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The Dinosaur Games [Kindle Edition]

Christopher Gordon
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In a Dystopian future where High School drop outs are forced to become Gladiators at the school of R.A.P.T.O.R. (Republic’s Academy Predator Training Objective Rehabilitation) riding ferocious dinosaurs in combat and fighting for their freedom, Jack Reaper is on the run.

One week ago, they took Jack's neighbors.
Six days ago, they took his parents.
Five days ago, his brother.
Four days ago, the girl he loves.
Three days ago, he surrendered to them.
Two days ago, Jack rode his first T-Rex.
Yesterday, they made him a Gladiator.
Today, he will save the girl he loves, even if it means his own death.
By tomorrow, they will wish they never forced Jack Reaper to enter the Dinosaur Games.

Are they coming for you next?

If Jack cannot unite the Gladiator Tribes and their newbie recruits then there is no hope of escape to freedom or even living through the night.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 376 KB
  • Print Length: 314 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UW2NVS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #492,074 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Christopher Gordon is the author of Fantasy thrillers for YA and adults with an emphasis on high adrenalin action and nerve jangling tension. Books that both kids and adults can enjoy.

When you read a Christopher Gordon novel you should expect:

Language: English. Simple/Direct/fun/witty. No bad swearing. No "F" bombs. No "C" words. Mild use of teasing expressions created from the context of the story world. For example in The Dinosaur Games: "Raptor Turd" , "Raptor breath" "Your butt is a hot cow chip".


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kid Gladiators Riding Dinosaurs into Battle 12 Mar 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
The Dinosaur Games is a YA about two brothers and a girl. Complete preserved dinosaurs where found frozen in ice and now a dinosaur ranch occupies a third of the seceded state of Texas. The ranch owner Big D and Governor Diana Diabolus of Texas is in cahoots on some plan that involves using dinosaurs as weapons and maybe taking over the world (their ultimate goal is not revealed in this book). To prove their point they use a T Rex to attack and kill a family of ordinary ranchers but when one demonstration is not enough they target Jack and Egg's family.

The beginning of the book is a bit incoherent at times but that could be due to me reading an ARC version. The boys escape but Egg is wounded, their parents killed and bounty hunters are after them. They learn who is behind the attack and meets some interesting folks along the way among them Mississippi Kate the daughter of one of the original researchers that revived the dinosaurs now trapped under a T Rex waiting to die. Jack saves her and she kisses him as thanks even if he had to burn off a leg to free her. Before long they all are forced to enroll in Republic's Academy - Predator Training - Objective Rehabilitation, RAPTOR school.

Texas has a law that forces all non-conformist children into gladiator training and they use that to escape the clutches of the governor and Big D. And here is when the book becomes interesting to me. The conflicts between the children are not as good as in Ender's Game but have a similar feeling that I enjoyed. The characters are a bit sketchy at times especially Kate but the action catches my interest as a reader and I want to learn more about what is going on.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The boy Gladiator that rides a T-rex 29 Oct 2011
By Cheryl M-M TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Not sure the present tense did the book any favours, but that depends on the reader. I found the narrative slightly confusing at times and it often read like a script or screenplay instead of a novel. I would say the audience for this would be very young adult and ages 13 and over, because some of the scenes are violent and downright scary. Reading about a character listening to a friend or brother being eaten alive does wonders for the imagination. Other than all that, the concept is a Jurrasic Park meets Disneyland and does Spartacus kind of thing. I received a free copy of this book for my review.
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Amazon.com: 3.9 out of 5 stars  23 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculous, but I guess there are dinosaurs ... 8 Sep 2012
By Anemone Flynn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
In the first few chapters of The Dinosaur Games, Jack Reaper's world comes into sharp focus when his parents are killed by what appears to be a rogue dinosaur. (Dear reader, suspend your disbelief: Dinosaurs have been cloned out of extinction, a la Jurassic Park, and foregoing any lessons from that world, of course there are many many T-Rexes and similar-sized carnivores in outdoor enclosures.). FYI, the timeline in the book description is not at all accurate. However, in a strange confluence of events (This doesn't seem to be exactly a Hunger Games ripoff, but there are definite similarities ...) Jack, his brother, and the girl he kinda likes are suddenly participants in a corporation-run dinosaur-gladiator area match. Will Jack, his brother Egg, and Mississippi all make it out alive?

