Bone Quarry

KD McNiven

Rating: 2 out of 5.

I adore creature features, and even more so if they’re marine creatures, so when I read the description for Bone Quarry I was immediately interested. Mystery marine fauna die-off? Check. Underwater graveyard of human bones? Check. Living dinosaurs which should have been dead for around 8 million years? Check. A cover showing something vaguely like a Mosasaur sweeping up from the depths, jaws gaping beneath a helpless human diver? Check!

I’m not going to give the plot away, because it’s transparent once you have a small amount of information. I will say that for a science fiction it’s very light on the science. The relationships are obvious and trite, the behaviour of the cast often makes no sense, and the palaeontologist expert brought in to help the team uses terms interchangeably which absolutely are not interchangeable, and at one point describes reptile skin as slimy. For some reason the author decides to give the creature a double row of teeth, which isn’t borne out in the fossil record, and doesn’t appear to know that sharks don’t have bones.

The text appears to have been ‘proofread’ solely by Spellcheck, as multiple errors have slipped through the net by virtue of being synonyms.  In all, a very frustrating and disappointing read.

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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