Thursday, 22 October 2015

Book Review: Dinosaur Lake by Kathryn Meyer Griffith

An ancient predator has been reborn in the caves beneath Crater Lake…and it’s hungry.

Ex-cop Henry Shore has been Chief Park Ranger at Crater Lake National Park for eight years and he likes his park and his life the way it’s been. Safe. Tranquil. Predictable. But he’s about to be tested in so many ways. First the earthquakes begin…people begin to go missing…then there’s some mysterious water creature that’s taken up residence in the caves below Crater Lake and it’s not only growing in size, it’s aggressive and cunning…and very hungry.

And it’s decided it likes human beings. To eat. And it can come up onto land.

So Henry, with the help of his wife, Ann; a young paleontologist named Justin; and a band of brave men must not only protect his park and his people from the monster but somehow find where it lives and destroy it…before it can kill again. 

My Review:
This book had two things which I never enjoy in a book-too slow in getting to the action and an MC that I really disliked.

I wanted to like the book because I love dinosaurs but a quarter of the way into the book we have not seen the monster or seen it kill or attack anyone. We are told about mysterious sightings, footprints and a missing man and his wrecked boat but we aren't seeing anything of the monster! When books take this long to get to the action, I lose interest. We don't even know exactly what the dinosaur is, and just a few hints about appearance. Just show me the dinosaurs!!!

As for Henry, retired cop and Chief Park Ranger, I disliked his superior attitude to everyone around him. He describes his best friend George as a superstitious know all, and despite George knowing everything about all the park animals, Henry of course knows better when the worried George reports the massive unusual tracks. Henry just decides that George has gone mental or delusional. Henry seems to have no sympathy for his daughter being dumped by her feckless partner along with her baby. Henry revels in being right about the loser and then gets stuck into his daughter for putting on weight during her ordeal, calling her the Good Year Blimp. What a lovely man! The expert paleontologist is described as 'friendly but precocious' for daring to be younger than Henry thought he would be. Then he decides that this guy is going to be his next son-in-law and starts fixing him up with fat daughter. Jeez. If there had been less about how smart Henry was, how he had all the answers and being subjected to his opinions all the time, maybe we could have had a few extra dinosaur attacks.

At 37% into the book, finally we see the monsters attack someone but there is little in the way of detail, and then we go back to more people talking about why the park is closed and what the monster might be. Our MC finally sees the monster attacking someone at 46% of the book but yet again there is no detail, no blood and gore. If I'm reading a book about dinosaurs on the rampage, I want to see them eat people, be excited and entertained. This book lacks the detail to inspire either emotion. Gave up on 50% and went to watch Jurassic Park instead. 
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