Book Review: The Doctor and the Dinosaurs

If you are in the mood for a light, undemanding read populated by dinosaurs and Indians with a few historical characters thrown in for good measure then book four of the Weird West series is for you. Paleontologists Edward Cope and Charles Marsh are hard at work digging up dinosaur fossils when they aren’t busy squabbling with each other, the problem is, they are disturbing sacred Comanche burial grounds. Concerned at what the medicine men are planning, Geronimo promises to restore Doc Holliday’s health in exchange for getting the paleontologists to dig elsewhere. As Holliday travels to Wyoming, he runs into pre-presidential Theodore Roosevelt and Thomas Edison. Together the three friends hatch a scheme to stop the digging but not before the medicine men follow through with their plans to unleash real live dinosaurs. Now Holliday and company must save not only the bickering paleontologists but also all the inhabitants of the suddenly much wilder west.

Resnick follows a slow start with a fun, vaguely Steampunk alternate history romp that does a nice job of capturing the animosity between Cope and Marsh. The characters are not particularly well developed and the editing could have been tighter, especially with the spelling and pacing but overall, this stand-alone addition to the series is uncomplicated entertainment.


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