Monday, March 3, 2014

The Doctor and The Dinosaurs


Today's post is on The Doctor and The Dinosaurs by Mike Resnick. It is fourth volume in his Weird West Tales and is published by PYR. It is 301 pages long; including nine appendixes. The cover has Doc Holliday looking cool with a T-Rex behind him. The intended reader is someone who has read the other books in this series and is older than about 13. There is language, violence, but no sex in this book. The story is told from third person close following Doc Holliday. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- The time is 1885, Doc Holliday lies in bed in a sanitarium in Leadville, Colorado, expecting to never leave his room again. But the great Apache medicine man Geronimo needs him for one last adventure. Renegade Comanche medicine men object to the newly signed treaty with Theodore Roosevelt, and they are venting their displeasure on two white men who are desecrating tribal territory in Wyoming. Geronimo must find a way to protect the two men or renege on his agreement with Roosevelt. He offers Doc one year of restored health in exchange for taking on this mission.
Doc leave the sanitarium and enters the world of American paleontology, a field that is being spearheaded by the brilliant Edward Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh, two men whose genius is exceeded only by their hatred for each other. It is said that the third most important position on any dig sponsored by either of these independently wealthy giants is chief paleontologist. The second most important is the man who rides shotgun and holds the Indians at bay. And the most important is chief saboteur.
Now, with the aid of Theodore Roosevelt, Cole Younger, and Buffalo Bill Cody, Doc Holliday must save Cope and Marsh not only from the Comanches and living, breathing dinosaurs but also from each other... which won't be easy.

Review- I have read and loved every volume in this series. It is well written, great dialogue, and takes both the reader and Doc Holliday to places never seen before. I hope that Resnick writes more in this world but if he does not that is okay because he ended it a great place. Some people may not like the ending because it can be read as unclear but I loved it. Resnick left himself room to write more or not. I did like Dinosaur better than Rough Rider because we stay with Doc Holliday the whole time in this story. I like Roosevelt just fine but he is just not as interesting as Holliday. In my opinion that is because Roosevelt is a good man who care about others and himself. Holliday is a dying man who does not in general care about others. Holliday cares about some that is what makes the difference in the two characters. Holliday is the reason that I read this books and I think that is same for most people. Again the appendixes in the back of the book have interesting and useful information. I highly recommend this series and Resnick as an author.

I give this book a Five out of Five Stars. I get nothing for my review and I bought this book with my own money.