Jurassic Park Adventures Book 3
Written by Scott Ciencin
Cover by Jason Zamajtuk
(The page numbers come from the 1st
printing, paperback edition, published March 2002)
The escaped pterosaurs from Isla Sorna
migrate to Orlando, Florida, where they terrorize the Universal
Studios theme park.
Read the story summary at the Jurassic Park Wiki.
Most of the book takes place at the
Universal Studios theme park
in Florida. The film arm of Universal Studios is the owner of
the Jurassic Park franchise license, so the park's prominent
inclusion in this book is at least partly self-promotional.
Page 5 reveals that the Spinosaur on Isla Sorna has already
wiped out several of the dinosaur species on the island.
Page 6 suggests that the dinosaurs have proven to have amazingly
advanced immune systems that researchers want to exploit once
Dr. Grant's crew has stabilized the out-of-balance ecology on
Grant doesn't like the celebrity status he's attained and the
promotional appearances he must make to support his efforts on
the island. He makes a crack that next he'll have to appear on a
celebrity edition of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire;
this is a real world internationally syndicated game show and has become
the most popular international television franchise of all time.
The book signing and pterodactyl events on pages 8-10 turn out
to be a dream sequence, but since they describe real-world
places, people, and pop culture, it is probably intended to be
based on an actual appearance made by Eric Kirby (except for the
pterodactyls, which are just a nightmare element).
On page 8, Eric is doing a book signing at Mysterious Galaxy in
San Diego, CA.
Mysterious Galaxy is a real-world independent bookstore in that
city, known for its science-fiction and fantasy selection of
books. The owners are mentioned to be a couple named Jeff and
Mary Elizabeth; these are the real names of the store's owners.
Page 10 mentions that Eric has made appearances on Good
Morning America, the Oprah Winfrey Show, and
60 Minutes. These are real talk/news programs in the U.S.
and syndicated elsewhere.
Also on page 10, a fan of Eric's attending the signing is
wearing a University of California sweatshirt. The
University of California is a public system of universities in
the state of California.
On page 13, Eric ruminates on rumored sightings of the escaped
pterodactyls in South America, Great Britain, Texas, and Japan.
The Great Britain and Japan sightings are probably intended to
be hoaxed sightings or misidentifications since they are far
overseas from the escape point of Isla Sorna. South America may
have been an early retreat of the pterosaurs and the Texas
sighting(s) may have been during the creatures' flight which
eventually finds them in Orlando, FL.
On page 19, Grant says that all the people who truly understood
what InGen was doing with its genetic experiments were lost on
the first island or at sea during the evacuation. This is the
first we've heard of JP personnel having been lost at sea (other
than the crew of the
S.S. Venture, ferrying the father and child T. rexes
to San Diego in The Lost World).
If others were lost at sea...how?
Reporter Manly Wilks reveals that he works for the
International Examiner, presumably a tabloid newspaper. In
the real world, the
International Examiner is a free newspaper published in
Seattle, WA for the Asian-American community. In the book, the
name is probably meant to suggest the real world U.S. tabloid, the
On pages 26-27, Grant discusses some fossilized Titanosaur eggs
found in Argentina. Titanosaurs were a group of sauropod
dinosaurs. Argentina is known as one of the largest sources of
Chapter 5 suggests that the pterosaur flock has "names" for each
other based on physical characteristics unique to each
individual: one is thought of as Fire because of its coloring of
the fiery dawn and another is Flood for her watery blue and gray
shoreline markings, etc.
On page 36, Eric and Amanda board the Jaws ride at the
park. This is a real ride at Universal Studios Florida, based on
the 1975 Steven Spielberg film.
On page 37, the tour guide on the Jaws-ride boat comments, "I
wonder if we should've used a bigger boat." This is based on
a line of actor Roy
Scheider's in the film; after seeing the size of the great
white shark they are hunting he states, "We're gonna need a bigger boat."
On page 38, the tour guide mentions dolphins like Flipper. This
is a reference to the dolphin character who has appeared in
films and television shows since the early 1960s.
On page 45, one of the pterosaurs flees at the sight of the
mechanical shark in the lagoon of the Jaws ride. Josh
suggests that it may have thought the animatronic beast was a
megalodon or something. Megalodons are prehistoric sharks, but
they existed long after the extinction of pterosaurs.
Page 49 mentions the re-creations of San Francisco, Hollywood,
and New York in the park. These are actual sections of the
During the Pteranodon attack, our heroes enter the
Earthquake attraction. This attraction is based on the 1974
film called Earthquake featuring Charlton Heston, just
as the attraction is described here. The ride was closed and
replaced with another attraction in 2007.
Page 64 reveals that, unlike real Pteranodons of the Mesozoic,
the genetically engineered ones of InGen have teeth. This
concept is depicted again in the JP comic book mini-series
The Devils in the Desert.
Pteranodons in this story seem to be derived
from the ones seen in
Jurassic Park III, which do not have teeth! So how did
the ones here acquire them?
Page 68 mentions Kongfrontation. This was a ride based
on the King Kong franchise owned by Universal and was closed in
On the Kongfrontation ride, our heroes enter the tram
at a re-creation of the Roosevelt Island subway station near the
59th Street Bridge in New York City. This is an actual part of
Kongfrontation ride and re-creates the real Roosevelt
On page 82, some animal control officers mention a bear incident
in Oviedo. This is presumably a reference to Oviedo, FL, a small
city in Seminole County.
On page 84, one of the animal control officers mentions an
article about InGen's genetic engineering in Time.
Time is a weekly newsmagazine published in the U.S.
On page 96, Manly mentions that he used to be a local reporter
in Toronto for the Evening Star. Presumably he is
speaking of the Toronto Star, published in Toronto,
Canada, which was once known as
the Evening Star (though not since the early 1900s!).
On page 105, one of the Pteranodons flies towards Fievel's
Playland. This is an actual attraction at the park.
Page 116 reveals that Dr. Grant has signed a deal to write a
book about the Pteranodon incident at Universal Studios Florida.
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