COLONEL DANIEL DRAKE successfully led the greatest scientific effort since the Manhattan Project. Now they enter the final phase and Drake takes command — Earth’s first interstellar expedition. Politics, funding, rivalries and terrorism plague the project and threaten its completion. The colonel heartlessly drives his people to a successful launch only to have disaster strike before they exit the solar system. 

Their ship crashes into the Red Spot of Jupiter, those who survive find themselves in a universe abnormally quiet and subtly different. Limping back to port they discover an unrecognizable but beautiful and violent world occupied by strange animals Drake’s scientists insist are dinosaurs.

Drake must lead them through starvation, sabotage, murder, and mutiny while repairing their ship and enduring a vicious world on a mission where more than their lives depend on their survival for the mysterious aliens, those who gave them starship technology, delivered it with a deadline and an ominous threat, “Do not be late”.

Crucible of a Species is a phenomenal book and as I begin to write my review I still find myself shocked at the brilliance of this book and its wonderful story that kept me up reading for many nights! Crucible of a Species is what I would class as the most perfect science fiction/time travel read ever written. The adventure and action combined with the time travel element make Crucible of a Species a fantastic book which will stand out amongst the crowded genre of science fiction.

Crucible of a Species is a unique book that is unlike anything I have read before. It tells the tale of Colonel Daniel Drake and his team as they embark on a dangerous but essential expedition to leave the galaxy to another called Tau Ceti where a strange alien species resides. However, intergalactic space travel is not easy, and soon Colonel Daniel Drake and his team find themselves crashing into the red spot of Jupiter to find that they have returned to Earth…. Ninty ninty million years in the past. Drake and his team must survive the harsh climate of the earth and battle their way to survive against many beings… including dinosaurs. The journey they take will be treacherous but it is brilliant and so Crucible of a Species indeed is the most perfect science fiction read, one that I implore all of you lovely readers to read!

The story of Crucible of a Species is unlike anything I have read or even heard of. It has been a long time since I have read a book that involves time travel and dinosaurs, and I believe this is because there are hardly no books that feature these themes! That is why Terrence Zavecz is a genius for spotting a gap in the market and for thinking of an incredible adventure-packed story that will entertain readers for days on end. The themes of prehistoric creatures, combined with aliens, intergalactic travel and survival are themes that should not work well together however they do and wonderfully so. I found myself gripped from the moment I picked this book up and this is thanks to the exceptional author, Terrence Zavecz.

Terrence Zavecz is not only a genius for bringing such a unique and entertaining story to life but also a master wordsmith as his words feel as if they are pumped with adrenaline because the text in this book is gripping as hell and will have you turning the pages frantically! Zavecz’s descriptive sentences are enough to send the mind into overdrive; I found myself easily being able to imagine every fine detail in Crucible of a Species thanks to how impeccably Zavecz described and developed his story.

As I am a huge fan of Crucible of a Species and adore its unique but thrilling nature, I have no choice but to award this stunning piece of fiction a thrilling Five Stars! So please book lovers, take a chance on this incredible book as you will not regret it!

Thank you so much for reading book lovers! I appreciate it so much and love discussing wonderful books with all of you so please, comment below and let me know your thoughts on Crucible of a Species; do you see yourself reading this book? Let me know all of those brilliant thoughts of yours below! Thank you so much again for reading!

Goodbye for now book lovers,

P.S. Here is a preview of the book for all of you lovely readers to enjoy! Please have a read of the preview and if you find that you have loved what you have read then all you need to do is click the Buy on Amazon button and it will take you straight to the book on Amazon U.S.! If you are in the U.K. then below I have attached a link to the book for the Amazon U.K. I have also attached some links about the author and this wonderful book! Thank you so much again for reading book lovers, I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this book.

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Thank you so much again for reading!

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As of this writing, I just received Aimee Ann’s published review of my novel “Crucible of a Species” and was pleasantly surprised by the level of praise lavished by her on the novel. I immediately wrote back to her, questioning the validity of the review. After all, it’s not often that descriptions of one’s work include the accolade of ‘genius’ and I’ve known myself for years. Aimee courteously replied by asking me to contribute a bit of the story’s background in the blog commentary.

“Crucible” is a the first of a series and there is a fair amount of pain involved in its maturation. A little more about that shortly.

