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  • Series: The Waters of Chaos
  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (September 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1480165131
  • ISBN-13: 978-1480165137
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,333,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jeff Dobson heads a firm specializing in communication systems for collaboration during emergencies. He lives in Knoxville, Tennessee, and travels extensively worldwide. He previously headed an international computer firm and has served on the faculties of the Ohio State University, the University of Illinois, and the University of Alaska. Jeff served several terms as an alderman in the town of Farragut, Tennessee. He holds a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Georgia. He has conducted fieldwork in the Arctic regions of Europe and North America as well as deserts in the southwestern U.S. His business travels often take him to the Middle East. He served as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy. Jerry Dobson is an innovator and popular writer in the fields of geography and geographic information science. He is a professor of geography at the University of Kansas and president of the American Geographical Society, America’s oldest geographic association. He previously worked at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the U.S. Department of State. He has published more than 200 professional articles, editorials, and reports on geographic information systems (GIS), continental drift, coastal change analysis, and human evolution. Jerry led the development of the current world standard for estimating populations-at-risk in disasters of all kinds and the current world standard for cartographic representation of land mines and minefields. He holds a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Tennessee. He has conducted fieldwork throughout North America, especially Alaska, Mexico, and the Adirondack Mountains of New York, plus many faraway places: South America, Liberia, East Africa, the Middle East, East Asia, and Australia. Jerry and Jeff have collaborated on research about ancient sea levels since 1993. The Waters of Chaos is an outgrowth of their real world research into the physical and cultural evidence of global sea level rise that occurred at the end of the Ice Ages. Like Jared and Rick Caisson, Jerry and Jeff are twin brothers who lived in the Knoxville, Tennessee area during the writing of The Waters of Chaos.

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Jerry Dobson is an innovator and popular writer and speaker in the fields of geography and geographic information science. He is happiest at the ends of the earth, the cutting edge of technology, and the forefront of science. He has been called a pioneer of the geographic information revolution and holds two lifetime achievement awards from professional societies in that booming field. He was president of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science and has been president of the American Geographical Society--America's oldest geographic association--for more than a decade. He is a professor of geography at the University of Kansas and a Jefferson Science Fellow with the National Academies and U. S. Department of State. He previously served as a distinguished research and development staff member at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and later as senior scientist in the Office of the Geographer and Global Issues at the U.S. Department of State.

Jerry has published more than 200 professional articles, editorials, and reports on geographic information systems (GIS), continental drift, coastal change analysis, and human evolution. For 14 years he had his own regular column in GIS World/Geoworld magazine. He led the development of the current world standard for estimating populations-at-risk in disasters of all kinds and the current world standard for cartographic representation of land mines and minefields. His work on plate tectonics has been compared to that of Alfred Wegener who made the final case for continental drift, but he says it's more like the commonsense of Abraham Ortelius who first proposed the theory in 1596. His Geographical Review paper exploring the role of iodine in human evolution was reported worldwide by the New York Times, Washington Post, International Herald Tribune, Sonntags Zeitung, Der Spiegel, Discovery Channel Online, and other news media. He coined the term "geoslavery" to warn the world about abuses of geographic information technology employed for human tracking.

Jerry has conducted fieldwork throughout North America--especially Alaska, Mexico, and the Adirondack Mountains of New York--plus many remote places in Africa, South America, the Middle East, Central and East Asia, and Australia. His career took him to Liberia during the chaotic reign of Samuel Doe, to the remote borders of Ecuador and Peru where he led a team evaluating new technology for mapping minefields without walking on them, to war-torn Eritrea and Bosnia-Herzegovina where he updated population estimates after the fighting there, and to Jordan and Kuwait where he rushed to improve population estimates just three weeks before the U. S. attack on neighboring Iraq. While at the State Department, Jerry worked to improve population estimates for Haiti and Pakistan, dealt with the BP Gulf oil spill, and championed new means of countering America's devastating geographic ignorance of foreign people and places.

Jerry has presided over six "globesigning" ceremonies honoring firsts in exploration and world records in aviation. In a tradition that started in the 1920s, the American Geographical Society's Fliers and Explorers Globe has been signed by more than 80 of the greatest explorers and aviators of the 20th Century, including Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, Wiley Post, Robert Peary, Roald Amundsen, Sir Edmund Hillary, and John Glenn. Since 2000, Jerry has hosted 18 globesignings including such luminaries as astronauts Neil Armstrong and Bill Anders and deep sea divers Don Walsh and Sylvia Earle. In 2012, he took the priceless globe to Russia for signings by cosmonauts Valentina Tereshkova and Alexei Leonov, where he followed president Vladimir Putin at the podium.

Jerry and Gwen grew up near Canton, GA. They first met at the age of five and have been in love most of the time since, now married for 45 years. They have two sons, Eric and Craig, whose families are the highlight of their lives.

Professor Jerome E. "Jerry" Dobson holds a doctorate in geography from the University of Tennessee and masters and bachelors in geography from the University of Georgia.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eric Johnson on November 20, 2012
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Readability: The language used The Ancient Saga is easy enough to read, but the length of the paragraphs made reading a little bit of a chore.
Hook: The first chapter was all character and story building. You understand what is going to happen and that the main character is going to go through a trial throughout the rest of the book, but the hook is not really there. It does not drive me to read on.
Editing: I found no editing issues at all
Characters: Osi is the main character and he has been selected as one of the chosen ones. As a group, the un-chosen ones form another character contrary of him. Other chosen ones were not defined so much as identified. His father and the high priest are identified and the high priest gets a bit defined by his dialogue.
Understandable: I found it easily understandable
Visuals: The visuals were good in regards to the actions and scenery. I found the characters needed a little more description.
Relatable: It was an unfamiliar situation to me, but I did relate to Osi in being a bit of an outcast among people his own age.
Fun: The narrative and backstory building left the chapter a little dry and without much action.
Overall: Taking everything into account, I believe this story does have potential and may be a good read.
Synopsis: Osi has been selected as a chosen one since a very young age and today is the day he finds out what the secrets the chosen ones know.
Favorite line: "We know the mysteries of how to eat and sleep and bed our women!"
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I found it a little hard to get started with this novel, but once the characters began to be formed it became more readable. One of the best features was the plethora of information regarding the scientific facts of our world and the interesting and quite plausable theories the brothers Caisson explored. The love story between Osi and Bera gave the "Ancient Saga" interest. Osi's trip around the world took some imagination. All in all, I found the book, acutally two books, quite entertaining and instructive.
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By Susan Onellion on March 14, 2013
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In The Waters of Chaos: The Ancient Saga, Osi is a Chosen one among his people. He learns that there have been four epochs where the waters have risen, fell, and repeat. He sets out to find out how to determine when the event is going to take place so they can be better prepared. He travels the ancient world, meets many people and hears many stories. This is a highly entertaining book and I enjoyed the sequel, The Waters of Chaos: The Modern Quest as well. I loved the ending to this book.
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it was what i thought it would be. keep up the good work. feel free to send free samples.okay. go amazon
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