MG Blog Tour & Review | Mammoth Trouble (Noah Zarc 1) | D.Robert Pease

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Noah Zarc Mammoth Trouble by D. Robert Pease

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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My Review

This is a story of extremes. It’s an old tale retold, with a mixture of futuristic space travellers and a sprinkling of cave dwellers and extinct animals.  A futuristic family has been tasked with collecting all the creatures from history, ready for repopulation on earth. The ARC is their mode of transportation,  and it sounds absolutely mind-blowing. I can’t imagine how long it would take to build something so huge, let alone the ongoing maintenance.

Their journey takes some of them waaaaaaaay back into the past where they meet up with a group of peaceful and friendly cave dwellers. Based on my normal assumptions about cave dwellers, I expected that they would be less civilized and quite untrusting of mysterious people from the sky. But in this story that stereotype is thrown out the window. They welcomed them with open cave. It was great to see the Noah’s new caver friend, Adina’s story unfold, and for her strengths to be an important factor in the final outcome. It just goes to show that there must’ve been some clever cavers. It’ll be interesting to see how well she adjusts to her new life in later books.

One thing that amazed me was how well the translator worked. The ease of communication between two groups of people from the extreme opposite ends of civilization was practically seamless. This was the only part of the story that I thought was a stretch, but I found the rest of it quite well thought out, believable and possible. It’s quite clear as well that there is an underlying environmental message in the story, with extremely opposite views from different characters. Each side felt that they were on the right side, but Haon (the baddie) was blinded by his opinions and wasn’t approaching it in the most appropriate way.

I think that the author has succeeded in weaving together plenty of different plot levels into a well thought out story. I haven’t mentioned it, but there is also an overarching power that is having a huge impact on everyone’s life. It was also great that a kid with his own physical challenges took centre stage as the main protagonist and overcame them. Let’s hope the technology that helped Noah really does become a reality in he future.

In a nutshell

This book was choc-full of action. I really enjoyed the story and it kept my interest from the first page.

Great climax too.


Note: I don’t claim to be a pro-reviewer, I am a reader. My reviews are based on my personal thoughts around the story that the book is trying to tell. I try to focus on the story (which is the reason I read) rather than dissect the book and pass comment on typos, writing style or structure.

 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 PeaseD. 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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Blog Tour Schedule (2014)

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6 responses to “MG Blog Tour & Review | Mammoth Trouble (Noah Zarc 1) | D.Robert Pease”

  1. Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews Avatar
    Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews

    Great review Steve! I hadn’t thought of it that way until you mentioned it, but it’s true that the time span is quite large from cave dwelling to far into the future into the 3rd millenium (with a pit stop in the middle!) I wonder where they go in the next books? Hmmm… So glad you enjoyed the book and thanks so much for hosting a stop in the Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble Blog Tour. 🙂


    1. You’re welcome, Renee. Always a pleasure to be in your tours.


  2. […] See what author and book reviewer SW Lothian has to say about this wonderful book at Seriously Awesome Adventures. […]


  3. Great review, Steve! I too found the translator a stretch – and if it was that good it should have translated the dog too. 😉


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