Despite it being a posthumous release, I picked up Dragon Teeth for two reasons; the first is because I am a fan of some of Michael Crichton’s earlier works, and the second because the book cover resembles those of his Jurassic Park novels, which I adore. You can read my Jurassic Park and Lost World reviews via this link.
Unfortunately, this book is nothing like Jurassic Park, in both style and substance. Instead, it is an old Wild West story in which a group of scientists dig up dinosaur bones, in a hostile land filled with Indian tribes and pistol fights.
In hindsight it became glaringly obvious that Dragon Teeth was not my type of novel. Originally written by Crichton back in the 70s and shelved for decades, this book appears to have been pieced together from both the early manuscript, and copious notes which had been added on to it over the intervening years, and it shows. As a result the finished product doesn’t feel like it was written by the Michael Crichton that we’ve all come to know and love.
While I enjoyed reading about the excavations; the scientific processes and procedures, the names of the dinosaur species etc. there just wasn’t enough of it to keep me interested in the overall story. It is ok as a stand-alone novel, though just not my usual cup of tea. At 2 out of 5 stars fans of historical fiction and/or Westerns may enjoy Dragon Teeth, just don’t expect it to be anything like Jurassic Park, or indeed any other novel from Michael Crichton.