Ex-cop Henry Shore has been Chief Park Ranger at Crater Lake National Park for eight years and he likes his park and his life the way it's been. Safe. Tranquil. Predictable. But he's about to be tested in so many ways. First the earthquakes begin, people begin to go missing, then there's some mysterious water creature that's taken up residence in the caves below Crater Lake and it's not only growing in size, it's aggressive and cunning and very hungry.
And it's decided it likes human beings. To eat.
And it can come up onto land.
So Henry, with the help of his wife, Ann; a young paleontologist named Justin; and a band of brave men, must not only protect his park and his people from the monster but somehow find where it lives and destroy it before it can kill again.
Now DINOSAUR LAKE by Kathryn Meyer Griffith is a 2014 EPICS EBOOK AWARDS *FINALIST* in their suspense/Thriller category.
©2013 Kathryn Meyer Griffith (P)2013 Kathryn Meyer Griffith
There are few things better than a good story well told!
Entertaining, light, fun.
I loved the descriptions of Crater Lake and the Park. The book is not particularly deep or wet your pants thrilling but if you're looking to suspend reality and be entertained by a lake monster for a few hours this will fit the bill. If you read the description and think you might be interested you probably won't be disappointed. The writing and narration are good.
Pretty high up there. I enjoyed it quite a bit.
The last few chapters had me a nervous wreck!
The main character. He felt very likable.
Mr. Hayes gave the characters a very down-to-earth feel, which I thought was very appropriate for this book. Loved the book, too.
Dinosaur Lake is an exciting and frightening story that places big and powerful dinosaur never before discovered right in the park's midst. This violent creature must survive and has discovered that those screaming, silly little humans make great nourishment..It reminds me of Jurasick Park.
Dinosaur Lake was an engaging listen, and time just flew by listening to it.
Like (I guess) a lot of people, early in life I had a fascination with dinosaurs, and have loved seeing modern technology being able to bring them to life on the big screen in recent years. The book caters to that demographic very well. And yes, I have the upcoming unabridged Jurassic Park audiobook on pre-order... :)
The book painted the area it was set in so well I was able to picture things so well, and this made the entire book feel so alive. The people in the story were also well developed. The lead character, the ex-cop Chief Park Ranger was likeable, conscientious and in the thick of the action. There were no real "baddie" type characters, other than one of the self serving scientists, and the desk bound park service boss but even they did add to the tale, rather than being just really grating. I also found it interesting the idea of the community aided homeless camp in the park. I'm not sure if this is based on factual occurrences of this, but it was the first time I'd heard of this concept, in fiction or elsewhere.
Johnnie C Hayes did a brilliant job narrating. I'd definitely recommend him to authors looking for narrators. I found him easy to listen to, clear, and characters all felt distinct.
I look forward to listening to more books by this author (including the Dinosaur Lake sequels). Highly recommended.
Set in Crater Lake National Park, Oregon, park rangers start to notice that not all is as peaceful as it normally is. Chief Ranger Henry Shore and his local newspaper reporter wife Ann are in for an adventure….or a nightmare. First there are a few tremors, which aren’t so unusual. Then the temperature of the lake begins to rise. Finally, park visitors are going missing and there are rumors of some beast wandering the lake shore.
The suspense started off subtle, twining it’s way through the character & location set up. We learn quite a bit about Henry and his wife, a bit about their grown daughter (Leila) and their infant granddaughter (Zoe). Crater Lake is a peaceful place, much more so than New York city where Henry was once a cop. Then the rumors of a possible lake creature start along with the tremors. A magnificent fossil bed is revealed by a minor earthquake and the paleontologist Justin arrives on scene. From there are on out, more and more pieces fall into place as folks go missing, boats are wrecked, and odd prints appear along the lake shore. The last two hours of the book were pretty intense with a good mix of action and quiet, intense dinosaur hunting.
Henry, our main character, is pretty interesting. We see much of the book from his viewpoint, observing what he sees and hears, watching his thoughts turn things over. I liked that he wasn’t some young, romantic action hero. Nope, he’s well into the second half of his life, has a solid marriage, a once troubled daughter, and a job that gives him peace of mind. Ann is our second main character, having a passion for journalism and for good cooking. While she does play second fiddle to Henry throughout the book, she is still and integral part of the story. The local paper she works for is going under and she wishes to save it. Perhaps her attempts to do so will put her in the middle of the action.
And that leads me into my one criticism. The ladies have very little to do in this book. They are wives, love interests, or children. They must be tucked safely way or rescued. Ann is the most proactive of them all and even so she has to be kept save at a friend’s house out of the way and rescued later on. There are no female paleontologists or park rangers or cops. There is one other female journalist & one female homeless wife & mother. Both have very short roles. If the book didn’t contain modern tech like cell phones, I might have placed this story in the 1950s or 1960s for the subtle remarks made about women in careers and the strength of women. So that’s my only negative about this book: I wish the women had more roles and roles that pertained to the plot and not just window dressing.
Now, obviously, there is plenty of dinosaur talk throughout the book. Hooray! I liked the tidbits on what scientists know about dinos and what scientists have guessed about dinos. There were also some theories kicked around about how such a beast came to be in the lake. I have to say that while they were all fantastical, none of them were realistic. But I was totally cool with that because this is fiction and none of the characters were biologists or ecologists, who would have had a much better guess. I also really like that the folks involved had various reactions to this beast. Some wanted to capture it and study it. Others wanted to let it have the lake for its lifetime. Still others looked at the body count and got realistic. Overall, this was a fun tale that started with a dream many of us have had (to see a real dino) and ended in strive and consternation as the reality of mixing dinos & humans hit the characters. Looking forward to the sequel!
