Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Book Giveaway: Temperal Storms

Imagine a storm blowing in that, instead of tearing things up, it removes everything from the present to the past, and vice versa. One minute, there's a house across the street; the next minute, you're staring at a dinosaur that wants to eat you for lunch.That's what happens in James F. David's novel Thunder of Time. It's actually a sequel to David's Footprints of Thunder, but you can definitely read the second book without having read the first one, because that's what I did.

Thunder of Time begins ten years after the events of the first novel. Everyone thought the time displacements were over, but now they're happening again, and with increasing regularity. A team of experts spans the globe, trying to figure out why the displacements are happening and how to stop them. Their investigations suggest that the displacements are being orchestrated. But who would do that, and why?

I thought the book was really interesting. It has a huge cast of characters, but the author has helpfully included their names and short biographies at the beginning, so if you forget who someone is, you can look them up. For the most part, it has a well thought out plot that comes together pretty nicely at the end. Many times, James David had me wondering how they could possibly get out of things alive.

That said, I think it probably could have been a little shorter and less convoluted. I dislike situations where we are inside the mind of the villain, but we don't know who s/he is or exactly what s/he's up to. I'd rather not meet the villain at all until the heroes lead us to him/her or alternatively, just come out and tell me who he is.

Some of the multiple-time-frames/alternate time lines stuff near the end got a bit tedious, but overall, I thought the author did some clever things as the characters pass from past to present to different time stream.


I purchased this book new, and read it once. It's in good condition from a non-smoking household.
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Miranda Ward said...

The jurassic park movies!


saturdaynightfever said...

I like the first "Jurassic Park" film!


April said...

I like Jurassic park movies my daughter would say Barney

Jim said...

my favorite is Jurassic Park. Had a great story, special effects. Saw it a ton of times


clynsg said...

I have to agree that the best is Jurassic Park, especially the first movie.

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Diane52 said...

The best was Jurassic Park, but what was the cute fiction tv show-that the baby dino always said"Not my Mama!
Diane Baum

AEKZ2 said...

Does Toy Story count? Rex the dinosaur was a pretty funny character in that movie.


/\Heather/\ said...

Lands of the Lost was one of my fave TV shows back when dinos ran around.
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