It is 1903 when young zoologist Gerard Whitney is hired by eccentric Oklahoma cattle rancher Harold B. Tucker. Expecting only to study wildlife on the vast ranch, he soon discovers that his employer’s true passion is traveling the world in search of legendary creatures. And the thing Tucker wants most? To find a living dinosaur! As they embark on one dangerous adventure after another, Whitney finds himself learning about werewolves, mummies, ghosts; and even meets a mad scientist. Through it all, he is sure Tucker will never find a dinosaur. But what they eventually discover exceeds both men’s wildest dreams -- and nightmares.
|Author S.S. Wilson is veteran of 25 years as a screenwriter and film director with a talent for turning the familiar into the unexpected. Short Circuit side-stepped movie robot clichés to give us the unforgettable Johnny Five. Tremors was both an action film and a send-up of 1950s monster movies. In his first novel, Wilson takes us on a whirlwind adventure that, along the way, pokes fun at classic Hollywood horror films.||
Author S.S. Wilson
The book is a journal by Whitney, and his voice is very authentic for a young man of science in the early 1900’s. Through amazing detail and accuracy, the reader is transported back to the beginning of the twentieth century. We meet characters of a different time with names like Adford Diphonia and Luddy Sedlak.
Whitney’s naïve optimism is charming as he is thrown into the world of an employer who is used to getting what he wants in life and never accepts “no” for an answer about anything. On their travels, they meet many colorful characters, who sometime become obstacles in their exploration. Tucker has a direct way of dealing with confrontation that is disturbing and frightening for Whitney, but Tucker’s methods are usually most effective.
believes that so much of the earth’s surface has not been explored,
that it is possible to find a living dinosaur somewhere in the world.
His ardent determination in finding a dinosaur is so intense that his
enthusiasm is contagious for the reader.