Dragon Teeth

Dragon Teeth

A Novel

eBook - 2017
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Michael Crichton, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Jurassic Park, returns to the world of paleontology in this recently discovered novel—a thrilling adventure set in the Wild West during the golden age of fossil hunting.The year is 1876. Warring Indian tribes still populate America's western territories even as lawless gold-rush towns begin to mark the landscape. In much of the country it is still illegal to espouse evolution. Against this backdrop two monomaniacal paleontologists pillage the Wild West, hunting for dinosaur fossils, while surveilling, deceiving and sabotaging each other in a rivalry that will come to be known as the Bone Wars.Into this treacherous territory plunges the arrogant and entitled William Johnson, a Yale student with more privilege than sense. Determined to survive a summer in the west to win a bet against his arch-rival, William has joined world-renowned paleontologist Othniel Charles Marsh on his latest expedition. But when the paranoid and secretive Marsh becomes convinced that William is spying for his nemesis, Edwin Drinker Cope, he abandons him in Cheyenne, Wyoming, a locus of crime and vice. William is forced to join forces with Cope and soon stumbles upon a discovery of historic proportions. With this extraordinary treasure, however, comes exceptional danger, and William's newfound resilience will be tested in his struggle to protect his cache, which pits him against some of the West's most notorious characters.A page-turner that draws on both meticulously researched history and an exuberant imagination, Dragon Teeth is based on the rivalry between real-life paleontologists Cope and Marsh; in William Johnson readers will find an inspiring hero only Michael Crichton could have imagined. Perfectly paced and brilliantly plotted, this enormously winning adventure is destined to become another Crichton classic.
Publisher: 2017
ISBN: 9780062473370
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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wmtlady
Sep 17, 2017

The book is based on actual people, paleontologists, discoveries and the battles over the finds. My view of Crichton is that he has greater skill as a writer of fiction than non-fiction. Add to this opinion my realization that I wanted to read nothing more about any of the characters--and that stopped my reading. Have his books always been better in movies than print?

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Rachelc24
Sep 13, 2017

I really enjoyed this book. Its a quick read sorta historical fiction. Wild West and Dinosaur bones. Its a good one.

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rfoster7
Sep 08, 2017

A very quick and enjoyable read. Not really science or speculative fiction. Its really historical fiction, almost a biography. An account of the wild west of paleontology during the height of Cope and Marsh's rivalry in the 1800s to uncover fossils. According to the notes, this was taken from Crichton's research that was used for part of Jurassic park. The person who roped it together into a novel has an irritating tic of ending all the chapters with something like "I would only find out later, how wrong I was." or "And that would be the last time I would think I was safe." Fake suspense one liners. But this novel covers one of the funnest and most bizarre stories of the old west.

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Hopalong_Kid
Sep 07, 2017

Once it gets going this is a Crichton thriller that makes it hard to put down the book. Its a pretty good Crichton book, following dinosaur themes in traditional Western story. Its apparent the action parts were probably written by Crichton, but the book was slow to get started and setting the scenario (which was what someone else wrote).

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dorothy1
Aug 26, 2017

Easy and satisfying read; not as dense or deep as most of Michael Crichton's books (this one was written by his son and wife, based on Crichton's huge file of notes). I enjoyed it. It was fast paced, filled with interesting American history.

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guiness10
Aug 12, 2017

I have read a lot of Michael Crighton's books and enjoyed them all and some of them were outstanding reads. Not so with Dragon's Teeth, this was the first of his books that was mediocre at best. It is just my opinion but it seems this book was put out well after his death just to make money, sad.

AL_CODY Aug 09, 2017

I really enjoyed this book. I loved the science and the intrigue and the coming of age story. Even though I'm a huge dinosaur fanatic, I particularly enjoyed the time Johnson spent in Deadwood, which has the least amount of dino talk in the book.

Read this book, just don't go into it with expectations that it's going to be like any of Crichton's finished and polished novels or my guess is you'll be disappointed

Beatricksy Aug 06, 2017

I have a hard time knowing this was a manuscript found and published well after the author's death--why wasn't it published when he was alive? Did he like this story? Did he intend to edit it differently? How much was found and how much was written by others? Yes, it's a Crichton, and yes, it's kind of fun in how it takes history and merges it with fiction. But it also feels somehow isolated and lonely, partially due to the nonfiction-text style used. There's a token twenty second romance that might be played for laughs but feels stodgy nevertheless, and characters parade in and out too easily. Just, overall, meh.

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Onewhoissaved
Aug 02, 2017

The late great writer Michael Crichton thrilled readers for more than 40 years when he sadly passed away from Lymphoma in 2008. He was 6'9" tall and saw himself as beyond other human beings. Who cares what he thought of others and life in general? We pick and choose our inspirations. When I like the book I finish it. I could not stand 'Dragon Teeth' for longer than 83 pages when I realized this story wasn't captivating at all. Not all Crichton's tales are all that good. Jurassic Park stands by itself. I loved the Great Train Robbery.

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memoral
Jul 31, 2017

An entertaining and quick read. Perfect for a lazy afternoon.

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