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Earthfall

(Dinosaur Wars #1)

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3.49  ·  Rating details ·  508 ratings  ·  54 reviews
Star Wars meets Jurassic Park as dinosaurs return to earth from space.
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Published October 22nd 2010 by Hopp, Thomas (first published October 20th 2000)
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Steven
May 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid 3 stars. Would have been higher but there were too many "conveniences" in the book and some inconsistencies. Reads a lot like a made-for-TV series in that the plot is pretty shallow, the characters don't have a lot of depth, and none of the science makes sense.

The plot is straightforward. A bombed out base is discovered on the moon by a satellite. When humans visit and power it up, they start a chain reaction that results in intelligent dinosaurs being reborn and coming back to Earth. Th
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Arthur Pratt
A very light and easy read. The premise of dinosaurs fleeing to the moon, returning to earth, and launching an invasion takes a LOT letting go and moving with the story. My biggest problem with this book was a lack of continuity. There is a scene where our hero stops to fill his truck up with gas, but is unable to due to the power being out. He decides to go back to his lady love's ranch to check on her, even though he knows he will barely have enough gas to get him to the ranch, let alone a ret ...more
Charles  van Buren
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining, light and diverting

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One reviewer asks if this book is for brain dead teenagers and the elderly with the onset of degenerate lottery skills. Well, I'm not any kind of teenager and I don't know what degenerate lottery skills means. I read once that the lottery is a surtax on stupidity so maybe it just means playing the lottery. Anyway, I enjoyed the book. It isn't great literature but I'm read
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Brian
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Conceptually fantastic, the execution not so much. I never thought a book about dinosaurs from the moon with fighting mechs could be simultaneously dull and too ridiculous. Some of the narrative shortcuts (a paleontologist learning all dinosaur language and customs from two days in a farm house pointing at picture books) are so nonsensical they take away from the fun, as well as a half baked romance.
J.
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012, did-not-finish
Strange combination of wonderful imagination and cliche after cliche. Stock characters, none particularly deep, and none engaged me. Not a lot of understanding re military operations or strategy; the military treated as merely another stock character. The middle better than the beginning or ending, leaving me skimming at 71%. Oh, and they keep leaving people (and the dog) behind.
Ric Croxton
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dinos can be good neighbors

An excellent story. I look forward to reading more of the series very soon. It should be interesting to seeing Dinos and humans working.
MB Taylor
May 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
I thought the premise was interesting: advanced dinosaurs returning to earth only to find it invested with intelligent mammals. Even so I almost put it down in the middle of chapter 1; I thought I was reading a romance novel. Fortunately it morphed into an SF novel for 3 chapters. But then in chapter 5, we are returned to the romance novel. Once again I almost set it aside; I wasn't sure I wanted to deal with a novel that that 75% SF and 25% romance. I decided to stick it out, at least though th ...more
Good Reader
Dec 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the Kindle edition of a book I read years ago. It is a fun read. The invasion of intelligent dinos from space takes some suspension of disbelief, but after that it's a thrill ride all the way! Important here are the young hero and heroine, Chase Armstrong and Kit Daniels, who seem to be falling in love amid the horrors of war and charging dinosaurs. After so many books that use foul language, gruesome violence and other hard-core tactics to get attention, it was really refreshing to find ...more
Ashley
Jul 18, 2011 rated it it was ok
It was kinda strange. Dinosaurs from the moon coming and attacking earth. Maybe if it was treated like a joke...
Sarah Steele
This was hilariously bad. Its basically the book version of a B movie. A very imaginitive book that has a fun story. But an old man learning to speak crow in two days?? Humans literally don't have the vocal cords required to make the same sounds as crows and ravens and elderly humans have less vocal range than the young, so they would be even less likely to be able to learn to speak to the bird dinosaurs. I do love that the dinosaurs are so bird like, that was great.
patricia a lamp
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an awesome story about life in a world with dinosaurs.

This is a tale telling of a world where dinosaurs suddenly appear. Our place at the top of the food chain is threatened. Who will win the war; humanity or these predators from the past? This is another one of the stories that are hard to put down!
Hans
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally found it again after reading half of it in an airport bookstore eons ago (pun intended). Fast-paced action, good description of military action, and of course the dinosaurs! A bit too contrived if you're into hard SF (or non-cartoon character development), but what the heck, let's give the old brain some candy now and then.
Debra Schwitzer
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one is crazy good!

At first I wasn't impressed by the story, but as I read on, I just couldn't stop reading. It is a crazy premise, dinosaurs on the moon and then coming here to make war on humans and repopulate earth. Somehow this author makes it work! It is exciting, has great tech, tank battles, and even a little love thrown in. I am sure you will like it.
Teresa Tidwell
Dec 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent!

