Dragon Teeth: A Novel by Michael CrichtonDragon Teeth: A Novel by Michael Crichton

Dragon Teeth: A Novel

byMichael Crichton

Hardcover | May 23, 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. 

John Michael Crichton, known as Michael Crichton, was born on October 28, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois. He wrote novels while attending Harvard University and Harvard Medical School to help pay the tuition. One of these, The Andromeda Strain, which was published in 1969, became a bestseller. After graduating summa cum laude, he was a post...
Title:Dragon Teeth: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.01 inPublished:May 23, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062473352

ISBN - 13:9780062473356

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Great! I really loved this book. Although the topic is dinosaurs, it's very different from Jurassic Park. There's a really compelling wild west theme throughout the book and it's very entertaining. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gunslingers and Dinosaur Bones While the title may lead you to believe it is similar to the Jurassic Park novel, this is not the case. Dragon Teeth is a combination of historical fact and fictional adventures that take place during the ruthless "Bone Wars" of the 1870's. It is a great book for those interested in the rise of dinosaur palaeontology, the American western frontier, and an adventure during the early days of fossil hunting in the untamed badlands of the Wild West!
Date published: 2017-11-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Young Indiana Jones meets the Wild West This was a fun book and I am glad they released it posthumously. I had low expectations because I figured the author and publishers has a reason for not having released it while Crichton was alive. That being said I rather enjoyed the audiobook. The list of things that could and did go wrong for Johnson, a university student from Philadelphia that was completely unprepared, was rather entertaining. A treat for western genre fans or those who just want more from Crichton.
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it just finished and wished it was longer. would like to read more of the main character but I guess thats not likely
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fantastic book Well written. I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really good I really liked this book, great world and characters
Date published: 2017-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Liked it Just finished this over the weekend. Glad I read it and will be a permanent addition to my library.
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good characters Really good characters in this book, very good read
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good, fast read I pre-ordered this book not really knowing much about it, bit it was a Michael Crichton and the cover showed a Dino skull. Dragon Teeth, published after the author''s death is not another Jurassic Park. He based this book on the true story of two fossil hunters in a cut throat competition. To find more, bigger, new bones. A rollicking good tale that held my interest so well that I read it in one day!
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It is the characters who make Dragon Teeth come alive Unlike so many ghost-written novels that are 'polished' after an author's death, Dragon Teeth does feel like the completed manuscript it is purported to be. In fact, it reads very much like one of Michael Crichton's earlier historical novels - The Great Train Robbery, Eaters of the Dead, and even (to some extent) Congo. It is a leaner, simpler sort of story, more concerned with the facts of the past than the theories of the future. Readers with an interest in paleontology are likely already familiar with the infamous feud between Othniel Charles Marsh and Edwin Drinker Cope, but Crichton makes their rivalry come alive through the unlikely eyes of William Johnson - a wealthy student from the East who lied his way into the West in order to collect on a bet. As Crichton admits in his Author's Note at the end, as crazy as it all is, he deliberately played down some of the more outrageous aspects of the feud, making it seem more realistic to new readers. Johnson is a fun character to ride along with, a young man who changes drastically over the course of the novel. We watch as he grows and matures, as he has his eyes opened to the harsh realities of the West, and as he fights his way back home - a journey that seems destined to never end. His cross-country journey along the rails is worth the price of admission alone, with a stampeding herd of buffalo a definite highlight, and his time in the barren, wind-swept, alkaline flats is far more fascinating than the landscape would suggest. A good part of the novel there deals with the very real threat of the Indian Wars, with Crichton proving himself to be rather sympathetic, portraying most of the tribes in a positive light. The latter half of the novel is almost a Wild West dime-store novel in and of itself, complete with saloons, gunfights, and even Wyatt Earp. It is there than Johnson shines brightest, becoming not just a convenient narrator, but an authentic hero. The science here is solid, exploring the discovery, the naming, and the construction of dinosaurs. It is the characters who make Dragon Teeth come alive, though, with heroes and villains alike putting a recognizable face on a very different era. Hopefully, this won't prove to be his last finished manuscript to be discovered but, if it is, then it's nice to know his posthumous career will have ended on a high note.
Date published: 2017-05-09

Editorial Reviews

“Crichton’s books [are] . . . hugely entertaining.”