Ten strangers trapped in time.... A ticking sound fills the air as Tim MacGregor enters The Daily Edition Café, hoping to meet his new girlfriend for coffee. Moments later, the café is transported 67 million years into the past, along with everyone inside. Time is running out as 10 unlikely companions search for a way home, while one member of the group plots to keep them all trapped in the past. Who will survive? This unabridged production of The Dinosaur Four is performed by Nick Podehl, award-winning narrator of the Chaos Walking trilogy and The Kingkiller Chronicles series. The Dinosaur Four contains violence, profanity, and adult themes.
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This was such a fun and entertaining read. I thoroughly enjoyed it!!
The story follows a group of people who are in a coffee shop and get transported back to the age of the Dinosaurs. Just how and why, is something they have to figure out while trying to survive in a world where everything seems to want to eat you.
The plot of this, while completely unbelievable, was so much fun. Imagine going for coffee only to exit and you are in a different age, one where the animals will stomp on you or eat you! What would you do!! Well we find this out when a group of strangers get transported to an age with Dinos. They have to work together to get answers, but also to get food etc.
The characters were all well written. There is one particular character that I disliked, but that's the way the author wrote him. He was creepy and gave me chills! Each of the characters have their own strengths but can they work together? I loved the dynamics between the characters. Some hit it off straight away, while others were complete a88holes. It made them so much more believable because you know that in a room full of strangers, it takes time to trust them and not everyone will get on.
In all, this is an action packed, engaging, entertaining and addicting read. Going into it I wasn't executing to like it as much as I did, and that's in big part thanks to the writing style. The author just grabs you from the very first page and doesn't let go. This is also his debut book I think, so I'm equally impressed with that.
Nick Podehl did a great job. There were quite a few different characters but he managed to give each their own voice and personality. He also managed to portray the fear and confusion each felt when they realised where they were.
*I received a copy of this for review. This in no way affects my thoughts.*
The Dinosaur Four is an enjoyable sci-fi dino novel covering a group of people in a coffee shop who inadvertently end up thrown back in time, along with their coffee shop, to the time of dinosaurs. I thought the assembly of characters was well played, and that none of them were scientists or adventurers, just everyday people who suddenly find themselves in an insane situation. I like how the different characters were crafted, some very short lived, some not showing their true colors until rather late in the story (some for ill, and some, like one who starts as a helpless old lady, but turns out much more than that). It all played well into the story, from the first fatality who was a corporate lady who made the mistake of taking "herbivore" for "harmless"... A scientist does make a brief appearance, but not as a long term cast member, just providing the hapless adventurers with some answers and a plot device to give them a chance to get home. The time travel aspect of it was also pretty well done, and the ending which gets into time paradoxes, was done mainly from the perspective of one of the characters, which I felt was a good way of handling it without making it impossible to follow. I also have to say I was wondering on the significance of the title. That of course does finally get revealed, but not until the last few minutes. I also liked how the characters were more pragmatic, not the idealistic types. For example when they were discussing how famous they'd be when they got home, one character remarks they'd probably be paid to hush it up, and then they all seem OK with that, and start jokingly talking about how they'd spend the money. I also liked the explanation for what happened, and the bargain basement semi sanctioned type experiments going on nearby without their knowledge, and their reaction to that.
Nick Podehl needs no introduction. He has an extensive set of works to his credit, and is featured heavily in my library, and is the narrator of my favorite horror series, the Apocalypse Z series.
This does appear to be Geoff Jones' first book, audio or otherwise, and I was glad to get the opportunity to get a review copy of it. It is a great genre that doesn't get much coverage, like quite a few genres that I like. I will definitely be looking forward to further novels by the author, and would recommend