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Teeth - The Epic Novel with Bite (The South Pacific Trilogy, Volume 1) Paperback – January 1, 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 445 pages
  • Publisher: Readr Books, an Imprint of Rea; 1ST edition (2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982539800
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982539804
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #630,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Hello! A warm welcome to the virtual fireside. I invite you to read my novel, "TEETH." This is the beginning of a beautiful friendship! I was born on wheels. I'd lived in six countries by the time I was eighteen, and had traveled across several continents and oceans. I've kept going ever since. But let me tell you how my novel, "TEETH" came about - the first tome in "The South Pacific Trilogy."

As a boy, I spent a formative decade on the savage island of New Guinea (just north of Australia). My parents were missionaries, but they might as well have been Margaret Mead and Mark Twain: my young life was a blend of exotic anthropology and river adventures. I grew up with warriors who were once headhunters and cannibals. I thrived outdoors, camping in the jungle, and floating down the river that runs through it.

Back in North America, I studied Creative Writing at the graduate level with the goal of becoming a novelist. But I got sidetracked into an enthralling career in television. Originally, I was hired as Head Writer, and eventually Executive Producer, of an edgy prime-time TV show in a metropolitan market. There, I rubbed shoulders with movie and television stars, recording artists, and heads of state. It was a fantastic introduction to life in the media.

During that time, I produced an interview with James Clavell, movie writer and producer, and best-selling author of a slew of South Pacific novels - "Shogun," "Gai Jin," "Tai Pan," "Nobel House," and more. James loved the Asian-themed interview we staged, and we became friends. He was kind enough to read some of my writing that would one day grow into my book. He told me I had talent, never to quit, and perdition on the naysayers! I never forgot that.

I went on to found my own production studio, and crafted documentary and adventure programs all over our planet. Highlights you could have seen include "The Toughest Break" on spinal cord injury, with the late movie star Christopher (Superman) Reeve (after he, tragically, became the world's most famous quadriplegic), seen on Discovery Health, PBS, and international broadcasters. I made "Return of the Dolphin" for Discovery with legendary rocker, Bryan Adams, and went to London to record the narration. I spent three weeks in the Canadian wilderness on a wild whitewater ride down the Fraser River, to shoot "Thunder in the Canyon," a tribute to the intrepid explorer, Simon Fraser. And then there was my adventure series, "Aqua Planet," that traveled the globe for several years, and put me underwater with giant sharks and beautiful women - from Australia to Cuba.

In the mid-2000s, I moved to the beach in Mexico to fully embrace my dream of becoming a novelist. I'm thrilled to present you with the result - "TEETH - The Epic Novel with Bite." To see in print is the fulfillment of a life goal.

Today I'm hard at work on the 2nd volume in the trilogy - "SKINS."

I look forward to the kind of relationship with you that is only possible in this Internet Age. In order to stay in touch - to know first about new books before anyone else - and to be in the running for free draws, take a second to like my page: https://www.facebook.com/TeethTimothyJamesDean

Now - let me tell you a story...

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An epic tale with true history and fiction adventure that mingle very well.
D. Martinez
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more of your writing....so get writing....we're waiting.
R. Cagle
The characters are so realistic that you will miss them when the story ends!
Donnie Light

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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By J. P. Alexander on November 19, 2009
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Teeth is full of so many exciting twists and turns. It will have you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. Get lost in one conflict after another: the Japanese and the Americans, American and Aussie Allies, a man and a woman, inner conflict of a boy soldier, a huge crocodile and a man, Christianity and cannibalism. You can have them all!

Mr. Dean's level of detail and knowledge of the culture, time and setting compare only to Michener in accuracy, and almost addicting enticement. He creates a breathtakingly real look at what WWII must have been like in the Pacific arena. Fact is married with fiction in this startlingly, realistic chronicle of events. It is not for the faint at heart, but it is also for the tender hearted - a contradiction of the soul.

