    Publisher: Griffyn Ink
    ISBN: 0979931003
    Reviewed by Michele Tater for Review The Book

    I found this book scientifically fascinating. It was divide up into 27
    chapters, which takes the reader through what is called a polar shift. I found that the scientific jargon, that is found all through "Resonance, to be explained in such a way that most would understand what was happening. It also showed that mother earth is an unpredictable and uncontrollable force that we have to respect. I do not think the author wrote this to give a explanation of the Mayan 2012 doomsday theory. If anything it does give another hypothesis on how the dinosaur may have gone extinct.

    Since that was no real main character, the reader is given several options to choose from to like, dislike and possibly to relate to. In the beginning each person in the book is doing research in different scientific fields, such as biology, geology and disease control. Sometimes this array of scientists was difficult to keep track of, I actually found it helpful to list them on a sheet of paper, just in case I forgot who was who. I found that I could associate with some personality tract of each character and I became engrossed in the events they all had to experience. Although the best minds were at work, the event was not fully understood or somehow stopped. After the polar shift has occurred there are even more questions and events to be analyzed. In my opinion, one of the most shocking of these questions was why were just a few people seem to be going into a coma like state and then wake up several hours later describing a visit to second earthlike place. Also later in the book two characters have to make a moral decision which to me was a difficult dilemma, but one that had to be done.

    This book had made science fun and interesting. It is a quick read with likable characters. I would recommend it to adult and even to younger advanced readers, especially for science buffs and doomsday theory enthusiasts.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 6, 2008

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    This is an exciting science fiction thriller

    Isolated scientific researchers are working their projects separately at the same time, but each draws similar concerned conclusions on the phenomena they study. Geologist David Carter finds an anomaly that frightens him as his research affirms an isolated reverse polarity that he believes is the part of the natural magnetic polar shift that occurs every 65 million years or so. Biologist Becky Sorensen finds a strange frog species that has two extra hind legs in what the scientist wonders might be an abrupt evolutionary change and acts radically different than other amphibians as if they prepare for a radical shift; that is scary but it is her aviary and insect findings of changing migratory patterns in terms of direction and time that makes the scientist wonder if the planet¿s magnetic poles are reversing. CDC medical researchers Jordan Abellard and Jillian Brookwood are looking into several similar but localized epidemics of sudden death syndrome amongst people of all ages; they so far have failed to find the hotspot link that ties the locations together and somehow not spread beyond a particular radius; as if being at the wrong place at the wrong time literally means death.<BR/><BR/>Soon each of them and others will understand the greatest crisis to hit humanity has begun. The poles are switching magnetism and none know how to stop. Time is running out on what may prove a natural disaster of dinosaur proportions.<BR/><BR/>This is an exciting science fiction thriller that for about three fourths of the story line sets up the magnetic shift catastrophic disaster. The four lead characters rotate perspective as each with their differing scientific expertise draw the same conclusions. The last part of the novel takes an odd spin (pun intended) with the description of the shifted earth feeling more metaphysical fantasy than post apocalyptic physical sci fi. Still with a strong science base that is not dumped down, A.J. Scudiere's well written thriller will resonate with the readers as the earth no longer spins on its axis like it has for the last 65 million years.<BR/><BR/>Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2008

    Hot spots

    ¿Every so often, a long time, even by geological standards, the poles shift¿swap places. It happens that certain spots shift first. Then the theory is that when a critical mass of hotspots, or altered areas, is hit, the poles snap. Bam!¿ In A.J. Scudiere¿s novel, Resonance, four scientists are brought together when the impact of a polar shift leads to a pandemic that irreparably changes the earth. Jillian Brookwood and Jordan Abellard are physicians fresh from medical school who have chosen to start their careers as researchers with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) under the supervision of the demanding, yet brilliant, Dr. Landerly. The young doctors are put to the task of ¿drawing blood and writing reports¿ as well as traveling to different cities to diagnosis strange illnesses that pop up. Biologist Becky Sorenson, Ph.D. discovers six-legged frogs on her family¿s land and determines that the mutated amphibians are also magnetic. Dr. David Carter, a successful, arrogant geologist discovers the hotspots that mark the shifts in the earth¿s poles. When Jordan¿s cousin dies suddenly, the two CDC doctors go on a multi-state journey to identify the mysterious illness that causes stomach irritation, ear pain, coma and death. As the four doctors come together, they learn that the dramatic changes in the earth are leading to a global disaster. While the search for the cause and cure of the illness is underway, an attraction develops between Jordan and Jillian. With the addition of David to the team, an uncomfortable three-way relationship blossoms as Jillian finds herself in need of the security that Jordan offers and drawn to the bad-boy excitement David has built his reputation on. Resonance is an exceptional, hearty tome that invites readers to sink their teeth into the complicated, science-rich plot. With experience as a teacher of science, math and writing, Scudiere does an outstanding job of looping dramatic, human scenes with descriptive scientific facts. Readers who enjoy learning about real life while indulging in fiction will love this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2013

