Dragon Teeth

A suspenseful and intriguing tale, Dragon Teeth is quintessentially Michael Crichton.  Following the intense and sometimes violent rivalry between two paleontologists in 1875, the story exudes Crichton’s own love for dinosaurs, in what was likely the real-life story that inspired Jurassic Park.  Closely based on actual history, including journals of the two men, the novel serves as a sort of love letter to the adventures of the early years of paleontology, but also removes the veil of both professional ambition and the violent anarchy of the wild west.

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Beneath a Scarlet Sky

Mark Sullivan’s novel Beneath a Scarlet Sky is a fascinating marriage of story and history. While he clearly describes it as a novel in the book’s introduction, it is also closely based on fact. The book’s subject, Pino Lella, talked with Sullivan about his story, and the author conducted additional research in an attempt to be as accurate as possible. The fact that the book is so accurate to its basis makes the story that much more incredible.

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