A billionaire has created a technique to clone dinosaurs. From the DNA that his crack team of scientists extract, he is able to grow the dinosaurs in his laboratories and lock them away on an island behind electric fences, creating a sort of theme park. He asks a group of scientists from several different fields to come and view the park, but something goes terribly wrong when a worker on the island turns traitor and shuts down the power.
If you have read my profile you know that Jurassic Park had a huge impact on my writing life, but as a Jr High kid I read that book over and over again. It fascinated me. That is the kind of science fiction that I love; supremely practical, and written by someone who knows what they are talking about. Something familiar that has been turned on its head, and includes a sense of wonder.
I was extremely disappointed when Michael Crichton passed away, everything I have read by him kept me enthralled on to the end, even the stuff that I have read from his pen name. I wish there were more authors like him, so I want to share the books that I have found that near his level of craft.
In this powerhouse of suspense—as brilliantly imagined as Jurassic Park and The Ruins—scientists have made a startling discovery: a fragment of a lost continent, an island with an ecosystem unlike any they’ve seen before . . . an ecosystem that could topple ours like a house of cards.
The time is now. The place is the Trident, a long-range research vessel hired by the reality TV show Sealife. Aboard is a cast of ambitious young scientists. With a director dying for drama, tiny Henders Island might be just what the show needs. Until the first scientist sets foot on Henders—and the ultimate test of survival begins . . .
For when they reach the island’s shores, scientists are utterly unprepared for what they find—creatures unlike any ever recorded in natural history. This is not a lost world frozen in time, an island of mutants, or a lab where science has gone mad: this is the Earth as it might have looked after evolving on a separate path for half a billion years.
Soon the scientists will stumble on something more shocking than anything humanity has ever encountered: because among the terrors of Henders Island, one life form defies any scientific theory—and must be saved at any cost. International Thriller Writers nominee Best First Novel
What would the world be like if crustaceans had been given the evolutionary advantage instead of mammals? Short answer: you don't want to know. Long answer: read this book to find out. The prospect is both fascinating and terrifying. This book is well within the realm of awesome contemporary science fiction.
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What fire bolt from the galactic dark shattered the Earth eons ago, and now hides in that remote cleft in the southwest U.S. known as Tyrannosaur Canyon?
This is the first Douglas Preston book I ever read, probably because it fit in with my fascination with dinosaurs. It is a murder mystery with a science fiction twist.
The thing that killed me though was that the author introduced the idea that it was a space virus that actually killed the dinosaurs by making them transform into something else. Great right? No, there are scientists studying that virus in a secure location and they talk about how wonderful and strange it is, but the book ends without ever telling you what the virus actually does. It is still driving me crazy. I have listened to everything Preston has written, disparate to find out what that virus does. Still nothing. I will probably search every book that comes out searching for that one answer.
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I Listen to more than 100 audiobooks a year. Kind of a story fiend, I know, but I thought I would share my thoughts about them with you. I would love to have suggestions from people as to what I should listen to next.