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Dinosaur Lake, a SF/Horror
by Kathryn Meyer Griffith   

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Publisher:  Amazon Kindle ISBN-10:  B00943P0JK Type: 
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313

Copyright:  August 29, 2013
Fiction

A cunning predator dinosaur is lose in Crater Lake and it's got to be stopped. Can Chief Ranger Henry and his friends find and stop it before any one else dies?

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Dinosaur Lake

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An ancient predator has been reborn in the caves beneath Crater Lake
…and it’s hungry.
Ex-cop Henry Shore has been Chief Park Ranger at Crater Lake National Park for eight years and he likes his park and his life the way it’s been. Safe. Tranquil. Predictable. But he’s about to be tested in so many ways. First the earthquakes begin…people begin to go missing…then there’s some mysterious water creature that’s taken up residence in the caves below Crater Lake and it’s not only growing in size, it’s aggressive and cunning…and very hungry.
And it’s decided it likes human beings. To eat.
And it can come up onto land. So Henry, with the help of his wife, Ann; a young paleontologist named Justin; and a band of brave men, must not only protect his park and his people from the monster but somehow find where it lives and destroy it…before it can kill again. ***  
  


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Justin heard the commotion first. In the stillness of the night a loud swishing of powerfully churning water came from far away, moving closer. On the air trembled a soft cry, the sound filling the caldera as an echo filled a canyon.
Something rose up underneath the boat. Henry would remember later that in the horror of the moment, as they were lifted high into the air, that Sam Cutler had been right, it was bigger than two houses.
The boat plopped back down onto the lake, the whirling engines grinding, water splashing everywhere, soaking both of them. Another bounce like that, Henry thought frantically, and the boat would capsize.
“My god,” Justin yelped. “It really is a monster!” He sounded like someone who’d just watched the sun explode up in the sky.
“I’ll be damned,” Henry mumbled, attempting to swallow. His body was frozen. Only his eyes could move, but they were glued to the creature’s steep side. He couldn’t believe what he was seeing, though in the dark and the chaos of the attack, all he could actually make out was a mass of dark scaly skin as the boat slid down along side of the creature.
He captured a flash of a thick neck, a huge blob of a head, two glaring crimson eyes and a wicked slash of sharp whiteness that had to be teeth as big as a man’s hand. All in all, their attacker was a nightmare that froze him and Justin to the boat’s rail, holding on for dear life as the boat beneath them bucked and rocked.
The thing was moving fast.
Justin’s head lifted upwards on his neck, his eyes gawking up at the thing. He screamed.
The beast replied with a deep-throated gurgling rattle of a roar.
Justin stammered under his breath, “Forgot to mention, I hate the water. And I can’t swim!”
“Now you tell me,” Henry tossed back. “Don’t worry, your life preserver will keep you afloat. If you go over, paddle like hell!”
The boat repeated its jump. The fiberglass creaked torturously beneath them.
“If we go in the water will it try to eat us?” Henry voice was a hoarse whisper.
“I’m not sure. No way of knowing. If it’s a descendent or a mutant of a species like Pliosaur, its ancestors were flesh-eaters. They ate anything they bumped into.”
The boat was lifted a second time, bouncing it high into the air, then it came down violently, nearly capsizing.
“It’s trying to sink us,” Henry cried above the din. The bullets he’d taken in the line of duty hadn’t scared him half as much as what he was feeling now. But he’d never seen the bullets coming. This was different. He couldn’t miss the monstrosity slamming against the boat, playing with them as if they were a child’s toy.
Then as swiftly as the water beast had appeared, it was gone.
The lake beneath and around them became calm. The boat lunged forward, the engines loud on the night air.
Long seconds went by.
