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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (215 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Homer Hickam Narrator: Michael Krame Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Life on the ranchlands of Montana comes with more than its share of trouble. The unique people who live and work on this untamed stretch of today’s American West expect it—and some of them even enjoy it. One of them is Mike Wire, a former homicide detective who once worked the decadent hills and valleys of Hollywood. Having enough of the violence of the big city, Mike has retreated to a far corner of civilization to spend his days running the Square C Ranch and pining for Jeanette Coulter, its spirited and iron-fisted owner.

But Mike soon learns that terrible things can happen beneath Montana’s big skies too. The badlands are home to more than just horses, cattle, cowboys, and laid-back rattlesnakes. Just beneath the surface are the bones of a dinosaur family that could make a fortune for whoever gets to them first. When a paleontologist and his attractive young assistants arrive at the Square C to dig, Mike senses trouble is clinging to them like Montana mud. Once discovered, those bones won’t stay buried, and not everyone hunting for them is doing it in the interest of science.

When a murderer begins to stalk the dinosaur hunting grounds, Mike has to combine the lessons he learned in Los Angeles with those of the Montana prairie to protect the people and the land he has come to love.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Hickam not only knows his bones, he also knows how to tell a story, prompting readers to keep turning pages to answer that all-important question: “What happens next?”

    Charleston Gazette

  • “The narrative style reads like an old Western.”


  • “Details of cattle ranching, paleontological fieldwork, and small-town life all combine to heighten the realism and suspense in Hickam’s (Rocket Boys) latest book, which should appeal to lovers of mysteries and the West.”

    Library Journal

  • “The rare novel that pits science against cowboy doggedness, getting both of them right.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • "The Dinosaur Hunter is a fascinating thriller, well crafted and relentless, about a murderer who stalks the peerless dinosaur bone-beds of a remote Montana ranch. A cross between Tony Hillerman and Larry McMurtry, this is one hell of a good read.”

    Douglas Preston, author of Tyrannosaur Canyon

  • “The Dinosaur Hunter reveals Hickam to be a combination of John Sandford and Michael Crichton, with a generous helping of Louis L’Amour thrown in for good measure. It may not take a rocket scientist to write a novel, but Homer Hickam shows that this rocket scientist can spin a darned good yarn.”

    Peter Larson, coauthor of Rex Appeal and Bones Rock

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Jami | 2/13/2014

    " This was a weird story with disjointed characters and generic dialogue. Definitely my least favorite of the Hickham books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nici | 2/13/2014

    " I had a hard time getting started but once i got past the first couple of chapters ,I couldn't put it down.Was up late a few nights with this one "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Deborah | 2/3/2014

    " Homer Hickman's novel, The Dinosaur Hunter a story about a group of people who look for dinoaur bones. There is mystery, a one sided love story, and various interaction between all the characters, and a little murder to keep things hopping. Overall not a bad story. It was just that ... a quick easy read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jeanne Stephens | 1/20/2014

    " Cowboys and dinosaurs sound like an odd combination, but Homer Hickam pulls it off in his new novel. I have always enjoyed this author's books, but this one is the best so far. The setting is in the wide open spaces of Montana on the ranch of Jeanette Coulter, a tough widow who knows everything about cattle ranching. Her foreman Mike Wire is the narrator. When a paleontologist asks permission to access federal land adjoining Jeannette's ranch, Mike gets the dinosaur hunting "bug." The story contains action, mystery, adventure and lots of science. I really enjoyed this book and I think it was one of the best ones I've read this year. I learned a lot about Montana and dinosaurs. The book has something for everyone. You will enjoy it. "

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