The Resource Dragon teeth : a novel, Michael Crichton

Dragon teeth : a novel, Michael Crichton

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Dragon teeth : a novel
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Dragon teeth
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a novel
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Michael Crichton
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eng
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"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."--
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  • /* Starred Review */ Discovered in manuscript form among the late author’s files, this new novel tells the story of one of the most notorious rivalries in the history of science. Othniel Charles Marsh and Edward Drinker Cope were competing dinosaur-fossil hunters from the 1870s through the 1890s. Both were passionately motivated about finding and classifying new dinosaurs, but, at the same time, they often let personal antipathies and their own egos get in the way of scientific research. Crichton tells their fascinating story through the eyes of young William Johnson, an aimless boy from a wealthy family who winds up working with both men (he’s dropped from Marsh’s latest expedition because Marsh suspects he’s a spy working for Cope, so Johnson joins up with Cope instead). The book is sure to garner a lot of attention—a posthumous book about dinosaurs from the creator of Jurassic Park—but it’s more than just a literary curiosity. It’s also a very good novel; in fact, taken among all Crichton’s novels, it’s one of his best, a beautifully detailed, scientifically engrossing, absolutely riveting story about the early days of paleontology. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Discovering an unpublished Crichton novel about dinosaurs isn’t quite as big a deal as discovering, say, a very old dinosaur wandering about Central Park, but it’s no small thing, either. -- Pitt, David (Reviewed 3/1/2017) (Booklist, vol 113, number 13, p46)
  • It's 1876, and a bet sends Yale student William Johnson off to Colorado on a paleontological expedition with Othniel Marsh. When the paranoid Marsh suspects Johnson is a spy, he abandons him in Cheyenne, WY. Johnson joins up with another famous paleontologist, Edward Drinker Cope, and heads off to the Montana badlands. Near the end of the expedition, however, Johnson is presumed dead after a mishap. In reality, he makes his way to Deadwood along with half of the expedition's haul. He must now make his way back East with the scientific discovery of a lifetime, yet escaping his enemies may prove difficult. This newly discovered manuscript by the late Crichton, who died in 2008, returns to a dinosaur theme, this time in a historical novel based on the lives of two 19th-century paleontology giants and their "Bone Wars" rivalry. VERDICT Although not on par with the author's best works (The Andromeda Strain; Jurassic Park), this posthumously published novel is a fast-paced page-turner that showcases Crichton's singular ability to combine action, science, and history into one fantastic story. Fans will be thrilled, while new readers will discover what makes his books so enthralling. [See Prepub Alert, 11/7/16.]—Laura Hiatt, Fort Collins, CO --Laura Hiatt (Reviewed 03/15/2017) (Library Journal, vol 142, issue 5, p108)
  • In 1876, professor Edward Cope takes a group of students to the unforgiving American West to hunt for dinosaur fossils, and they make a tremendous discovery.William Jason Tertullius Johnson, son of a shipbuilder and beneficiary of his father's largess, isn't doing very well at Yale when he makes a bet with his archrival (because every young man has one): accompany "the bone professor" Othniel Marsh to the West to dig for dinosaur fossils or pony up $1,000, but Marsh will only let Johnson join if he has a skill they can use. They need a photographer, so Johnson throws himself into the grueling task of learning photography, eventually becoming proficient. When Marsh and the team leave without him, he hitches a ride with another celebrated paleontologist, Marsh's bitter rival, Edward Cope. Despite warnings about Indian activity, into the Judith badlands they go. It's a harrowing trip: they weather everything from stampeding buffalo to back-breaking work, but it proves to be worth it after they discover the teeth of what looks to be a giant dinosaur, and it could be the discovery of the century if they can only get them back home safely. When the team gets separated while transporting the bones, Johnson finds himself in Deadwood and must find a way to get the bones home—and stay alive doing it. The manuscript for this novel was discovered in Crichton's (Pirate Latitudes, 2009, etc.) archives by his wife, Sherri, and predates Jurassic Park (1990), but if readers are looking for the same experience, they may be disappointed: it's strictly formulaic stuff. Famous folk like the Earp brothers make appearances, and Cope and Marsh, and the feud between them, were very real, although Johnson is the author's own creation. Crichton takes a sympathetic view of American Indians and their plight, and his appreciation of the American West, and its harsh beauty, is obvious. Falls short of Crichton's many blockbusters, but fun reading nonetheless, especially for those interested in the early days of American paleontology.(Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2017)
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10560325
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1942-2008
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Crichton, Michael
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813/.54
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no index present
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PS3553.R48
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D73 2017
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fiction
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  • Marsh, Othniel Charles
  • Cope, E. D.
  • Cope, E. D.
  • Marsh, Othniel Charles
  • Paleontologists
  • Archaeological expeditions
  • Fossils
  • West (U.S.)
  • Dinosaurs
  • Fossils
  • Dinosaurs
  • Archaeological expeditions
  • Dinosaurs
  • Fossils
  • Fossils
  • Paleontologists
  • West United States
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Dragon teeth : a novel, Michael Crichton
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Map on endpapers
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-295)
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ocn973413865
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24 cm
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First edition.
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295 pages
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9780062674210
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2017478490
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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color map
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regular print
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(OCoLC)973413865
Label
Dragon teeth : a novel, Michael Crichton
Publication
Copyright
Note
Map on endpapers
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-295)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn973413865
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
295 pages
Isbn
9780062674210
Lccn
2017478490
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color map
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)973413865

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