Booklist Reviews 2017 March #1
*Starred Review* Discovered in manuscript form among the late author's files, this new novel tells the story of one of the most notorious rivalries in the history of science. Othniel Charles Marsh and Edward Drinker Cope were competing dinosaur-fossil hunters from the 1870s through the 1890s. Both were passionately motivated about finding and classifying new dinosaurs, but, at the same time, they often let personal antipathies and their own egos get in the way of scientific research. Crichton tells their fascinating story through the eyes of young William Johnson, an aimless boy from a wealthy family who winds up working with both men (he's dropped from Marsh's latest expedition because Marsh suspects he's a spy working for Cope, so Johnson joins up with Cope instead). The book is sure to garner a lot of attention—a posthumous book about dinosaurs from the creator of Jurassic Park—but it's more than just a literary curiosity. It's also a very good novel; in fact, taken among all Crichton's novels, it's one of his best, a beautifully detailed, scientifically engrossing, absolutely riveting story about the early days of paleontology. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Discovering an unpublished Crichton novel about dinosaurs isn't quite as big a deal as discovering, say, a very old dinosaur wandering about Central Park, but it's no small thing, either. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.
LJ Reviews 2016 December #1
Set in 1876, at the height of the frantic competition among paleontologists seeking dinosaur fossils in the American West, this newly discovered novel from the late Crichton features an ultra-entitled Yalie's fateful decision to join an expedition. A million-copy first printing.. Copyright 2016 Library Journal.
LJ Reviews 2017 March #2
It's 1876, and a bet sends Yale student William Johnson off to Colorado on a paleontological expedition with Othniel Marsh. When the paranoid Marsh suspects Johnson is a spy, he abandons him in Cheyenne, WY. Johnson joins up with another famous paleontologist, Edward Drinker Cope, and heads off to the Montana badlands. Near the end of the expedition, however, Johnson is presumed dead after a mishap. In reality, he makes his way to Deadwood along with half of the expedition's haul. He must now make his way back East with the scientific discovery of a lifetime, yet escaping his enemies may prove difficult. This newly discovered manuscript by the late Crichton, who died in 2008, returns to a dinosaur theme, this time in a historical novel based on the lives of two 19th-century paleontology giants and their "Bone Wars" rivalry.
PW Reviews 2017 March #2
Crichton pays homage, again, to Arthur Conan Doyle's