Dinosaur Wars: Earthfall

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Star Wars meets Jurassic Park as dinosaurs return to earth from space. Now humans are the endangered species! More
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Published: Oct. 22, 2010
Words: 113,570
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452342160
About Thomas Hopp

Thomas P. Hopp was born in Seattle, Washington, where he lived his earliest years in a housing project on the banks of the Duwamish River. Good grades at West Seattle High School and the University of Washington as well as a perfect score on the Graduate Record Examination got him into the Biochemistry Ph.D. program at Cornell University Medical College. Dr. Hopp studied genetic engineering at Rockefeller University and then helped found the multi-billion-dollar biotechnology company, Immunex Corporation. He discovered and patented genes for the immune stimulating hormone interleukin one. He also created genetically altered animals with human genes as well as the first commercially successful nanotechnology device, a molecular handle called the Flag epitope. He worked in the field with paleontologist Jack Horner, excavating bones of the nest-building duckbilled dinosaur Maiasaura. He published scientific articles on his brooding-to-flight hypothesis, in which wing feathers of birds developed first for nesting and then for flying. He plays guitar and bass, and has performed onstage with blues legend John Lee Hooker and rock super-groups The Kingsmen and The Drifters. He has lived in San Diego and on Manhattan Island, but now lives near Seattle.

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Review by: No Zee on Dec. 30, 2012 : star star star star star
This book lives up to its promise of "Star Wars meets Jurassic Park." It reads a lot like a blend of those two stories, but it is very original at the same time. The action is fast paced, and the dinosaurs and human heroes are intriguing. Action, adventure, and some light romance. A fun read for all ages.
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Review by: Shelley Young on Sep. 23, 2012 : star star star star star
This book reminds me in some ways of the adventure fantasy films I watched as a child. One of my favorites was Jules Vernes' Journey to the Center of the Earth. In Dinosaur Wars, the characters are not adventuring out, but living their normal lives in Montana when the adventure overtakes them. Dinosaurs are landing in spaceships from the moon! There is a wonderful retro quality to this imaginative story that calls up the 1950s for me. Dinosaurs with a superior technology is an interesting idea. After all, they were on the planet longer than humans. Kit and Chase have an innocence about them that is refreshing. The archeologist, Dr. Ogilvey, is an entertaining and eccentric character that provides the reader with information about dinosaurs. Now the beast is not only huge, powerful and frightening, but has the human capabilities of language, weapons and organized warfare as well.
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Review by: R Ralan on Sep. 18, 2012 : star star
Good grief!

Here we have a decent premise, written by someone who paid attention during English class, yet who has no conception of how people act during a crisis. When the nation is invaded and being bombarded, people should be having hysterics, not be spending time worrying about lesser concerns, or strolling about as if something merely inconvenient is happening.

Worse yet, perhaps, the characters make rookie mistakes that put themselves into bad situations, all with the (author's) idea of making the story more exciting. Another thing: huge herbivorous alien animals cannot be treated like pets. Would anyone go near a moose or buffalo without taking precautions? How about a rhino or hippo?

One scene particularly galled me. When the rancher's daughter is threatened by a dangerous animal, she runs upstairs and hides under her bed. Excuse me, but I'd expect a cowgirl to run to the gun cabinet for the biggest rifle on hand, not cower like a delicate debutante.

I could go on, but what's the point? Simply take warning -- you'll need to suspend a whole lot of disbelief to get through this one. Too bad, for the story has some good points.
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