Dragon Teeth
Michael Crichton, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Jurassic Park, returns to the world of paleontology in this recently discovered novel—a thrilling adventure set in the Wild West during the golden age of fossil hunting.

The year is 1876. Warring Indian tribes still populate America’s western territories even as lawless gold-rush towns begin to mark the landscape. In much of the country it is still illegal to espouse evolution. Against this backdrop two monomaniacal paleontologists pillage the Wild West, hunting for dinosaur fossils, while surveilling, deceiving and sabotaging each other in a rivalry that will come to be known as the Bone Wars.

Into this treacherous territory plunges the arrogant and entitled William Johnson, a Yale student with more privilege than sense. Determined to survive a summer in the west to win a bet against his arch-rival, William has joined world-renowned paleontologist Othniel Charles Marsh on his latest expedition.  But when the paranoid and secretive Marsh becomes convinced that William is spying for his nemesis, Edwin Drinker Cope, he abandons him in Cheyenne, Wyoming, a locus of crime and vice. William is forced to join forces with Cope and soon stumbles upon a discovery of historic proportions.  With this extraordinary treasure, however, comes exceptional danger, and William’s newfound resilience will be tested in his struggle to protect his cache, which pits him against some of the West’s most notorious characters.

A page-turner that draws on both meticulously researched history and an exuberant imagination, Dragon Teeth is based on the rivalry between real-life paleontologists Cope and Marsh; in William Johnson readers will find an inspiring hero only Michael Crichton could have imagined. Perfectly paced and brilliantly plotted, this enormously winning adventure is destined to become another Crichton classic. 

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Dragon Teeth Reviews

  • Jason
    May 29, 2017


    All new Crichton!New in the sense that the novel is new, but not so new in the sense that this novel takes place in the late 1800's.And the verdict: it sure is a snooze.Crichton has always been hit or miss for me. He's had his gems: Jurassic Park, State of Fear, even Airframe was all r...

  • alex wilkerson
    May 27, 2017

    alex wilkerson

    One of my new favorites! ...

  • Sara Tucker
    May 27, 2017

    Sara Tucker

    I'm a huge fan of Crichton's Jurassic Park, and I think when I saw this cover I was hoping for a posthumous manuscript that takes place in the same universe. Dragon Teeth is not at all related to the JP franchise, however, and its plot was completely unexpected. I was unaware before re...

  • Wynne McLaughlin
    May 26, 2017

    Wynne McLaughlin

    This is an interesting review to write, as "Dragon Teeth' is based on the same historical events that served as the basis for my own novel, "The Bone Feud." As Crichton novels go--and I've read them all--it's not his best. According to the afterword by his wife, he began doing research...

  • Dee Arr
    May 24, 2017

    Dee Arr

    What began as a measure designed to protect a young man’s pride soon turned into an adventure that William Johnson would not soon forget. Michael Crichton’s novel about the early days of paleontology in the United States is a mixture of whimsy, seriousness, humor, and just go...

  • Mwanamali Mari
    May 22, 2017

    Mwanamali Mari

    So a manuscript of Michael's, the god behind one of my favourites ever Jurassic Park, had a manuscript lying in wait all along. And it really is original. No question, ...

  • Lori L (She Treads Softly)
    May 22, 2017

    Lori L (She Treads Softly)

    Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton is a highly recommended historical adventure novel.Let me preface this review with a few comments. As most people know Crichton passed away in 2008 and the books published since then have been from manuscripts found by his wife Sherry. Dragon Teeth is a...

  • Cheryl
    May 20, 2017


    “Hunting for bones has a peculiar fascination, not unlike hunting for gold. One never knows what one will find, and the possibilities, the potential discoveries lying in wait, fuels the quest.”I was a fan of Michael Crichton's work when he was alive and it seems like I am sti...

  • Kim
    May 19, 2017


    I was ecstatic to receive an ARC of this novel for a chance to read it in exchange for an honest review. I love dinosaurs, loved Jurassic Park, and the story was something that I knew vaguely enough to make it intriguing. Unfortunately, it wasn't quite what I was expecting.What hinders...

  • Melumebelle
    May 18, 2017


    Review to come! ...