Dragon Teeth

Write on: Sun, 14 May 2017 by  in Archive Read 3322

Not sure if you are aware or not, but Crichton was diagnosed with lymphoma in early 2008 and passed later that November. Dragon Teeth is Crichton's 3rd novel to be released post-mortem (Pirate Latitudes November of 2009 and Micro in 2011, which was completed by Richard Preston). Though most people will see the title, cover, and author and instantly think "ZOMG, JURASSIC PARK PREQUEL", which is correct, Dragon Teeth takes place during the "Bone Wars", also known as the Great Dinosaur Rush, during the late 1800's. It is a historical novel about the rivalry between two (2) very real paleontologists, Othniel Charles Marsh and Edward Drinker Cope, who try to out compete one another using witty tricks and deceptive techniques. 

The novel takes place mostly in the Western United States and is full of wagon chases, shoot outs, underhanded trickery and much more. It follows a single character, William Johnson, who starts in Marsh's camp, flops to Cope's camp, and ends up on his own, trying to find his way back home. The trials and tribulations he must face seem to get the better of him, but he always finds a way to wiggle out of harm's way. 

The book is very history oriented, telling much about the time period and events that took place. The Bone Wars took place in the midst of the very real Indian Wars and shows just how dangerous the West really was, and how just looking at someone the wrong way was a one way trip to the stairway (to heaven?) All in all, if you are a history buff and enjoyed some of Crichton's earlier works, this one is for you. If you wanted Jurassic Park, you will be disappointed as Dragon Teeth doesn't have quite the bite or Jeff Goldblum, or a Dilophosaurus spitting poisonous saliva at Newman (which may or may not be factually correct).

Last modified on Sunday, 14 May 2017 19:28

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