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Publisher's Summary

Michael Crichton, the New York Times best-selling 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 archrival, 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.
Drawing 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 listeners 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.
©2017 CrichtonSun LLC (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers
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Critic Reviews

"Scott Brick is a narrator at the top of his game, and this is a meaty tale for him to get his - well, teeth - into....A compelling listen - and one that will leave the listener feeling pleasantly educated as well as entertained." ( AudioFile)
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By Roman on 06-05-17

Exceptional Surprise!

Would you listen to Dragon Teeth again? Why?

First of all, why "surprise"? I am usually wary of books published long after an author's death as they seem to be generally inferior to their other material, giving one the impression that it was either rejected by the author during his life as unsatisfactory, or patched together from discarded material by someone with rights to his estate. This was most assuredly NOT the case with Dragon Teeth. I cannot imagine how other reviewers could label this great novel below Crighton's standards as it was truly exceptional. Like his other novels, it was very informative and highly entertaining-----couldn't stop listening to it.
I doubt that I would listen to it again since I rarely listen to any fiction a second time.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The lead character, Johnson.

What about Scott Brick and Sherri Crichton ’s performance did you like?

Scott Brick is simply the best narrator I have ever heard and I have listened to hundreds (maybe thousands) of audio books.

Any additional comments?

My only additional comment is that despite the author's emphasis (in the epilogue) that the work was purely fiction, most of the events are verifiably accurate history. I am actually embarrassed to have labeled this book a "surprise," since Crighton was such a brilliant and entertaining author. I simply cannot imagine why this epic work was not published during his lifetime.

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By mikeinLA on 06-07-17

Good book but technical issues

Would you listen to Dragon Teeth again? Why?

Not this copy - it may have been a problem with the download, but this is the first time I've listened to an audible book with a lot of gaps in the audio. I heard most and enough to follow the story, and even with the audio gaps it was a fun, interesting story (against a true background).

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dragon Teeth?

Cannot say - it was just a good story overall.

What about Scott Brick and Sherri Crichton ’s performance did you like?

I think Scott Brick is always great.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No - it's not that kind of book. Just fun.

Any additional comments?

I was generally familiar with Marsh and Cope and always thought there might be a good story there - the kind of thing that Michael Crichton was so good at finding, which is exactly what he did. I'm glad someone saw it through to completion.

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10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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