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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Dinosaur Lake by Kathryn Meyer Griffith


Dinosaur Lake  (once titled Predator)
 
Summary:
 
An ancient predator has been reborn in the caves beneath Crater Lake…and it’s hungry.

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.
Summary & Cover taken from Goodreads.com
Length: 316 pages (E-book)
Source: Won
Available Formats: E-book
Publication Date: August 29th 2012 by Amazon Kindle Direct
 
Killing, dinosaurs and a whole lot of action. That's how I can best describe Dinosaur Lake by Kathryn Meyer Griffith. When I won this one a couple of months ago in a giveaway I knew I'd end up really enjoying it and I really did.
 
You've probably already realized that I'm rather taken with the use of monsters, dinosaurs and other prehistoric beasts in novels but if not let me tell you this. I love it! However, for me the story has to be just right and I've gotta hand it to the author of this one. She did it right!
 
Right from the first page I was swept up into the story and found myself reading late into the night because I was so anxious to see what would happen next and even though it meant feeling like a zombie the next morning I don't regret it at all.
 
What I liked most about Dinosaur Lake was the way that the author built the story up. Rather than reading as though it were a B rated movie with a transparent plot and one dimensional characters, Kathryn built up the actual story and her characters were very well developed and read like your every day regular people.
 
The fact that the book didn't start off with killing and an appearance of the dinosaur made me even more intrigued by the story because I was hoping that the author wasn't going to have the dinosaur appear at the end and not be a major focal point of the story but I'm happy to say this wasn't the case. I think the way she wrote in the dinosaur was genius and I loved the action in the novel and thought the plot was very well though out and I enjoyed all of it and was pleased to see a dinosaur horror novel done with a plot full of twists and turns and some frightening moments.
 
Overall, Dinosaur Lake was a really good read and I'm glad I read it when I did. It was awesome to see a woman writing a book like this because often the dinosaurs in novels theme is usually very male dominated. I liked the way the story built up and loved being swept up in the novel and feeling as though I were in the story especially in the scenes where the dinosaur appeared.
 
I would recommend this to anyone who likes a book with monsters or dinosaurs in it with lots of action and adventure. If you, like I had an obsession with dinosaurs as a kid I highly advise checking this one out. It was a fun read and the writing was superb! My only hope is that the author returns with another dinosaur themed horror novel but even if she doesn't I'm looking forward to reading her other books.
 
 
Really Liked It!
★★★★
 
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5 comments:

  1. Well, I have not read anything about dinosaurs, the only thing I remember is Jurassic Park, which was good
    This sounds interesting and I love the cover. It's creepy
    GREAT review,
    Soma
    http://insomnia-of-books.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Soma! I love the cover of this one too the cover artist did a great job. I liked Jurassic Park too :)

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  2. I think the only thing I've read that has to do with dinosaurs (not counting children's books) is Jurassic Park was which awesome.
    I love the way this one sounds. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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  3. This isn't normally what I would read, but it does sound like a good one! I just added it to my TBR list on goodreads!

    Shannon
    http://www.irunreadteach.wordpress.com

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  4. I read this too and loved it! Well written, great characters and the action is exhausting. I'm glad I wasn't a character in the book as they were being stalked by a dinosaur. I'm reading her book, Human No Longer. It's a vampire book, but the synopsis is unique and so believeable.

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