Published May 23, 2017 HarperCollins
“The year is 1876. Warring Indian tribes still populate Americas 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 Williams newfound resilience will be tested in his struggle to protect his cache, which pits him against some of the Wests most notorious characters.”
I am a little ashamed to admit that Dragon Teeth was my first Crichton! This book is a good old fashioned adventure with tons of historical fact and a great portrayal of the danger of the old American West. At 320 pages, this book was so much fun to read and left a smile on my face! This is one that I can easily see being made for TV or on the big screen, one that can be enjoyed by teens and adults. It reminded me of Indiana Jones, The Mummy or National Treasure in the sense of pure simple pleasure of an adventure!
There have been many negative reviews for Dragon Teeth. If you compare it to Jurassic Park- you will be disappointed. This is not a fly by the seat of your pants escapade. It is unpretentious, a throw back, simple in its storytelling and totally worth the read! I would recommend to teen and adults for a joyous reading adventure!