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Publisher's Summary

A moon rock missing for thirty years....Five buckets of blood-soaked sand found in a New Mexico canyon....A scientist with ambition enough to kill....A monk who will redeem the world....A dark agency with a deadly mission....The greatest scientific discovery of all time....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?
©2005 Splendide Mendax, Inc. (P)2005 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

Critic Reviews

"Better than Crichton." (Publishers Weekly) "Preston keeps the adventure high, springing plenty of nifty surprises along the way." (People) "Give him lots of credit...for thrills. He can write gripping escape scenes and bloody confrontations with the best of them." (Booklist)

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A wait in your driveway book

I didn't go into the house as I waited for a section to finish. This just absolutely appealed to me; Dinosaurs, DNA, cryptic code, intrigue, religion, secret ops and a bad guys coming out every which way. I liked it because I didn't see how the good guys were going to pull it off. I learned a lot about museums and the personalities who work there. The interview at the end kept me as enthralled as the book.

I can't wait to encounter the characters again.

18 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Excellent Listen

Without a doubt, this is one of the best listens I've gotten from Audible. Kind of like, a Tony Hillerman novel mixed with Indiana Jones and Jurraisic Park. The narrator is excellent and makes this book a delight to listen to. A definate page turner that's hard to put down. If you like mystery and adventure then I highly recommend this book.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Aleita
  • Rancho Murieta, CA, USA
  • 09-18-05

Fun adventure with Douglas Preston at the Pen!

I always find it to "fall" into any of the books he has written or co-written. What is fun with this adventure is that it adds layers of science, geography, mystery and geology. The story made the miles fly by as I drove. The reader was just fine. I just wish I had had a map of the high mesa country of New Mexico!

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Loved It !

I'm SUCH a dinosaur fan that I've flown all over to see Sue The Tyranasuarus at the Field Museum, Chicago, several book really got me going !
Great narration, terrific (even if a bit far fetched) story and wonderful characters.
It's made me a new fan of the author (I just finished his Book of the Dead as well) and can't wait to sample more of his work.
This book was hard to put down. I just kept waiting for more things to unfold.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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A pleasure to listen to

The quality of the writing is not in the same league as that of The Pieces of the Puzzle by Robert Stanek, but I was able to suspend my disbelief and hang in there for the ride. As far as the narrator being horrible, listen to the sample and decide for yourself. I felt the narrator was good and helped bring the story and the characters to life.

Only reason I give this book 3 stars instead of 4 (which it probably deserves) is because as a scientist, I often find books written with science as a story element to be oversimplified or simply wrong. This book is no exception, but again I was able to suspend my disbelief and enjoy the story.

30 of 33 people found this review helpful

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Good enough.

I also thought that the reader was fine...not great but certainly not troubling. The book was pretty good as well as most of the characters do things that are within reason (both good and bad), which is where many of these types of novels tend to fail.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Scott
  • Portland, OR, United States
  • 09-10-05

Action packed adventure

A well researched and entertaining read. Some scenes and situations are a bit impossible, but suspend the disbelief and go with it. I didn't find the narrator to be at all a problem, but then I can't stand Scott Brick and others seem to find him enchanting. Go figure.

22 of 25 people found this review helpful

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Not bad, but...

Not a bad book, but it suffers a bit from an image problem.

If you are like me you read the publisher's summary, and still had no clue what this book is about. So, if you are like me you went to the book store and read the description in the book jacket. Wow, still no clue what the book is about. So, if you're still like me you decided that the title was interesting, the teasers in the description were interesting, and you went home and downloaded it from Audible.

So what did I end up with? A very odd, quirky, interesting story.

Don't let the teasers fool you. This is not a high tech thriller. This is a good old fashioned murder mystery, with some very interesting characters thrown in. The science angle is almost an afterthought. So much so, in fact, that it doesn't really come into play until the final few chapters. And then only as the explanation for the murder that happens in the first chapter of the book. And the explanation, when it comes, is quite far-fetched.

But buy this book, and listen to it. You'll be glad that you did. Preston does a great job of developing the characters, and leaves the door open for the two of the characters to star in a series of stories. I hope they do!

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Jane
  • Kremmling, CO, USA
  • 01-25-06

Very enjoyable

Interesting, fast-paced plot with many twists and turns to keep one's interest. I found the character of the monk the most interesting, and would like to read more with him in it. The wife with her gorgeous hair I found initially annoying, and I was hoping she'd get killed off early, but when she showed a little spunk and backbone, I found her tolerable. This book made a long car drive enjoyable...but be sure to go Unabridged!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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A Good Listen

I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. From beginning to end, it takes you from man's exploration of the moon, the death of a prepector in New Mexico and the search for and government cover-up of dinosaur fossils. This book is filled with action and clever twists while educating the reader about earth's early history and evolution. I also found the discussion with the author after the novel to be interesting.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Frank
  • 05-01-06


In a world when so many books deliver less than the cover sales spin, this one delivers as a light to medium work that won't tax your brain to follow the story.

It's not 'better than Crichton' as claimed but nevertheless a worthy story with rich, credible characters and good pace that will keep you interested all the way through.

This book probably suffers from being listed in the Sci-Fi section as it would have much wider appeal as general fiction.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • dale_mcewan
  • 06-02-17

Great thriller well told

Anything by Preston is usually worth reading or listening to. Very well researched and informative. Narration is clear and easy on the ear. Bravo Douglas!!!

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  • Mr
  • 04-07-13

Great story!

In printed terms, I'd consider this a 'page turner'. Thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish and am looking at further novels by this author.

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  • Jeff Hales
  • 12-23-12

Great story

Compelling and fast pasted story with good characters. Unusual premise but is still an action packed adventure.