Thunder of Time by James F David
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Ten years ago, the prehistoric past collided with the present as time itself underwent a tremendous disruption, transporting huge swaths of the Cretaceous Period into the world of the twentieth century. Entire neighborhoods and cities were replaced by dense primeval jungles and modern humanity suddenly found itself sharing the earth with fierce dinosaurs. In the end, desperate measures were taken to halt the disruptions and the crisis appeared to be over.
Slowly at first, but with increasing frequency, time begins to unravel once more. What's worse, Nick Paulson, Director of the newly-formed Office of Security Science, discovers that the time displacements are being manipulated by unknown parties, utilizing a mysterious new technology. Indeed, the very integrity of the space-time continuum appears to be at risk.
To preserve both the future and the past, Nick and his allies must uncover the secrets hidden within in a lost temple at the center of a dino-infested jungle-and in an enigmatic structure on the surface of the moon. But they are not alone in their quest. A cult of ruthless fanatics is also intent on controlling the time waves, and they will stop at nothing to reshape history to their own design . . . .
I just have to start off this review by saying WOW, I mean really WOW. I picked this book up as a hardcover at the Dollar Tree (yes they do sell books) and I wasn't expecting much. Boy was I surprised. This was an amazing story, a fantastic cross between Jurassic Park and Timeline (two of my favorite books) Mr David has put just enough science in the story line to keep it both believable and just out of reach. The characters are well thought out and well developed.
Something else I really liked about this novel was that at the start of each chapter was a little excerpt that lead into the chapter. Often it was a quote for a "newspaper" or "Dinosaur textbook" that helped to add a bit a realism to the story line. The author even threw in a few quotes from famous scientists like Albert Einstein immersing the reader in the science of this science fiction.
Now I'm going to put some spoilers in here so look away if you haven't read the book, I don't want to ruin it for you. One of the main reasons I enjoyed this story was that I loved Davids use of time travel theory's as well as the multiverse theory. As we follow Nick, John and Elizabeth in different parts of the country we have no idea that Kenny is traveling back and forth between time and space shaping the world as we know it.
This is actually a sequel to the book "Footprints of Thunder" which I have no had the privilege of reading. The novel works well as a standalone but I will pick up Footprints if I happen upon it, and its on sale! Overall I really enjoyed Mr David's writing style. Once I hit page 200 I had a hard time putting the book down. He has built a world of suspense with twists and turns at every chapter. I have to say with the amount of novels I read, there are not many that I would give 5 stars to and this one deserves 5 stars in my opinion. I will be keeping my eye out for more books by James F David and I think you should too!