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About the Author

DOUGLAS PRESTON has worked for the American Museum of Natural History as well as with his frequent collaborator, Lincoln Child. He has authored such bestselling thrillers as Brimstone, The Cabinet of Curiosities, and Relic. His latest solo novel is The Codex. Exclusive Content

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At the start of this improbable thriller from bestseller Preston (The Codex), innocent bystander Tom Broadbent is riding his horse through a New Mexico canyon when he comes upon prospector Stem Weathers, who's just been shot. Before Weather dies, he gives Tom a notebook filled with mysterious numbers, asking him to pass it on to his daughter. Taking this assignment to heart, Tom puts himself and his wife at ever greater, more pointless risk as he tries to deliver the notebook. Soon the Broadbents find themselves the target of the prospector's assassin—a jailbird hired by an evil British paleontologist seeking the perfectly preserved remains of a Tyrannosaurus rex—as well as a rogue government operative who's trying, with a commandeered army squad, to kill almost everyone in the book. Lively yet ridiculous, the narrative loses all plausibility as it becomes clear that the characters do what they do solely in order to keep the plot churning to its conclusion. The recent real-life discovery of a Tyrannosaurus rex fossil containing soft tissue makes this particularly timely.
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Product Details

  • Series: Wyman Ford Series (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books; Reprint edition (August 29, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765349655
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765349651
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (278 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #296,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Douglas Preston, who worked for several years in the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, is the author of the acclaimed nonfiction works Dinosaurs in the Attic and Cities of Gold, and the novel, Jennie. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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109 of 120 people found the following review helpful By Colin P. Lindsey VINE VOICE on August 23, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This new adventure from Douglas Preston, set against the backdrop of the remote American Southwest canyon country, is an enthralling bit of story-telling from a master of the genre. Tyrannosaur Canyon is an odd mix. The story is a little implausible and a bit over the top, but that doesn't detract much from the fact that it is fun and addicitively readable. While it lacks any gritty realism, that's true of most rip-snorting good adventure yarns from Treasure Island on. As with all good adventure novels this one excels in pacing, tension, and accelerating story-line. Frankly, the book grabbed me from the opening page and didn't let go until I had finished. In literary terms this one is a roller-coaster thrill ride at a theme park as opposed to an introspective day of art appreciation at the museum. Gripping and exciting, I believe the book will please most followers of the author and also delight new readers.

In this story we are introduced again to Tom Broadbent (from the Codex) as he stumbles across a dying, gunshot man. Before the man dies, he passes on a dark secret within a notebook of numbers and importunes Broadbent to see the notebook returned to his daughter. This task, difficult because Broadbent does not know who the man is, soon involves great personal peril to both Broadbent and his wife as people begin to try killing them. Lots of people actually. An entire cast of scary bad guys, from crazed ex-cons, soldiers, sociopathic creepy scientists, government agents, and others come crawling out of the woodwork looking to end the Broadbents in various terminally nasty ways, for the notebook itself turns out to be something of a treasure map.
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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Brian Reaves VINE VOICE on January 15, 2006
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What really killed the dinosaurs? Theories have abounded for years, with recent discoveries making for some interesting reading. Douglas Preston (who, with Lincoln Child, has written novels like Relic, Still Life with Crows, and this year's Dance of Death) attempts to promote his own theory in Tyrannosaur Canyon.

Tom Broadbent is out horseback riding one night and hears gunshots. As he investigates, he finds a dying old man clutching a weathered leather notebook. With his dying breath, the old man tells Broadbent to take the notebook and "Give it to Ronnie. She'll know what to do with the treasure," along with an admonition to avoid the police and any other interested parties. Broadbent discovers the notebook contains nothing but a series of numbers. Obviously a code, but what "treasure" was the old man trying to protect? The answer stretches all the way back to one of the Apollo missions years ago, and is a secret many people are willing to kill for.

Preston's previous solo novel, The Codex, was a real treat. The characters were rich and the story detailed, with plot twists galore coming left and right. The story progressed well and seemed to build on each previous page. It was obvious he was having a good time writing it. Tyrannosaur Canyon, on the other hand, seems to fall a little flat in many places. It's obvious he did a ton of research in preparing for this novel. Preston had a theory about the way the dinosaurs died, and he wanted to present it in an interesting way. Unfortunately, it seems he had little more than that theory in mind when he wrote this story.

I can't really give you many plot details without spoiling something for you. The numerous characters are two-dimensional for the most part.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By KEN GRUBERMAN on October 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
You know you're in trouble when the jacket blurb mentions another author, but I guess it worked. Claiming it was in the style of a Michael Crichton book made me buy it, as I used to like Crichton before he went to the Dark Side.

The trouble is the book is poorly written, and is simply a cross between "Jurassic Park" and "The Andromeda Strain." Chapters are on average 2 to 3 pages in length to create an artificial sense of being a "page turner," technical, scientific and military terms are thrown in by the bushel with often no relevance to plot as if to trumpet "see how much research I did?" at every turn, the characters are implausible (and many of their names are downright goofy) and the whole thing simply runs out of gas by the end. (The bad guy still coming after the heroes with a weapon while engulfed in flames after they thought he was dead? That is such a bad movie cliche they don't even do that in movies anymore!)

Yes I knew it would be trash, and got it as simply something to read on the plane, but it still irritated me because ... well, it should have been better.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Scott HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 21, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Although it is a solo effort, for those who have read with the other works of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, "Tyrannosaur Canyon" will be a familiar experience. The book follows the standard formula in that there is a big natural/scientific/archeological mystery, someone finds it but doesn't know exactly what it is, other people know what it is and will kill for it. If you enjoyed "Rip Tide," "Thunderhead," "The Codex," or "Deception Point" by Dan Brown, you will likely enjoy this book as well.

"Tyrannosaur Canyon" is a very quick read, much more so for me than previous Preston or Child novels. There is a lot of action, and the "mystery" of this book is pretty exciting, especially for archeology fans. My only problem with the story was that the characters are a little one-dimensional. They aren't fleshed out as well as I would expect from a Preston novel and I didn't feel much of a connection with them. Even so, I really enjoyed "Tyrannosaur Canyon" and would recommend it to anyone looking for a quick book to read with a lot of intrigue.
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