History of Jur

The Jur novels came about during slow night shifts in France. Around 1965 I was a squad leader for a bunch of Army MPs in Southern France. At night, while working the desk and my patrols were keeping law and order, to pass the time I created plots and characters attempting to write fiction. Nothing became of my interest in writing until 1970, after a tour in the jungle of Vietnam, and those plots came back to me. I wrote the first two novels during that year, and sent the first to publishers. Basically, my main characters were an Army Green Beret and a French archaeologist, who accidentally fall through a time tunnel to the Jurassic Period. When the first novel didn’t go anywhere I set the manuscripts aside. James Reasoner suggested I change the Green Beret and set the beginning after the Stock Market Crash of ’29. The rest is history. The sequence of the novels are: “Jur: A Story of Pre Dawn Earth”, “Savage Land of Jur”, “Lost Land of Jur”, “Queen of Jur”, “Treasure of Jur”, and “Drums of Jur”. "Pangaea: Eden's Planet" actually takes place in the Permian Period, prior to the Jurassic, but it is the story that truly begins the JUR series.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Three Go Back

“Three Go Back” by Tom Johnson. YA fiction. Great cover by Teresa Tunaley. When their teleport vehicle malfunctions, becoming a time machine, it sends three young girls back in time on a journey of discovery they never expected. From the Ice Age through the Cretaceous, Permian, Carboniferous, and finally to the beginning of the Earth's evolution of life, they experience their world's prehistoric past in all its splendor and terror, coming away with the joy of knowledge and adventure! Tom introduces us to the 24th century, where people travel by teleportation vehicles. The wealthy live in bubbles floating thousands of feet above ground. The story opens with three young girls leaving for school in their teleport vehicle. Because of a massive magnetic storm, their vehicle accidentally becomes a time machine, taking them thousands of years into the past. Despite repeated attempts to return to the 24th century, they travel farther and farther back millions of years into prehistoric times, experiencing adventure and danger in the age of giant reptiles. The girls wonder if they will ever return to their familiar world. Available in hardback for 24.26 http://www.lulu.com/shop/tom-johnson/three-go-back/hardcover/product-20654639.html Paperback for 11.66 here http://www.amazon.com/Three-Go-Back-Tom-Johnson/dp/1937769232/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1359475719&sr=1-1&keywords=Three+Go+back Kindle for $3.99, or order hardback and paperbacks from Tom.

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