Dragon Teeth

Dragon Teeth

A Novel

Book - 2017
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The year is 1876. Among the warring Indian tribes and lawless gold-rush towns of America's western territories, two paleontologists pillage the Wild West. They are 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 Yale student William Johnson. Determined to survive a summer in the west to win a bet, William has joined world-renowned paleontologist Othniel Charles Marsh on his latest expedition. But Marsh becomes convinced that William is spying for his nemesis, Edwin Drinker Cope, so he abandons him in Cheyenne, Wyoming, a locus of crime and vice. Soon William joins forces with Cope and stumbles upon a discovery of historic proportions. The struggle to protect this extraordinary treasure tests William's newfound resilience, and pits him against some of the West's most dangerous and notorious characters.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
ISBN: 9780008173067
0008173060
9780062473356
0062473352
Branch Call Number: Fiction Cri
Characteristics: 295 pages ; 24 cm

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bookbabe13
Jul 16, 2017

I thought the book was terrific. It was based on some real people. I love MC's work. Gold was not the only thing they were mining in the west. Good strong characters and a great story.

Cynthia_N Jul 15, 2017

I snagged this book to read based on two things: Michael Crichton and dinosaurs. It is very different from the other books of his I have read because there isn't a lot of science and modern technology and it's a historical fiction western. As a general rule, I don't read westerns but I really enjoyed it! There were Indians, stagecoaches, Wyatt Earp, saloons, trains, and buffalo. Oh the buffalo! One of my favorite parts was in the epilogue when you find that the scientists were real and what happened to them.

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bfcoffey
Jul 03, 2017

Although "Dragon Teeth" has a decent storyline, I found the writing to be juvenile and amateurish in many places. I am a fan of Michael Crichton's writing, so was disappointed in this "new" work. Maybe there was a reason he didn't finish it.

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nw_writer
Jun 30, 2017

The key thing to know about this book is that it's a Western. Despite being marketed as a sort of companion piece to Jurassic Park, it really has very little to do with dinosaurs. Not that it's not good - as a Western, it works just fine, the tale of a young man's adventures on the frontier, dealing with Indians, gunslingers, gamblers, and other challenges. Just don't expect the kind of detailed science and social commentary you usually get in a Crichton novel. Dragon Teeth's best moments are when the main character crosses paths with real historical figures (Marsh and Cope, interestingly, are just the tip of the iceberg). Fans of Crichton's historical fiction will definitely enjoy this one.

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star2014
Jun 21, 2017

This novel was a marriage of archaeological history and the wild west in the 1800s. Apparently, alot of research had gone into the novel (theres a list of references), but exactly who wrote this book was questionable to me. An undiscovered manuscript of Crichtons is discovered by his wife? I just didnt find the writing to be up to the standards that I would expect from such a well known author.
Needless to say, this novel was returned, unfinished.

Chapel_Hill_MaiaS Jun 05, 2017

This novel is just further proof that Crichton could write about anything from the Wild West to swarms of deadly nanobots and it's guaranteed to be awesome. I'm always a little leery of posthumous releases--I mean, why didn't he publish it when he was alive?--but in this case, it is a worthy addition to his collected works. While the action is slower in the beginning, it's a roller coaster ride just like all of his novels, and his writing style is so engaging that I read it in just a few days. Dragon Teeth was based off of a short story Crichton wrote before Jurassic Park and inspired his later novels on the subject, but instead of being about genetically engineered living dinosaurs, here we have a historical thriller about early paleontologists. The novel is based on the lives of two real paleontologists, but Crichton uses his artistic license extensively to make it more exciting for us--I highly recommend reading the notes at the end to find out what was real, because it is truly as fascinating as anything he added!

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jazzglory
May 23, 2017

Did Michael Crichton fake his death and move to Canada?

This is really impressive, especially considering that Michael Crichton died in 2008. Do the dead write books? Is he a member of the undead? A zombie perchance? Or a vampire? OMG, Michael Crichton has risen from the grave! Grab your pitchforks and burning torches. LOL......

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