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The time-twisting Assiti Shards are the distressing consequences of a highly advanced and completely insane alien race’s idea of art. One of the shards has struck in southern Illinois region, thrusting peoples from different historical eras into the middle of one of the most dangerous periods ever known: The Cretaceous! Lost in a nightmare world, a conquistador from the year 1541 finds a U.S. Cavalry Scout from 1838 hanging helplessly from a snare. The Spaniard frees him, an act of mercy leading to an uneasy alliance. After battling a ‘dragon’ we know as the Tyrannosaurus Rex, they find themselves in the shadows of the Cyclopean pyramids of Cahokia, the greatest city of the forgotten Mississippian civilization. The Rattlesnake Priests prepare a grisly celebration for their reptilian god, but thanks to the intervention of the Raven Priestess, they escape the city with a pair of Pre-Mound tribesmen who invite the castaways from the future to join them in their beleaguered village. They find the villagers trying to defend themselves from the giant creatures roaming this primeval land. Thankfully, a new hope can be seen across the vast, dry flats of the Drained Sea—a mysterious mesa rising more than a thousand feet into the sky, another bizarre result of the unnatural disaster Could this be a haven? To find out, the four newfound friends set out on a journey that will prove to be more dangerous than anything they have faced yet!

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  1. The extravagant one

    I am well aware that EF did not write this one, but whoever reviewed the manuscript does not seem to have been aware of the peculiar – almost teenage – writing style. NOT GOOD.

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  2. elpaso45

    I like the series but this story was problematic to a historian. It would have helped if the author had researched a little. Nate’s pistol would NOT have been a Paterson Colt since only a few thousand were made and the Army turned them down. A .36 caliber round would not have done a whole lot to a dinosaur. There were other quibbles but that was a major one.

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  3. Ken Lewis

    Interesting and steady read. But t the story get bogged down in several places like the author was trying to decide where to go with it. I will definitely read the next book in series.

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  4. Allen W. Mcdonnell

    This book is an adventure story in much the same vein as Tarzan or The Princess Bride. Set in the universe of the novel Time Spike this novel is an indirect sequel. All new characters living in the same setting of a mixed up group of involuntary time travelers exploring a Cretaceous era earth with random patches of land and sea from the 21st century through at least the end of the lice age Illinois all jumbled together in a greenhouse tropical world populated with dinosaurs. Can’t wait for the sequel to be finished!

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  5. Kindle Customer

    I originally read this story in a serial magazine and I was seeking everywhere for it, I am glad Amazon had it for purchase, Still searching for the sequel “Cretaceous Cavalry”. An excellent read blending both near and ancient histories.

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  6. Lord Eldrich

    The Assati Shards universe was created and first written about by Eric Flint in his imaginative and entertaining 1632. The universe, or rather multiverse, was expanded by Flint and Marilyn Kosmatka in the book Time Spike in which historical periods of southern Illinois were pulled into the Cretaceous.

    Vance, a veteran of the Grantville Gazette and author of Second Chance Bird, takes the world of Time Spike as his canvas and explores what happened to the Native American tribes and nations pulled into the Cretaceous through the lens of a Spanish conquistador and a US cavalryman from Texas who are thrown together by chance. The conquistador, Gonzolo de Alcantara, is a deserter from Hernando deSoto’s expedition, while the cavalryman, Nate Tucker, was attached to the US Army in charge of the Trail of Tears before a misunderstanding with a Cherokee chief over his daughter forced him to desert. Thrust to together by circumstance the two form a working partnership in surviving the hell that was the Cretaceous.

    Overall this is a solid and entertaining story that flows quickly, with a vivid description of the alien world our protagonists find themselves in. While the characterisation of Gonzolo and Nate is in-depth and consistent, some of the Native American characters remain broadly defined archtypes. The Raven Priestess in particular is a frustrating character that seems to serve the plot, rather than existing as an independent character of her own. Vance has a tendency to switch character viewpoint within the same paragraph, without clearly indicating signposting it, which can be confusing. There is also a lack of tension, even in the larger action sequences, that makes the novel lose some urgency. Finally, this book really needs a map. While Vance gives a very descriptive depiction of the Mesa and the draining sea some cartography would be appreciated. Vance is clearly maturing as a writer, and if this is his starting point, I look forward to seeing his future works.

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  7. Amazon Customer

    First off, I grew up on pulp, movie serials and old fiction like that of Edgar Rice Burroughs and HG Wells. Those styles of adventure writing inspired me all my life. WIth Mysterious Mesa, I was immediately sucked back into those tales of old, of lost worlds and strangers trapped together in a battle for survival. Nate and Gonzalo made for great protagonists and contrasts to one another, and I enjoyed the Mesa and its tribal peoples, not to mention dinosaurs. This is an excellent old school novel by Garrett Vance and I’m eager to see what else he’s written, as well as dig further into the Time Spike series.

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  8. Ella Dopiriak

    I have read most of the eric flint writings related to the ring of fire series as well as other authors who have added to this particular work. I especially liked the first time spike book. This is one of the most poorly written books i have read. I expected this to be on par with the other books in this collection but was very disappointed. What a waste of money and the time it took to read the first few pages!!! I am amazed that eric flint allowed this piece to be a part of his collection.

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  9. Tom

    It was a fun read, but ground water a thousand feet above it”s source!!! Cultural anacronisms may be necessary but please controll yourself. Romantic love as imagined in western Europe does not exist in any other culture. I believe the Cherokee were a matrilineal society. Girl’s choice, m & g’ma might decide for her but Dad had no say . Suspension of disbelief became too hard for me to truly enjoy the book.

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  10. S. Gibbs

    I decided to redo my review. I am still not convinced this is the best or even a good book in the ring of fire worlds of Flint, I have repurchased “Time Spike” I either did not finish it the first time around or there are two versions of it in existence (a different world time?). But I find many of my complaints were unfounded and I must apologize to the authors.

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