When Jasper, the 17-year-old son of paleontologist parents, finds a saddle buried with a dinosaur, everything he thinks he knows about history is turned on its head. And when the dinosaur is resurrected by an alien who rides it through the camp, killing everyone in sight, he is left the only survivor.
Soon after the massacre, he is visited by another alien – a girl his age named Io, herself having lost a brother to the rider. She explains that her people are descended from the same super-ancient civilization that once rode the dinosaurs and who now live on another planet nearby. She explains that the rider is trying to hide the existence of a secret map their people left behind on earth – a map that, if followed, could save the human race from destroying itself.
The rider is part of a rebel subspecies that wants humanity gone so they can recolonize their former home-world, but Io’s people do not want to see that happen. And so, with no reason to stay and seeking vengeance for the deaths of his parents, Jasper decides to accompany Io on her quest. Using her time-travelling spaceship, they journey back through history to follow this ancient map and save the world, beset at every turn by the rider…
Jack was born and raised in Melbourne, Victoria, where he still lives today. He has written two novels. One is a crime drama set in Australia in the 1970s and 80s, the other a young-adult science-fantasy about dinosaurs and aliens and time travel.
He has also written eight feature-length screenplays and two TV pilots, ranging in genre from psychological thriller to romantic drama.
As of now, he is working on “The Precursor Saga”, the young-adult science-fantasy series mentioned above. The first installment, “The Dinosaur Saddle”, is available for free on his website (jackgeurts.com) and at all online retailers.