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Dinosaur Lake | [Kathryn Meyer Griffith]

Dinosaur Lake

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.
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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

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    Kim Venatries 08-05-13 Member Since 2013

    There are few things better than a good story well told!

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    "Good Escape Listening."
    If you could sum up Dinosaur Lake in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining, light, fun.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


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    CLOregon 10-01-14
    CLOregon 10-01-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Scary Adventure!"
    Where does Dinosaur Lake rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Pretty high up there. I enjoyed it quite a bit.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dinosaur Lake?

    The last few chapters had me a nervous wreck!


    Which character – as performed by Johnnie C. Hayes – was your favorite?

    The main character. He felt very likable.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Oh yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Mr. Hayes gave the characters a very down-to-earth feel, which I thought was very appropriate for this book. Loved the book, too.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    jey cee 03-18-15
    jey cee 03-18-15
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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Terri B. GAS CITY, IN, United States 03-28-15
    Terri B. GAS CITY, IN, United States 03-28-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Loved this book!"

    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!




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    erobbins33 03-27-15
    erobbins33 03-27-15
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    "For lovers of Jurassic Park!"
    Would you listen to Dinosaur Lake again? Why?

    Probably, it's entertaining. A nice change if pace from our usual car sounds.


    What other book might you compare Dinosaur Lake to and why?

    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.


    What about Johnnie C. Hayes’s performance did you like?

    He has this grandfatherly voice, like Wilfred Brimley, or the patriarch of the Walton family, that appeals to something deep inside my lizard brain.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When George sacrificed himself to save Ann. That one stuck with me.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amie Beeton, ON, Canada 03-26-15
    Amie Beeton, ON, Canada 03-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A entertaining book"

    DINOSAUR LAKE

    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

    REVIEW:

    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.

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    Christina L Carr 03-11-15 Member Since 2013
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    "This Dinosaur is Vicious"
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    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

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    Deedra United States 03-08-15
    Deedra United States 03-08-15 Member Since 2014

    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

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    Would you try another book from Kathryn Meyer Griffith and/or Johnnie C. Hayes?

    Yes,I already have


    Was Dinosaur Lake worth the listening time?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    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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    Laura Van Slyke Antioch, CA United States 10-08-13
    Laura Van Slyke Antioch, CA United States 10-08-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Make sure to listen to the sample."

    I hate to insult the narrator - who reads aloud nicely - but I think this story would sound better read by someone who can add energy to an action novel. No disrespect intended, honestly, but this story's execution is fairly weak, and suffers so much more from the lackluster narration. IMHO the listening experience is exactly like hearing your grandpa read aloud to you. The rare action scenes are almost entirely softened and flattened by the friendly, folksy reading.

    The naive, Mayberry-esque characters are also a distraction from what could be a solid story. The writing seems oriented to an audience who knows little of geology or dinosaurs. Give the characters some edge, remove the "character development" which feels like filler written by a 12-year-old, add more science, and you could have a fun short story. As it is, Dinosaur Lake is a long-lost episode of The Andy Griffith Show: the one where they find a big monster in the mud pond, a "woman reporter" gets eaten alive - and haha - it's no big deal. No need to involve anyone besides Andy and Barney Fife. They can handle it.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    John S. Atherton Portland, OR USA 09-04-13
    John S. Atherton Portland, OR USA 09-04-13 Member Since 2004

    G'Pa

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    "Wow, just wow"
    What would have made Dinosaur Lake better?

    Writing male characters as males. They run around wrestling with their emotions while making emotional decisions that create ridiculous situations. Basically they appear to be women masquerading as men. The female character makes stupid decisions and puts herself in situations that no sane person would.


    Has Dinosaur Lake turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I like the genre, this just isn't a good example. The science is incorrect or ludicrous.


    What didn’t you like about Johnnie C. Hayes’s performance?

    The narrator's style and voice didn't fit subject well, but it may be more the content than the narrator.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not many redeeming qualities. The premise sounded good, but the direction the book went in and the lack of any basic research or credible situations and writing pretty much killed it.


    Any additional comments?

    Try Relic instead. I'm asking for my money back on this one.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
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