Mystery, murder, and adventure on Mars…
Mars in 1815 is a world of wonders, from the hanging ballrooms of Tharsis City to the air forests of Patagonian Mars, and from the ice caves of Noachis Terra to the Great Wall of Cyclopia, beyond which dinosaurs still roam.
Sixteen-year-old Harriet George has never had the chance for an adventure. Now her older sister is determined to marry her off. Harriet can’t think of anything worse.
Meanwhile, her brother-in-law, Bertrand, has a problem. He’s never been much of a police inspector. As far as Harriet knows, Bertrand has never caught a criminal in his life. But now the famous jewel thief, the Glass Phantom, has come to Mars, and Bertrand has been given the job of tracking him down. If he fails, Bertrand will lose his job and the whole family will be ruined.
Harriet will not let that happen.
So she comes up with a plan: she will capture the Glass Phantom herself. Even if that mean that she and Bertrand have to follow the thief’s intended victim, the Countess von Krakendorff, on a dinosaur hunt in the perilous Martian wilderness. But there is far more going on in this expedition than mere robbery, and the dinosaurs are not the greatest danger.
If Harriet cannot solve the mystery, her family won't just be ruined. She and Bertrand may not make it out of the wilderness alive.
The Dinosaur Hunters is a novella set in the world of Secrets of the Dragon Tomb. You do not need to have read Secrets of the Dragon Tomb to read this novella.
Reviews of SECRETS OF THE DRAGON TOMB:
"Abundant humor, intricate worldbuilding details, and precisely timed slapstick and mayhem mesh as neatly as the gears and levers of the water abacus, producing a gorgeously articulated clockwork of a novel." - Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Engaging characters and an action-packed plot ... this will appeal to fans of zany adventure tales." - Booklist
"Samphire is clearly having the time of his life with this yarn, leavening character types with emotional honesty ... A bit Tom Swift-meets-early Heinlein, joyfully modernizing space pulp for a new audience."- Kirkus Reviews
"Spiced with exciting illustrations and plenty of humor ... Short, action-filled chapters and a satisfying denouement will have readers clamoring for the next installment." - VOYA
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About the Author
Dinosaur hunter. Accidental archeologist. Armchair adventurer. Some of these things may not be true about Patrick Samphire. What is true is that Patrick is the author of extremely exciting and occasionally funny books for middle grade readers, and of more serious and magical short stories for adults. His first novel, Secrets of the Dragon Tomb, was published by Henry Holt / Macmillan on January 12, 2016. His second novel, The Emperor of Mars, was published in 2017. He’s also a web and ebook designer.