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A novel by [[FunWithAcronyms Harry Adam Knight]] (a penname of Australian sf author John Brosnan, used for his schlockiest work), written in the [[TheEighties 80's]], some time prior to ''Literature/JurassicPark''. The novel's story is vastly different from the InNameOnly Roger Corman film. In it, [[IntrepidReporter David Pascal]] in Cambridgeshire, England is trying to discover the causes of a recent rash of deaths. The local bigshot, Sir Darren Penward, who collects rare and exotic predators, insists it was a Siberian tiger that escaped from his private zoo. However the lone survivor of one of the attacks, a small boy, claims it was a dinosaur.

Pascal investigates further (mostly through wooing and ultimately sleeping with Penward's wife, Jane) and discovers Penward's scientists have cloned predatory dinosaurs for him to add to his collection. Inevitably the dinosaurs escape and wreak carnage throughout Cambridgeshire as the local police attempt to battle them.

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!!Tropes used in this novel:
* ActionSurvivor: David and his girlfriend Jenny are really put through the ringer.
* AristocratsAreEvil: Penward.
* AutoErotica: Horny teens Pat and Jeremy boink in a Bentley at the beginning, before getting rudely interrupted and eaten.
* BadGuyBar: Penward's goons frequent a rural British version of one.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Averted. Jenny gets some grievous injuries [[spoiler: and even has her arm ripped off! She gets better, sort of..]]
* {{Carfu}}: [[spoiler: The sub-adult ''Megalosaurus'' gets taken out by a 20-ton lorry on accident.]]
* CassandraTruth: David Pascal.
* CoversAlwaysLie: Tor released a movie tie-in version of the novel to coincide with Corman's film, whose cover, featuring the movie poster artwork, blurts, "[[BlatantLies In the Startling Tradition of Jurassic Park]]!". It gets double ironic when you consider the novel predates ''Jurassic Park'' in both novel and film format by six and nine years respectively.
** Especially {{Egregious}} considering the simple fact that neither of those characters are in the novel, although a reader who never saw the movie would just assume its what the two unrelated main characters of the novel look like.
* CurbStompBattle: A pride of lions panics at the escaping dinosaurs and a few attack the ''Tarbosaurus''. We see the ''Tarbosaurus'' minutes later without one of the offending lions in sight.
* DeathByIrony: Besides the dinosaurs, Sir Penward's estate houses all manner of nature's extant carnivores, many of which get loose when the dinosaurs go on the rampage. The animal that's ultimately responsible for doing Penward in? [[spoiler: One of the steers he kept for feeding purposes gores him in the thigh]], and it's lampshaded several times throughout the novel.
* DeathBySex:
** In one of the few sequences that actually gets somewhat depicted in the film, Pat and Jeremy are mauled to death by a ''Deinonychus'' while getting it on in their car.
** Sort of applies to [[spoiler: the ''Megalosaurus'', an adolescent male who gets run down by an articulated truck while searching in vain for a mate.]]
* DiabolusExMachina: [[spoiler: The ''Deinonychus'' that Pascal forgets about homes right in on Jenny's home and slaughters her family and gravely wounds both her and Pascal. What are the chances it would pick her house?]]
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler: It takes dropping a building on top of it to finally kill the ''Tarbosaurus''.]]
* DumbDinos: Played with. While the dinosaurs are overly violent and bold, they're also agile, warm-blooded, and smart enough to be threatening.
* TheEndOrIsIt: [[spoiler:A mortally wounded Penward escapes with some dinosaur eggs at the end.]]
* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler: Lady Jane is slowly eaten alive chunk by chunk at the jaws of the baby ''Tyrannosaurus'' pair, taking hours to finally die.]]
* FriendOnTheForce: Constable Keith Driscoll.
* {{Gorn}}: People are killed and devoured in rather gruesome ways.
* HellishCopter: Used several times by Penward and his men. [[spoiler: Their attempts to use it against the rampaging ''Tarbosaurus'' aren't very successful however...]]
* HerbivoresAreFriendly: Played straight with the ''Brachiosaurus'', but averted with ''Scolosaurus''.
* ImmuneToBullets: Subverted with the larger dinosaurs. Gun calibers meant to kill humans either fail to penetrate their hide or just get lodged in their dense muscle. The ''Tarbosaurus'' tanks getting shot with multiple hunting rifles and a buckshot blast without issue. However when heavier implements are used, they do go down.
* InfantImmortality: Averted. Fiona gets killed.
