Dragon Teeth (Hardcover)

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This recently discovered novel is based on the rivalry, known as the Bone Wars, between real-life paleontologists Edwin Cope and Otheniel Marsh and takes place in the 1876’s Wild West. Both are heading expeditions to the western territories, and William Johnson, a Yale student of privilege, decides to tag along with Marsh’s group after placing a bet with a rival student. The secretive and paranoid Marsh decides that William is a spy for Cope, and sneaks off, abandoning William in wild and wooly Cheyenne, Wyoming. William ends up joining Cope’s expedition. They make an astonishing discovery, a huge dinosaur skeleton and one enormous tooth. Rivalries are heating up as William attempts to hold on to the find (especially the giant tooth) while fending off the archeologist adversaries, Indians, thieves, and a famous Western character or two. William, once a rich and spoiled student, must grow up fast if he wants to stay alive and bring the bones home for scientific study. As usual, Michael Crichton did extensive research, turning Dragon Teeth into a fast-paced action, science, and history thriller any fan of his previous books (and movies, tv shows, etc.) will thoroughly enjoy. We are told that more manuscripts will be turned into novels, making Michael Crichton a best-selling author almost 10 years after his death.

— From Linda's Latest List


Michael Crichton, the #1 New York Times bestselling 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 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.

A page-turner that draws 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 readers 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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062473356
ISBN-10: 0062473352
Publisher: Harper
Publication Date: May 23rd, 2017
Pages: 304
Language: English