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Publisher's Summary

A moon rock missing for thirty years....
Five buckets of blood-soaked sand found in a New Mexico canyon....
A scientist with ambition enough to kill....
A monk who will redeem the world....
A dark agency with a deadly mission....
The greatest scientific discovery of all time....
What fire bolt from the galactic dark shattered the Earth eons ago, and now hides in that remote cleft in the southwest U.S. known as Tyrannosaur Canyon?
©2005 Splendide Mendax, Inc. (P)2005 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
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Critic Reviews

"Better than Crichton." (Publishers Weekly)
"Preston keeps the adventure high, springing plenty of nifty surprises along the way." (People)
"Give him lots of credit...for thrills. He can write gripping escape scenes and bloody confrontations with the best of them." (Booklist)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Samuel Brown on 09-19-05

A wait in your driveway book

I didn't go into the house as I waited for a section to finish. This just absolutely appealed to me; Dinosaurs, DNA, cryptic code, intrigue, religion, secret ops and a bad guys coming out every which way. I liked it because I didn't see how the good guys were going to pull it off. I learned a lot about museums and the personalities who work there. The interview at the end kept me as enthralled as the book.

I can't wait to encounter the characters again.

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24 of 24 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Aleita on 09-18-05

Fun adventure with Douglas Preston at the Pen!

I always find it to "fall" into any of the books he has written or co-written. What is fun with this adventure is that it adds layers of science, geography, mystery and geology. The story made the miles fly by as I drove. The reader was just fine. I just wish I had had a map of the high mesa country of New Mexico!

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15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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4 out of 5 stars
By Frank on 05-01-06


In a world when so many books deliver less than the cover sales spin, this one delivers as a light to medium work that won't tax your brain to follow the story.

It's not 'better than Crichton' as claimed but nevertheless a worthy story with rich, credible characters and good pace that will keep you interested all the way through.

This book probably suffers from being listed in the Sci-Fi section as it would have much wider appeal as general fiction.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By dale_mcewan on 06-02-17

Great thriller well told

Anything by Preston is usually worth reading or listening to. Very well researched and informative. Narration is clear and easy on the ear. Bravo Douglas!!!

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