A NovelBook - 1990
A wealthy entrepreneur secretly creates a theme park featuring living dinosaurs drawn from prehistoric DNA. Before opening the attraction to the public, he invites some scientists to experience the park and help calm anxious investors; but, during the visit, the security system breaks down and prehistoric creatures break out.
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Coarse Language: Large amounts of swearing from all characters (including narrator and a child character). Mostly mild words, but a few strong expressions.
Violence: Several quite gory deaths, including a vivid description of someone being torn open by a dinosaur.
Coarse Language: Some swearing, even from Tim. Although I was disappointing to learn that Malcolm's reaction to dinosaur poop was only in the movie...
Frightening or Intense Scenes: Some of the scenes with dinosaurs were very well done and intense. Easily on the level of the movie's scenes, and there's a few more of them.
Frightening or Intense Scenes: intense details of action based on science fiction
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When paleontologists Alan Grant and Ellie Sattler are visited by their patron John Hammond with an unusual request, they have no choice but to travel with him to a remote jungle island. There they find a park beyond their wildest dreams. Hammond and his top-notch team of geneticists have managed to clone dinosaurs using the dinosaur blood found in preserved prehistoric mosquitoes. However, as great a business venture this may seem, things begin to go terribly wrong when chief programmer Dennis Nedry shuts off the security systems for personal gain. Not before long, the dinosaurs are running rampant and Alan and Ellie need make it off the island before too many casualties rack up.
If Michael Crichton’s modern techno-thriller was born with Andromeda Strain, then it reached maturity with Jurassic Park. This 1990 novel combines genetic engineering with the classic Frankenstein.
The story centers on a biological theme park masterminded by Hurdy Gurdy man John Hammond and financed by a high powered corporate multi-national called InGen. Using new genetic engineering technologies, InGen’s team engineer dinosaurs using ancient genetic material trapped in amber. These creatures are to be showcased at a theme park on an island off the coast of Costa Rica.
While Hammond sees only dollar signs and happy patron’s faces, the enterprise has been plagued with problems long before the park is due to open. Concurrent to the Park’s development, attacks have been occurring on the Costa Rican mainland attributed to “aberrant life forms” as well as fatal dinosaur attacks on park workers, resulting in InGen’s investors requiring a full review of the park, particularly of its safety.
To placate the investors, Hammond solicits paleontologist Alan Grant, and his paleobotanist graduate student Ellie Sadler to assess the park, along with chaotician Ian Malcolm and InGen lawyer, Donald Gennaro.
Hammond is clearly delusional; He and his team are essentially playing God, attempting to create a theme park a la Disney World, where the main attraction is live dinosaurs, including Tyrannosaurus Rex, Velociraptors and many other species, about which scientists know nothing.
While extraordinary modern computers, sensors and automation gives the impression that the park is under control, Hammond fails to recognize that disgruntled head computer programmer, Dennis Nedry, is about to throw a monkey wrench. A rival genetics company has offered Nedry millions of dollars for embryos of the dinosaurs. In order to access these he must turn off the park security features. Nedry is killed by a dinosaur while attempting to smuggle the embryos to the island’s dock and a waiting confederate. Slowly, the dinosaurs realize the security fences are dead and they get free.
Chaotician Ian Malcolm had predicted that the park would fail and now he is shown to be correct as everyone on the island must fight for survival in a lost world where humans are merely prey.
A genetics company called InGen run by John Hammond discovers a way to harvest the once extinct dinos. Alan Grant a plaeontologist, Ellie Sattler his love interest who is into plants, and Ian Malcolm a talented mathematician in Chaos theory. Lots of suspense and action great for dino lovers!