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Dragon Teeth: A Novel by Michael Crichton
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Dragon Teeth: A Novel (original 2017; edition 2017)

by Michael Crichton (Author)

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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. … (more)
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Wow. At first I was worried that this posthumously published book would fall into the rut as most posthumously published books do. But I loved it. I didn't want it to end so I paced myself, reread chapters, and got lost in the words. ( )
  ennuiprayer | Jan 14, 2022 |
Michael Crichton's name itself was enough for me to pick this book up, having enjoyed all the fiction he has written and being saddened by his death almost ten years ago. This one is more on the lines of The Great Train Robbery than Jurassic Park as one may think looking at the cover art.
It is a fast moving, well researched, historical fiction that blurs the line between fact and fiction. The life - and also death - in the American Wild West of the late nineteenth century has been depicted fascinatingly in this page-turner.
The problem I had with this book was that it was way too short for the plot and the characters to develop satisfyingly. It almost seems to have been published straight out of Crichton's notes without any additional effort which makes it a bit low on drama.
In spite of this, I had good fun with this one, feeling nostalgic all the time about all the thrill and entertainment Crichton's novels have provided me over the years... ( )
  aravind_aar | Nov 21, 2021 |
This book is everything I have to expect from Michael Crichton. It is historically and scientifically well researched with plenty of historical characters in place to add to its authenticity. But the main character is entirely fictional and Crichton does an escellent job of weaving him into the historical setting that is the Badlands and Deadwood area of 1876 as Sitting Bull rages and Custer dies and the lawlessness of the goldrush rampages. William Johnson begins his journey on an archaelogical expedition as a spoiled rich Yale student and is transformed by the journey. But more than the transformation of young man and a coming of age story, Crichton explores the divide between those who embrace science and those who deny it. Darwinism and evolution are not widely accepted, especially among people of faith, and the idea of fossilized dinosaurs is laughable among most. But it becomes a reality for Johnson, and perhaps as much to his amazement as anyone else's, he actually comes to be concerned for the fossils, for his responsibility, and for the science that drives it all. An interesting and intriguing read. ( )
  Al-G | Jul 18, 2021 |
Pretty good. It felt unfinished, which makes sense considering it probably was. I don't usually read Westerns or watch them either. I picked this up thinking it would be another SciFi story. It wasn't bad though. Not at all. ( )
  SGTCat | Feb 25, 2021 |
As usual, Crichton does a good job infusing fact and fiction. As unusual, this book is rather a stinker. The expected payoff never seems to happen and it's just slow going.

We follow William Johnson, a Yale student, as he goes west with a professor to look for fossils in 1876. The professor he's with, Marsh, has an extreme hatred for a rival paleontologist, Cole. After a series of events that find Johnson aligned with Cole, we hear the truth about Marsh.

I did enjoy the little bit of history about how dinosaurs were viewed back in the late 19th century based on scientific and religious beliefs. But this book is nowhere near classic Crichton. ( )
  Jarratt | Feb 23, 2021 |
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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. 

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