I truly can' t wait for the next volume to come out! I laughed, I cried, but most of all I just couldn't put this novel down! When is the movie coming out?

J P. Alexander (Raleigh, NC)
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Donnie Light on July 11, 2010
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I just finished the novel TEETH by Timothy James Dean and was absolutely overwhelmed by the scope of this story. "Epic" may be too small a word to describe the adventure of a small party of military personnel sent on a rescue mission to the island's interior during World War 2.
Things go terribly wrong as the mission gets underway, and the small team find themselves stranded among hostile enemy forces. Their initial escape only leads them to even more formidable foes, which include the island's cannibal and headhunter tribes. But most intimidating of all, is "The Father," a saltwater crocodile of immense size. The team encounters the Father many times as they follow the great river to the coast, where they hope to be rescued.
The author does an absolutely incredible job with every aspect of this book. The characters are so realistic that you will miss them when the story ends! His first-hand knowledge of the island and its inhabitants lend a level of realism rarely achieved in a novel. His descriptions are cinematic, and the action is fast. His treatment of the primary foe, the "Father," is visceral and engaging, revealing in a very unique way the thoughts and motivations of the great beast in shocking detail.
This adventure tale reveals much about the honorable men involved, on all sides of this conflict. Perceived enemies can become allies when the common goal is survival. A love story also unfolds under the harsh reality of the world at war, and friendships are forged under the most demanding of circumstances.
My hat is off to Timothy James Dean, and I thank him here publicly for bringing this incredible story to the world. This book now ranks among my very favorites of all time, and I look forward to more from this gifted author.

Donnie Light, author of Dark Justice, Ripper's Row and The Hotel California
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Ellen C. Maze Sallas VINE VOICE on June 8, 2010
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When you pick up this book, be sure your bags are packed and there's plenty of gas in the car because you're going to be taken for a wild ride!

Author Timothy Dean weaves us an epic tale that defies strict category guidelines and will entertain and delight readers of all genres. Part true-to-life monster tale and part historical tome, this novel taught me as much as it thrilled.

I recommend it wholly to World War II history buffs, Wartime Paramedic, Nursing and medical buffs, Jungle Culture/Indigenous Peoples buffs, Japanese, Australians, Americans and New Guineans... and let's not forget the people who like to read monster tales such as Jurassic Park and Jaws. The Father is the it-could-really-happen giant crocodile in this story who is always hungry!

A curious and fully satisfying aspect of this story is that Timothy not only allows us access to the point of view of the various main characters, but he lets us into the head of the Father. From the croc's birth and as he shows up as an adult in various scenes, we often get to know what he is feeling, what he experiences, and what his reptilian brain thinks of these humans who are so dangerous yet so fragile at the same time. I've never been inside a croc/monster's head until now, and Timothy has me totally convinced that he has channeled this mythical beast!

A great time, an adventure from your reading chair--you cannot be disappointed.

Ellen C Maze
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By jeff crimmel on July 11, 2010
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Well I finished it. My summer reading of Teeth, The Epic Novel with Bite. This book was like Jaws in armor protection. I learned more about salt water crocs that I ever wanted to in my life. While reading it Timothy kindly informed me that when I was surfing in India in the 70s that salt water crocs are also found there. Sometimes ignorance is bliss and I am glad I did not know that or I may never have gone out past the breakers.

The reader should be prepared for a fast paced novel sort of like Indiana Jones (Johnny) meets Luke Skywalker ( Katsu) and together they fight and survive the enemy, the Father or T Rex of the South Pacific. I could not put the book down through parts 2 and 3 when the real journey begins. This book has all the makings of a great action flick with a bit of the ending like Fatal Attraction. Just when you thought you were safe and wham, bang, here we go again.

I laughed at some parts as well but then again I had to for relief of the tension that builds up. Truly you will thank me for forwarding this book review on to you the reader. Have fun and may you never go swimming in the oceans of the South Pacific again.

Jeffrey R Crimmel
author Living Beneath the Radar: A Nine Year Journey Around the World
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