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Nodal Convergence

-- Book I of 'Cretaceous Station' --
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WHAT IS THE PRICE OF PROGRESS?
What do a CEO and entrepreneur, a paleontologist and naturalist, physicists, engineers and special operations teams along with a water mine on Europa and Jupiter have in common?
The answer is a goal to travel faster than light, colonize the stars and, most of all, survive among the dinosaurs.

Cretaceous Station Series
Not fantasy! Not Science Fiction but rather Extrapolated Science.

Reality is always stranger than fiction. So why not firmly ground your fiction on the hard rock of science?
These are the action packed stories of the 322 scientists, soldiers and their families who worked to take mankind to the stars but found they first had to travel to a strange and distant past. Each chapter cites references for current science and a discussion of fact verses speculation. You will be amazed at just how strange these creatures we call dinosaurs were.
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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.

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1. 
The Human Artifacts Discovered Were Carbon Dated Fifty Million Years Ago September 2, 2015
TZ has written a novel that questions the carbon dates of many discoveries. It is to be determined whether or not humans existed before the dinosaurs. The items found indicated that humans head been around a long time. There were to many doors that were closed that had be reopened. This is an excellent for the genre.....ER
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Five Stars November 15, 2014
Loved the setting of this book, it was very entertaining!
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Five Stars July 26, 2014
I loved the research that you put into the background story! The links were interesting too.
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The Future is in the Past! June 24, 2014
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...Read More
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2 of 2 people found the following helpful
Interesting story; terrible proofing in Kindle version September 18, 2013
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...Read More
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2 of 2 people found the following helpful
Interesting story; terrible proofing in Kindle version September 18, 2013
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...Read More
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4 of 4 people found the following helpful
Slipping in and out...... July 26, 2013
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 3 people found the following helpful
Good story May 14, 2013
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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New take on the "Time Travel to the Age of Dinosaurs" genre May 1, 2013
To be honest, I liked this book IN SPITE of the 'educational links' to be found at the end of each chapter.

There was good character development; a believably semi-scientific explanation for how Time Travel was possible; and a terrific portrayal of the Sauron species as quite different than most modern scientific information available on these Cretaceous Era creatures indicates.

I'm part way through the sequel, Hunter's Moon.

I would recommend these stories to anyone who has enjoyed stories like, "A Sound of Thunder" by Ray Bradbury and "The Saga of Pliocene Exile" by Julian May.

Tags: Adventure, Dinosaurs, Time Travel, Exploration, Science Fiction
Nodal Convergence (Cretaceous Station)
10. 
5 of 5 people found the following helpful
Difficult March 30, 2013
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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0 of 1 people found the following helpful
Something to think about December 10, 2012
This book is a "don't put it down" read.
The style of writing is different than any I have previously read. The research notes at the end of the chapters does not hinder the flow of the reading. In fact, it shows the author's ability to weave a good story around the facts with a new view of he subject.

Sometimes, when our current science can't immediately explain something, it is simply "written...Read More
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0 of 1 people found the following helpful
Amazing and believable November 18, 2012
This story never got off track and kept the reader attached to every twist and turn the characters experienced. This is a book for all ages and should be read more than once. The writer kept the narrative simple and understandable to all ages with a genuine flowing style that kept the whole story in context.
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5 of 5 people found the following helpful
plot moves right along June 30, 2012
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...Read More

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