I've had a love of dinosaurs and paleontology since I was 4 years old. When I saw that Michael Crichton used people from paleontological history as characters for his book, I was intrigued and just had to check it out. It is based loosely on the real-life rivalry between paleontologists Marsh and Cope. It was a quick read that took me back to the days of the wild west. The story is about a Yale student who traveled to the west on a bet. He had no interest in paleontology it was just a means to win the wager. He ended up facing unsavory characters and gunfights all because of a sense of duty to finish the job he started and transport the dinosaur bones back east.
A tale set in the Wild West during the golden age of fossil hunting follows the exploits of two ambitious paleontologists who sabotage each others' careers in a rivalry that came to be known as the Bone Wars.