|Plot Summary of Jump Start|
Publish America, 19.95, 177 pp.
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.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
Millions of similar sized meteors fall harmlessly into the oceans of the world and disappear. Soon the fisheries of the world begin to dwindle and dry up. Humanity finds itself faced with another problem: starvation on a massive, worldwide scale.
At the beach six months later Jacob and Marsha are witness as hundreds of huge, ravenous, juvenile dragons emerge from the ocean, as they have begun to do world wide. Caught by surprise, the Malfusco's, along with the rest of mankind, beat a hasty retreat, but it is too late. The genetically engineered dinosaurs, livestock for a race of nomadic beings that circle the galaxy as a way of life, are elusive, adaptive and intelligent, mananging to outwit Earth's defenses at almost every turn. Jacob has to learn how to fight them.
This synopsis report prepared by Gary Carter
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|Chapter Analysis of Jump Start|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 10%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 20%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 60%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 10%
Tone of book
- scarey (primal ax-wielding fear)
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- science fiction story
- info about lifeform(s)/society/phenomena
- dragons (hostile)
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Really unusual traits?
- Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin
- near future (later in 21st century)
- current (early 21st century)
Takes place on Earth?
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
- moderately detailed references to deaths
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- some scientific explanation
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references only
How much dialogue?
- significantly more dialog than descript
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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