Dragon Teeth

Dragon Teeth

by Michael Crichton


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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. Against this backdrop two monomaniacal paleontologists pillage the Wild West, hunting for dinosaur fossils, while surveilling, deceiving and sabotaging each other in a rivalry that will come to be known as the Bone Wars.

Into this treacherous territory plunges the arrogant and entitled William Johnson, a Yale student with more privilege than sense. Determined to survive a summer in the west to win a bet against his arch-rival, William has joined world-renowned paleontologist Othniel Charles Marsh on his latest expedition.  But when the paranoid and secretive Marsh becomes convinced that William is spying for his nemesis, Edwin Drinker Cope, he abandons him in Cheyenne, Wyoming, a locus of crime and vice. William is forced to join forces with Cope and soon stumbles upon a discovery of historic proportions.  With this extraordinary treasure, however, comes exceptional danger, and William’s newfound resilience will be tested in his struggle to protect his cache, which pits him against some of the West’s most notorious characters.

A page-turner that draws on both meticulously researched history and an exuberant imagination, Dragon Teeth is based on the rivalry between real-life paleontologists Cope and Marsh; in William Johnson readers will find an inspiring hero only Michael Crichton could have imagined. Perfectly paced and brilliantly plotted, this enormously winning adventure is destined to become another Crichton classic. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062473356
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/23/2017
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,141,098
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Michael Crichton (1942-2008) was the author of the bestselling novels The Terminal Man, The Great Train Robbery, Jurassic Park, Sphere, Disclosure, Prey, State of Fear, Next and Dragon Teeth, among many others. His books have sold more than 200 million copies worldwide, have been translated into forty languages, and have provided the basis for fifteen feature films. He wrote and directed Westworld, The Great Train Robbery, RunawayLookerComa and created the hit television series ER. Crichton remains the only writer to have a number one book, movie, and TV show in the same year.

Daniel H. Wilson is a Cherokee citizen and author of the New York Times bestselling Robopocalypse and its sequel Robogenesis, as well as ten other books. He recently wrote the Earth 2: Society comic book series for DC Comics. Wilson earned a PhD in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University, as well as master’s degrees in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. He has published over a dozen scientific papers and holds four patents. Wilson lives in Portland, Oregon.


Los Angeles, California

Date of Birth:

October 23, 1942

Date of Death:

November 4, 2008

Place of Birth:

Chicago, Illinois

Place of Death:

Los Angeles, California


B.A.. in Anthropology, Harvard University, 1964; M.D., Harvard Medical School, 1969

