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  Myths and Legends - Could this happen to us?

Title: Jump Start

Author: Gary Carter

Publisher: PublishAmerica;(October 2003)

Genre: Science Fiction

ISBN: 1413701930

Paperback: 180pp



Rating: Highly Recommended


March 25, 2004


Scientist Jacob Malfusco's career is reaching its end that is until he makes a startling discovery. Fossilized remains. But nothing before encountered by archeologists, in Death Valley lays the skeletal remains of a nine thousand year old dragon! In Australia, archeologist Marsha Kimbrough's career is doing no better when she stumbles upon - a hidden pyramid. Pappy Darringer, an astronomer learns that a vast number of small meteors are headed straight for Earth.


Nothing is at it seems. Able to put together the connection from ancient traces, like a puzzle, pieces slowly fall into place linking the complex calendar of Stonehenge and puzzling ruins. When the meteors reach Earth - they turn out to be a calamity of dragons! Unforeseen, the populace soon learns humans are on the menu. The situation instantly grows from bad to worse. On the brink of global extinction, Earth fights back. Everything has a beginning and an end. But one question plagues these tortured souls: Will there be survival for the human race?


Jump Start is well written, and captivating. Readers will easily identify with the characters determination, as well as flaws. Author Gary Carter has written a challenging tale, which includes UFO's, Dragons and extraterrestrials. His explicative comparisons of similar but disparate mythologies provide a fuller understanding of the world. Including a theory revealing cataclysmic events, and man's intellect in planetary history.


Maybe if we take the time to study ancient environments we may yet learn lessons that will wake us up in time to avert the great extinction of species going on around us at this very minute. One for which we ourselves are responsible because of our often selfish, uncaring, greedy or unthinking actions.


Whether you are worried about the environment or not Jump Start has something for everyone, and fans of phenomena and the unexplained will surely enjoy this novel.

Reviewed by Betsie


An Interview with Gary Carter


To start this off, why don't you give an idea of what the book is about?

For years mankind has pondered the existence of Dragons, extraterrestrials, UFO's, Stonehenge, Nazca, the pyramids and countless other unexplained phenomena. JUMP START ties all of these things together in one easy-to-read book. Although a science fiction thriller, my novel should give everyone interested in the mysteries of humanity's past something new to chew on. Billed as "The Book with all the Answers", JUMP START will give you just that.



Where did you grow up and was reading and writing a part of your life?

I grew up in National City, California, a suburb of San Diego, back in the days when both were small towns. I did read a lot, and was sports editor for both my high school(Sweetwater) and Junior College(San Diego)newspapers. I have to admit, however, that at the time I had no inclination towards becoming a novelist. I just liked to read and write.

Who were your earliest influences and why?

I grew up (again) with Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, Issac Asimov as well as Nathaniel Hawthorne, William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway and all the rest. There weren't too many books I didn't like reading, and my taste runs through all the genres even today.


What would a typical day be like for a writer?

Hectic, especially for a new one. Right now I'm into the promotion of my book, which is taking as much (or more) time than it did to write it. Before being published, however, I would get up in the morning and attack the typewriter first thing, working at least four-five hours a day, six days a week (sometimes seven) and then taking the rest of the day off for other chores, usually being brain dead by the time early afternoon came around. Before I retired I would work at my craft on my days off (again in the morning) and for at least one hour in the evening. Not fully retired now, I make the time to write. You have to love it to do it. Like any other occupation it requires a great deal of sacrifice to become successful, and I still have a long way to go.

How long have you been writing and in what capacities?

I have been writing (off and on) for over 40 years, having to help raise a family and pay the bills in the interim. I became serious about seven years ago, bowing out of management at work and opting for a 40 hour a week job so I would have more time to write, and study, the art of writing. Now "semi-retired", I have been able to devote more energy to the craft, hoping for that day when I can devote the majority of my time to writing.

Which is more difficult to write - Fiction or nonfiction and why?

Fiction, in my opinion. You start with nothing and must end up with something. In non-fiction at least you have a subject to start with.


Has there ever been a time when you wanted to throw in the towel and give up? And if so, how did you defeat those instincts?

Wow.  There are so many, over such a long period of time, I can't count them all. I've never been a quitter and, though many times despondent, I've always come back to writing, telling myself I just have to work and study harder at it. And I've had great support from my wife, Nancy, over the years as well as family and friends, and especially other writers.

What is the hardest part about being a writer?

For me, finding the time to write is the hardest part. I have to work (part time) and I have other obligations. Now, at the start of promoting my book, I have had to put writing aside (once again) to help get JUMP START off its feet. But not for long. A few more things and hopefully I'll be back in front of the typewriter where I belong, and where I am happiest. Also, the rejection you get from agents and publishers. They can be very callous and uncaring, not to mention a lot of who are nothing more than scam artists. You definitely have to have a thick skin to get through it all and survive.



Do you have any hobbies? What are they? How do they enhance your writing?

I enjoy fishing, golfing and hiking, and other outdoor sports. These types of recreation allow my mind to clear and give me time to work the kinks out of my stories without feeling pressured (as I would be just sitting behind the typewriter).

Articles and media alike make it sound as though the only way to rise to the top is to sacrifice. What do you find to be good sacrifices?

I don't think there are any.

What question do you get asked more than any other?

Where do you find the time to write?

What's the coolest thing a reader has said to you?

Wow! This is amazing! (The book)

What has been your feedback from readers? What do they say to you about their interpretations of your book?

That it was well researched and interesting to read.

Do you think that as a writer you are more prone to watching what goes on around you and observing behaviors than most people are?

Yes, but it's an educated reaction, rather than something I've always done.


Who are some of the authors you consider to be "don't miss"?

As mentioned before, I read about everything I get my hands on, and like about everything I read. I look at it this way: If a publisher is willing to publish a book, then it should be worth reading, otherwise it wouldn't be out there.


If one were looking to start his/her own career as a writer, what would you suggest his/her first step to be?

Start writing, and start studying the art. Unless you're especially gifted its doubtful you'll publish anything for awhile, so it takes a lot of practice, and a lot of time, study and hard work to learn the craft, like any other occupation.  At least it did for me.

What kind of movies do you enjoy?

Anything well done, from science fiction to romance, across all genres.

What is your favorite city to visit, but one that you wouldn't want to live in?

Reno, Nevada.

What's the best part of being a writer?

Seeing your book in print, and hearing that others enjoyed reading your words.

What's next?

I'm working on a suspense/thriller entitled "For the Good of the Many", where a Vietnam era soldier's past comes back to haunt him.

Betsie's Literary Page thanks Mr. Carter for his time and wish him all the success with his current novel and all future works. We hope you enjoyed learning about this author as much as we did.