Dinosaur Lake Synopsis: An ancient predator has been reborn in the caves beneath Crater Lake…and it’s hungry.
Ex-cop Henry Shore has been Chief Park Ranger at Crater Lake National Park for eight years and he likes his park and his life the way it’s been. Safe. Tranquil. Predictable. But he’s about to be tested in so many ways. First the earthquakes begin…people begin to go missing…then there’s some mysterious water creature that’s taken up residence in the caves below Crater Lake and it’s not only growing in size, it’s aggressive and cunning…and very hungry. And it’s decided it likes human beings. To eat. And it can come up onto land.
So Henry, with the help of his wife, Ann; a young paleontologist named Justin; and a band of brave men must not only protect his park and his people from the monster but somehow find where it lives and destroy it…before it can kill again. – Goodreads Synopsis
Dinosaur Lake Review
I think in some ways its a bit harder to objectively review a book when you haven’t read the hard copy, and have instead listened to the narrated version. This is because how you like the narrator can greatly affect how you view the story. Now, in this case, I think Dinosaur Lake was a solid story, regardless, but I can’t deny that loving the narrator bought it an extra level of affection from me.
Let me just get the narration out of the way. There are some narrators that are just fantastic at what they do because they’re able to pull off different voices very convincingly. Johnnie C. Hayes is not one of those narrators. However, he has a voice that I absolutely love. Within minutes of turning on Dinosaur Lake, I found myself smiling, and remembering my grandfather. It was like my “Papaw” was sitting across from me, spinning one of his yarns to keep me occupied. I think that’s part of the reason it took me a while to get through this book. I didn’t want it to end. I’d go back and re-listen to parts just to be doing it.
Okay, on to the story itself: Who doesn’t love a good dinosaur tale? I mean, yes, you do have to suspend belief a bit, but if you can do it for Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton, you can do it for Dinosaur Lake by Kathryn Meyer Griffith!
The author introduces you to wonderful characters in this book that are very-well developed. Each of them has their strengths and their faults, and the affection and respect between most of the characters just resonates within the story. Even minor characters that are only with the story for a brief bit of time are memorable. You find yourself quickly growing attached not only to the people, but the location. When the action really starts, the tension is undeniable, and the author does a fantastic job of communicating it through the thoughts of Chief Ranger Henry Shore.
Yes, this story has its faults. Almost no story is perfect. However, I think the ‘pros’ far outweigh the ‘cons’, and I would highly recommend this story (especially the audible version!) to anyone looking to spend a few hours with a good read from an author with a great imagination.