Douglas Preston is truly an artist with words (he's smart enough not to have to resort to prefanity-filler text - surely a very pleasant rarity to encounter as a reader! An added bonus for me - he didn't resort to cheap sleazy sex scenes, I don't even remember a single sex scene, the story stood on it's own without any kind of tawdriness.) and he didn't disappoint in that regard with this story. I was THERE while reading this book, I felt the intensity of the western desert heat and felt the thirst of the characters. I "saw" the ancient American dwellings. I "saw" the ancient Tyrannosaurus and other dinos and their habitat and way of living.
While Preston is creative and imaginative, he has a unique flair of mixing those qualities with true facts perfectly, much like Crichton and Koontz. His books always make me think WOW! it's certainly feasible something like that is possible...and it continues to make me think & learn new things.
Also he is extremely knowledgeable in the field of archaeology and incorporates that knowledge into his stories masterfully. He's an archaeological correspondent for THE NEW YORKER magazine and travels worldwide to archaeological sites. I have a love of archaeology, mysteries, and sci-fi, all of which Preston uses to a certain extent (not so much sci-fi as the others).
He's an expert long-distance horseman and a member of the Long Riders Guild; he knows the western U.S. up close and personal and bases many of his stories there.
I do have a few complaints, one is that the story was a bit slow in the beginning, another is that I thought it would be similar to Jurassic Park, but that was just my assumption. The last "complaint" is I was unable to tie a few things together by the end, but again that was probably my fault. If I read it again before it's ordered I might be able to tie up the loose ends :)
I'm a big fan of the Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston duo. Once I read all of their collaborative books, I started on their individual writings. This book is just as suspenseful and fun as all of the ones they wrote together. It starts out with a murder and one witness. AND as you can guess the one witness becomes key to solving the crime. And, like all good suspense novels, the murderer is focused on finding the witness. Preston keeps you turning pages until the very end. I love his style of writing and couldn't put the book down.
Initially the story was like a scientific presentation and I didn't expect to enjoy it. Before the second CD.. the story became a thrilling mystery. The mystery held my attention and I grew anxious to see where it would lead. Tyrannosaur Canyon became more than a name and the espionage and black market tale became riviting. Follow up with commentary and interview from the author.
Another exciting and enjoyable action adventure from Preston (writing without Lincoln Child). This is a sequel of sorts to The Codex which I recently read and really enjoyed. This one was just as good - following up on an adventure featuring the protagonist of Codex - Tom Broadbent (who is now driving a classic '57 Chevy pickup). Broadbent happens on to a murdered dinosaur hunter in the canyons of New Mexico who evidently has made a great discovery. Part of the mystery is just what the prospector has discovered. It piques the interests of a museum curator, a dark government agency, as well as local law enforcement. A super page-turner with a tribute to Michael Crichton and Jurassic Park!
This book was a study in contrasts, a really smart and fascinating story peopled by really wooden characters. There are so many colorful elements: intrigue, dinosaurs, the CIA, high-tech science, even a few monks and a old prospector with a burro, lots of interesting twists, but the people move through it all like zombies. Good, but it could have been a lot better.
Douglas Preston has written a very entertaining dinosaur story that rivals Jurassic Park in every aspect. The characters: A wealthy rancher and his wife, a lady Phd. in paleontology who is a wizard in the lab, a scientist with dangerous levels of ambition, a monk who is a former CIA operative, and a deadly operative (evil) from a shadowy, super-secret governmental agency. Oh, and I almost forgot: probably the best fossil thief in the world who is killed to start the story off.
The central object in the story is a complete T-Rex fossil (skin, feathers, and bones) that is found by the formerly alive fossil thief. This fossil contains a surprise element that I will leave for the discovery of the reader.
Every good story has at least one element that stretches credibility a little bit and this one has several.
A good, fast paced, and entertaining read. Well done.
This is a good book, but not great. I was expecting a little more excitement and suspense but it just didn't deliver. I've never read a book by Preston before so I can't say if it is better or worse than any others. Overall, it was enjoyable though.
This book is really good. It keeps you intrigued and trying to figure out what is going on. The only thing I didn't like is the mentions of evolution, which I don't agree with, but if you do, then you will like this book completely.
Quite an adventure, hidden 65 million years under stones!
Tom Broadbent, known form "The Codex" hears some shots while riding through the canyons. He discovers a dying man who entrusts him a diary full of numbers, demanding the promise to give it to his daughter Robbie. Without knowing who the man is, the police in his neck, a killer capturing his wife, Tom tries to do the right things along with his new friend, a former CIA agent while someone, far away, very much unknown and at the end of the foochain, makes the discovery of the century that changes the history of life and science.