    ¿This novel is fiction, except for the parts that aren¿t¿ - Mich

    “This novel is fiction, except for the parts that aren’t” - Michael Crichton. Some of the best fiction contains enough of a grain of truth to make the book absolutely believable and engrosses our imagination beyond the norm. Resonance is just the book for you. this book is great for those who are in the know and those who want to know more. This book also keeps you moving from one scene to another and holds you until the end. I would highly suggest reading this if you are a science fiction fan and a fan of an author like Michael Crichton. And to add one more plug for Miss A.J. I have read Vengeance and God's Eye Too. I am a big fan since none of her books are cookie cutter novels that just change the names of characters. They are all truly stand alone great stories with solid writing. If you think that all her books will be the same, think again. They have night and day themes and struggles. So, after you have read Resonance, pick up more of her books, you will not be disappointed!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2013

    This book is amazing! The concept is great! It really makes you

    This book is amazing! The concept is great! It really makes you wonder if we'll see something like this in our lifetime. The way the author writes is so natural and easy to read... the characters speak the way you think, so it doesn't seem fake or artificial. You will finish this book really quick because there is never a dull moment. 

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  • Posted October 29, 2011

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    A very gratifying read!

    I recently read Resonance by A.J. Scudiere. It's a mystery novel where scientists, geologists, and biologists must save the world. A polar shift begins, and these professionals must corroborate what's taking place. People are dying, animals are mutating, and all kinds of crazy things are happening.

    There's mystery and a sort of love triangle mixed within various view points. I enjoyed the varied points of view. The characters are very relatable. There are three scientists: Landerly, Jordan Abellard and Jillian. Landerly hires Jordan and Jillian to do paperwork at the Center for Disease Control. Little do they know paperwork isn't in the forecast.

    There are two geologist. David Carter and his friend (who's actually a paleontologist) Greer. David studies rocks and is soon working with the CDC to uncover the mysteries of the polar shift.

    Then there is Becky Sorenson who is studying some mutated frogs and things. She is called in while the shift seems to be happening right in her own backyard. Becky soon leaves her job at the University to work with the CDC.

    The pace is excellent for an almost 500 page book. No boredom here! Actually, the longer the story went on the more I was drawn deeper into the story. And A.J. Scudiere's novels seem to have rather good reviews on GoodReads, Barns and Noble and Amazon. I concur. A very gratifying read!

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  • Posted October 12, 2011

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    A Mystery with Frightening Potential

    Resonance by A.J. Scudiere This is a book that delves into the medical and social issues surrounding the reverse of the earth's magnetic polarity. This could be described as a medical mystery or science fiction. It incorporates facets of both genres. The two main characters, Jordon and Jillian are mismatched lovers in the making. Lots of sexual tension surrounds their relationship while both remain oblivious to the obvious. They are CDC doctors tasked with discovering why some very strange deaths are occurring. Their interaction with a self centered geologist, a biologist and some wranglers provide a wide variety of character interaction. This was an intriguing mystery which did become a tad confusing in some places. I suspect if you like Robin Cook or Michael Crichton, you will like this book. I recommend the book.

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

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    What destroyed the dinosaurs is about to happen again...

    Description: Like clockwork, every 60 million years, the Earth's magnetic poles reverse. 65 million years ago, the Earth's magnetic poles switched leading to the destruction of the dinosaurs. Planet Earth is 5 million years late for the next reversal. By the time the scientific community realizes what's to come it may already be too late. A group of four scientists and medical doctors begin noticing that there are things changing in their areas of study. David, a geologist, realizes that the Earth is due for a complete magnetic pole reversal like the event that took out the dinosaurs; Jillian and Jordan work for the CDC and are studying a disease that seems harmless until its victims become comatose and begin to die; and Becky, a biologist, discovers six-legged frog mutants and strange bird migration patterns. None of these events seem to have anything in common, until the four of them meet and discover that the pole reversal starting, and maybe the end of existence as they know it. Review: I am a fan of science fiction and end-of-the-world theories, therefore, when I saw the giveaway for this book on LibraryThing I knew I had to enter. After the first two chapters I didn't want to put the eBook down. What began as a slow-paced introduction to the characters and their strange discoveries turned into a fast-paced page-turner. A.J. Scudiere has a way with making the world and characters within this book come to life. I felt like I was part of the action, trying to figure out why everything was happening and how the pole reversal would effect me; I love when a book makes me feel "included" in some way. Being a microbiologist I definitely appreciated the science behind the pole reversal, and I think the author did a great job setting up the plot and the dialogue, especially the scientific parts which were easier to understand than in other books of the genre. Overall, I thought the book was great, and it had everything I wanted in an end-of-the-world scenario. The only thing that bothered me was the snappiness of the ending which seemed a little rushed, but all of the loose ends seemed to be tied up and accounted for. I recommend this book to science fiction lovers and people who want to read about world ending scenarios that doesn't involve zombies, aliens, or Mayan prophesies. Rating: On the Run (4/5) *** I received this eBook from LibraryThing Member Giveaways (Griffyn Ink) in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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  • Posted September 24, 2011

    Live To Read

    This book is 27 chapters of polar shifting. The author writes very good science fiction, the book is easy to comprehend-especially for those of us who may not be science fiction buffs. The great thing about this science fiction book? The author makes no mention of 2012...the concept that is so prevalent in books these days.



