Why you must read Geoff Jones’ The Dinosaur Four
A small chunk of building containing a cafe vanishes from downtown Denver and appears on a riverbank in the late Cretaceous. Ten people are inside the cafe. Not all of them want to return home.
Not all of them want to return home? Nice setup. Tell us more; what genre is this?
Oh OK. Introduce us to some of these ten people.
William Crockett is a delivery truck driver and single father. While some of the others argue about who should be in charge, William is focused on getting back to his sons.
Lisa Danser is the cafe’s owner and a bit of a worrier and over-thinker.
Al Stevens visits the cafe almost every day because he has a crush on Lisa. When things go bad, Al seizes an opportunity to get noticed.
The novel is titled The Dinosaur Four, and you’ve only introduced us to four characters. Is there a bit of a clue in that – or are we overthinking everything?
The title works a bit like Agatha Christie’s Ten Little Indians.
Ten people go back in time. After two are killed, the others discover that they might be able to get back home. One of them gets excited and speculates that they could become famous. “What will the press call us? The Prehistoric Eight!”
At this point, you realize how many more deaths are coming (or at least you think you do), but you don’t know which ones will survive…
It must be quite a task to create ten distinct characters.
Who is the book aimed at?
The Dinosaur Four is not for kids. It isn’t hardcore, but there is plenty of violence, profanity, and adult themes.
Is that your crowd? The geeks?
Now I work in a “real job,” but I turned to writing so that I could continue to be an entertainer.
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