Tyrannosaur CanyonÂ´s a well researched thriller. The reader clearly notices Prestons background through his way of explaining complicated things in an easy way and building around that a thriller that knocks you off.
Having studied mathematics, biology, physics, anthropology, chemistry, geology and astronomy and his work at the American Museum of Natural History I canÂ´t imagine someone better than him to write about fossils and dinosaurs.
Preston doesn't disappoint, even when writing without his normal pen partner, Lincoln Child. The book mixes the right ratio of science, intrigue and action to make it a real page turner. Short chapters will keep you saying, "I'll just read one more"!
Awesome book! Revolves around multiple people all searching for information leading to the location of an amazing T REx fossil. Fast paced, always something gripping going on...never a dull moment! I love love love the science stuff, the secrets, the suspense. Anything natural history interests me, so this book was great for me. Good characters, nice twists in the story. Will look for other books by Preston, he has entertained me fully with this writing. Recommend.
This was a riveting book. I liked the flashbacks to the "actual" dinosaur and its life interspersed with the main story line of the fossil. There were several threads to the story, but it was not hard to follow. Overall I would rate this book as five stars.
This is the first of a series introducing Wyman Ford. He is an X-CIA agent who has become a monk. In this story a Vet is roaming the hills, hears a gunshot and finds a man almost dead who gives him a notebook and asks him to deliver it to his daughter. The Vet takes the notebook to the monastery to Wyman as he was a code breaker. The notebook gives the location of a mummified dinosaur. There are many wanting this find because it is worth many millions and also because it contains a possible microscopic life form that is responsible for wiping out the dinosaurs. This was a good read. I liked the characters. I plan to read the next book and see where this goes. Wyman intimates that the meteor that carried the life forms may have been purposely aimed at earth
Best Book I have read in a while! From the start it keeps you on the edge. Introduces more to the plot as you go along. Lots of different elements in this story. Very interesting concept on why the dinasours disappeared. Actually agrees with the Bible.
Blown away? Yes. Socks knocked off? For sure. This is the kind of a book that takes you deep into the night and will not let you go. It begins on the moon with a very real conversation between astronaut Eugene Cernan and Apollo Ground Control in 1971, and goes from there to an eerie canyon in New Mexico. Then you think you're on a contemporary treasure hunt. But Douglas Preston has a surprise for you...and it is not a small one, no, not at all. I will not forget Tyrannosaur Canyon. Nobody who reads it will, not for a long, long time.
Whitley Strieber, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Communion
A treasure hunter is found shot in a remote New Mexico area. With his dying breath he hands Tom Broadbent (from "The Codex") a notebook, asking him to give it to his daughter. The notebook contains nothing but numbers, so Tom consults with a monk at a nearby monastery (who just happens to be ex-CIA, and experienced in cryptology). He is able to decipher it as the resting place of an exceptional T. rex fossil.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the treasure hunter's killer who was after the notebook, but got to his victim just a tad too late, and thus only ended up with a weird rock, kidnaps Tom's wife Sally (who is, of course, a beauty as well as a fighter), in order to force Tom to give him the notebook. The killer is indebted to a renowned paleontologist who helped him get out of prison (yeah, it's totally believable how they made contact!), and who wants the fossil. Instead, all the killer brings him is the strange rock. Which is given to a technician (actually an overqualified, but underappreciated Ph.D.) who examines it and finds out some astonishing things about the fossil. It seems it has something in common with a vanished lunar rock sample, AND points to another explanation of the dinosaurs' demise 65 million years ago.
The book starts out suspenseful, but sags a bit midway through. I like stories that are at least somewhat plausible and don't rely too much on coincidences and luck. It's just amazing how everybody just happens to have the exact skills needed, and how they keep getting out of impossible situations. Crichton's Jurassic Park is better, because it's more plausible.
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...
The greatest scientific discovery of all time...
A dark agency with a deadly mission...
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?
A good story, keeps you reading. 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...........
A moon rock missing for thirty years ... Five buckets of blook-soaked sand found in a New Mexico canyon ... A scientist with ambition enought to kill ... A monk who will redeem the world ... The greatest scientific discovery of all time ... What fire bolt from the galactic dark shattered the Earth eons ago, and now hides in that remore cleft in the southwest U.S. known as ... Tyrannosaur Canyon?
A moon rock missing for 30 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 bolr from the galactic dark shattered the Earth eons ago and now hides in that remote cleft in the southwest U.S. known as...TYRANNOSARU CANYON?