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Dragon Teeth 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a boring history book with annoying characters, this is the book for you
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yet another Michael Crichton book thats NOT! He may have written a draft of this story, might even have started the book before he passed, but this damn sure isn't a Crichton book any more than that last rediculous book they published claiming it was his. Enough already! Real fans of Mr. Crichton know one of his books when they read it- this one was most definitely NOT one of them. If you have read a real bonafied Michael Crichton book then dont waste your time or money on this one. If you've never read this author before- go for it - you'll never know the difference. What a sorry excuse for a so called Michael Crichton book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just a western. Not believable. Skimmed through to predicable ending. Not at all what you think you will get.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He will always be one of the greatest authors. Just read it. You'll love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not as good as other novels he wrote. Slow, boring at times..but well written and descriptive.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While I first fell in love with the science aspects of Crichton's earlier work, this book was still a fun adventure that I enjoyed reading. It brought back fond memories of reading a new Crichton book that sadly I'll never feel again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put this book down..held my interest from the first to the last page..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great historical fiction work from Crichton!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all of Michael Crichton's work, but this one is exceptional! It made me feel for the characters and wish I could be going through it all with them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a ride- what an adventure!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good western.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Should have found a writer who could flesh it out with another hundred pages. Interesting and good read but unfinished
LEH0644 More than 1 year ago
A fictionalized account of a trip by a professor and his group of students out west during the late 1800’s to search for dinosaur bones. The trip was narrated by William Johnson, a pampered young man from Philadelphia, who took the trip on a bet and had no idea what he was getting himself into. He started the trip as a photographer with Professor Othniel Charles Marsh and ended up with Professor Edward Drinker Cope. These men were bitter enemies and had spies in each other’s camps. Johnson started the trip as a wide-eyed young man looking for adventure and returned a hardened man who had seen the worst of men and survived.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Expecting something in the vein of Jurassic Park, this semi-historical novel was a snooze. I struggled with every part of reading it: getting through the story, caring about the story, caring about the characters or subject matter...in my opinion this could've been a really cool story, it just wasn't.
YoyoMitch More than 1 year ago
Michael Crichton’s book, Jurassic Park, did more for American Paleontology regarding a renewed interest in the field, than did any other event since Cope and March set about to becoming the world’s most renowned fossil hunter while simultaneously trying to destroy each other. It is fitting that his final book, published nine years after his death, is a fictional account of part of the famous Marsh/Cope “Bone Wars.” For those familiar with that time period, there is little new to learn here. The lack of knowledge of those events will not detract from a fun, exciting Western set in a time when the concept of “the West” was being defined as it was also coming to a close. There are train rides, “Indian” dangers and attacks, gun battles, fossil discoveries, dragon teeth, hardships aplenty all contained in a quick “Summer” read. William Johnson is a privileged, Yale undergraduate who is planning on touring Europe over summer break. When a likewise privileged fellow student bets him $1000 that he would “not go West” with Yale Professor Marsh, Mr. Johnson finds himself the photographer for the “Othniel Charles Marsh 1876 Fossil Expedition” to the American West. The fact that he does not know how to take pictures turns out to be his easiest hurtle to jump in the next six months. He is unaware that Prof. Marsh is territorial, paranoid and wants no one else to better known than him. Nor is he aware of the existence of Edward Drinker Cope, a quiet, smart, Quaker, Professor of Paleontology whom Marsh sees as his greatest threat. William quickly finds himself thrown off of Marsh’s expedition, is quickly attached to Cope’s team and hoping to survive to collect on his, now obviously inane, bet, is the plot and play of this book. Being familiar with the Bone War and having been on a paleontological dig in the same region where the first shots of that “war’ were fired, reading this book was a requirement as soon as I became aware of its existence. My awareness and experience helped to make the first half of the book (the more historic part) richer. The book is set in an era when Paleontology was front-page news and those finding fossils and the opportunity to become world famous. The writer creates a feeling excitement from the early moments of the book. The second half of the tale is more classic Western Saga, filled with historic places and people than a tale of fossil discovery. I enjoyed the book. Mr. Crichton (or the person who gathered his research and wrote the book as the case may be) did not remove 21st Century political issues from the work. The betrayal of the Native Americans by EVERYONE, misogyny as a standard of behavior, the inherent evil of Manifest Destiny and the beginning of the ongoing debate between evolution and Creationism are justifiably and clearly displayed. There is violence, sexual innuendo and some language but the movie, should it get made, will be rated PG-13.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic read!
SheTreadsSoftly More than 1 year ago
Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton is a highly recommended historical adventure novel. Let me preface this review with a few comments. As most people know Crichton passed away in 2008 and the books published since then have been from manuscripts found by his wife Sherry. Dragon Teeth is an early manuscript; purportedly research on it began in 1974. Longtime fans of Crichton's work will recognize in the style a resemblance to several of his earlier novels. That fact doesn't diminish this novel, but Dragon Teeth is neither a Jurassic Park story nor a prequel. What it does do is affirm that Crichton's fascination with dinosaurs, fossils, and paleontology began long before the Jurassic Park novels were written. Dragon Teeth is set in 1876. At this time there was war in the west between Native American tribes and the US, a gold rush in the Black Hills of South Dakota, and legends of the Wild West were alive. It was also the time of the "Bone Wars," a nickname given to the bitter rivalry between paleontologists Othniel Charles Marsh and Edwin Drinker Cope. The narrative follows William Johnson, an entitled Yale student who made a bet with a rival that he would go west to dig for dinosaur bones. He learns photography so he has a skill that enables him to join Marsh's expedition. Marsh, however is a paranoid man and ends up abandoning Johnson in Cheyenne, Wyoming. At that point Johnson joins Cope's group, who are heading west to the Montana badlands to dig for fossils. They make an incredible find, but unforeseen circumstances separate the exhibition members, resulting in getting half of the bones back east to become solely Johnson's dangerous quest. William Johnson is a fictitious character, but the novel is populated with many other recognizable historical figures, places, and events. Dragon Teeth is a western more than anything else, but it demonstrates the research Crichton undertook for his novels. This is a nice combination of historical fact and fiction that showcases Crichton's ability to take facts, science, and history and mold it into an entertaining story. While Dragon Teeth doesn't have the high level of exceptionally-fast-paced-heart-stopping action that is displayed in many of his books, this is still a very entertaining story that will hold your attention from beginning to end. I do wonder, however, if it was set aside and not published earlier because Crichton wasn't satisfied with it. It is not as good as many of his novels. But, setting that aside, fans will be pleased with it and easily place Dragon Teeth in context as an early example of his body of work. As a long-time fan, I love Crichton's books, but... a gentle suggestion to his estate: I think it might be time to close the vault on things he wrote but didn't publish. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of HarperCollins.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic read!!! Enjoyed this book so much.
Zirkle 20 days ago
The first book I’ve read by Michael Crichton, Dragon Teeth is a fascinating work of historical fiction that mixes real and fictitious characters seamlessly. The plot is a bit slow to get going, the first quarter of the book is spent on trains, but Crichton’s writing keeps it engaging the whole time. There are plenty of historical events that take place in the summer of 1876, and they all help you get a feeling of when the book really takes place and how the West would have felt back then. I recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of historic fiction, but make sure to read the author’s note as it corrects a few inaccuracies in the novel.
PainFrame More than 1 year ago
The Life of a Fossil Hunter What kind of Indiana Jones treasure trove did Michael Crichton leave behind that enables infinite novels to be published, even many years after his death? Is this his actual final novel? It would be obnoxious if he wasn’t one of my favorite writers. I guess this isn’t really a problem but it sure is confounding. If there is anything wrong with this book it has to be it’s iconic cover artwork which makes it look like a Jurassic Park novel, which it is not. I’m sure from a marketing standpoint that makes sense as probably that is what Crichton is most known for, but it is very misleading if that is what you are anticipating. This story takes place in 1876 and concerns fossils rather than living dinosaurs. It is a fun adventure across america and very enlightening to witness the contempt or disregard which was once applied to the burgeoning field of paleontology. Fans of Crichton should pick it up, you’ll need something to tide you over until the next unpublished work is discovered.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found myself holding my breath, all tensed up trying to help Johnson get his bones to safety! Loved this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a fun book, but the ending was blah.