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* AND NOW ITS SEQUEL DINOSAUR LAKE II: Dinosaurs Arising is out!
This is a captivating tale, which should seize and maintain the fascination of everybody even remotely interested in archaeology, pre-history, the great outdoors, National Parks, dinosaurs, earthquakes, volcanoes, gargantuan predators, etc. I strongly urge all readers of fiction to get this book and devour it. This would make a great gift, too, for many people on your holiday gift-giving list.- Reader's Favorite Reviews November 14, 2012
Bones, tracks, weird disappearances of humans and animals; earthquakes and tremors, could there really be a dinosaur living under Crater Lake? The tragic disappearances of people at a National Park, the mysterious creature that live in the caves, the frequency of earthquakes all add up to one hell of a story. 5 Stars! - Romancing the Book October 24, 2012
I was skeptical that it might not fit well into this particular paranormal format but boy, was I wrong! What I discovered was a whole new and intriguing kind of paranormal story complete with a supernatural character that simply shouldn't exist, a creature with depth and capacity for survival and thought and it simply blew me away! -Vampire Explored
It is a suspenseful novel with realistic, compelling characters. I enjoyed reading Dinosaur Lake and can honestly recommend it. One last thing I'd like to add is that I'm glad I discovered Griffith because back in the nineties she was one of the horror authors writing for Leisure Books. I was a big fan of this publisher back then. Many of her Leisure titles (among them, WITCHES) are now being republished by Damnation Books. -The Dark Phantom Reviews
From the Author
Of all my 29 novels my Dinosaur Lake series (Dinosaur Lake, Dinosaur Lake II: Dinosaurs Arising, Dinosaur Lake III: Infestation, Dinosaur Lake IV: Dinosaur Wars and Dinosaur Lake V: Survivors) has the strangest story attached to its creation, death and rebirth...26 years later...of any of them.
Not so much because, as a few of my books, it took so long to write or publish, but because in 1993 it was contracted, edited and the final galleys had been proofed by me for a 5th paperback book release from Zebra (Kensington Publishing) after 3 earlier novels with Leisure Books. I even had a stack of the full-color, printed and embossed covers; it was only weeks before it was to go to the bookshelves (in those days the brick & mortar stores were still king, no Internet or eBooks). I strongly believed it'd be my breakout book. You know, the book that'd make my career and launch me into the stratosphere with Michael Crichton, Stephen King and Anne Rice? How wrong I'd be. But, hey, I thought who wouldn't love a tale of a cunning, but malevolent, rampaging prehistoric dinosaur living in Crater Lake, Oregon, and the Park Ranger who, along with a ragtag gang of heroes who'd try to stop it? I mean, I'd always loved anything about dinosaurs...dinosaur books, playing with those little plastic figurines and watching old stop-action dinosaur movies of the 1950's and 60's...who hadn't? Apparently someone. My new editor at Zebra.
By1994, after four novels with them, I'd lost my sweet editor there and anew one took her place...and over the next year he didn't like anything Iwrote for him and later that year Zebra unceremoniously dropped me and my book (they'd named it Predator...really) only six weeks away from going to the bookstore shelves. When we were editing the book and deciding on the title and the cover, I'd begged the new editor not to call it Predator (his choice as they hadn't liked my American Loch Ness Monster title), Predator was a bad title since there was a popular movie out with that name and the movie, with Arnold Schwarzenegger, was nothing about a dinosaur, and the cover was awful, an empty boat on a lake...what!!! The booksellers didn't like the title or the cover, didn't want to sell it, so that was that. Having that book-my first ever-dumped like that was acrushing experience, let me tell you. I had a stack of finished, printed covers and my final edits were done! But nothing my agent or I could say or do would change their minds. They said they were cutting their horror lines and setting adrift a lot of their mid-list horror authors because horror (in 1994) was on the decline. The new editor-that-didn't-like-my-writing explained: "And no one wants to read a book about a dinosaur." Yeah, sure. And six months later Jurassic Park the mega-book came out! We all know how that story ended, don't we? People LOVED the book, the movies; they loved dinosaurs.
