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The very air in Peru feels ancient. I was raised there, always conscious of the vast history of the country in which I lived. Civilization including vast cities has existed in Peru and other parts of South America for more than five thousand years, far longer than many people think. The Norte Chico civilization, for instance, had a sophisticated urban culture contemporary with Ur in Mesopotamia, something that usually surprises people. I wish our schools were more accurate in their portrayal of the origins--plural--of human civilization. Ancient cultures can have much to teach us. In my novels I explore some of the possibilities.
After an eventful childhood in Peru and later in Mexico, I came on my own to the US for my last two years of high school and then went on to Stanford University. There I flirted with Anthropology, English Lit, Philosophy, Psychology, and Materials Science before settling on the philosophy and history of Political Science. Since the timing on all this was the Big Bang of the Silicon Valley in the early 1980s, I was immediately swept into a career with Apple Computer and other movers and shakers in high technology. During my career in high technology I was privileged to work in Europe, Africa, Asia and in several states in the US, allowing me to gather locales, cultural observations, and character portraits to weave into my stories.
I devour science and technology journals, books about ancient civilizations, and wildlife documentaries. But my first love is fiction, a bond that will truly last forever. My favorite authors are too many to list, but at the top are Isaac Asimov, Ursula K. LeGuin, and most recently Kristin Cashore and Deborah Harkness, for doing absolutely every single thing right.
Readers may want to know that the sequel to Zero Point: Bond, called Zero Point: Backtime, is in production. I am working on the third book in the series, Zero Point: Bloodline. Each book grows in complexity, building to the finale in book four. If you like Zero Point: Bond, I hope you come along for the whole ride!
on Dec. 09, 2010 :
I would have loved to have had this book as a teenager - it has everything a precocious teen reader might want: time travel (oooh, how I love that still!), an intrepid heroine who has just enough self-doubt to be engaging, a quest, exotic settings, the intriguing science of crystal energy, secret societies, and romance. (And the romance is clean, Moms...)
Heroine Roxanne Wyatt's adventures take her variously to the steppes of Peru, the streets of Albuquerque, and the 250-year old sub-basement at the University of Virginia. I am eager for more, since this is book #1 of a series....This book is emphatically not a teen romance, nor does it seem to aim at teenagers - it is more sophisticated than that - so it will appeal to any independent girl or woman who has been devouring books from an early age. Or to the adult in your life who, like me, loves the mystical, practical, adventurous & brave all rolled into one delightful package. Get ready to kick back and read this in one sitting.....
The "science fiction" of the story is based in science fact: Zero point energy is real, though so esoteric, most readers will not have heard of it. What the book postulates is that certain human beings possess the gene sequence required to bond with a single frequency, or color, of zero point energy - releasing all sorts of cool abilities. The really neat thing is that you soak up the idea of this without ever being lectured by the author. Kudos to Jordan Becket. And let's have more.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)