Book Review: ‘Dragon Teeth’ Is A Michael Crichton Found Gem

You know Michael Crichton from his many famous books including The Andromedia Strain, The Great Train Robbery, Jurassic Park, Prey, State Of Fear and many more. He died way too early. And now we have one more to add to the collection. Thanks to his wife Sherri who found a manuscript for Dragon Teeth, we have the new book out from Harper Collins on Tuesday, May 23. Sherri says its a forerunner and perfect companion to Jurrasic Park.

Yale is the setting for the beginning of the novel in the year 1876. Spoiled, rich William Johnson is dared to join the expedition of Professor Othniel Charles Marsh (a bet with a fellow student for $1000), who every summer heads out west looking for bones. He has to talk his way into saying he’s a photographer (he’s not). The professor allows him to go. The students that are picked to go are warned not to talk to any strangers or reveal anything. Charles has a rival in Professor Edward Drinker Cope (who also goes and looks for bones). They used to be close friends until a falling out.

Charles suspects that William is a spy for Cope and leaves him in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Cope happens to be there and picks up William and off they go. The expedition is frat with danger. The Indians are still clinging to their lands and fighting US government and the white man to hang onto what they claim belongs to them.

They finally find bones (and what’s named dragon teeth) and could be one the greatest finds ever. They wrap them up and head start heading back for the east coast. Soon they are attacked by Indians, Marsh and William is separated from the group and presumed dead. He’s actually alive and stays true to his mission, even if it costs him his life. He has to deal with being robbed, getting into a duel and securing the help of Wyatt Earp.

Although this a novel it’s based on an actual rivalry between Cope and Marsh. It’s an exciting tale set in the old west of the time of Cowboys and Indians (and who doesn’t love tales of this time?). With twists and turns, it’s a real page turned to the very end.

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