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Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite
“Dinosaur Lake” by Kathryn Meyer Griffith is a very well-told and well-written tale of “what if”, which, quite by coincidence, takes place in my home town. The tale is told of a remarkable series of events in which minor earthquakes released small amounts of magma deep under the caldera which holds Crater Lake, the popular National Park north of Klamath Falls, Oregon. The magma warmed adjacent water temperatures, as well as air temperatures within above-water lava tubes which form a network under the lake. Consequently a still-fertile dinosaur egg, trapped for eons within the matrix of lava rock and earth, was released into a warming cavern where it was able to hatch, thrive, and grow to unimaginable size. After depleting all adequate food supplies within the lake, it began hunting wildlife on land, and soon learned to savor those skinny, noisy little animals that swarmed all over the lake in boats. It began actively hunting humans. Would bureaucratic red tape “protect” this newly discovered “endangered” species? Or would cooler heads prevail and dispose of it by any means possible?
Having myself worked 25 years in the field of wildlife management, I can attest to the very considerable accuracy with which Griffith relates the utter arrogance and ignorance of so many governmental bureaucrats with political ambitions. Living in Klamath Falls, I can also attest to her relatively accurate depiction of the town and environs. Although the actual reappearance of a live dinosaur at Crater Lake is, hopefully, highly unlikely, if such a thing ever DID happen, I believe everything else written in this book would also happen, just the way Griffith describes it. This is a captivating tale, which should seize and maintain the fascination of everybody even remotely interested in archaeology, pre-history, the great outdoors, National Parks, dinosaurs, earthquakes, volcanoes, gargantuan predators, etc. I strongly urge all readers of fiction to get this book and devour it. This would make a great gift, too, for many people on your holiday gift-giving list. Really, this is quite good reading material.