Shuddering, on his knees, Justin whispered, “It’s gone.”
Henry crouched by the rail, listening. It was hard to hear anything over the loud thumping of his heart. “That was close.”
“I’ve daydreamed about when dinosaurs walked the earth.” Justin’s voice was ragged. “I always thought it’d be neat to see one. I don’t think so now. The shock alone could give a person a heart attack.”
The paleontologist came off his knees to lean against the rail beside Henry. He wiped the water from his face, in the faint light, his eyes wide and glazed. “Ha, imagine, and I didn’t want us to hurt it–as if we could have.” An acid laugh escaped his lips. “That thing must be gigantic, by what we glimpsed of it. That tail and head went on forever. And did you hear that awful sound it was making, a rumbling snoring roar? It sounded as if we were under a waterfall.”
“Yes,” was Henry’s only reply. He was still listening.
“What are we going to do, Mr. Ranger? Should we make a run for the shore or what?”
Henry stood up slowly, moved over to the controls and shoved the throttle full open. He put out the other hand to grip Justin’s shoulder. “We get out of here as fast as we can.”
They heard the water and the roaring noises resume around them.
“It’s coming back!”
“I know,” moaned Justin.
The boat began to rock harder. The beast was near.
Later Henry believed Justin’s inspiration and quick thinking were the only things that saved them. “Noise! It’s attacking the noise from the engines…and it sees the lights.”
“Then we turn off the engines and the lights! If we play dead, it might leave us alone.
“And I’ve got a gun,” Henry added, a hand on the Sig in his holster. “I can shoot it.”
“Forget that,” Justin hollered. “That pin prick would probably just make it madder and it’d come after us for sure.”
Henry shut down the engines and switched off the power.
“Flashlights off, too,” Justin breathed.
They blinked into darkness. It’d been a moonless, overcast night, with creeping fog to help hide them. Henry felt as if he were floating in outer space, no stars, no other light source, just endless eternal blackness.
“Justin–”
“Shhh,” Justin hissed, yanking the ranger down next to him.
The wild pitching of the boat ceased but Henry’s stomach remained in turmoil.
They waited for a long time for the creature to make its next move. Nothing. It was as if the disturbance had never happened.
They huddled on the wood of the deck, silent, barely breathing, their craft dead in the water, for what seemed like an eternity, the rest of the night. It wasn’t until the first rays of sunlight filtered through the mist that Henry restarted the engines and gratefully took them home.
“I want to thank you, Justin,” Henry said after the boat had resumed chugging along. “You probably saved our lives. I was ready to shoot at the thing. I think you were right–it would have just angered it more.”
Peering at Henry through water-speckled glasses, Justin gave him a weary grin. “No need to thank me. I was saving my skin, too.”
“Well, thanks anyway, quick thinker. You didn’t panic as most people would have.”
“Ha, I was too scared to panic.” Justin released a shudder. “And I only used common sense.
“I thought I’d never say this, but as unique a creature as it might be, it doesn’t belong here in our world. Here, it’s a nightmare. You’re right, it belongs to the ancient past.”
“That it does.”
“Henry, since you know the park and the lake area so well, where do you think it hides during the day?”
“Let’s see…underneath the lake there’s a honeycomb of caverns and caves formed thousands of years ago by lava streams when the volcano originally erupted. An amphibious beast could live, hide, down there in the connected waterway caverns forever.”
“I don’t like caves. They make me claustrophobic.”
“And you don’t like the water, either.”
“I hate caves more.”
“How did you ever become a paleontologist then?”
“I figured I’d be excavating mostly on dry higher land. Most archaeological sites are up in the mountains or in deserts. So far I haven’t had to dig underwater or in caves.”
“That’s too bad because after what happened last night, what we saw, if it keeps destroying boats and people keep popping up missing, we might have to search for the creature. Might have to find out where it’s hiding, or living; maybe even explore the underground caves.”
“You’d want me to accompany you?”