* IntrepidReporter: David Pascal, again.
* ItCanThink: Several characters remark on the ''Deinonychus'' having a cruel intelligence about it.
* KarmicDeath: Lady Jane, who was [[spoiler: responsible for letting all of the dinosaurs loose is devoured by a pair of newly-hatched ''Tyrannosaurus rex'' infants at the end of the novel.]]
* OnlyAFleshWound: Subverted. Pascal and Jenny get slashed up and survive, but only with immediate, intensive medical care. [[spoiler: Averted with Penward, who dies from being gored in the thigh and groin by a steer.]]
* PoliceAreUseless
* PredatorsAreMean: Almost all of the carnivorous dinosaurs (and one plesiosaur) are extremely vicious, relentlessly hunting down and devouring humans. Justified in that they were fed cattle in captivity and thus view mammals as easy food. The ''Megalosaurus'' is more or less an exception, being more interested in searching for a mate than for prey.
* PrehistoricMonster: Despite being fairly progressive in dinosaur depictions, it is still very much guilty of this. All but one of the dinosaurs mercilessly hunt down humans and devour them long after their appetites should be sated. This is especially weird for creatures like ''Dilophosaurus'' and the plesiosaur, which would not be very well equipped to eat large, fast-moving prey like human beings. However in the case of the larger carnivores like the ''Deinonychus'' and ''Tarbosaurus'', this could be [[JustifiedTrope explained]] in that mammals would have been a common food source for them as babies and they were fed cattle at Penward's estate. Just as humans have an atavistic fear of dinosaurs, the dinosaurs would have an atavistic instinct to equate mammals with easy food.
* PrimalFear: In addition to the obvious (the fear of large carnivores), this is discussed in the novel. Just the smell of the dinosaurs is enough to terrify people.
* RaptorAttack: Pretty commendable given this predates the TropeCodifier by six years, effectively making it one of the TropeMakers.
* RichBitch: Jane Penward.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Penward doesn't so much screw the rules as not even believe they exist in the first place.
* SeldomSeenSpecies: Knight uses ''Tarbosaurus'' instead of a ''T. rex'' as the novel's main threat. ''Altispinax'' (now known as ''Becklespinax'' and just as obscure by that name) and ''Scolosaurus'' briefly turn up as well. ''Megalosaurus'' is an example of a seldom-seen [[StockDinosaurs stock dinosaur]].
* SequelHook: [[spoiler: Two ''Tyrannosaurus'' hatch and no one knows where they are at]]. Considering it's been about 30 years, and the author died, it's unlikely to be followed up on.
* ShownTheirWork: The author almost certainly did a lot of research for this and it shows. They even pointed out multiple times that plesiosaurs aren't dinosaurs! Other times it emphasizes how bird-like some of the predatory dinosaurs behave. When the ''Deinonychus'' and ''Tarbosaurus'' feed, they're compared to carnivorous birds in how they pin their prey down with a foot and rip into it with their jaws. This theory actually is well accepted even today!
* StockDinosaurs: Some are featured. To wit:
** ''Brachiosaurus'' is briefly featured
** ''Deinonychus'' is the most featured dinosaur of all, and it's arguably great stock in all but name. Interestingly, this was before raptors were made stock dinosaurs.
** ''Dilophosaurus'' is featured. This is also before it was made stock, and as such, isn't depicted as frilled or venomous.
** ''Megalosaurus'' makes a few appearances
** A plesiosaur (unknown exactly which kind) is a big threat as well.
** Lastly, two baby ''Tyrannosaurus'' are hatched.
** So, to sum it up, 2 great stock, 3 secondary stock, 1 rarely-seen stock, and the rest are non-stock.
* StormingTheCastle
* TokenGoodTeammate: The ''Brachiosaurus'' is the only dinosaur that isn't a violent monster.
* TyrannosaurusRex: Subverted. The only ones featured are a pair of hatchlings [[spoiler:which only appear in the end devouring Lady Jane]]. ''Tarbosaurus'' instead takes its place as the main threat.
* WouldHurtAChild: Penward plans to have the boy murdered. [[spoiler:Fortunately he's distracted by more pressing matters before he can do so, as the dinos get loose, rendering the issue of the boy moot, and Penward forgets about him.]]
* WouldntHurtAChild: Penward's goons opt not to kill Simon, the little boy that survived the third dinosaur attack, [[MinionWithAnFInEvil due to not liking the idea of killing a child]], reasoning no one would believe him.
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