The Dinosaur Hunter: A Novel

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Life on the ranchlands of Montana comes with more than its share of trouble. The unique people who live and work on this untamed stretch of today's American West expect it—and some of them even enjoy it. One of them is Mike Wire, a former homicide detective who once worked the decadent hills and valleys of Hollywood. Having enough of the violence of the big city, Mike has retreated to a far corner of civilization to spend his days running the Square C Ranch and pining for ...

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Overview

Life on the ranchlands of Montana comes with more than its share of trouble. The unique people who live and work on this untamed stretch of today's American West expect it—and some of them even enjoy it. One of them is Mike Wire, a former homicide detective who once worked the decadent hills and valleys of Hollywood. Having enough of the violence of the big city, Mike has retreated to a far corner of civilization to spend his days running the Square C Ranch and pining for Jeanette Coulter, its spirited and iron-fisted owner.

But Mike is soon to learn terrible things can happen beneath Montana's big skies, too. The badlands are home to more than just horses, cattle, cowboys, and laid-back rattlesnakes. Just beneath the surface are the bones of a dinosaur family that could make a fortune for whoever gets to them first. When a paleontologist and his attractive young assistants arrive at the Square C to dig, Mike senses trouble is clinging to them like Montana mud. Once discovered, those bones won't stay buried, and not everyone hunting for them is doing it in the interest of science.

When a murderer begins to stalk the dinosaur hunting grounds, Mike has to combine the lessons he learned in Los Angeles with those of the Montana prairie to protect the people and the land he has come to love.

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"The Dinosaur Hunter is a fascinating thriller, well-crafted and relentless.... A cross between Tony Hillerman and Larry McMurtry, this is one hell of a good [listen]." —-Douglas Preston, author of Tyrannosaur Canyon
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400149919
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/9/2010
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Library - Unabridged CD
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Homer Hickam

Homer Hickam is the author of a number of bestsellers, including Rocket Boys, Back to the Moon, The Coalwood Way, and The Keeper's Son.

Audiobook veteran Michael Kramer has recorded more than two hundred audiobooks for trade publishers and many more for the Library of Congress Talking Books program. An AudioFile Earphones Award winner and an Audie Award nominee, he earned a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award for his reading of Savages by Don Winslow.

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  • Posted November 10, 2010

    Mystery and Dinosaurs, a good combination

    I really enjoyed this novel. It started a little slowly but it picks up steam. Loved the character Mike Wire, ex LA detective turned cowboy. It's fun to see everything that happens through this guy's mind. He's a bit of a cynic, all he wants to be is left alone, and he's in hopeless love with his boss, ranch lady Jeanette. But then a paleontologist (dinosaur hunter) arrives and things really begin to happen. Along the way, I learned a lot about finding dinosaurs and digging them up. Hickam puts the reader right there, in the badlands, and pretty soon you feel like you've got a backpack on and hiking through that Big Sky country. The ending was wild and unexpected.

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  • Posted February 24, 2011

    Loved this book

    Great book! Very entertaining and not your usual mystery.

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  • Posted December 2, 2010

    Cowboys and Dinosaurs

    Cowboys and dinosaurs sound like an odd combination, but Homer Hickam pulls it off in his new novel. I have always enjoyed this author's books, but this one is the best so far. The setting is in the wide open spaces of Montana on the ranch of Jeanette Coulter, a tough widow who knows everything about cattle ranching. Her foreman Mike Wire is the narrator. When a paleontologist asks permission to access federal land adjoining Jeannette's ranch, Mike gets the dinosaur hunting "bug." The story contains action, mystery, adventure and lots of science. I really enjoyed this book and I think it was one of the best ones I've read this year. I learned a lot about Montana and dinosaurs. The book has something for everyone. You will enjoy it.

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  • Posted November 12, 2010

    Hickam's best yet!

    Better carve out some serious reading time guys and gals! Mystery, mayhem, adventure, cowboys, a bit of romance and dinosaurs, all set in Big Sky country Montana... sure to keep even jaded readers turning those pages. As always, this author's words compellingly immerse us into any time and place he is writing about, and this time it is because he has not only researched his subject well, but lived it. The book cover notes reminds us that Hickam is a NY Times #1 writer and National Book Circle Critics award nominee for "Rocket Boys/October Sky", "but also tells us that is he's an accomplished amateur paleontologist with two T.rex find credits to his name. This certainly helps give the book's setting a very true feel and an authentic background. As great as the plot is, it is Hickam's characters that always keep our interest and he does not fail us here. Mike Wire is the narrator, a retired LA cop who has come to the Square C Ranch to escape the rat race. His boss Jeanette and her son's simple rancher's life is tested when the Dinosaur Hunter comes to ask permission to hunt for bones on their land. As many of the ranchers and townspeople get involved, bad things start to happen...and so the story gets complicated and GOOD. Read it, live it, DIG IT!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2011

    Poor ability to close a book. Waste of time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2010

    Excellent story

    After hearing about some of the details of this book, I couldn't wait to get it and I was not disappointed. This book has mystery in an awesome setting. I enjoy reading about places that I've never been and this book fills that bill for me. Montana cowboys and dinosaur hunting make for an interesting story. I must say that this was a mystery that I didn't have figured out before I got to the end of the book.

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  • Posted November 23, 2010

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    I Dig it!

    Forget about "Mama Grizzlies" - it's Mama T-Rex who really rules! I just finished Homer Hickam's "The Dinosaur Hunter," and found the book as exciting and rewarding as I hoped it would be. With this novel Hickam, who in past lives has - among numerous other occupations - trained NASA astronauts how to scuba, and has written about going Back to the Moon - has traded his diving flippers for cowboy boots, and deep space for "deep time." In addition, and not surprisingly, Hickam proves to be as skillful at portraying the world of dino-diggers in Montana as he is taking us into the coal mines of West Virginia. A sort of comic mystery, thriller, action-love story, the novel moves along at a quick-fire pace that kept me engrossed from beginning to end. Hickam also creates a cadre of characters that are as layered and diverse as the geologic strata where the novel is set. There is Pick, the paleontologist who moves from the Cretaceous through the Quatenary periods with ease, but can't seem to find his way back to camp; Ray and Amelia, the squabbling teenagers-in-love; Brian and Philip, the Green Planet brothers who learn to love the earth in a way they didn't think possible; Cade, the Hollywood porn-producer cum nouveau-riche rancher; Toby, the Hawaiian-shirt-wearing Russian mobster; and the protagonist, Mike - the ex-LA detective turned ranch manager, who doesn't have a clue when it comes to women. And what women! I've not met such capable and courageous, independent and intense, resourceful and resilient, women since Ellen Ripley, especially Jeanette, owner of the Square C ranch where Mike works. The strong, silent type; when she does talk, you know she means it. In fact, all the heroes of the story, based on people Hickam came to know and admire while researching the novel, are as tough and tenacious as the Montana they are trying to measure up to. My only beef? The novel is too short! In the words of Oliver Twist: "More, please!"

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  • Posted November 22, 2010

    Excellent Book

    I received the book on the 10th of November and was unable to put it down. It has all the elements of a gripping mystery, romance as well as adventure. I really like the lead character of Mike. This is one of Homer's best novels, however, I've found all his books to be excellent. A must read!

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  • Posted November 10, 2010

    Starts on the ranch slowly & then goes a mystery

    Anticipating Chap 2.

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