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Are dinosaurs real or are they perhaps an elaborate hoax? Is everything we learned as children a lie? Are our beloved Tyrannosaurus rex and Brontosaurus merely creations of a few money-hungry men's imaginations? These are all questions author Adam Van Susteren sets out to answer in The Dinosaur Lawyer.
This novel tells the story of attorney Aaron Baker who is hired by a Russian billionaire, Roman Aristov, to defend him in a suit brought on by his twin brother, Maxim. Roman made a Facebook post claiming Maxim, a fossil collector, had purchased fakes. Now, in order to win this defamation case, Aaron and Roman need to prove not only that what Roman said was true, but that dinosaurs in fact didn't exist. The story centers around the courtroom and this case as numerous experts are brought in to make the argument for and against dinosaurs. Aaron Baker finds himself in a case that can make or break his career and even make him question all he's known his entire life.
I absolutely loved The Dinosaur Lawyer. It completely surprised me. Yes, it is a legal novel at core, but it is so much more than that. It deals with questioning thoughts that have been implanted in us since childhood. This novel really made me think and gave me the desire to research and learn so much more about these topics. The book was really well-written. It is jam-packed with information. There is a lot of math and science as well as interesting history about paleontology, evolution, and more. The courtroom scenes and court process were very informative and easy to follow. The characters were well-developed and likable. I just have so many good things to say about this book!
I think what I loved best about this novel though is that it made me want to talk about it. This story got me excited and eager to share with others. Now I want to know what everyone thinks and knows about dinosaurs. I felt like I learned so much while reading it. I really couldn't put it down. If I had to find a complaint, it would be that the court proceedings and testimonies became a bit repetitive after awhile, but this did help me to understand the whole process better and to remember key moments in the novel.
This is an excellent book choice for fans of law, history, and science. It can get very technical at times and the bulk of the book covers historic figures, laws of physics, mathematics, probability, and such. So, if you're looking for a lighter read, this might not be it. However, when you're feeling up to jumping in, I really recommend it to just about anyone. It's such an interesting story and a fresh look at an old tale. I give this book 4 out of 4 stars and can't wait to read more by this author starring the protagonist Aaron Baker.
The Dinosaur Lawyer
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