Dragon Teeth

Dragon Teeth

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The year is 1876. Warring Native 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.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Harper,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062473356
Branch Call Number: FICTION CRI
Characteristics: 295 pages : map ; 24 cm

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tjdickey
Oct 11, 2017

Whether he is writing about the past, current events, or a plausible future, the late Michael Crighton can always turn out a good story. A new discovery, this novel offers us a quick-paced yarn from the Old West, with feuding fossil hunters, marauding tribes, gunslingers and saloons, and a coming-of-age in the badlands. Good, solid fun.

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fred98115
Oct 03, 2017

Not too challenging a read about a Yale student who accepts a bet to go west with a paleontologist to hunt for dinosaur near the Dakota Badlands. He experiences hard work, warring Indians, and bad whites - both male and female.

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MplsTA
Sep 25, 2017

I am not much into historical fiction but I enjoyed this book. Part history lesson and part travel diary. I would not care to live in the old west during that time but I do like reading about it. And Crichton's books are so well written and easy to read. I got through this one in a couple of evenings.

I have always liked Crichton's writing. If you get a chance, check out his non fiction books such as Five Patients and also Travels.

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tirjan
Sep 24, 2017

Been a long time since I've read a Crichton book and it'll be a lot longer before I do again. In fact Dragon Teeth was published posthumously in 2017 and Crichton had died in 2008 so it is hard to know how it would have turned out had he been involved in the actual final draft.

But it's a fast read and informative about two late 19th century paleontologists, Othniel Charles Marsh and Edward Drinker Cope, is a mad dash to collect dinosaur bones in the Montana and Wyoming Territories before they'd be lost forever to settlement.

At the time, the Territories were occupied by Indians who were very definitely hostile to whites outside of the few scattered US Army outposts in the vast area. This part of the story is probably quite accurate - except for some of the protagonists who have been added to move the novel along. And that part of the narrative is pretty good too in that it captures a very primitive and inconvenient survivalist existence for whites in Indian country, populated by not only by native tribes but also by ruthless highwaymen, con men and miners down on their luck.

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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.

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Aug 28, 2017

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