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James F. David


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Oct 1995
When a freak natural phenomenon dissolves the boundaries between yesterday and today; the world is transformed into a patchwork mixture of the present and the distant past. Entire cities are replaced by primeval forests. Prehistoric monsters stalk modern day city streets, hunting for human prey. While ordinary men and women struggle to survive in this strange new world, the president and his advisors search for a way to undo the catastrophe. But the solution may be more devastating than the dinosaurs...
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""Footprints of Thunder" kept me up past dawn, red-eyed and riveted. A true roller coaster of a read." --Lincoln Child, bestselling coauthor of "The Relic""A classic end-of-the-world novel in the tradition of "Lucifer's Hammer"--an utterly original vision of the apocalypse." --Douglas Preston, bestselling author of "Dinosaurs in the Attic" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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James F. David has a Ph.D. from Ohio State University and is currently a professor of Psychology as George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon. He is the author of the thrillers "Footprints of Thunder, Ship of the Damned "and" Before the Cradle Falls." He lives with his wife and three daughters in Tigard, Oregon. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Amazon.com: 3.6 out of 5 stars  52 reviews
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A super summer dinosaur read! 28 Aug 2002
By Karen A. Vowell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I loved the whole story line and the characters involved. Just the idea of having a time-quilt effect bring the past(millions of years ago) exist with the present was interesting to see what consequences resulted. I loved the New York City portion of the story with the old lady and the Iguanadon, she just took the whole situation in stride with life. The author writes very descriptive of what the country looks like after the quilting happens, I was able to see the steamy jungle like swamp next to the towering New York apartments. I had a great time with this book.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A top-notch dinosaur thriller! 14 Sep 2000
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you love dinosaurs, whether they're fierce and terrifying or cuddly and sympathetic, this book is for you.
If you like violent, bloody, non-stop action, this book is for you.
If you like big budget, end-of-the-world disaster epics, this book is for you.
If you want a plot that weaves Big Foot, UFOs, the Loch Ness Monster, weird falling objects, the Bermuda Triangle, spontaneous human combustion, and ancient Babylonian prophecies into one tidy paranormal thread, this book is for you.
If you're looking for a convincing science fiction story about time travel . . . forget it! The plot is outright ridiculous!
Billions of people, all over the earth, are transported -- overnight -- into the Late Cretaceous because of hydrogen bomb tests carried out in the 1950s and 60s?
I mean . . . really!
But if you're willing to suspend your disbelief, this book is fast-paced and entertaining. The dinosaurs themselves are a real treat. I actually liked this book better than Jurassic Park.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jurassic Park it AIN'T---but it IS a fun read 28 Nov 2000
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After quenching my dinosaur thirst with 'The Lost World' (a great sequel, by the way) I happened to fall upon 'Footprints of Thunder' quite by accident, and figured the plot sounded decent enough to give it a go. I have to say I was glad I took the risk. As another reader mentioned, the overall premise is at best ludicrous...but c'mon! It's DINOSAURS we're talking about, you pretty much HAVE to suspend your belief in order to fall for it in the first place. But after you DO...well that is when this book takes off.
Author David sets us up with all kinds of odd phenomenon that has happened not just in the novel, but in real life, too. Accounts of it raining fish miles away from the nearest lake or river and a few other unexplainable occurances (some of which ARE from the authors imagination). Then, all-of-a-sudden--the landscape of the entire planet is changed in the twinkling of an eye. Parts of earth remain the same, but OTHERS suddenly become earth of the past...the WAAAAY PAST. Now we've got dinosaurs walking the streets of New York City. Sound interesting? I have to admit once I got past the odd premise, I really enjoyed 'Footprints of Thunder' very much. Was it better than 'Jurassic Park'? I don't think it even comes CLOSE. But hey, for a great beach read or something to pass the time on a long flight, it makes for a fun escape into the partial-world of the paleolithic. Overall, not bad.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Does a foot "print" make noise? 11 April 2005
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Let me apologize ahead of time. I must have read a different book from most of the previous reviewers. It has the same title and even some of the same action, but I missed the majority of what the other reviewers read. I will agree that the action is good when it is good. I will agree that the book has a great premise. But when the back cover blurb compares it to "a classic end-of -the-world novel in the tradition of Lucifer's Hammer",ARGHHHHH! (That's dinosaursese for "PU-lease!) About the only comparison I could find was the "dramatic personae" listing. This story has WAY to many characters and none as richly developed as Harvey, Tim, Maureen or Arthur. The time quilting premise is novel, although the explanation of the origins are a little fuzzy. The "fix" is worse than an angora ranch. What was the deal with "the group"? How did the moon and the future, etc. work it's way into the relevance of the story? Did the President's science advisor ever get anywhere with his theories? The cruise missiles fly, but what happened? Did the plan work? Was the science advisor right or wrong? Which science advisor had the correct theory? What happened to the Willamette, and so on? Did Atlanta cease its flux? There are way to many loose ends in this story. I realize that not everything has to be all nicely wrapped up at the end, but dang, there were more starts and stops than rush hour traffic! What happened to Kenny? Terry and Bill's excellent adventure to D.C., Huh? Let's go into a forest and explore and then when a T.Rex comes by and eats a few idiots, lets not get the hell out of here! The whole moon theory that just kind of lies there. The ending with Petra and Colter and the burying of notes, etc, I just didn't get the explanation. The sequence with the sailing family was great. The novel could have been so much better! I guess that's what editors are for. Compress the character list, snip off some extraneous story lines (the whole Hawaiian connection) and you have a leaner, meaner plot line. By the way, there was zero mention of what happened to the quilted areas that were shifted into the past. That could have been a great parallel story line. And just to be one, did you notice the footprints on the cover. I didn't realize that dinos hopped around leaving side-by-side footprints. Maybe it's just me. The moral of the story is be sure to have plenty of sugar on hand for any guests that might wander by, and oh, watch out for street gangs, I've read that they can be hazardous to your health.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Nice ride, but . . . 31 Oct 2001
By gresh00 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is full of action and it keeps you interested until the end, But its at the end when you realize how much was left unfinished. Like a bad episode of the X-files, it leaves the veiwer (in this case the reader) with absolutely no closure. The extent of the plots left abandoned and the questions left unanswered are so numerous no 1000 word review would come close to covering it. It is clear the author, James F. David, did not set out to write a compelling action novel about the consequences of Dinosaurs interacting with Humans, but rather used this as an excuse to vent his cynisism and frustration over modern society. Just to make sure you know how ticked off he is, he leaves the reader "hanging" at the end, hoping we will join him in his angst. Thank you, no. I will simply forget these past two days and remember never to pick up another one of his novels again. Incidentally, the two stars were given becasue it is well written and at least in regards to the creatures themselves, very descriptive. Also, the action begins early and continues to the end. Call me old fashioned, though. I like a novel that ties up its loose ends. When the reader is purposely left unfulfilled, it ruins the experience for me. For that, I cannot recommend this book.
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