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Carnivore Mass Market Paperback – April, 1997

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Leisure Books (Mm) (April 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0843942258
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843942255
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,806,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is not a bad book, but it simply could have been much better. The story concerns a remote Antarctic station and a discovery of a frozen dinosaur egg. The egg is broght back to the station, where it hatches through a speed-up process using nuclear waste. What hatches is a T-rex baby, which very quickly grows into the scarriest man-eating machine ever to walk the Earth. What follows is alot of gore and violence as the T-rex kills and eats anything in sight. What kills the book is the stupid, idiotic female character. Her lines and actions are so dumb that the author destroyed a good idea by placing her inside this novel. Otherwise, it was fun.
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By A Customer on February 23, 2004
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Carnivore was a guilty pleasure B movie sort of story with all cliches and corny dialogue left intact, if a book has a monster in it I'll read it and it was alot of fun! if not just a little dumb...Popcorn reading
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First of all, who'd believe that any dinosaur could survive being in an extremely cold environment like Antarctica? Yes, the premise does start out rather flimsy. Still, I found the story more entertaining as it went along. If anything, Carnivore would make for a great "B-Movie" in the hands of a major studio and a decent budget. On the flip side, this would also be a crap movie in the hands of The Asylum or some other low-budget "schlock" producer. I thought that using radiation to speed up the growth of the titular beast, while not original, was an effective enough device to offset the initial plot problem. Using that premise, it would be fair to say that the tyrannosaur grew to be stronger, faster, smarter, and able to thrive in cold climates. Also, a side effect of the creature's mutation would be that it has to hunt, kill, and eat more often because of its accelerated metabolism. If you look at the story this way, it makes perfect sense. I do agree that the female scientist does alternate between being intelligent and being a bimbo at times, but I found the story to be a white knuckle, fast-paced thriller Yes, I'm aware that no tyrannosaur skeletons have been found in Antarctica in real life, but I can enjoy this story in spite of this.

This is the literary version of a classic "creature on the loose" B-movie. If you come into it with this in mind, you'll be able to suspend disbelief and enjoy this book. Also, the fact that this book isn't outrageously priced like some out-of-print books makes it a worthwhile read. This book is very cinematic and would make an easy conversion to film or graphic novel, providing the sci-fi/horror elements are kept intact.
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I loved this book. I couldn't read it fast enough and hated to see it end. Where the hell is the sequel Mr. Clark!?
Carnivore uses numerous situations/plot elements from both versions of THE THING as well as Roger Corman's Carnisaur movies. And anyone who knows anything about the quality of life at the South Pole will find the whole thing laughable. But I'll be dipped in t-rex dung if I didn't finish this thing in a day or two. Mr. Clark...bring me a sequel! A real guilty pleasure, but I loved it!
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Carnivore is fast and fun, but it will strain your educated scientific sensibility a bit... well, maybe more than a bit. Carnivore is not anywhere's close to the classic Jurassic Park or the Lost world by Michael Crichton, but it's very entertaining in a sci-fi B movie way.

The story plot is that a dinosaur egg is found in the ice at the South Pole. Scientists retrieve it and stimulate it so that it hatches early. Voila! It's a baby T-Rex. The first human the baby bonds with is a female scientist who nutures and cares for it while it very rapidly grows up. Meanwhile, a nefarious group of scientists and adminstrators at the South Pole station have plans for the meat loving baby T-Rex, but the T-Rex shows an unexpected level of intelligence and that's when the carnivorous fun begins. The ending is as unusual as the T-Rex's unbelievable ability to tolerate and even thrive in Antarctic extreme cold weather conditions. I guess that's why it ate so much meat, because it had to keep it's metabolic furnace on high to stay warm.

I liked Carnivore a lot as a B movie kind of creature/monster genre book. I am going to keep it and reread it after I have forgotten about it some.
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The premise is simple enough. An Anartica expedition finds a dinosaur egg. The egg hatches and a T-rex runs about gobbling them like a starving child at a candy bowl. The story is predictible, but it is told well with the story moving swiftly. There is great tension at several story points. However, this is undoubtly the bloodiest story I have ever read. The author could have tone down some of the smashing and grinding of bones, the blood spurting, and the smell of rotting flesh. Not exactly the book to read while munching on something. But it will hold your interest.
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By A Customer on April 19, 2002
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Pleeeeeese, The book is very good but the girl has got to get an attitude adjustment. I'm female and I love animals in every shape and form but her obsession with 'DON'T hurt the big lizard' was a bit to much. Other than that I really enjoyed this book and could stand a few more like it...Bravo...Bring on a sequel. Love those dinos.
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