The Narration: Johnnie Hays was a good fit for Henry. He has a slightly graveling voice that makes me think of a mature, somewhat hardened, male authority figure. He also had a range of male voices for the other male characters. His female voices always sounded like they were in a stage whisper. So throughout the book I kept picturing Ann whispering everything even when she was upset or excited.
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This isn't my first read by Kathryn Meyer Griffith and there hasn't been a book yet by her that I didn't love, but this book was even beyond my expectations. it is a fantastic read! The plot is fantastic and the danger, suspense, horror (not too bad), thriller kept me on the edge of my seat. The author has such a way with words. It is a clean book and can be enjoyed by the entire family.
Henry, an ex-cop, was shot in the line of duty and decided to swap his career to something not so dangerous. Henry is now the Chief Park Ranger for the Crater Lake Park Forest Preserve. His wife Ann works for the local newspaper and is thrilled with their quiet life. Then one day the unimaginable happened and no one believed it....
One old man who runs a tour boat for a living on Crater Lake was carrying on about a monster in the lake. It is huge he says, 50 feet tall. This is far too crazy to be true, so everyone just thinks he is crazy. Then it happened. The old man and his boat disappeared. All that was left was wreckage on the lake floating. Then another tour boat is found as wreckage too with the owner gone. Henry and another guy spend the night on the lake and suddenly they are being attacked. The thing went under the boat and lifted them way up in the air. How can this be? And then came the earthquakes...
The author, Kathryn Meyer Griffith really had me on the edge of my seat! Her words and the way she wrote them made me feel like I was really there seeing it all unfold. My favorite memory of this book was when she was describing the underwater caverns, like a labyrinth with the flowing lava and the beauty of the sparkling lights reflecting the lava in the cave walls. It was so clear in my mind. The narrator, Johnnie C Hayes did a great job delivering this story to us with loads of danger and emotions and all his voices. Great job, both of you!
Probably, it's entertaining. A nice change if pace from our usual car sounds.
Jurassic Park. It's all about a crafty dinosaur that likes to eat people, as many of the Dino's in JP were wont to do.
He has this grandfatherly voice, like Wilfred Brimley, or the patriarch of the Walton family, that appeals to something deep inside my lizard brain.
When George sacrificed himself to save Ann. That one stuck with me.
Just that this was a great listen. The beginning was a little slow, but the author more than made up for that a little later in the book.
Author: Kathryn Meyer Griffith
Type of Book: Audiobook - Unabridged
Narrator: Johnnie C. Hayes
Production Date: July 2013
Length: 10 hours & 45 minutes
Genre: Suspense, Thriller, Horror
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐
* I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review. This audiobook was downloaded from www.audible.com
Henry loves his job. He is the Chief Park Ranger at Crater Lake Park in Oregon. He has spent the last eight years as a Park Ranger after leaving his life as a New York City police officer after being shot while on duty.
The park's central attraction is the deep blue lake that was created by a volcanic eruption millions of years in the past. While leading a tour group Henry is on hand when an earthquake strikes the park. The tourists were shaken up but unharmed and Henry led them back towards the Lodge. This was the second earthquake they had in the last two years and it concerned Henry.
On the path back to the Lodge, Henry makes a stunning discovery. The earthquake had shaken loose a section of the ground and revealed a large and obviously ancient bone pile. The bones were too large to be those of a bear or mountain lion. In fact what they looked to be was dinosaur bones, but Henry knew that dinosaur bones had never been discovered in that region. He decides to contact a paleontologist to come and examine the bones to find out if his suspicions are valid.
Meanwhile one of the park visitors mentions that a year earlier her friend had seen a monster in the lake. Of course, noone believes it. Why would they? It's ridiculous and preposterous.
People start to disappear and something attacks the homeless camp in the park.
Obviously since this book is called "Dinosaur Lake" the mysterious monster turns out to be a dinosaur. The author has done a good job of making this unrealistic situation come across as possible.
This book is a combination of "Lake Placid", "Jurassic Park" and "Volcano". It is a light and entertaining book.
The narrator has a good voice for coming across as a simple, good ol' boy type of Park Ranger. He is able to convey the reluctance of a regular guy to believe in the unbelievable.
I rate this audiobook as 4 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kathryn Meyer Griffith is the author of twenty-two published novels as well as novellas and short stories.
I enjoyed this story of Crater Lake, Rangers and a Dinosaur. It was fun unraveling the mystery of a Dinosaur in our modern world. I really like the main character Ranger Henry and his relationships with those around him. I feel that the scene was set well and definitely added to the book, occasional 1st person from the Dinosaur also made things more interesting. Despite the fast pace of the book and the research which I enjoy I feel like the slow pace of the actor was a little incongruent. He has this nice slow moving and soft voice that would be great for a romance but a little slow for an action book. This is still a fun listen and I look forward to listening to the sequel
I am at that half a century mark in years. I enjoy audiobooks,cats,rats and most days my family,not necessarily in that order!lol
Yes,I already have
There are monsters in Crater Lake!Although I didn't LOVE this book,I enjoyed the story.I found the science side lacking.I was expecting a specific dinosaur to be named,not just referred to as 'monsters' throughout the book.I liked the storyline.The narrator seemed completely wrong for this book.His reading seemed lackluster and needed depth and feeling. I think this book would be great for the YA crowd.I'd have loved it as a teen.
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