I'll never know the real reason they cut my dino book but that male editor never bought another book from me...which was another weird thing because when I'd met him in New York (I went for a Horror Convention) in the summer of 1993 he'd taken my husband and I out to lunch and gushed over me and said how much he'd loved my last release WITCHES. Hmmm.
Anyway, I got to keep my advance but the book was officially dead. It never came out. I grieved. I was so disgusted I stashed it in a drawer somewhere and tried to forget it. Until 2012. After I'd finished revising and rereleasing all my new/old books (and besides paperbacks they're in eBooks and audio books for the first time ever) from all my old legacy publishers in June of 2012 I remembered my American Loch Ness Monster novel I'd shoved into a drawer; I took it out and reread it.
Whoa, like a lot of my older novels now years later I could see what was wrong with it and how to fix it. I'd learned a lot in the intervening years. Of course, computers help make the editing so much easier. I think I'd done the original book on my electric typewriter. Anyway, telling myself the dumping of that book had been a turning point in my writing life -sending me in the wrong direction for a long time apparently...life got in the way and I didn't write or sell a book for years after that- I decided to rewrite and finally release it. In fact, I was going to do something that twenty years before would have been unheard of and frowned on by an real author...self-publish the book myself. With Kindle Direct. For the first time in forty years I was walking away from the traditional publishers and going on my own. Thank you J.A. Konrath's blog! I figured I could sell the Kindle eBook a lot cheaper and, thus, use it to introduce (as enticement) more readers to my writing and perhaps, if they liked it, they'd buy more of my other novels and short stories. It could work, right? So here it is, re-titled, rewritten, updated and with an amazing new cover I love by Dawne Dominque... Dinosaur Lake. I hoped my readers would like it. AND THEY DID...they LOVED it. So I wrote four more.
P.S. April 16, 2020 Update: So far Dinosaur Lake and its FOUR sequels Dinosaur Lake II: Dinosaurs Arising, DinosaurLake III: Infestation, Dinosaur Lake IV: Dinosaur Wars and Dinosaur Lake V: Survivors have outsold ANYTHING I've ever written except for my 6 Spookie Town Murder Mysteries. Dinosaur Lake has 533 reviews (4.1 star average) at Amazon. I might even write a 6th book one day. AND...now I have ALL my 29 novels and 13 short stories self-published everywhere. Take a look! My eBooks here: tinyurl.com/ycp5gqb2
*Audible.com audio books here: tinyurl.com/oz7c4or
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- Publication date : August 29, 2012
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- Print length : 439 pages
- ASIN : B00943P0JK
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- Publisher : Kathryn Meyer Griffith; 1st edition (August 29, 2012)
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Henry’s first gun-n-run encounter with the beast was exciting. The cave fighting was exciting. The stomping, terrorizing scene was nail-biting. Fun stuff!
Grammar errors and typos that previous reviewers mentioned have been corrected in the version I read.
I didn’t need the political discussion about minimum wage and government health care and detached politicians. Those passages were distracting and didn’t fit the plot.
For a creature story, there isn’t much action. There’s a lot of chatter between characters without much tension. There’s a lot of ruminating inside Henry’s head. Much of the slow prose could be condensed.
I love the premise of the book. The plot is great. It’s just too darn wordy to be a thriller. The later books in this series have better reviews. Ms. Griffith apparently honed her writing skills with each successive book. So yeah, even though I give this book only 3 stars, I wouldn’t mind reading more of the series.
Worst of all, the nature-loving park ranger goes on and on about how "malevolently evil" the beast is. It's a predatory animal, no more evil than a hungry coyote. The paleontologists don't sound like scientists and, weirdly, the animal is likened to a marine reptile but described as if it's Godzilla.