    The main character? Well, there really is no main characters, but there are a bunch of characters that the author focuses on. The book was a little bit reminiscent of, say, Jurassic Park; like Jurassic Park, this book skips around between characters, but the reader gets to know them pretty well. It is a good idea to maybe write the names down so you can keep them separate.



    The scientists work on numerous projects before the plot really takes hold. The reader will learn background information and gather up hints of what is to come. Even with their best efforts, the polar shift takes place and what can only be described as unearthly occurs. The author delves into the possibility of a second earth or second dimension. The ending was very good, the reader will find it ties up loose ends nicely. This book is recommended to young adults/adults.

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  • Posted August 22, 2011

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    Fascinating idea, fun read - sci-fi bio-medical thriller

    According to geological records, the Earth's magnetic pole switches about every 60 million years. The last such swap was about 65 million years ago - about the same time as the last massive dinosaur die-out. The Earth is 5 million years overdue .

    The story revolves around a group of scientists and doctors - Jordan and Jillian are physicians with the CDCP who work under Dr. Landerly; David is a geologist; and Becky is a biologist. Each of them start noticing things around the same time - Jordan and Jillian notice that people are slipping into comas after being hit by what appears to be some sort of stomach flu and not waking up; David finds evidence of a magnetic reversal being responsible for the die-out of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, and further evidence hinting that the same thing has happened about every 60 million years; and Becky finds a small area in the Tennessee backwoods with a large number of mutated frogs. There doesn't seem to be any connection, until the four coincidentally meet up and pool their resources - what they discover is terrifying. The world is due for another magnetic reversal, and it appears to be starting.

    Some reviewers have mentioned that they found the beginning slow and the ending abrupt. I found the beginning to be fascinating as each group makes their discoveries and tries to figure out what is happening. The middle I found incredibly confusing - there is some really weird stuff going on and nobody seems to understand what is happening. But it is all explained, so don't let the weirdness scare you off - the idea Scudiere comes up with is both fascinating and really scary, but at the same time incredibly nifty! The ending was a bit abrupt - there is no real discussion about the overall effects of the magnetic reversal upon technology, for instance. It seems to me that the magnetic upheaval would have wreaked havoc upon computer systems and networks, as well as the guidance systems and so forth, but this isn't mentioned and once the actual snap occurs, everything is business as usual. Nonetheless, I found it a very enjoyable read and would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good bio-medical sci-fi thriller. Check it out!

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  • Posted April 12, 2011

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    A thrill ride

    You turned my world upside down. It's a phrase that is thrown around quite often, without a second thought about what it could imply. What if one day the world really did start turning upside down? You can't escape it, the world isn't waiting for you to adjust. It's going to follow it's course, and give itself the biggest face life its had since T-Rex ruled the world.

    Jillian, Jordan, David, and Becky all come from radically different backgrounds, all with PhDs in their own fields. All four of them come to the realization something is definitely wrong in the world today. Jillian and Jordan, both working with the CDC, learn about a new disease that is killing people by the droves with no rhyme or reason. David learns the rocks he loves are not quite making sense. The way the geologists are labeling them is completely messed up. Becky is finding six legged frogs in her backyard and birds that are flying to the wrong places at the wrong times.

    None of these phenomenon seem to relate to each other at all, until the four meet up unexpectedly in a small town where people dying and the world seems to have changed its mind about a few laws it once had. They learn the polarities of the earth are changing. North is now south; south is now north, but this only seems to be happening in bubbles, and the bubbles are growing larger. Someone send St. Nick a change of address card and pray he survives.

    It took me a little while to get into this book. The storyline seemed to crawl at the beginning. The set up may have taken a little longer than necessary, but the middle and ending of the book were worth trudging through the beginning for. The plot was incredibly creepy. The end of the world has been in the forefront of many people's minds lately. This is a new twist on one scenario of the demise of the world. This book takes you for a fool a couple of times, just when you think things are finished, another curve ball has been pitched your way, and you may need to step back in order from being hit by the ball. Once you hit the midway point, do not let your guard down, or you may miss something important.

    The characters in the book are a bit on the "unreal" side at times, but that could be because I don't usually find myself surrounded by geniuses on a regular basis and therefore have no basis on how they would behave. I guess someone truly brilliant would be able to think things through and come up with the brilliance that occurs. The characters are lovable though. There was a character that only lasted a chapter or two that I found myself mourning when he passed. There are meaningful layers to each of these characters that make you want to slap them or hug them, depending on the situation.

    If you can handle the creepiness of the possible end of the world, pick this book up and give it a good chance. The story may start off slow, but you will be tightening your seat belt before it is all said and done.

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