Douglas Preston is the co-author with Lincoln Child of the celebrated Pendergast series of novels, including such best-selling titles as Fever Dream, The Book of the Dead, The Wheel of Darkness, and Relic, which became a number one box office hit movie. His solo novels include the New York Times bestsellers Impact, Blasphemy, and The Codex. His nonfiction book The Monster of Florence is being made into a film starring George Clooney. Preston is an expert long-distance horseman, a member of the elite Long Riders Guild, and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He has traveled to remote parts of the world as an archaeological correspondent for The New Yorker. He also worked as an editor and writer at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and taught nonfiction writing at Princeton University. Preston is the Co-president of International Thriller Writers, and serves on the Governing Council of the Authors Guild.
A prospector discovers the treasure of his lifetime and takes bullets in the back for his effort. With his dying breath, he gives a journal to innocent bystander Tom Broadbent (the hero of Preston's previous standalone, The Codex) and asks Tom to deliver the information to his daughter. The prospector's killer, of course, wants the ledger, so now Tom and his wife are in mortal danger. Why is the journal so valuable? It contains information leading to the fossilized remains of a complete Tyrannosaurus rex, a scientific discovery worth millions and a lifetime of accolades to the finder. In addition, a mysterious black ops agency wants the skeleton to hide a deadly secret originally discovered on the moon over 30 years ago by the crew of Apollo 17. The truth will shake the foundation of paleontology to its core. Preston's exhilarating and absorbing science-based effort will thrill readers from the first page to the last. Michael Crichton wishes he could write half as well; for all fiction collections.-Jeff Ayers, Seattle P.L. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
At the start of this improbable thriller from bestseller Preston (The Codex), innocent bystander Tom Broadbent is riding his horse through a New Mexico canyon when he comes upon prospector Stem Weathers, who's just been shot. Before Weather dies, he gives Tom a notebook filled with mysterious numbers, asking him to pass it on to his daughter. Taking this assignment to heart, Tom puts himself and his wife at ever greater, more pointless risk as he tries to deliver the notebook. Soon the Broadbents find themselves the target of the prospector's assassin-a jailbird hired by an evil British paleontologist seeking the perfectly preserved remains of a Tyrannosaurus rex-as well as a rogue government operative who's trying, with a commandeered army squad, to kill almost everyone in the book. Lively yet ridiculous, the narrative loses all plausibility as it becomes clear that the characters do what they do solely in order to keep the plot churning to its conclusion. The recent real-life discovery of a Tyrannosaurus rex fossil containing soft tissue makes this particularly timely. Agent, Eric Simonoff at Janklow & Nesbit. $200,000 marketing campaign. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
"Preston's exhilarating and absorbing science-based effort will thrill readers from the first page to the last. Michael Crichton wishes he could write half as well." --Library Journal "If John Grisham had written Jurassic Park, he couldn't do better than Tyrannosaur Canyon." --Stephen Coonts "Grandly entertaining . . . Intelligently told and never less than fun." --The Washington Post "Characters as diverse as Dickens' . . . Opens doors of the intellect and imagination to some of the incredible realities, mysteries, and possibilities that surround us." --The Washington Times "Blown away? Yes. Socks knocked off? For sure. This is the kind of a book that takes you deep into the night and will not let you go." --Whitley Strieber, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Communion "Crichton-worthy." --Publishers Weekly "I would put Tyrannosaur Canyon up with the best of Michael Crichton's novels . . . a thriller that irresistibly combines cutting-edge science with high adventure. Whatever you do, don't miss it!" --Lincoln Child, New York Times bestselling coauthor of Full Wolf Moon "Clever . . . [An] interesting mix of speculative science and science fiction." --The Tampa Tribune "Preston has accomplished the impossible: He has combined the cutting-edge science of Michael Crichton and the thrills and chills of Stephen King to create some of the most electrifying novels of the 21st century. The Codex knocked our socks off. Tyrannosaur Canyon really blew us away." --W. Michael and Kathleen O' Neal Gear, USA Today bestselling authors of People of the Raven "A perfectly delicious scientific premise." --Booklist "Tyrannosaur Canyon kept me up past dawn. Preston is a little like Grisham, a little like Crichton, a little like King, but a truly unique and wonderful writer in his own right." --David Hagberg, New York Times bestselling author of Flash Points "A hair-frying, nerve-fraying, heart-stopping, pulse-pounding thriller of the first magnitude. Preston has always been terrific, but Tyrannosaur Canyon reaches whole new dimensions of thrillerdom." --John Farris, award-winning author of High Bloods