Crucible of a Species

Crucible of a Species

by Terrence Zavecz


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COLONEL DANIEL DRAKE successfully led the greatest scientific effort since the Manhattan Project. Now they enter the final phase and Drake takes command -- Earth's first interstellar expedition. Politics, funding, rivalries and terrorism plague the project and threaten its completion. The colonel heartlessly drives his people to a successful launch only to have disaster strike before they exit the solar system.

Their ship crashes into the Red Spot of Jupiter, those who survive find themselves in a universe abnormally quiet and subtly different. Limping back to port they discover an unrecognizable but beautiful and violent world occupied by strange animals Drake's scientists insist are dinosaurs.

Drake must lead them through starvation, sabotage, murder, and mutiny while repairing their ship and enduring a vicious world on a mission where more than their lives depend on their survival for the mysterious aliens, those who gave them starship technology, delivered it with a deadline and an ominous threat, "Do not be late".

'Crucible' is Military Sci-Fi but it is also Hard Sci-Fi with rock-solid science that is simply and briefly presented in rendition and concept. The reader will find that it greatly adds to the excitement of the tale.

"...the author sees the human-dinosaur interaction through a new perspective - one that keeps the reader turning pages."
--Steve Alten,
NY Times best-selling author of

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781519348890
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 01/07/2016
Pages: 310
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

Writing Science Fiction is a new vocation for Terrence Zavecz. Reading Sci-Fi laid the basis for his life's work as scientist, engineer and entrepreneur. Now, he discovered something exciting and wondrous ... free time and says he intends to use it to inflame the imagination of future scientists by writing stories that carry the adventure and optimism of those of his youth.

Terrence Edward Zavecz graduated from Lehigh University with a BS in Engineering Physics.
He holds an MS in Metallurgy and an MS in Materials from the Princeton-Lehigh Masters Program of AT&T

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