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Jump Start
     

Jump Start

4.8 14
by Gary Carter
 

For years mankind has pondered the existence of Dragons and extraterrestrials, along with the mysteries of Stonehenge, Nazca, the pyramids and countless other unexplained phenomena. Now, in the near future, four prominent individuals bring things together as an alien invasion of massive proportions threatens the world. Can Jacob, Marsha, Pappy, and the President of

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For years mankind has pondered the existence of Dragons and extraterrestrials, along with the mysteries of Stonehenge, Nazca, the pyramids and countless other unexplained phenomena. Now, in the near future, four prominent individuals bring things together as an alien invasion of massive proportions threatens the world. Can Jacob, Marsha, Pappy, and the President of the United States stop the invasion before it is too late? Or will mankind follow in the footsteps of Neanderthal man, the dinosaurs, and countless other species by simply disappearing off the face of the Earth, leaving any future sentient beings to ponder our sudden disappearance?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781413701937
Publisher:
Publish America
Publication date:
10/25/2003
Pages:
180
Product dimensions:
0.41(w) x 9.00(h) x 6.00(d)

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The Malfusco's stood in the dimlight, on the second story of Marsha's home in Santa Monica, high on a hill overlooking the Pacific. They watched as a yellow sea danced beneath the winds of a spring driven storm. Overhead the heavens pulsed with a golden light that colored the stars and moon. Far off the horizon blazed, as if a new sun were being born, but it was a cold blaze, eerie and strange, a fire not of this Earth, but of something far away, unknown, and alien . . .

