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The Dinosaur Games [Kindle Edition]

Christopher Gordon
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Length: 314 pages
  • Series: The Dinosaur Games (Book 1)
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Book Description

In a Dystopian future where High School drop outs are forced to become Gladiators at the school of R.A.P.T.O.R. (Republic’s Academy Predator Training Objective Rehabilitation) riding ferocious dinosaurs in combat and fighting for their freedom, Jack Reaper is on the run.

One week ago, they took Jack's neighbors.
Six days ago, they took his parents.
Five days ago, his brother.
Four days ago, the girl he loves.
Three days ago, he surrendered to them.
Two days ago, Jack rode his first T-Rex.
Yesterday, they made him a Gladiator.
Today, he will save the girl he loves, even if it means his own death.
By tomorrow, they will wish they never forced Jack Reaper to enter the Dinosaur Games.

Are they coming for you next?

If Jack cannot unite the Gladiator Tribes and their newbie recruits then there is no hope of escape to freedom or even living through the night.

Editorial Reviews


What is not to like with children gladiators riding into battle on dinosaurs to fight each other and instead rebel and fight the bad guys?(don't hit me I am a parent too).4 out of  5.--Ove Jansson,

Interesting and rather unique story concept and plot which reminded me of animation series from the 1980s. There's lots of action and a fast moving pace, with terms and phrasing that young adults would identify with
--Flying with Red Hair Crow

My 10 year old daughter is already deep into the story, LOVING it.
My 12 year old son installed Kindle software on his laptop so he could read it too!
Looks like a winner! (5 stars)
--Everett Peacock, Goodreads Author of The Parrot Talks in Chocolate

For 2013 a new American English Edition replaces the British English Edition.

From the Author

EXTRA! Book 1 now includes a new breath stealing adrenalin fueled extended scene. But when you tell your friends, please remember to whisper it, we don't want the Tyrannosaurus Rex to wake, do we?

Product Details

  • File Size: 376 KB
  • Print Length: 314 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UW2NVS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #318,144 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculous, but I guess there are dinosaurs ... September 8, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
In the first few chapters of The Dinosaur Games, Jack Reaper's world comes into sharp focus when his parents are killed by what appears to be a rogue dinosaur. (Dear reader, suspend your disbelief: Dinosaurs have been cloned out of extinction, a la Jurassic Park, and foregoing any lessons from that world, of course there are many many T-Rexes and similar-sized carnivores in outdoor enclosures.). FYI, the timeline in the book description is not at all accurate. However, in a strange confluence of events (This doesn't seem to be exactly a Hunger Games ripoff, but there are definite similarities ...) Jack, his brother, and the girl he kinda likes are suddenly participants in a corporation-run dinosaur-gladiator area match. Will Jack, his brother Egg, and Mississippi all make it out alive?

I did finish the book, but I attribute this more to my inability to leave things unfinished than the book's interest level. I didn't believe a word of it or care about the characters. The villains, the hero, and the supporting cast are all stiff and one-dimensional. There is a slight attempt to make one of the villains conflicted, but it fizzles out quickly. The whole premise is ridiculous, and the reasoning for having a bunch of kids ride around on dinosaurs and kill each other doesn't make any sense outside of a world where all corporations are evil and run by dictatorial, homicidal maniacs with absolute power.

I rate this science fiction book for 16 and older on the Aardvark scale (assuming they can tolerate the nonsense) for multiple, very gory deaths by dinosaur, several involving minors.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Action Adventure April 25, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Initially I gave both of these books, The Dinosaur Games, and its sequel, The Dinosaur Games - Revenge of the Gladiator to my 10 and 12 year old children.

On the Kindle they ran through them both pretty quick and that got my attention, so I had to see what all the action was about!

When I say action, I'm not talking about cowboys and indians, I'm talking about young adults, maybe older kids taking on tasks that would intimidate any adult. Like piloting flying dinosaurs in battles that would make most cowboys cringe.

The action is remarkably fast paced, and thus it kept my attention riveted to the pages, as well as it most likely did for my children. The pacing and plot move along hand in hand, sometimes pulling the other, but always tightly gripped.

I had a great time reading it and sat for a moment after finishing the second book, wondering, if things had worked out might I have handled piloting a Pterosaur?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kid Gladiators Riding Dinosaurs into Battle March 12, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
The Dinosaur Games is a YA about two brothers and a girl. Complete preserved dinosaurs where found frozen in ice and now a dinosaur ranch occupies a third of the seceded state of Texas. The ranch owner Big D and Governor Diana Diabolus of Texas is in cahoots on some plan that involves using dinosaurs as weapons and maybe taking over the world (their ultimate goal is not revealed in this book). To prove their point they use a T Rex to attack and kill a family of ordinary ranchers but when one demonstration is not enough they target Jack and Egg's family.

The beginning of the book is a bit incoherent at times but that could be due to me reading an ARC version. The boys escape but Egg is wounded, their parents killed and bounty hunters are after them. They learn who is behind the attack and meets some interesting folks along the way among them Mississippi Kate the daughter of one of the original researchers that revived the dinosaurs now trapped under a T Rex waiting to die. Jack saves her and she kisses him as thanks even if he had to burn off a leg to free her. Before long they all are forced to enroll in Republic's Academy - Predator Training - Objective Rehabilitation, RAPTOR school.