I loved it. I found the story to be Extremely entertaining as well as interesting! Mr.Hopp has a very inventive mind to say the least. He also now has another huge fan. Keep these story's coming please!
Gary
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable

I enjoyed reading this book. Character development was good, good plot it was slow going at times, but I would recommend it to anyone looking for something a little different.
Anandasubramanian
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun to read. Light reading if you like it.

This is a light fun reading book with emphasis on light.
The one thing that was interesting was how light itself ages.
Cross between war of the worlds and jurassic park
Mark Brandwein
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Book!

A decent storyline! If you are into futuristic World domination then this book is for you! It actually is a good read!
Cyndy
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dinosaurs

This is a great story. I love how the characters grew smoothly as the story progressed . . . And if course . . . Dinosaurs!
Richard Southworth
I enjoyed the dinosaur/science fiction concept of this book, but the rather cliche characters made it difficult to get truly invested.
Louise
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Liked it a lot. Read it quickly.
Greg
Jun 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Darin Lisonbee
Fun but terrible dialogue (2.5 stars)

If you're just looking for something to have fun with this book is fine. If your looking for something with great dialogue and characters...move along.

*Spoiler Alert

The idea that dinosaurs or at least some species evolved past humans is not unique but an underdeveloped genre. I think it makes for a great starting point.

This book delivers well on that point.

But the dialogue! Good grief the dialogue! And even the inner thinking of the characters. One example
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Robert VanAckooy
Aug 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I didn't think that an idea of a Dinosaur based society of 65 million years ago suddenly coming back to take over Earth, was going to lend itself to a remotely believable tale. I was wrong. Somehow, this far-fetched idea works.

The main characters were believable and I found myself caring how they fared in this outlandish war. Humans take a major hit in the early goings and there were times I didn't think this "war" was going to last very long. There were some good dinosaur moments sprinkled in w
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Brian Turner
Jun 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Dinosaurs - from - SPAAACE!

If you need more of a review than that, this may not be the book for you, but...

Technologically advanced dinosaurs attack earth from their base on the moon. They manage to take out most communications and ground based military assets.

Groups that managed to escape the destruction attempt to counter the threat, meanwhile the dinos' have started to reintroduce other species across the land.

The characters can be a bit flat in places, and there's a fair amount of deus ex m
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Paul
Jan 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Granted this book is a cross between Jurassic Park and ID4 where space dinosaurs from the moon invade Earth, the book does pull it off in a believable way. The dinos are woken up after 65 million years by a team of nasa astronauts exploring a crater. The dinos jump on their death ray and start blasting military targets from the moon and then invade with T-Rexs and other meat eating dinos! The characters are well written and the action is paced well. It does get a little unbelivable (like dinos o ...more
Good Reader
Dec 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the older, paperback version I read years ago. It is a fun read. The invasion of intelligent dinos from space takes some suspension of disbelief, but after that it's a thrill ride all the way! Important here are the young hero and heroine, Chase Armstrong and Kit Daniels, who seem to be falling in love amid the horrors of war and charging dinosaurs. After so many books that use foul language, gruesome violence and other hard-core tactics to get attention, it was really refreshing to find ...more
Good Reader
Dec 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a fun read. The invasion of intelligent dinos from space takes some suspension of disbelief, but after that it's a thrill ride all the way! Important here are the young hero and heroine, Chase Armstrong and Kit Daniels, who seem to be falling in love amid the horrors of war and charging dinosaurs. After so many books that use foul language, gruesome violence and other hard-core tactics to get attention, it was really refreshing to find an adventure story with such decent people at its he ...more
Butterflyshines
Apr 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
This is an extremely imaginative book that I found myself being completely absorbed by before I was done with the first chapter! I love the creative and new ideas that Thomas Hopp uses in the book, my favorite being the use of dinosaurs.He uses them in a completely unexpected manner!
I could not put this book down and when I finished the book I wanted the story to continue!
I would recommend this book for anyone who likes fantasy, science fiction and dinosaurs or for anyone who just wants to read
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R.L. Austin
Nov 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
We aren't given the option of half stars, but I consider this review to represent 3.5 stars.

I was very excited when I read the preview of this book, and I was so anxious to read it that I took it on vacation with me. I finished the book during the return flight, and I will characterize it as a good story with a great concept behind it.

The first 2/3 of the book are the best, but it began to fall apart, at least for me, in the final third. The continuous last-second saves of the major characters a
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Rob
Apr 04, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
This novel doesn't really break any new ground; in some ways, it's a redo of Larry Niven's Footfall, only the aliens are dinosaurs and Hopp has decided to shove a romance in. Hardly the 'heavy' sci-fi of Niven's novel, Dinosaur Wars is a light read, and if you're a fan of dinos-come-to-life-again and don't enjoy them being the results genetic experiments gone wrong, this may be for you. ...more
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