Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton

Dragon Teeth

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. Ag...

Details Dragon Teeth

TitleDragon Teeth
Release DateJun 1st, 2017
PublisherHarperCollins Publishers
Number of pages320 pages
GenreHistorical, Fiction, Science Fiction, Westerns, Adult, Adventure, Animals, Dinosaurs, Science Fiction Fantasy, Action, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

Reviews Dragon Teeth

  • Bob Milne
    Unlike so many ghost-written novels that are 'polished' after an author's death, Dragon Teeth does feel like the completed manuscript it is purported to be. In fact, it reads very much like one of Michael Crichton's earlier historical novels - The Great Train Robbery, Eaters of the Dead, and even (to some extent) Congo. It is a leaner, simpler sort of story, more concerned with the facts of the past than the theories of the future.Readers with an...
  • Megalion
    A previously unpublished book. If you're expecting Jurassic Park, the prequel, you will not get it. This is a Wild West type of story. To be more precise, a historical fiction tale set in the Wild West of 1880s about the literally cutthroat competition between 2 key figures in the hunt for dinosaur bones. A rare step away from his normal speculative fiction back into the early days of dinosaur fossil hunting. What we now call palentology but with...
  • Eric Mikols
    So this is a western, using dinosaur bones as a means of getting me to read a genre I tend to avoid. I can't say I'm not disappointed, wanted more dinosaur-facts and paleontology but it's a great read anyway. It reads like the best of Crichton's early work, having more in common with The Great Train Robbery than Jurassic Park. History brought to life through action and characters that are almost on tour through the world's events. While it's incr...
  • Brandon Forsyth
    Stagecoach chases, gunfights in the streets, life on the frontier, sex, danger, and even an extended cameo from Wyatt Earp - this newly discovered Crichton moves in a terrific way, and should more than satisfy the summer reading crowd. It reads more than a little breathless, with some strange combinations of perspective, but this is an adventure first and foremost. I had a hell of a time with it.
  • Nostalgia Reader
    2.5 stars, rounded up.I really wanted to like this more than I did. It had everything--Western history, the Bone Wars, the Earp brothers... the pages should have dripped Western aura. But sadly, they did not. I never got a feeling for the places as described. I got vivid imagery, yes, but I never felt like I connected with the story. It was also fast-paced... a bit too fast-paced, especially for a story where the actual action doesn't really star...
  • Maxine
    It is 1876 and William Johnson, a young, wealthy and somewhat indolent Yale student who is always boasting about his mostly fictional exploits is bet that he can’t get a position on Othniel Marsh’s annual fossil hunt to the western territories. Surprisingly he succeeds but what was hopefully going to be just an exciting undergraduate adventure, not to mention the satisfying besting of a hated classmate, quickly turns much more dangerous than ...
  • Amanda Drover-Hartwick
    When HarperCollins sent me a complimentary Advance Reader's E-Proof of Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton for review I was convinced that I wouldn't enjoy it all that much. A book about Paleontology in the Wild West isn't something I would have ever selected to read. By the end of the first chapter I was hooked. Full spoiler-free review on my blog: https://amandadroverhartwick.wordpres...
  • Marika
    Quick read, but how many of these *undiscovered* manuscripts are there going to be? Quintessential Chrichton with discoveries of HISTORIC PROPORTION, adventure and good vs evil. Historical fiction as it portrays the rivalry between real-life paleontologists Cope and Marsh.I read an advance copy and was not compensated.
  • Joe Jones
    Another "lost book" by the late Michael Crichton as he revisits the topic of Dinosaurs again, but this time we are just dealing with their bones. It blends fact and fiction as we journey to 1876 and the Bone Wars between Othniel Charles Marsh and Edwin Drinker Cope. The story is told through the fictional Yale student William Johnson. Fans of that time period will appreciate the references and appearances of several real life people. I thought Wy...
  • Nicole
