Is Noah Zarc responsible for the destruction of Earth... a thousand years before his birth?
[YA Sci-Fi, Time Travel, Space Adventure, Extinction]
Noah Zarc rockets to Venus on a quest to discover the truth about his past. He refuses to believe his father is really the monster everyone says he is. Could there be valid reasons for everything his father’s done, including abandoning Noah at birth?
Together with his two friends, a plucky girl from the Ice Age, and a street-wise kid from back alleys of Mars, Noah searches for answers to secrets everyone refuses to talk about — secrets that have remained hidden for over a thousand years. In the process he becomes embroiled in a mystery that could have devastating consequences.
Could it be possible that Noah inadvertently caused the greatest cataclysm in the history of the solar system? Will the name, Noah Zarc, be forever linked to the most devastating crime in humanity’s existence, all because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time? Race with Noah as he tries to stop the destruction of Earth, even if the enemy he needs to stop... is himself.
NOAH ZARC: CATACLYSM by D. Robert Pease
Evolved Publishing presents the second book in the multiple award-winning Noah Zarc series of science fiction time travel adventures—an out-of-this-world, action-packed thrill ride.
BOOKS BY D. ROBERT PEASE:
- Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble (Book 1)
- Noah Zarc: Cataclysm (Book 2)
- Noah Zarc: Declaration (Book 3)
- Noah Zarc: Omnibus (Special Edition)
- Noah Zarc: Roswell Incident (Short Story Prequel)
- Dream Warriors (Joey Cola - Book 1)
- Shadow Swarm
- Enslaved (Exodus Chronicles - Book 1) [Coming 2017]
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About the Author
EDITOR: Lane Diamond has over 120 published books to his editing credit, including many multiple award-winners, across many genres and styles.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Second book in a superb sci-fi series! This is a superb sci-fi adventure aimed for readers aged 9 - 12 but it could well appeal to others (including adults) outside this age group! Set in the future, most of the story revolves around the thhirteen-year-old Noah Zarc, a paraplegic who spends his life in a very versatile, responsive and futuristic wheelchair which enables him to live a relatively normal life. That is if you class being a space travelling adventurer setting out to save humankind to be normal for someone of this age! In this, the second book in the series, Noah goes to Venus to meet learn about his past and to meet his father, Haon, after having some really weird “dreams” . . . that’s the start to his next time travelling adventure to try to stop the Great Cataclysm happening - but what are the real implications of this if he’s successful? Can he be the right person in the right time to put things right or will his name forever more be linked to devastation? This is a fast paced adventure with lots of twists, turns, unexpected events, turmoil and time travel. The time travel doesn’t always give the expected results leading to further unanticipated consequences. The interactions between characters and how Noah adapts to and reacts to situations where his abilities are tested make this a great story -it captures the reader’s attention and makes enthralling reading. I have no hesitation in recommending this entire series of books - simply brilliant! Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Three volumes of the Noah Zarc series with illustrations that are only available in the omnibus edition: here is a book that will encourage the reader in your middle-grade student. Noah Zarc is a science-fiction adventure story, which starts with a 12 year old protagonist and his family as they travel space and time collecting animal pairs much like Noah of the Bible. But this Noah is no older man with a fully functional body: this Noah is a paraplegic who occasionally rails against the confines of his limitations. His family isn’t into coddling him either: there isn’t a great divide in punishment, interaction or expectations for any of the children: expectations are set and most often met if not exceeded. Another bonus to a story that uses such clever techniques to teach and model: we learn as much from our interactions with fictional characters as we do from those who are standing in front of us, and there are several options for learning. Starting with Mammoth Trouble, Noah is just 12, and the family is starting their adventure with their ARC (Animal Rescue Cruiser). This is a post-apocalyptic world, where humans are relegated to living on colonized Mars and Venus. Noah and his family are seeking to grab pairs of animals to repopulate the earth. Interesting social and moral issues arise with this: should you be expending this time and energy to stop the extinction of the animal kingdom when humans are in need? What about the whole “changing” the path of a destiny? Any fans of time travel will instantly see the gentle seeding of the argument for young readers to develop their own views. Full of concepts and ideas, action-packed and several wonderful interactions between the characters that includes bickering, punishment and Noah’s struggle to save his father from the anti-animal faction had me whipping through the pages. Illustrations and new technology along with the dedication the family has to saving the animals was just a fabulously transporting read, and made me