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Tyrannosaur Canyon

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

LOVED IT!

I bought this book as a bargain book and was pleasantly surprised at my overall enjoyment. This book is easy to read, has a great plot, good characters and descriptive of the nature and scenery where the story takes place. My favorite part was the prologue for each part...
I bought this book as a bargain book and was pleasantly surprised at my overall enjoyment. This book is easy to read, has a great plot, good characters and descriptive of the nature and scenery where the story takes place. My favorite part was the prologue for each part of the book that described the dinosaur. I was never interested in this in the past but thought that this book kept me thinking about archeology long after I read the book. It is a nice thriller book for a vacation trip or a long weekend in a rain or snow when you are stuck inside. I easily read this book in three days. Was sorry to see the tale end.

posted by snoopygal1968 on February 25, 2009

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

'Obvious, and long winded'

Look, I'm not looking for a book to keep me on the edge of my seat every sentence. Or every chapter for that matter. But at some point in this thriller, I would like to be thrilled. Sorry, I just don't enjoy a book that tries to be mysterious, but let's you in on the my...
Look, I'm not looking for a book to keep me on the edge of my seat every sentence. Or every chapter for that matter. But at some point in this thriller, I would like to be thrilled. Sorry, I just don't enjoy a book that tries to be mysterious, but let's you in on the mystery before it becomes one.

posted by Anonymous on December 20, 2006

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  • Posted June 7, 2011

    Okay, definately not jurasic park

    This was my first Douglas Preston book. I enjoyed it for what it was, pulp fiction. The charcters felt a little wooden to me, especially the cops. The antagonist were also not very original. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either. I think I'll stick to James Rollins.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2006

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    A dying prospector turns over a mysterious coded notebook to millionaire good-guy Tom Broadbent with last-breath instructions to pass it on to his daughter. This opening scene in Douglas Preston's latest solitary effort, Tyrannosaur Canyon, sets the stage for a wild, chaotic ride for the reader. From the frozen landscape of the moon to the hot, barren deserts and canyons of New Mexico to the Museum of Natural History in New York City, with a plethora of characters thrown in, Preston's novel barrels along at breakneck speed. Perhaps to the undoing of the tale. With multiple characters and a commensurate number of locales, the constant, abrupt shifting viewpoints acts as an annoying hindrance and an obstacle to the smooth unfolding of the plot. The story was indeed well-written but could have benefited from a more linear denouement.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2005

    A good tale which loses its way

    The desert southwest, prehistoric life, a villain and a good guy(s) in mortal combat over a fair maiden, what could be better? Perhaps a story which doesn't require a suspension of all common sense. Subjectwise this story of two separate quests, one to find the mega-dinosaur fossil, the other to find a heroine in distress, has it all. But the tale gets lost along the way and falls into the vast genre of works which just don't make it. It is a page turner which provides trite and disappointing results. The action is fun, but the results are predictable or just down right unbelievable, like in the climactic last encounter. As a read this is fun, as a great work this is not. It seemed similar to a natural history/ suspense romance novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2005

    Jurassic imposter

    With a couple of shotgun holes in his back, a dying prospector hands Tom Broadbent, the hero of ¿Tyrannosaur Canyon,¿ a worn notebook with pages of neatly handwritten numbers on it and beseeches him to take it to his daughter. A decent enough start for a typical thriller. But this book is ¿Tyrannosaur Canyon¿ and the sleeve tells us that something from the galactic dark is hiding in a remote cleft in the southwest U.S. It¿s supposed to be a Michael Chrichton beater! Let me say this: ¿Tyrannosaur Canyon,¿ is not a bad read. It has an intriguing premise. But most of it is squandered on a stock plot of good guys being chased around the scorching New Mexico desert by improbable bad guys, all of them after a buried Tyrannosaurus Rex, albeit the largest specimen ever discovered. There¿s way too much parallel storytelling, an overlong setup, and the hinted reality that the fossil is contaminated with sixty-five million year old alien germs fizzles out to a tired whimper at the end. Douglas Preston could have outscored Michael Chrichton¿s ¿Andromeda Strain¿ But he misses. He squanders his premise. And instead of it being as hot as the scorching desert depicted, it ends up, sadly, half- baked.

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