Texas has a law that forces all non-conformist children into gladiator training and they use that to escape the clutches of the governor and Big D. And here is when the book becomes interesting to me. The conflicts between the children are not as good as in Ender's Game but have a similar feeling that I enjoyed. The characters are a bit sketchy at times especially Kate but the action catches my interest as a reader and I want to learn more about what is going on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The boy Gladiator that rides a T-rex October 29, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Not sure the present tense did the book any favours, but that depends on the reader. I found the narrative slightly confusing at times and it often read like a script or screenplay instead of a novel. I would say the audience for this would be very young adult and ages 13 and over, because some of the scenes are violent and downright scary. Reading about a character listening to a friend or brother being eaten alive does wonders for the imagination. Other than all that, the concept is a Jurrasic Park meets Disneyland and does Spartacus kind of thing. I received a free copy of this book for my review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A review by Free Book Reviews July 15, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
The Dinosaur Games

My kids absolutely loved this book and would not put it down. A page turner til the end and and great ride for the imagination. Would not push it as far as saying Dean Koontz or Stephan King but this does make it into the same area code.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lot of great words to describe it
This book was awesome,cool,breathtaking and many more great words to describe it because once I started reading the book, I didn't stop until the end of the book.
Published 16 months ago by Sarah Alexandra Baptiste
5.0 out of 5 stars wow
one of the best dinosaur books i have ever read in my life. i absolutley love Christopher Gordon. he hs truly written one of the best series i have ever read(harry potter will... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Josh Mobley
4.0 out of 5 stars an interesting read, altho not for a young reader!
While i DO like this story and found the plot and characters well developed, i thought there was too much death and dying and mutilation for a beginning sci fi fan....
Published 20 months ago by VADebi
3.0 out of 5 stars okay
This book is dry at the beginning but then later on it gets a little better. If you like books that switch characters then i suggest this one.
Published 22 months ago by KMB
1.0 out of 5 stars Zach
The book sucked and it wasn't awesome
So try not not to read it cause it sucks its like the hunger gamea
Published 23 months ago by Zach Miller
2.0 out of 5 stars Only deserves two stars....
This book only gets two stars because of two reasons: dinosaurs are awesome, and the plot is semi- interesting. Read more
Published on March 16, 2013 by TheOneAndOnlyMe
5.0 out of 5 stars Kindle EBook
I purchased Kindles for my 13 and 14 year old boy. I got them this book, and others, free for them to get acquainted with their Kindles and to check out some new series. Read more
Published on January 26, 2013 by DMK
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent
Lots of grammar mistakes. Story sometimes became hard to follow. Very very very very very very violent dark and twisted
Published on January 18, 2013 by Kristen Morrison
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book in the whole world.
I think it's the bomb. I wish I didn't have to go to McDonalds to use internet. But it is a good book still.
Published on January 11, 2013 by Evan Starcher
5.0 out of 5 stars A very interesting read
This book is...interesting. It reads very uniquely like it was really a recorded snipit from childrens lives. Read more
Published on December 14, 2012 by Nani
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For new recruits like you, who have heard rumors about the thrills, action and horror of the Colosseum of Death, your induction into the Academy of R.A.P.T.O.R to join your first (and last, let's face it the mortality rate is high) dinosaur gladiator tribes then this information is vital to you.

If you think you have what it takes, if you're brave enough or just plain stupid enough to think you too can ride a ferocious dinosaur in The Dinosaur Games or even into battle then good luck and read on, you poor misguided fool.

For a word of warning to those of you who might prefer the safety and comfort of their XBox, PS4, warm bed and teddy bear then first read: How To Train Your Dinosaur.

However, if you are under no illusion of the impossibly dangerous mission you were clearly born to excel in, then for the rest of you fine brave recruits,the greatest elite fighting force the world will ever see we have one thing to say to you: Don't say we didn't warn you!

Christopher Gordon is the author of The Dinosaur Games series which means he is currently in a dinosaur stampede. He can be seen in a dust cloud near you, holding onto the saddle and reins of his T-Rex for dear life, screaming for mercy and usually falling off.

Rumors that Christopher was last seen being dragged by his butt behind his dinosaur ride as he records the exploits of the gladiators in real time for your entertainment, he totally denies as lies and malicious gossip. But we know better, don't we?

When not landing face down in dino-dung mountains or picking cactus needles out of his butt( yes he fell out of his saddle again) he runs an award winning charity.He is at this moment racing to bring you the next vital episode of the gladiators fighting for freedom in 2014.

The Dinosaur Games series is for kids of all ages, apparently. Around the world, adults known to you shall pretend to hate the high adrenalin mystery thriller books and frequently be caught by their children secretly reading them under their bed covers with a flash light... will adults never learn?

If you think you're brave enough, if you have what it takes to be a Dinosaur Gladiator in one of the Dinosaur Tribes, then new recruit start reading now.

Good luck new recruit.

You will need it.

See you on the other side of freedom.


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