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Nodal Convergence (Cretaceous Station Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Terrence Zavecz
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Book Description

Mankind is on the threshold of establishing it's first colonies on other stars. One company, GraviDynamics, has led the way with first their discovery of near instantaneous communications and now a star drive.

GraviDynamics has already launched a starship using it's proprietary interstellar drive pushing it to the Sun's nearest neighbor. This marks a major goal for the researchers but they still have one big problem. Contrary to the predictions of their models, their ships refuse to accelerate faster-than-lightspeed (FTL) and colonization, even at the speed of light, would require hundreds of years to travel to the nearest human-friendly stars. However, the scientists think they have a solution.

The researchers are convinced that the problem is in the design theory for their StarShip Drives and they only need to fine-tune the models. This presents another major problem since the tests must measure the universal constants of the universe at least 50 million years in the past or the future.

Nodal Convergence records the experiences of Mark Nolen, Matthew Zoeller and the 322 scientists, engineers, soldiers, women and children, explorers all, and their quest to propel mankind to the stars!

The research team and their security personnel use their Argos starship to set up a Cretaceous Era research station on the shores of a tropical inland sea in an area sixty-five million years in the past that today we call Texas.

The crew of the Argos discovers a tropical earth without seasons and of unexpected beauty. Surprises begin with their first steps on the vaguely familiar yet strange Earth of the Cretaceous. Then the discoveries being to quickly appear and even their early results suggest that the expense and risks of the expedition may be justified.

Then the humans encounter the dinosaurs. They are not the slow, leather covered, drudging reptiles of paleontology but the perfected product of a hundred million years of evolution.

The expedition discovers an ecology of unexpected beauty hiding a world of intense danger. An ecology filled with a vibrancy of life that will soon be lost in the tragic passing of an era through cataclysmic events. It is also a world filled with menace of a very alien intelligence that threatens their very existence.

Ironically, their experiments soon find that the seeds of one species extinction harbor an unanticipated opportunity for the ultimate survival and continued evolution of the human race … and perhaps others. If they can survive.

Product Details

  • File Size: 683 KB
  • Print Length: 397 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: GraviDynamics; 1 edition (March 26, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007P5SZ2S
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #670,857 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars plot moves right along June 30, 2012
By Q. Tipp
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This book is what I would call 'traditional' sci-fi - It takes a few extrapolations and builds the story around them rather than introducing marvelous things just to be marvelous. I like that.

The plot moves right along and makes sense in context. (I've seen others that do neither. One star for those.)

