The Doctor and the Dinosaurs

Weird West Tales, #4

The Doctor and the Dinosaur is an excellent read! As usual Mr. Resnick pulls out all reverence to history and places his spin on it from start to finish. Great characterization helps place this novel on the map___ in the middle of a Comanche burial graveyard where two camps are warring for control of dinosaur bone hunting. Resnick provides the humor, dust, and situations where Doc Holiday lands.

When it comes to near death experiences, Doc Holiday has one: Geronimo! He is very persuasive in getting what he wants (Doc going to Wyoming to persuade two bone hunters to move to Colorado and dig there); Geronimo provides the carrot: give Doc his life back. Of course, after Doc agreed to do what he could, Geronimo delivered. Doc got back one year of health (Geronimo took Doc’s health back to a year prior). Doc gathered his friends as he went along.

Teddy Roosevelt and Tom Edison are just two of Doc’s friends willing to help prevent a Comanche uproar. So everyone split into search groups to find these two bone hunters and talk them into moving to Colorado or at least leave the area. Things get tough when neither hunter refuse to break camp. Each side is a heavily-armed camp and rabid to the point where Teddy’s life is threatened as some didn’t believe he was a neutral party. Each side is fully suspicious, armed, loaded with dinosaur bones, and neither believing there would be a Comanche attack.

Regardless of Mr. Resnick’s imagination, there is a history of the Dinosaur Wars during that time, and the anthropologists were crazed. I applaud Mr. Resnick for his due diligence in research (it was extensive), as well as giving credit where and when it is due. Please take the time to read the Appendixes as they are interesting to say the least.

Book Blurb for The Doctor and the Dinosaurs

Welcome to a Steampunk wild west starring Doc Holliday, with zombies, dinosaurs, robots, and cowboys.

The time is April, 1885. Doc Holliday lies in bed in a sanitarium in Leadville, Colorado, expecting never to leave his room again. But the medicine man and great chief Geronimo needs him for one last adventure. Renegade Comanche medicine men object to the newly-signed treaty with Theodore Roosevelt. They are venting their displeasure on two white men who are desecrating tribal territory in Wyoming. Geronimo must protect the men or renege on his agreement with Roosevelt. He offers Doc one year of restored health in exchange for taking on this mission.

Welcome to the birth of American paleontology, spearheaded by two brilliant men, Edward Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh, two men whose genius is only exceeded by their hatred for each other's guts. 

Now, with the aid of Theodore Roosevelt, Cole Younger, and Buffalo Bill Cody, Doc Holliday must save Cope and Marsh not only from the Comanches, not only from living, breathing dinosaurs, but from each other. And that won't be easy.

Night Owl Reviews Nov, 2013 4.50