"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton
Expected publication: May 2017 by HarperCollins Publishers
Michael Crichton's DRAGON TEETH follows the notorious rivalry between real-life paleontologists Edward Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh during a time of intense fossil speculation and discovery in the American West in 1878. The story unfolds through the adventures of a young fictional character named William Johnson who is apprenticed first to one, then to the other and not only makes discoveries of historic proportion, but transforms into an inspiring hero only Crichton could have imagined. Known for his meticulous research, Crichton uses Marsh and Copes' heated competition during the 'Bone Wars,' the golden age of American fossil hunting, as the basis for a thrilling story set in the wilds of the American West.
Sherri Crichton has been working to honor her late husband by creating the Michael Crichton Archives through her company CrichtonSun. "When I came across the DRAGON TEETH manuscript in the files, I was immediately captivated. It has Michael's voice, his love of history, research and science all dynamically woven into an epic tale." She traced its genesis back to correspondence between Crichton and Professor Edwin H. Colbert, Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History. "DRAGON TEETH was clearly a very important book for Michael. I'm so pleased to continue the long relationship that he shared with HarperCollins with its publication."
Jonathan Burnham, publisher of Harper, said, "Harper is thrilled to announce the publication of DRAGON TEETH. This is pure Crichton, the work of an exuberant imagination operating at full blast, taking readers on a ride into a world of wild adventure, with a plot full of exciting twists and turns, and a host of memorable characters. It harkens back to some of the great historical novels that Michael wrote – such as The Great Train Robbery – but it also looks forward to Crichton fiction that explored more futuristic scenarios. Crichton's many admirers and fans are going to be very happy."
No official blurb or cover yet, but how awesome is this? The guy who thrust dinosaurs back into the mainstream with Jurassic Park has one last story to tell, that of the men (Cope & Marsh) who are largely responsible for putting into dinosaurs into the mainstream in the first place. Can't wait to give this a read.