Professional Reviews

LAURIE’S THOUGHTS AND REVIEWS
Jan. 24 (4th stop of Dl FMB Blog Tour Jan 21-29, 2013) 5 Stars

The setting of this story is absolutely spectacular, and so perfect for this dinosaur monster mystery. Crater Lake, Oregon – a quiet, quaint, remote National Park in which during recent seismic activity a monster of truly epic proportions has been released after languishing for millions of years underground. It is an amphibious creature – huge, fast and hungry.
Chief Park Ranger Henry Shore, at first discounts the gossip that a huge beast is prowling Crater Lake at night but when he finds the rubble of a tour boat and a few body parts later on of some hapless, homeless squatters, then observes an attack by the ancient nightmare himself, Henry realizes the lake and entire area has become a killing ground for the voracious creature. Stonewalled by greedy politicians and his pandering boss, Henry and a handful of trusted associates make plans to hunt and destroy the dinosaur on their own.
The setting of this story is absolutely spectacular, and so perfect for this dinosaur monster mystery. Crater Lake, Oregon – a quiet, quaint, remote National Park in which during recent seismic activity a monster of truly epic proportions has been released after languishing for millions of years underground. It is an amphibious creature – huge, fast and hungry.
I did become distracted multiple times because of incorrect pronoun usage. For example, “I’ll send Redcrow back after he drops Dr. Harris and I off at headquarters.” There were several other similar instances with two or three different pronouns, as well. Other than those occasional grammatical disruptions the story flowed very smoothly.
I really enjoyed this story. The descriptive detail was such that I had no difficulty immersing into the story while the images played out in my imagination. The characters were fully-fleshed out and recognizable as people we have all run across at one time or another – brave men, and pompous, opportunistic idiots. This story definitely paints a picture featuring some of the best and some of the worst traits of mankind. The action was spellbinding. This was a very fast read for me mainly because I could not tear myself away for long and had to find out what would happen next. ***


A.B. SHEPARD’S Reinvented Reader Blog
Jan. 23, 2013 (third stop of FMB DL Blog Tour Jan 21-29, 2013)
I don't think I'm giving anything away here by saying this since the book title pretty much gives it away - there is a dinosaur in Crater Lake. No one believes it at first. How could a dinosaur possibly be living now? But after it begins to kill, and is seen by several, Henry Shore is tasked with protecting the park, it's employees and tourists from this creature.
What follows is a harrowing battle for supremacy, between the beast, those who are determined to capture it alive, and those who believe it needs to be destroyed. Danger abounds and you'll be biting your nails with the suspense of it all. A fun, horror-filled read.***


THE AVID READER THE MAGICK OF BOOKS
Jan. 22, 2013 (second stop of FMB DL Blog Tour, Jan. 21-29, 2013) http://the-avidreader.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2013-01-24T05:00:00-06:00&max-results=7
Henry Shore loves his job as Chief Park Ranger of Crater Lake but as with any job there is always things you find about it that you don't like. The one thing that Henry has found that he doesn't like about being the Chief is having to sit in doors behind a desk doing paper work. So every chance he gets he will take a group of tourist out on tours of the park himself so that he can be outdoors. He loves the peace, the quiet, the beauty of the forest and all the animals that run wild and live in the park.
On one of the days that he takes a group of tourist out on a tour of the park there is an earthquake that uncovers dinosaur fossil. The lake is sitting on top of a volcano and lakes of lava running under the park. They are susceptible to having a big earthquake any day. Small earthquakes are popping up getting ready for the big one. The earthquake that uncovered the dinosaur fossil has uncovered more than Henry or any of his rangers or the tourist know. They are in for one great big surprise when they see what has been let loose from the bowels of the earth. What the earth has spit out will have them all running for their lives. Some will run fast enough and far enough to stay alive but some will not. Will Henry save himself, his family and friends? Will they all get out alive or will they be eaten by the "monster" that has come out of the lake?
Dinosaur Lake will make you think of Jurassic Park while reading it. Have you saw Jurassic Park or read the book? If you saw it and you also liked it then you will love Dinosaur Lake. I know I did. I didn't want it to end. I hope that Henry and his family are always safe but I do hope that there will be another book after this one. It took me awhile to read Dinosaur Lake but it had nothing whatsoever to do with the story or the writing itself. Once I found the time to where I could sit down and read it the story flew by way too fast. I felt like I was right in the middle of the story myself running away from the "monster" right along beside Henry and all the other characters too. I could almost feel what they were feeling like their fear and I also wanted to help them get away. As I was reading it I found myself actually getting closer and closer to my computer screen like I was trying to reach in to get the "monsters" attention so they could get away.***


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Reviewed by Kathryn Griffith 2/20/2014
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