About the Book
Title: Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble (Book #1) Author: D. Robert Pease Publication Date: July 22, 2013 Publisher: Evolved Publishing (2nd Edition) Number of pages: 214 Recommended age: 9+
Summary: Noah lives for piloting spaceships through time, dodging killer robots and saving Earth’s animals from extinction. Life couldn’t be better. But the twelve-year-old time traveler learns it could be a whole lot worse. His mom is kidnapped and taken to Mars; his dad is stranded in the Ice Age; and Noah is attacked at every turn by a foe bent on destroying Earth… for the second time.
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This is a really well told story, full of action and excitement. If you love time travel, you’ll enjoy the way Noah jumps forward and backwards, and debates issues like the immutability of time (not in those words!). The context, world-building and plot are beautifully put together, and I can see Middle-Graders or their teachers, getting together to discuss how a Stone Age person would view our world, or ask how would you explain the internet to them.
The problem for me was that, once again, the fact I’m not a Middle-Grader rears its ugly head. I found the first two-thirds of the story irritating in its StarWars-Star Trek mash-up. For a grown up, there are a lot of predictable parts of stories from other things. But then, what are stories but retellings of old themes? It didn’t stop Shakespeare, after all. I have the same problem with His Dark Materials, so put my comments in that context. Having got over that two-thirds watershed, the story ripped along, and I paused only to admire Mr Pease’s magnificent descriptions of spacecraft flight and fight.
This has the promise of being a first-class series, so you’d better get started on it now!
The Buzz About the Noah Zarc Books
Book 1: “Pease’s strength as a storyteller lies in his ability to connect multiple time periods imaginatively, as well as Noah’s excited, fast-paced narration.” ~ Publishers Weekly
Book 1: “If I had read this book at age 10, I think it would have made me love SF just as much as reading Asimov did. If you like the non-stop action and humor of Rick Riordan’s Olympians books, I think you’ll also like Noah Zarc.” ~ Sher A. Hart, book blogger and author
Book 2: “This is another great mind-bender. The wild time jump details are fabulously thought out and cause some unexpected results.” ~ Michelle Isenhoff, Children’s Author
Book 2: “A well-written, adventurous read for young readers and even adults, Noah Zarc blasts through space and into your imagination.” ~ TKristufek, Amazon Reviewer
Book 3: “I was completely captured by the characters, the action and the issues and questions: set in fantasy but integrating concepts and engaging readers with a fun tale that teaches as it entertains.” ~ Gaele, Amazon Reviewer
About the Author: D. Robert Pease
D. Robert Pease has been interested in creating worlds since childhood. From building in the sandbox behind his house, to drawing fantastical worlds with paper and pencil, there has hardly been a time he hasn’t been off on some adventure in his mind, to the dismay of parents and teachers alike. Also, since the moment he could read, books have consumed vast swaths of his life. From The Mouse and the Motorcycle, to The Lord of the Rings, worlds just beyond reality have called to him like Homer’s Sirens. It’s not surprising then he chose to write stories of his own. Each filled with worlds just beyond reach, but close enough we can all catch a glimpse of ourselves in the characters he brings to life.
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5 thoughts on “Book Review & Blog Tour: Noah Zarc by D Robert Pease”
Wow, this book sounds interesting and will be a definite buy for me for some children in our lives. I love the idea that it could be a intro to SF, which my Dad introduced to me when I was around 10. I’m a huge fan of classic SF as a result.
That sounds like a good idea to me, Noelle!
Great review Jemima! I often struggle with the same issue as you with regards to being an adult reading a book intended for a middle grader. It’s difficult to step out of years of experience reading 1,000’s of books. You’d think it’s becoming increasingly difficult for an author to be completely original. With every book I read, I recognize the influence from existing books. Can’t be helped! I’m glad you enjoyed the story overall though and thank you for taking part in the Noah Zarc Blog Tour.
Thanks, Renee! The pleasure is entirely mine 🙂
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