Tyrannosaur Canyon

Version: Unabridged (Abridged version available here)
Author: Douglas Preston
Narrator: Scott Sowers
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Science Fiction, Fiction & Literature, Mystery, Thriller & Horror, Thriller
Publisher: Audio Renaissance
Published In: August 2005
# of Units: 10 CDs
Length: 10 hours
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A stunning new archaeological thriller by the New York Times bestselling co-author of Brimstone and Relic.
A moon rock missing for thirty years...
Five buckets of blood-soaked sand found in a New Mexico canyon...
A scientist with ambition enough to kill...
A monk who will redeem the world...
A dark agency with a deadly mission...
The greatest scientific discovery of all time...
What fire bolt from the galactic dark shattered the Earth eons ago, and now hides in that remote cleft in the southwest U.S. known as Tyrannosaur Canyon?

Reviews (12)

Can't lose with Doug

Written by Ellen on March 3rd, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Engaging story and actually kind of educational about dinosaurs (and least the scientific part of it).

Tyrannosaur Canyon

Written by Anonymous on July 6th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This is a delightful and high interest thriller. The premise is imaginative and characters are well defined.

Tyannosaur Canyon

Written by Bruce Curson from Slidell, LA on December 10th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

My second Douglas Preston book and I was not disappointed for the second time. Preston is for real and provides interesting stories and characters. I am happy to have found a new author. Narration was also good, so the listen got good reviews from me all around.


Written by Anonymous from Woodbury, CT on June 24th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This was fascinating stuff and a suspenseful story and the reader did a good job with the characters. My only criticism would be that the solution or resolution came in at the end in a slightly abrupt, confusing way. Be sure to listen to the interview with the author at the end - very interesting.

a nail biter

Written by Gabi on April 16th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I didn't know what to expect at all, and I was very pleasantly surprised how wonderful this book is. It has suspense, adventure, great characters and wonderful scenery. The story flows very well and is so on the edge. I loved it.

Kept me glued to my seat

Written by Angelika Teal on April 14th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This book was outstanding in all categories: great story line, got hooked from the first page. Great research and fascinating characters. Suspense and a outstanding narrator. I actually listened to it twice! This book will make the daily commute a treat you look forward to.

Good Book!

Written by Anonymous on October 22nd, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Loved the scientific facts sprinkled throughout and the pace of the book never let up. Inventive story with twists. I'm going to try "Relic" next by Preston.

Tyrannosaur Canyon

Written by Pat Barker from Charleston, WV on April 13th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

If you love natural history and adventure Douglas Preston is your man! A friend turned me on to Preston with Relic and I've read everything since. Relic starts in the South American jungle and ends at the Museum of Natural History. Two of my favorite locales! Tyrannosaur, set in New Mexico, mixes Native American legend and a modern murder mystery, stirred with lots of intrigue. Cussler freaks should try this author. Preston doesn't have Cussler's sexist attitude. Oh by the way, I liked the book!

This author rocks

Written by Mike Scharff on December 2nd, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Loved this book. Very creative ideas/characters! The narrater is excellent.

Exciting story, pretty good writing.

Written by Cyndie Browning from Tulsa, OK on September 20th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I'm new to Doug Preston's books and this is the first novel of his that I've read. I enjoyed the suspense of the story and thought the plot moved along pretty well. There were times when Preston's prose sounded tedious and repetitive; for instance, one line went something like, "the bones were shelved on tall shelves." But aside from a few such editorial mishaps, the story was exciting and I LOVED "the monk" character. I also enjoyed the interview with Preston at the end of the story, altho' the interviewer seemed unfamiliar with his writing. Still, I'm glad to hear that "the monk" will appear in books the author is working on now.

Author Details

Author Details

Preston, Douglas

Douglas Preston was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1956. He attended Pomona College in Claremont, California, and graduated cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, in 1978, with a degree in English literature.

From 1978 to 1985, Preston worked for the American Museum of Natural History in New York City as a writer, editor, and manager of publications. He served as Managing Editor for the journal Curator and was a columnist for Natural History magazine. In 1985 he published a history of the museum, DINOSAURS IN THE ATTIC, which chronicled the explorers and expeditions of the museum's early days.

In 1986 Preston moved to New Mexico and began to write full-time. Seeking an understanding of the first moment of contact between Europeans and Indians in America, he retraced on horseback Francisco Vasquez de Coronado's violent and unsuccessful search for the legendary Seven Cities of Gold. That thousand mile journey across the American Southwest resulted in the book, CITIES OF GOLD. Since that time Preston has undertaken many long horseback journeys retracing historic or prehistoric trails. He has also participated in expeditions in other parts of the world, including a journey deep into Khmer Rouge-held territory in the Cambodian jungle with a small army of soldiers, to be the first Westerner to visit a lost Angkor temple. He once had the thrill of being the first person in 3,000 years to enter an ancient Egyptian burial chamber in a tomb known as KV5 in the Valley of the Kings.

Preston has published five nonfiction books and thirteen novels, most of which were bestsellers and translated into many languages. With his frequent collaborator, Lincoln Child, he has authored such bestselling thrillers as THE CABINET OF CURIOSITIES, THE ICE LIMIT, THUNDERHEAD, RIPTIDE, BRIMSTONE and RELIC. His most recent novel, DANCE OF DEATH, which came out in June 2005, was on the New York Times bestseller list for six weeks. Preston writes about archaeology for the New Yorker magazine and he has also been published in Smithsonian magazine, Harper's, and National Geographic. He is the recipient of numerous writing awards.

Preston counts in his ancestry the poet Emily Dickinson, the newspaperman Horace Greeley, and the infamous murderer and opium addict Amasa Greenough. He and his wife, Christine, live in Maine with their three children.