The most distinctive characteristic of the book (series) is there are chapter notes. These are left as exercises for the interested student. The author supplies a few paragraphs with each chapter describing what's accepted science, what's speculative, and what's totally made up. I enjoyed the notes, but I can imagine that others would be put off.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Difficult March 30, 2013
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This was a very difficult read. Past and present were mixed up and editing was horrific.
The basic story was a good one and had promise that didn't deliver.
I could not seem to get invested in the characters nor the story.
At this time, I would not recommend this read unless it is edited without mercy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Slipping in and out...... July 26, 2013
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I am just beginning this book, and while I love the premise and the imagination that the author shows, the mixing of present and past tenses--within the same paragraph, no flash backs or flash forwards--is very distracting to me. It needs some serious editing. I hope to finish reading it, because it promises a good story, but the tenses may get me. :(
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story; terrible proofing in Kindle version September 18, 2013
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The story line was good enough to hold my attention despite the extreme difficulties caused by lack of grammatical proofreading. Mixed tenses in individual paragraphs. Doubled words. Dropped words and phrases. Near as I could tell there were surprisingly no spelling errors. Descriptions of dinosaurs and their behavior are not totally out of this world but are stretching paleontology and ecology and paleoclimate nearly to their breaking points. I'm no longer into physics enough to judge 'gravitonics' which is a primary mover in this story but I suspect it is stretching as taut as the paleontology/geology. Anyway . . . good enough story to keep going and actually enjoying. Insofar as reviewer references disliking the bibliographies and reference lists, that kind of thing is an acquired taste. It's just a novel so I did not double check validity of the references so don't know if he's blowing smoke or not.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story May 14, 2013
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I only gave this book 3 stars because the author felt it necessary to give reference material and write his own theories after each chapter. The story premise was actually good and I did enjoy reading this book. I just couldn't get past the mindnumbing facts the author felt compelled to write. It's fiction, readers realize its fiction, the author needs to get over himself and just tell the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Future is in the Past! June 24, 2014
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Cleverly written e-book about the human race's quest to discover travel at light speed by going back; way back, in time to the Cretaceous era via the big red spot in Jupiter. This book is not as complex as it may seem but actually tosses out some very interesting hypothesis on many a scientific subject. Seriously, just how many of us can even get a grip on how much the world can and has changed in 300 millon years? I cannot really get a grip on life 1,000 years ago much less multimillions of them. But, with that said, the desciption and references provided of the dinosaurs is amazing and thought provoking indeed! Book also provides some high power adventures and conflicts with the intelligent beasties of the eon. But the really mind bending concept comes at the end of the book when one of the scientist realizes the position of our solar system in Cretaceous time in relation to where we are located currently (2014) in our galaxy. I know this very well from an experience at the McDonald Observatory in Ft. Davis, Texas where one of the supervising Astronomers gave a detailed history of the position of the North Star 10,000 years ago and 25,000 years ago. Polaris has changed it's position in the heavens quiet a bit over that period of time. So, buckle your seat beat for near light speed travel, strap on your body armor for battles with large reptiles, and keep an open mind when you read this wonderful bigger than life safari sci-fi adventure story. By the way, ever wonder what the scientific community does discover when they dig up one of those prehistoric sites? Read and find out.
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Terrence E. Zavecz (MS-Materials, MS-Metallurgy, BS-Engineering Physics) is a scientist, engineer and high technology business professional who has conducted most of his career in the Semiconductor Industry. After forty years of research, development, marketing and sales around the world, he now turns a small portion of his time toward writing. Mr Zavecz has incorporated his experiences as well as his love of life, science and photography into a unique prospective of popular fictional writing with just a hint of engineering exactness.

Mr. Zavecz commented:
"Over the years I've participated as a physicist and metallurgist in every stage of advanced technology from research to development; from sustaining engineering to new product marketing and product sales. These efforts have carried me around the world and into areas rarely traveled by the tourist. They have allowed me to meet many fascinating and wonderful people. I've also met many people and situations that fit better into a Tom Clancy adventure than anything you will encounter on your tour guided vacations."

"I've incorporated my training, background, experiences and many of the personalities that I've met in over forty years of advanced science into the background of these stories. Read the story and if you begin to doubt the possibility based on just how fantastic these possibilities are then simply look to the brief discussion at the end of each chapter. You'll see just were these tales end as fiction and exist as true and current science. There is even a brief bibliography if you wish to pursue further reading on the topic."

"I am an enthusiast of technical science and optics, the love of my career. My stories are presented to bring to you my love of the technical without boring you with the mundane. As a result you will see a mix of Robert Heinlein and Larry Niven in my tales."

"I'm also an avid student of history, particularly military history. For military SF, I greatly enjoy the works of David Drake, when he's not writing pure magical fantasy. If any of you believe an engineer's lifetime spent in some of the remote places of the world and without support, then you haven't traveled by yourself. My stories follow the path laid out by Mr. Drake and contain bits of war stories told from my father and father-in-law."
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SciFi with a professional twist.

After publishing technical articles for many years, this is my first work of fiction (except for a few grant proposals and business plans). Unlike other SciFi Authors, I've tried to be relevent, up-to-date and current in the science embedded in the books. Each chapter contains a set of references and commentary to discuss some of the more fantastic concepts embeded in the story.

Nodal Convergence takes place at a point when mankind is taking their first steps towards InterStellar travel. They encounter a light-speed barrier in their models that would make colonization impractical. Their models predict that faster-than-light (FTL) travel should be possible. Their problem is in their models for their FTL drive; some of the constants must be slowly changing variables but which ones and how do they respond.

This spurs a discovery that they can travel back 65 million years to research changes in the galactic constants. A five year research mission travels back to the end of the Cretaceous Period and what they discover is amazing. Not only are the animals not what they expected but so much more is different ... and dangerous.

Remember, all concepts presented in the story are backed by current publications.

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