Characters eventually became unlikable, especially the ranger's wife. Spoilers- She risks hers and others life to help out the old fool Zeke because he'd be miserable if the paper folds, even though his son owns another newspaper and has told him he can work there if he wants. No Zeke is miserable because he stubbornly won't let the printing presses be used for any other potential customers advertising needs and refuses to have a website for his local newspaper. Plus how is one edition of the paper, even if every copy is bought going to save the paper? You can't resell advertising for an edition that was printed in the past? Then as a result of her selfish and stupid behavior an innocent man is killed. Obviously her husband might not be angry at her, but his other colleagues who worked with that guy for however many years, they're not going to be carrying on like it's not her fault. They're going to be pretty angry that she came into the park and their friend is now dead.
The final let's go find the creature and kill it method made no sense. Spoilers- Seriously no one thought of a helicopter with these weapons on it, or even a drone? Surely evidence of the creature would enable the air force to lend them some pilots and jets with missiles on them? But no the ranger who has never operated a sub before in his life, gets in one with the FBI guy, the sub handler, and for reasons that make no sense, the paleontologist, even though the guy is afraid of water, his shadow and everything else. They already know there's a dinosaur, they are planning on blowing it up, what would they need him for?
I also didn't like how the ranger sees this dinosaur as evil. He's a ranger. If he was some redneck who happened to be hunting in the park and caught up in this I would understand that. But no one whose job revolves around interacting with wildlife would ever think of an animal, that's just eating because it's hungry as evil.
I liked the character development in this book. Even the less that likable characters were fleshed out enough that the reader could understand where they were coming from. There was enough action and excitement to keep me turning the pages.
There are three sequels to "Dinosaur Lake" and I look forward to reading them.
Top reviews from other countries
1). The character development is thin to say the least, to the point that you don't really care who lives and who dies.
2). Some of the conversations the characters have just make you laugh up loud. You can write it but you can't say it. Quite corny in places. There is no feeling these are real people. Very two dimensional, however this gets better as the book goes on, as though KMG is learning and adapting.
3). Science fact. The best science fiction uses science fact and says "what if... ". You never really get that with this. It feels like a lot more research should go into the back story. Here's an example. Dinosaur bones. Really? Every schoolkids knows that no dinosaur bones have ever been found and fossils are the imprints long after they gone through compression and decay.
4). The ending. So small scale. Needed a big finish.
5). The deaths! Not descriptive enough. Should have a horrific impact and just don't. They are over I literally a couple of sentances as though KMG doesn't like writing them and wants them over as soon as possible. They don't paint a convincing picture. You find yourself rooting for the dinosaur at certain points.
I noticed that there is a Dinosaur Lake 2 and 3 on Amazon. Hopefully this was an early work and KMG has developed her style and blossomed in those. I may read them at some point too.
In summary, worth a read if you have a day to kill around the pool and don't want anything too taxing. If you want better character development (but sadly no dinosaurs) read Richard Laymon or some Jack Reacher stories. They feel far more realistic.
I couldn't get past the first half of the book, it just wasn't for me. The writing style I found a little clumpy and simple; It read more like a book for a younger reader, and that may be the target audience for all I know, but I felt myself skim reading at a couple of points, and still found it easy to follow. Some of the characters felt a bit flat, and, as I said before, I didn't finish the book, so they may have been fleshed out better later in story, but at the point I quit reading, I didn't really care. A bit of fairly cheesy dialogue, and a lack of a gripping story, with little horror, or thrills, means I would recommend giving this a miss. But it is free, so there's no harm in giving it a go, the second half might be amazing if you can stick with it.
If you’ve seen Jaws, Piranha or any of those kind of films then you know what to expect.
Unfortunately it just takes a long time to get there.
Not one for me, I’m afraid, and I certainly won’t be picking up any of the others in this series.
It was definitely worth a read as its a real page turner. I fell in love with the characters and the way the author describes the creature really gets your imagination sparking.
First time I've read any of her books and am now a fan .
I cannot wait to start book 2.