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.
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.
The story kept me coming back for more with this book. As always I want there to be more, but i get that all books have to end. I will definitely look for more by this author!
Prolific reader, who always wished I could find a way to read and drive. Then, I found Audible. Wish granted!
I think in some ways its a bit harder to objectively review a book when you haven't read the hard copy, and have instead listened to the narrated version. This is because how you like the narrator can greatly affect how you view the story. Now, in this case, I think Dinosaur Lake was a solid story, regardless, but I can't deny that loving the narrator bought it an extra level of affection from me.
Let me just get the narration out of the way. There are some narrators that are just fantastic at what they do because they're able to pull off different voices very convincingly. Johnnie C. Hayes is not one of those narrators. However, he has a voice that I absolutely love. Within minutes of turning on Dinosaur Lake, I found myself smiling, and remembering my grandfather. It was like my "Papaw" was sitting across from me, spinning one of his yarns to keep me occupied. I think that's part of the reason it took me a while to get through this book. I didn't want it to end. I'd go back and re-listen to parts just to be doing it.
Okay, on to the story itself: Who doesn't love a good dinosaur tale? I mean, yes, you do have to suspend belief a bit, but if you can do it for Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton, you can do it for Dinosaur Lake by Kathryn Meyer Griffith!
The author introduces you to wonderful characters in this book that are very-well developed. Each of them has their strengths and their faults, and the affection and respect between most of the characters just resonates within the story. Even minor characters that are only with the story for a brief bit of time are memorable. You find yourself quickly growing attached not only to the people, but the location. When the action really starts, the tension is undeniable, and the author does a fantastic job of communicating it through the thoughts of Chief Ranger Henry Shore.
Yes, this story has its faults. Almost no story is perfect. However, I think the 'pros' far outweigh the 'cons', and I would highly recommend this story (especially the audible version!) to anyone looking to spend a few hours with a good read from an author with a great imagination.
This book easily earns a 4 star rating.
Another good one! Henry Shore (now Chief Park Ranger after being shot as a cop) and his wife are at the heart of this adventure.
After being shot, Henry decides that he needs a less risky job, and his wife agrees. She works for the local newspaper, and together they enjoy a quiet life. Or so it seemed until one day …..
They learned from the old man who runs a tour boat for a living on Crater Lake, a peaceful place until NYC where Henry used to live, that there was a monster in the lake. Of course, they just think he is a crazy old guy until he and his boat disappear, leaving behind wreckage floating on the lake. And then another tour boat and owner disappear.
So, Henry and another guy spend the night on the lake – only to be attacked! So there’s drama, suspense, and even earthquakes!!!!! This audiobook will keep you at the edge of your seat with your heart thumping wildly. But enjoy!!!
What can I say?! It’s Kathryn Meyer Griffith -- once again -- at her finest. Highly recommended if you don’t scare easily.
*I received this free audiobook in exchange for an unbiased review.*
very good story
There are times where at the height of excitement he has the same tone at when the dull stuff is going on. I like for the narrators tone to reflect the tone of what is happening in the story, and his doesn't for the most part.
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Dinosaurs are Awesome!
The story was a straightforward adventure, not a lot of over done military weapons or insane carnage. I also liked the characters, and the setting was wonderful. I appreciate the lack of bad language and explicit sex scenes too.
No I haven't, but I would definitely listen to another one. His "down home" style was perfect.
There's Something in Crater Lake ... and it's Hungry!
I'm looking forward to the next book in the series, which I already own.
If you are a National Park ranger and you see an 8 ft long - repeat: 8 FOOT Long - footprint what would you do?
How you answer that question will determine whether you can find this book entertaining. In this book he acts puzzled, goes home, and goes to sleep.
Of course for old-fashioned 'b' grade movie tropes, it is necessary to act clueless and stand around. What would be the fun of them being careful, withdrawing a safe distance, and calling in help?
I draw the line at scientists and Park personnel acting braindead, as in this book. It could have been bearable if the author had done some actual research into paleontology. But it is obvious that the only reference material she used is old 'big book of dinosaurs' children's books.
So read on if you can suppress that little voice that keeps saying 'gee, that's dumb'.
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