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Mammoth Trouble

(Noah Zarc #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  224 ratings  ·  89 reviews
Noah lives for piloting spaceships through time, dodging killer robots and saving Earth’s animals from extinction. Life couldn’t be better. However, the twelve-year-old time traveler soon learns it could be a whole lot worse. His mom is abducted and taken to thirty-first century Mars; his dad becomes stranded in the Ice Age; and Noah is attacked at every turn by a foe bent ...more
Paperback, 2nd, 320 pages
Published July 22nd 2013 by Evolved Publishing (first published August 12th 2011)
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Dec 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
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I never thought I would enjoy a book written for children as much as I did “Noah Zarc”. What first caught my eye, is the beautiful and appropriate book cover. If I saw it on a shelf in a bookstore, I would’ve purchased it right there and then.

It’s an adventure-filled book chock full of moral lessons for children of a slightly more advanced reader’s age (middle schoolers), but I would recommend this lovely book to young and old alike. Themes such as not letting your disability hold you back, conc
Nov 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Noah Zarc (Mammoth Trouble) by D. Robert Please is a truly exuberant novel about a twelve year old boy's adventures in a post-apocalyptic world. Noah, along with his family, is on a mission (known as Animal Rescue Cruiser Project) to save the animals from the Earth's past - which is headed towards destruction - and bring them to the future to re-populate the Earth of Noah's time.

All goes well until one day, Noah's parents' ship 'Moses' returns from one of their rescue missions without them. Hav
Sep 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing

I really enjoyed this book. It had many themes: time travel, how we define disability, the environment, extinction, family, friendship, our relationship with nature and animals, and choice.

I thought it was interesting that the hero was a paraplegic. We are told: “I was born without the use of both of my legs. The only time I feel free is when I’m piloting a ship.” Our hero finds himself frustrated by his own body, which limits him, but he appears to be a born pilot. Through this he finds confide
Christopher Godsoe
Nov 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
've decided to do something a little different for my review of Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble. As this book is geared towards readers in the Middle School Grade level, I decided to see if my 10 year old son Skyler (Grade 6) would like to offer up his views on it as well. His review is located just after mine, and I can't stress enough how proud I am of what he came up with, he really did an incredible job. But without further ado, here is my review for Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble!

Let's start this r
May 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble is the first book in a science fiction series following the time-traveling, world-hopping adventures of Noah Zarc and his family. Noah is a twelve-year old boy who is part of a family of animal rescuers attempting to re-populate Earth in the 31st century following a natural disaster of epic proportions known as the Great Cataclysm. In the future, we discover that humans are forced to flee Earth and colonize Venus and Mars. When we first meet the “Zarcs” (Noah Sr. and H ...more
Nov 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: teens, boys, pre-teens, ya fans
I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.

PS - I love the new cover so much more than the old one.

***There are spoilers in this post***

Noah Zarc is a 12-year-old time-traveling pilot who helps collect two of each species of animal for the future earth, along with his family. The title and character name are not in the least a subtle tribute to the Noah's Ark story, which is essentially what this story is loosely founded on. While I appreciate the pun, I do wish it had been more subtle only because
Ruth Hill
Dec 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit that when I first began this book (2 days ago!), I was somewhat dreading it. I don't honestly know why except that I am not a science fiction enthusiast, and I had hoped that my daughter would be able to read this book in my place. She is the science fiction aficionado, but when I saw the length of the book, I knew it was beyond her years. So I began the book with the intention of just reading it and not fully enjoying it.