    As a huge Crichton fan, I was over the moon to hear that the late author had a new novel that was to be published posthumously. I've dogeared and ruined so many copies of Jurassic Park that I've lost count. I've read Crichton novels in multiple countries, states and nearly every year since my discovery when I was thirteen. Special thanks to Harper Collins for giving me access to an ebook copy in exchange for my honest review. This book will relea...
  • Lindsey
    This manuscript was the most complete of Michael Crichton's unpublished works, written sometime in the mid-70's and a forerunner to Jurassic Park. Based on the historical rivalry between two dinosaur bone hunting paleontologists in the late 1800's, Marsh and Cope, Crichton brings you right in the midst of their battle through the eyes of fictional Yale student William Johnson. A rich, lazy boy, Johnson makes a bet with a fellow student that he wi...
  • Yvonne
    A fun and entertaining read that will be easy to recommend to readers looking for a new western, especially ones not familiar with the author's previous books. It wasn't what I expected from a 'Crichton' novel.
  • Cristina
    Though my favorite Crichton novels are his techno-thrillers, he weaves a damn good historical fiction. Set in 1876, this story follows the rivalry of two (real life) paleontologists and the treacherous trade of fossil excavation in the West. Though not particularly seat-gripping, the tale is immersive and educational (and, as most of his novels are, extraordinarily well-researched). Really I'd give 3.5 if we were allowed half stars, it's made me ...
  • Christopher Shawn
    A hundred years before Dr. Grant was digging up dinosaurs in the Montana badlands, there was a fierce game of one-upsmanship between two rival paleontologists. Weaving actual historical facts and characters with his trademark gift for thrill-ride fiction, this is a treasure from the late Michael Crichton's archive. A young man named William Johnson has perhaps foolishly boasted to his Yale classmates that he would soon be heading West, to the une...
  • Kim McGee
    William Johnson is a city slicker who finds himself not in Europe with the rest of his Yale friends but instead on a scientific fossil hunt in the wild West. He is given the task of photographer and Professor Marsh and the others seem boring but the glamour soon disappears as he is left in town and branded a spy for another dinosaur hunter. He soon joins forces with the enemy and is given the opportunity to travel with Professor Cope and his ento...
  • Jennifer Armstrong
    Moderately entertaining, although none of the characters have any of the appeal of characters from Jurassic Park. Seems more of a rough draft that could have used more work before Crichton's death.
  • John Amory
    Sluggish. I have to think that the reason Crichton never published this, despite notes claiming it was completed about 40 years ago, is because it was a practice run. The pacing is slow, the story is inconsequential and tedious, and there are a slew of contrivances and coincidences and dei ex machina that grated on me. It was awesome to get a "new" Crichton novel, but Dragon Teeth should have stayed buried.
  • Mike
    Michael Crichton casts his imaginative free reign towards the uncharted western territory of the United States during 1876. Two rivaled Professors of Paleontology form separate expeditions to venture forth into unknown jeopardy that comprises of savage Indian tribes who claim the raw land as their home. Crichton applies his familiar fictional brilliance to Dragon Teeth, as well as sprinkling historical facts taken from some of the more famous peo...
  • Pamela
    A fun fictionalization of two real-life paleontologists (O.C. Marsh and Edward Cope) in the 1870s as they race to discover dinosaur bones across the wilds of North Dakota and Montana. Appearances by some famous characters such as Wyatt Earp and Dead Eye Dick lend colorful moments.
  • Katelyn
    An immensely readable and enjoyable story from Crichton about paleontologists in the Black Hills area in 1876. I didn't learn until the afterword that it's based on real people (Cope and Marsh)--although there is a fun part set in Deadwood with Wyatt Earp. I'm giving it three stars because I'll definitely recommend this book to many people, but it's not as meaty as his best work.
  • Jonathan Toth
    Quick read. Entertaining, could've used more umph.
  • Tim
    Dinosaur adventure it was not.
  • Marianne Mason Sievers
    Well. Michael Crichton managed to make the Bone Wars boring.Disappointed.