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Dinosaur Wars Paperback – October 20, 2000
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From the Publisher
The time is tomorrow morning. The place is Earth. You wake up to the sonic booms of an invasion fleet from space, and the stage is set for Dinosaur Wars. Science fiction novelist Thomas P. Hopp has created a gripping, fast-paced chiller of the ultimate in wildlife re-introduction programs, when creatures who fled the asteroid impact that ended the Age of Dinosaurs return to claim their home world -- our world! Not an alternative history, not a time-warp story, Dinosaur Wars takes off plausibly with Jet Propulsion Laboratory space scientists discovering 65 million year old ruins in a crater at the south pole of the moon. From there, mankind's fortunes go downhill as astronaut explorers of the moon base trigger an automated program to invade the Earth and repopulate it with creatures from the Cretaceous Era, including a species of human-sized, intelligent carnivorous dinosaur. Faced with a massive invasion, America's aircraft and tanks are suddenly hard-pressed to save humanity from extinction.
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But something went wrong and 65 million years later the Kra find that Earth is covered in mammals. And to a dinsoaur the only good mammal is a mammal soaking in gravy. Yummy.
As you can guess this is a cool, action packed, adventure with alien invaders who happen to be the old masters of Earth - and with their weapons might become the new masters. Fast plot, cool characters, would make for a interesting TV series. Second book is already out!
The unexpected plot builds well around believable characters. And there are great lines throughout that makes you feel like you are somewhere between a Flash Gordon or Edgar Rice Burroughs episode and an "Aliens" movie. For example (from page 56):
Chase was dumbstruck. Seeing his confusion, the man spat some tobacco juice. "You been up in the hills or something? That's some sort of alien death ray up there." The man cast a worried glance at the moon. "The whole world's under attack. That's what's wrong with the radio. Moon ray took out the radio station. Good country music. I'm gonna miss it."
With T-Rex's "blood-curdling roar" in the front yard, a real "death ray from space," and a friendly family of hay-eating parasaurolophuses waiting for their next meal to be dropped to them from the hayloft, Thomas Hopp pulls off a great addition to the growing sci-fi/fantasy dinosaur subgenre. The second book in the series is available, "Dinosaur Wars: Counterattack," and a third is in the works. I look forward to reading more. Visit his website at: [...]
In addition to huge monsters of the Cretaceous Era, Dinosaur Wars includes a hypothetical intelligent species of dinosaur, and it impressed me as one of the best of such imaginary creations I have encountered. The Kra, as they call themselves, are about the size of humans, but have the features of carnivorous dinosaurs somewhat like the velociraptors of Jurassic Park fame. However, these animals were covered in feathers, not scales. Most impressively, in terms of imagination, the Kra are returning from outer space after a delay of 65 million years to find their lost civilization, destroyed when the fateful asteroid crashed down upon them at the end of the Age of Dinosaurs. Beneath a geological stratum of rock lies an entire buried city, right under the ranch!
It is a given that the US Military will not let the former owners reclaim their place on earth without a fight, so war is inevitable. Tanks fight laser-armed enemy walking machines in battles that recall the best of HG Wells' War of the Worlds. Hence the appropriate title, Dinosaur Wars. This book is loaded with action and danger, a page turner from start to finish.
None of the above should take away from the fact that this book has a very interesting take on dinosaurs, with wonderful detail about the creatures. Only the Kra are intelligent so a comparison to Dinotopia, with its many intelligent dinosaurs, is not warranted. Instead, Hopp glimpses the fascinating lives of realistic dinosaurs. Some are charming, like tiny, chirping pterodactyls, which fly into one scene. Some are awe inspiring, like the giant, flapping flyer, quetzalcoatlus, the largest pterodactyl. The human heroes of the story get up-close with a huge pair of duckbilled dinosaurs, parasaurolophus. They have a disastrous run-in with a horned dinosaur, pachyrhinosaurus, which destroys their pickup truck and nearly kills them with its long, rhinoceros-like nose horn.
Human characters come in an unusually rich variety as well. I can't imagine where some reviewers got the notion that the characters are a weakness of this book. This is emphatically not true! There are ranchers, soldiers, scientists, a university student and a wildlife biologist, all of whom have been created with wonderfully full and interesting detail. My favorite among them was old Professor Ogilvey, the paleontologist, who reads as a wise old mentor who guides the young heroes on their quest for survival in a world run amok with thundering beasts and dangerous invaders of the dinosaur kind.
Horray for Hopp! ..., being from a small publishing house, but it was worth the price. It will not disappoint, if you like action stories, good fiction based on modern science, and a little romance thrown in for good measure. With the outcome of the struggle in doubt from beginning to end, this book is a spellbinding tour-de-force of storytelling.
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