I was not instantly smitten with Noah. In fact, he is stil
Dec 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Noah Zarc was born without the use of his legs, yet he does not let this fact deter him from enjoying life to the fullest extent. He harbors a passion for piloting spaceships, a reality that his parents have made possible whenever they travel back through time to save Earth's animals from dying out completely. You see, the Earth can no longer sustain human life. At least not yet. Not until it's atmosphere is brought back under control in order to do so, a feat that Noah and his family hope to ac ...more
Susan Quinn
Oct 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Noah Zarc (Mammoth Trouble) by D. Robert Pease is a rollicking space adventure that jumps through time with the Zarc family as they try to save animals (yes, two by two) from Earth's past to repopulate a planet barren of animal life. Noah Jr. is busy getting in trouble for unscheduled tests of his thermsuit when his parents fail to return from a mission to the Ice Age. Noah and his brainy brother and teenage sister jump through time and space to try to rescue their parents only to find that Hoan ...more
Karen Toz
Sep 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
What do you get when you combine a 12 year old who can time travel through outer space, a family who wants to save Earth’s animals, and a cave girl who has never been to Mars? You get Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble – a fun and action packed book that both kids and adults will love.

I have to admit – Science Fiction never really peaked my interest. In fact, I may be the only person who has never seen Star Wars (It’s true!) So, nobody was more surprised than I was, when I found myself not being able to
Denae Christine
I wasn't sure what to expect with this one. I was afraid the book would make fun of the Bible and the true account of Noah's Arc. While this book did mention the original Noah, it was respectful and just referred to the story as a historical tale.

The main character, Noah Zarc, Jr., is a 12-year-old troublemaker and paraplegic. He's stubborn and has a big heart for any creature in danger. I loved him.

The time travel was very well done. Often a book with try to explain things away with time travel
Jemima Pett
This is a really well told story, full of action and excitement. If you love time travel, you’ll enjoy the way Noah jumps forward and backwards, and debates issues like the immutability of time (not in those words!). The context, world-building and plot are beautifully put together, and I can see Middle-Graders or their teachers, getting together to discuss how a Stone Age person would view our world, or ask how would you explain the internet to them.

The problem for me was that, once again, the
Tricia Kristufek
Sep 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Team Zarc!

Noah Zarc is about a 12 year old paraplegic boy who travels throughout space and time on a mission to repopulate Earth with animals from all suitable time periods. With his family - Mom, Dad, brother Hamilton and sister Sam - Noah pilots the ARC (Animal Rescue Cruiser) while trying to stop Haon from preventing the re-population of all the animals on Earth.

I must admit to judging a book by it's cover but being totally wrong. What I thought was going to be a tad bit cheesy story about a
Flora Smith
Jan 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, sci-fi
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

This was a wonderful book with so many messages. Noah Zarc is a paraplegic who is part of a family whose mission it is to go back in time to retrieve animals to repopulate an earth that we made uninhabitable. And of course there's a bad guy working against them to make sure they don't succeed. Noah is a very resourceful, very capable 12 yr old that shows that being a paraplegic doesn't make you incapable. Over the course of thi
Debbie Smith
Sep 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Finding good science fiction books to recommend to my junior high students can be a challenge. So many of the books in this genre are written for a more mature reader and often contain strong language or adult situtations that are just inappropriate for a younger teenage reader. After reading the synopsis I was intrigued and a bit hopeful about this novel "Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble" as it had a 12 year old hero and I decided to enter the giveaway. I was excited to hear I was a Goodreads winner ...more
Jan 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An incredible journey of space and time travel from the eyes of a 12 year old. This is fun and excitement at its best. And although he is a wheel chair bound paraplegic he is also a space ship pilot and time traveler. His, and his family's mission is to collect the "ancient" animals of earth, now (3100AD)depleted of all animal life, and return them to the Universe. D. Robert Rease does a marvelous job in bringing the character's and places and action to life; to be lived by the reader. And if yo ...more
Dec 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Personally, I LOVED this story. A fantastic adventure. 12 year old paraplegic Noah Zarc lives in both the future and the past. Being a lover of physics and cosmology, this was fascinating to me. Also fascinating was the way Noah didn't allow his handicap to hold him back. Handicap? No Way!! Noah had a really cool mag chair to help him zip around.
Noah and his family, the Zarc's go through time collecting animals to protect them from extinction, (get it--Noah Zarc---Noah's Arc) They use a space/t
Jun 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
My son and I read this book together and he enjoyed it very much. Looking through my sons perspective he was impressed with a spaceship full of extinct animals and he loved the time travel aspect of the story. We weren't so sure about the whole idea of the cave girl assimilating into Noah's world what seemed to be a little too easy. My son gave me every reason why that was not possible but he said for the sake of Noah he was willing to overlook that. All in all we enjoyed the book and look forwa ...more
Sep 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book sucked me in, almost right from the start. Noah is not as bright as his siblings (at least not in the book smarts sense), but still supremely talented in his own ways. He has enough drive and courage for all of them. As much as this book drops you into a futuristic world vastly different from our current one, you never feel lost, which can easily happen in some sci-fi books. There's something for everyone, so it's a good read for young and old alike. ...more
Feb 16, 2012 rated it liked it
This review is based on a book I got for free from the publisher in a cvontest on Goodreads.