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Jump Start 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! I don't go out of my way to read science fiction but, when a friend told me of this book, and having an interest in dragons, I decided to read it, and I have to admit I do have an interest in UFO's, extraterrestrials and the like. Once I started reading I couldn't put it down, something I don't do a lot. It was that good. Anyone who enjoys apocalyptic tales of alien invasions should enjoy JUMP START. It certainly puts a new slant on old myths and legends, and it's an easy, fast and spellbinding read. For me anyway, with lots of new slants on old ideas, and full of surprises. Highly recommended!
harstan More than 1 year ago
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. 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
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the emergence of man on Earth, tales and legends were forged about great winged dragons. For several millennia they have captivated the imaginations of people worldwide. Now, the legends shall prove true, and with it a teror unimaginable shall be unleashed. Mr. Carter has skillfully woven several facets of science fiction into one great novel. From aliens to dinosaurs, JUMP START brings an age-old tale to modern day man. I thoroughly enjoyed the story, which became a real page turner for me. Mr. Carter's writing skill is shown throughout the novel, and every part of the story is exciting (and sometimes surprising!).I would recommend this book to all science fiction fans that love dragon lore as much as I do. Good job!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Port Orford author Gary Carter has produced an imaginative fantasy portraying the possibility of the demise of humankind. The book begins with a prologue taking place in 300 AD., and then quickly jumps to Death Valley, CA, Ayers Rock in Australia and Mt. Palomar in California. In the last three locations, each of the three scientists are busy with research that produces exciting discoveries. In Death Valley a paleontologist discovers the remains of an ancient dragon. In Australia a mother and daughter discover a long lost pyramid. At about the same time, at Mt.Palomar, a noble prise winning astronomer discovers a massive meteor shower heading towards Earth, threatening annihilation. As one would expect, each of the three scientists enjoys, or perhaps tolerates, a great deal of attention and fame for a few months. That lasts until they are all thrown together in an attempt to survive the coming, almost complete destruction of humankind and its habitat. They cross the Western United States as each tries to help themselves and others avoid total destruction. It's too much fun to give anything more away. JUMP START is great entertainment for a rainy day, or a sunny day outside at the beach or the park.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent book. Good characters, nice, tight writing and a really good ending that makes me want to read more of Gary's work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a bit flummoxed when it comes to rating this book. I enjoyed reading it, I don't deny that, but the entire time I'm also thinking that, because it is so short, how much better it could be. The characters and scope need more development, for one, and the science could be more concise. Since I'm torn down the middle, I'll tear the rating down the middle also.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jacob Malfusco discovers the fossilized remains of an ancient Dragon. Marsha Kimbrough discovers a hidden pyramid. Pappy Darringer discovers millions of meteors headed toward Earth. The way these three discoveries effect the world comprise the plot of this exciting book. Things are bad, then they get worse. Ultimately they reach the point where little hope is left. This short book is a page turner. There is some profanity, but the story is so engrossing that the average reader will not notice it. Plus, with mankind being devoured, a few swear words are probably appropriate. This is a great book! Sheila Griffin -
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is an easy read. Once into its pages I stayed up late to finish it. There is minimal violence, but, then again, historically Dragons have always been messy eaters. Don't let that stop you. Even the most well-read science fiction buff, of any age, will find some new twists in it. As an avid science fiction reader for more than 30 years I found the opportunity to review Port Orford author Gary Carter's new book 'Jump Start' a real treat.- Willowsong Hall - Editor and publisher of the Port Orford News
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! What a great way to tie a lot of mysteries together with a great storyline. Like most good books I read I was disappointed when it ended, wanting more. If I follow my usual pattern when trying to find a new author I will be headed back to the bookstore to find something else Gary has written. I have several collections that all started with one book and in the end I not only own all of an author's work but am anxiously awaiting the next one. McCaffrey, de Lint, Robert Jordan, George RR. Martin, Tolkein, Ursula K. Le Guin, Robert Adams and others like Mary Stwart, Ray Bradbury, Asimov and many more. I am happy to say I'm adding Gary Carter to my list so . . . when is the next one coming out? I can't wait. Thanks for a great stroy. Bryan von Bargen, Chief of Natural REsource Management, Willamette VAlley Projects, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book takes you nearly to the end of the world and scares the bejesus out of you. I personally hope that with all of the ancient myths and other anomalies in this book, it stays fiction. Mr. Carter has done a great job. As you follow Jacob, Marsha and Pappy through the book, you feel like you know them and you feel for them. You actually find yourself hoping they make it ok. I won¿t give away any more of the story, but I will say: I don¿t ever want to meet one of your dragons. Good Job Mr. Carter! I can¿t wait for more books from you. I hope you are busy writing. Recommendation: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Lynn Young is the Managing Editor of The MWLA review, a Reviewer and Editor
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, a great way to tie a lot of mysteries together with a great storyline. Like most good books I read I was disappointed when it ended, wanting more. If I followed my usual pattern when trying to find a new author I would be headed back to the bookstore to find something else the author had written. I have several collections that all started with one book and in the end I not only own all of an author's work but am anxiously awaiting the next one. McCaffrey, de Lint, Robert Jordan, George RR Martin, Tolkien, Ursula K. Le Guin, Robert Adams and others like Mary Stewart, Ray Bradbury, Asimov and many more. I am happy to say I'm adding Gary Carter to my list, so...when is the next one coming out? Can't wait. Thanks for a great story. Bryan von Bargen - Chief of Natural Resource Management, Willamette Valley Projects, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It's a great way to tie a lot of mysteries toegether with a great storyline. Like most good books I read I was disappointed when it ended, wanting more. If I followed my usual pattern when trying to find a new author I would be headed back to the bookstore to find something else Mr. Carter had written. I have several collections that all started with one book and in the end I not only own all of an author's work but am anxiously awaiting the next one. McCaffrey, de Lint, Robert Jordan, George RR Martin, Tolkein, Ursula K. Le Guin, Robert Adams and others like Mary Stewart, Ray Bradbury, Asimov and many more. I am happy to say I'm adding Gary Carter to my list, so...when is the next one coming out? Can't wait. Bryan Von Bargen - Chief of Natural Resource Management, Willamette Valley Projects, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! We both read the book and liked it. The plot was interesting and kept us reading to the end. The characters were 'human' with faults and determination. This is movie material, for sure. Spielberg needs to see this book. The facts supplied were amazing...lots of research. The only flaw was the main characters drove so close to us and didn't come and see and save us! Keep them (books)coming. Jamie & Diane Davis
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! We both finished the book and liked it. The plot was interesting and kept us reading to the end. The characters were 'human' with faults and determination. This is movie material, for sure. Spielberg needs to see this book. Gary, the facts you supplied were amazing...lots of research. The only flaw was the main characters drove so close to us and didn't come and see and save us! Keep them (books)coming!! Jamie & Diane Davis, Durango, CO