Personally, I love this story. It’s one of my favorites and various forms of it had been lurking in my mind for years mainly because I wanted to present a tale that was a true adventure about time-travel and the military but with solid science behind it. Most of all I wanted a positive, upbeat story line that brings out my optimistic view for the future of humanity and the wonders of science rather than blaming them for the problems of the world.

I am fascinated with people, cultures, history, military history and science. My mother introduced me to literature and science fiction at a very young age. Because of this love I eventually received my bachelor’s degree from a great university and was lucky enough to work with the people of Bell Labs for thirteen years. These people, part of the crew that created Telstar, our first communications satellite, and Univac, an early computer, taught me real science and something else. The brought a level art and beauty to their work for every one of them was a skilled artisan as well as a researcher. After that I worked in science, marketing and business worldwide, met wonderful people and saw beauty as well as some things and people that I never would have believed could exist. (Great seeds for strange tales.)

Forty-two years of this life and I decided to slow down so I scaled back my company and relaxed. Three days later my wife told me she had enough and said, “Do something besides working around the house. Write a novel, you always loved science fiction.”

I thought, why not? I like to write. I’d written papers, technical articles, books as well as articles for science magazines. Heck, I’d even written fiction — after all any business proposal or DARPA grant has to have a good story line behind it.

My favorite authors are Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Robert Silverberg, Asimov — whom I met and had supper with one time — and a few of the ‘modern’ authors such as David Drake. My first thought was how to bring what they brought to a market but with a twist to make the story stand out.

Now, I’m a great fan of military fiction and admire the style of Bernard Cornwell. The end of his books always included a summary of how his story of the Napoleonic Wars varied or correlated with real history. I thought I’d do something similar.

My first two novels, “Nodal Convergence” and “Hunter’s Moon” reflected my love for Paleontology so I wrote about time travel and dinosaurs. At the end of each chapter I put up a reference to background science and a summary of what was known science and what was enlightened fiction.

The books went over reasonably well but the greatest complaint was the presence of references and summaries. In my heart I knew something else was lacking.

I contracted Steve Alten, “The New York Times Best Selling Author of MEG …” and many other blockbusters to coach me. Now, this was a less than perfect fit. He liked monster novels, had a less optimistic view of the worth of humanity and preached politics that were completely out of phase with mine. We had one thing in common, a stubborn streak supported by a confrontational nature. Steve bludgeoned me along a path that I’m sure he found very frustrating. We fought, laughed and nearly broke off many times but three years and a few verbally delivered black eyes later, we parted ways and “Crucible of a Species” was born. Steve taught be a lot. I will always be thankful for him and what he taught me about the art of writing true fiction.

My third novel in the ‘Crucible’ series, “Hailey Sharpe and the NullBot Swarm” and will soon go to a publisher although I just started looking for a taker. No luck so far. This story started out as hard Sci-Fi but changed along the way. Let me explain. My granddaughter, Hailey, was the model for the book’s heroine. Hailey is an avid, very critical reader and when she took to the story I decided to scale it over to YA for its final fom. Hailey insists that YA and Hard Sci-Fi do indeed mix althoough I must admit there’s a lot more science in it than the YA I’ve read. Time will tell me if Hailey is right, she usually is so I have high hopes.

I certainly hope you’ll read “Crucible” and draw as much from it as I have. I enjoy hearing from and working with my readers so please feel free to email me and stop by my website at and leave a message.

Wow Terrence, thank you so much for your incredible comment! This is simply incredible and I thank you so much for taking the time to writer such a wonderful and in-depth comment (you most certainly are a writer!). The inspiration behind your novel, and your writing in general is superb and I adore how you have managed to weave so many themes perfectly together. Thank you once again Terrence, you are a star!

Readers – Please do comment any questions you may have for Terrence, he will be happy to answer them!

Thank you, Aimee Ann.

There’s perhaps one thing I feel I should mention about my writing whether it be Sci-Fi or Historic Fiction. I attempt to stay as close to real science and true history as possible in my stories. However, my primary focus is to provide a good story that you will enjoy without being bored by a lecture on science or history. I’m a firm believer that we learn from life’s experiences and that schooling only provides the tools needed to follow your goals in life.

So, all of you who perhaps dread those days spent listening to dull lectures in science, mathematics and history class, fear not. My stories use the reality of science and history only to enhance the beauty and adventure of our universe. At the end of the tale, you may walk away from the world I took you to having learned nothing but if you enjoyed your visit to my world and want to go back to it, then I have accomplished my goal.

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