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.
This story is about a genetically engineered dog that escapes, creating a new breed with human intelligence and military precision. There is also an element of the supernatural and native American spirituality. It is very provocative. A great story!