wish I had a younger reader at home! Stars: 5 Next up is Cataclysm and Noah is a year older and wiser, with all of the experience gained from his family’s first year on the ARC, integrating a new member into the family, and the kids have been sent to live with their Grandfather to ‘experience a more normal life’. But ‘normal’ isn’t all that one might expect, Noah is finding some odd connection with the villain Haon, and is beginning to wonder if perhaps there is more to the conflict and backstory than he knew. Another thoughtful installment that added, to my delight, robots with personalities and identities, that don’t try too hard and come off as overwrought, but are just right! More action-filled than the first, there are wild time-jumps, authorized and not, that serve to keep the story moving forward. Fast paced and full of detail this story is one that keeps rushing by, even as you want to stop and savor. Additionally, as in the first book, Noah’s disability is not ignored, but worked with and around: he’s managed to adapt his approach to accomplish what he wants, even as he does have those moments where his disability is fully in the front of his mind. Stars: 5 Lastly and the newest installment to the series is Declaration and we join Noah in the midst of a firefight helping the rebels stand strong against the Poligarchy’s army that is bent on ruling the galaxy. What we are learning throughout the story is that Noah and his family, with their time travel skills can go back and alter the past, and perhaps prevent the mess that is the world they know now. Noah is now 14, and his perspective and voicing have aged with him: confidence from past encounters and his confidence in both his ‘team’ and his own abilities have contributed to this noticeable maturing of the character. Yes, he is still young, but the core traits of his personality that were so endearing in the earlier volumes are still prevalent, with the solid family/tea relationships that are a mainstay of the story. We are in boy-heaven in this story: action, gadgets, a clear enemy and a clear goal and hero to cheer for. Continuing to confront head-on several social issues, and questions of what is really in the best interests of everyone, the story manages to work on several levels, keeping readers engaged throughout. I’m not the target audience for this book, but I was completely captured by the characters, the action and the issues and questions: set in fantasy but integrating concepts and engaging readers with a fun tale that teaches as it entertains. This was a lovely addition to the series: highlighted with illustrations found only in the omnibus edition that add a bit of whimsy to the page. I received an eArc copy of the book for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. Stars: 5
In book one, Noah’s family had embarked on a scientific mission of repopulating the earth with animals. But Haon Craz had done his best to thwart their efforts. Now, we find out another side of this villain. A visit to Venus shows Noah the horrible squalor the Venetians live in. Haon, he learns, isn’t against the ARC project so much as he is for recolonizing the earth with people. But the Poligarchy, in an effort to keep its rigid control over the solar system, won’t allow it. Yet we’re never quite sure if Haon is really a good guy. In fact, he seems downright suspect. Now Noah is having dreams that link him to Haon and cause him to seek the man out. Only that was Haon’s plan all along. Haon needs Noah to fly the ship back in time to implement his plan to prevent the cataclysm that destroyed earth in the first place. But is Haon really preventing it…or causing it? This is another great mind-bender. The wild time jump details are fabulously thought out and cause some unexpected results. And we are introduced to some cool robot characters with personalities (personhoods, actually) of their own. Noah and James, one of the robots, share a special connection due to the neuro chip implanted in Noah’s brain. This gives them a direct mental link that comes in handy. They’re like brother, twins, two of the same person, almost. (“I felt like I was actually discovering who I was. And I realized I didn’t mind hanging out with me.”) Noah can even inhabit James, giving him a physical presence outside his own body and a chance to use his legs for the first time. Noah’s handicap gives readers a ready way to identify with him. We may not all be wheelchair- (okay, magchair-) bound, but don’t we all live with something we wish we could change? I know I do. I have very little bad to say about this series. It can be a little difficult to follow at times, especially if I’m reading in the evening after a long day. You have to stay up on the details, and it moves fast. Also, there are a lot of unnecessary commas that slow the flow of the sentences. But I can live with both of those. There’s so much good in the series: family, nobility, sacrifice, friendship, excitement, and imagination, not to mention a complete lack of offensive subjects and language. I also really appreciate the high value Mr. Pease gives to people. Cavemen are intelligent and enterprising, and the world was made for people. This implies intention and purpose, not chance and degradation. That is so refreshing to find. In conclusion, I this is a fun read with no caution flags. I highly recommend the series. Probably a 10+ independent reading level, but a great read aloud for those a few years younger.