I did finish the book, but I attribute this more to my inability to leave things unfinished than the book's interest level. I didn't believe a word of it or care about the characters. The villains, the hero, and the supporting cast are all stiff and one-dimensional. There is a slight attempt to make one of the villains conflicted, but it fizzles out quickly. The whole premise is ridiculous, and the reasoning for having a bunch of kids ride around on dinosaurs and kill each other doesn't make any sense outside of a world where all corporations are evil and run by dictatorial, homicidal maniacs with absolute power.

I rate this science fiction book for 16 and older on the Aardvark scale (assuming they can tolerate the nonsense) for multiple, very gory deaths by dinosaur, several involving minors.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Action Adventure 26 April 2011
By Everett Peacock - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Initially I gave both of these books, The Dinosaur Games, and its sequel, The Dinosaur Games - Revenge of the Gladiator to my 10 and 12 year old children.

On the Kindle they ran through them both pretty quick and that got my attention, so I had to see what all the action was about!

When I say action, I'm not talking about cowboys and indians, I'm talking about young adults, maybe older kids taking on tasks that would intimidate any adult. Like piloting flying dinosaurs in battles that would make most cowboys cringe.

The action is remarkably fast paced, and thus it kept my attention riveted to the pages, as well as it most likely did for my children. The pacing and plot move along hand in hand, sometimes pulling the other, but always tightly gripped.

I had a great time reading it and sat for a moment after finishing the second book, wondering, if things had worked out differently...how might I have handled piloting a Pterosaur?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kid Gladiators Riding Dinosaurs into Battle 12 Mar 2011
By Ove Jansson, Cybermage.se - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
The Dinosaur Games is a YA about two brothers and a girl. Complete preserved dinosaurs where found frozen in ice and now a dinosaur ranch occupies a third of the seceded state of Texas. The ranch owner Big D and Governor Diana Diabolus of Texas is in cahoots on some plan that involves using dinosaurs as weapons and maybe taking over the world (their ultimate goal is not revealed in this book). To prove their point they use a T Rex to attack and kill a family of ordinary ranchers but when one demonstration is not enough they target Jack and Egg's family.

The beginning of the book is a bit incoherent at times but that could be due to me reading an ARC version. The boys escape but Egg is wounded, their parents killed and bounty hunters are after them. They learn who is behind the attack and meets some interesting folks along the way among them Mississippi Kate the daughter of one of the original researchers that revived the dinosaurs now trapped under a T Rex waiting to die. Jack saves her and she kisses him as thanks even if he had to burn off a leg to free her. Before long they all are forced to enroll in Republic's Academy - Predator Training - Objective Rehabilitation, RAPTOR school.

Texas has a law that forces all non-conformist children into gladiator training and they use that to escape the clutches of the governor and Big D. And here is when the book becomes interesting to me. The conflicts between the children are not as good as in Ender's Game but have a similar feeling that I enjoyed. The characters are a bit sketchy at times especially Kate but the action catches my interest as a reader and I want to learn more about what is going on.

The world building borders on the absurd but if you can overcome your sense of disbelief in that regard it is an enjoyable ride.

The gadgets like the Laser-whip and the Laser-lasso reminded me of a post author John Scalczi made a year ago about how much more impressive everything sounds if you just put laser in front of it.

What is not to like with children gladiators riding into battle on dinosaurs to fight each other and instead rebel and fight the bad guys (don't hit me I am a parent too). I am looking forward to Book 2 The Dinosaur Games: Revenge of the Galdiator which will be out soon according to the ARC.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The boy Gladiator that rides a T-rex 29 Oct 2011
By Cheryl M-M - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Not sure the present tense did the book any favours, but that depends on the reader. I found the narrative slightly confusing at times and it often read like a script or screenplay instead of a novel. I would say the audience for this would be very young adult and ages 13 and over, because some of the scenes are violent and downright scary. Reading about a character listening to a friend or brother being eaten alive does wonders for the imagination. Other than all that, the concept is a Jurrasic Park meets Disneyland and does Spartacus kind of thing. I received a free copy of this book for my review.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A review by Free Book Reviews 15 July 2011
By Albert Robbins III - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
The Dinosaur Games

My kids absolutely loved this book and would not put it down. A page turner til the end and and great ride for the imagination. Would not push it as far as saying Dean Koontz or Stephan King but this does make it into the same area code.
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