A ticking sound fills the air as Tim MacGregor enters The Daily Edition Café, hoping to meet his new girlfriend for coffee. Moments later, the café is transported 67 million years into the past, along with everyone inside.
Time is running out as ten unlikely companions search for a way home, while one member of the group plots to keep them trapped in the past.
Who will survive?
My Review: I've always loved stories of dinosaurs, so when I saw this one on sale, I snapped it up. It is a fast-paced, entertaining read about a group of people who get sent back in time to (naturally) the dinosaur era.
A small coffee shop, and a ticking sound, is what opens the book. We're introduced to the owner of the shop and some of the characters who journey back in time. As the ticking increases in intensity, the customers and workers in the shop begin to wonder what is going on. Then suddenly the coffee shop is no longer downtown, but perched near the edge of a river in prehistoric America.
The reader not only gets to worry about the many and various dinosaurs roaming this strange world, complete with a T-rex, triceratops, and sauropods, but also the extreme situation brings out the best, and the worst, in the people who have journeyed back in time. We're kept wondering if the characters will survive and return to their own time, or will they be trapped in the prehistoric era for the remainder of the increasingly short lives.
The author's description of the setting and dinosaurs is superb, and the reader feels very much in the action. I could easily visualize the dinosaurs and the world in which they lived. The characters were interesting, if a little cliche, and the plot kept moving, keeping me engrossed the entire time.
The book did have several weaknesses. The explanation of how the coffee shop was sent back in time did not seem very believable, and there were some "too-convenient" quick explanations to keep the plot moving or to help it make sense. The head-hopping was also a little excessive. Normally it doesn't bother me, but we get everyone's perspective at some point, even some of the dinosaur's "thoughts." Overall, neither of these issues detracted from my enjoyment of the novel.
It was an entertaining, fast-paced read. I would recommend this read to anyone who enjoyed Jurassic Park or dinosaur-themed books.