The main character in the book, Noah, just can't tet a break. Something is going on and no one else seems to notice.

In one sense it is a simple bok easily read by mid grade students but the authur does weave a compelling story so kept me entertained.

An easy read but fun none the less
Karla BookAddict2
Nov 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
deleting reviews if you want to take a look at them you can do so on my blog, link on my profile
Celesta Thiessen
Jul 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read this with my 10 yr old. This was a great book to read as a family. We really enjoyed the imaginative adventure! I especially liked the interesting technology and believable characters.
Jason Beineke
Dec 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble, by D. Robert Pease, proved to be a delightful read overall. The main character, Noah Zarc, is a twelve year old struggling to survive against the oppression of his older siblings. The eldest is his sister, Sam, a gear head who is filling in as the caretaker of her two younger brothers while the Zarc parents are off collecting animals for their modern space arc. Next, is Hamilton, a total egg head who seems to understand physics much better than social interaction. Rou ...more
Aug 08, 2022 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2022-me
This book reads well, mostly, in sentence structure and such…but the storyline just has so many elements in it that are just clunky and amateur. I suppose kids won’t care, but I would not call it quality literature.

I’m not going to nitpick all the problems I had with this story…but I will mention the one that jumped out at me immediately. Elephants don’t live in mating pairs. The males live separately from the females. It makes ZERO sense to have people who are supposed to be scientists not kno
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mammoth Trouble is the first book in the Noah Zarc series. This can be read as a standalone. The next book has already been released so why stop with just this one? While this book and series is written for middle schoolers, adults will enjoy it too. At least this adult did. There is some violence.

The book blurb adequately describes the storyline so I'm not going to repeat that all of that info here. The story, and series, is the SciFi version of the Biblical story of Noah and the ark (and the w
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
12 yr old boy who can expertly pilot several types of ships. Cave girl who automatically grasps advanced physics. The immaturity often lines up with the stated age. However, there are a great many times when he seems much much older.

The storyline is interesting & different. I'm a big sci fi reader & there were times where it was difficult to understand & follow.

If I don't focus on the inconsistencies, I could certainly feel for Noah & Adena. Good world building. The accent of the narrator is q
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW, Talk about the story of Noah's Ark, but somewhere in the future! Noah Zarc is a twelve year old boy with a knack for getting into trouble even though he's a paraplegic! Noah drives his siblings and parents crazy when he gets into his head that he could do anything even without legs! When his parents are abandoned in the past trying to catch a deer to keep it in the ship to one day return the deer to a restored Earth, His mom is abducted by a mad man that kills animals for fun, Noah, an orph ...more
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, sci-fi, childrens, ya
This is a great book for kids. It has a nice flow of story line. It raises some conflicts but they're readily resolved in a manner appropriate for young audiences. I am not sure that it would sustain the interest of adults over the course of a series. So, while I have not read any others in the series, I would recommend them for children. ...more
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Story! Throw together a adventurous young boy, time traveling spaceships, an important mission, & several unexpected surprises, and you have a very entertaining tale! My eleven year-old loved it! I look forward to reading more about Noah and his families adventures. I was lucky enough to receive a free copy of this book.
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good Read

This was a good book it had all you could ask for . It was like a newer version of Noah's ark with a lot of excitement to go along with it.
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