Jurassic Park Adventures Book 2
Written by Scott Ciencin
Cover montage by Peter Van Ryzin
(The page numbers come from the 1st
printing, paperback edition, published October 2001)
Dr. Grant heads up a UN project to protect
and study Isla Sorna and the dinosaurs living on it. While he
supervises construction of an outpost, a group of reckless
teenagers illegally parachutes onto the island to shoot a
Read the story summary at the Jurassic Park Wiki.
Before the novel begins there is a United Nations General
Assembly notice announcing that Dr. Alan Grant will be proposing
the establishment of the Bureau of Ancient Animal Affairs and
the creation of an Isla Sorna ranger station for the study of
the island's dinosaurs, with testimony by Eric Kirby, survivor of an
8-week stranding on the island. Eric's adventures while stranded
on the island are depicted in
Jurassic Park III.
Page 2 of the book reveals that it has been 6 weeks since Eric's
rescue from Isla Sorna.
Grant's proposal to the UN recognizes the disproportionate
predator to prey ratio and inevitable extinction (without human
help) noted in Survivor (and in Michael Crichton's
The Lost World novel).
On page 11, Isla Sorna security chief Deborah Holland is
carrying what is referred to as a sonic cannon, a weapon which,
when fired, is meant
to disorient dinosaurs. This is similar in concept to
the sound box carried by Dodgson in
The Lost World novel.
On page 18, regarding his refusal to allow his son to return to
Isla Sorna, Paul Kirby tells his wife, "no force on earth or in
heaven could make me change my mind about this." Dr. Grant used
similar phrasing in Jurassic Park III
in describing his lack of desire to
ever go to the island:
no force on Earth or Heaven.wav
Page 20 reveals that Paul and Amanda Kirby have been getting
along well as husband and wife since their return from the
Page 21 reveals that Eric has gone through a whirlwind period of
having written the book Survivor about his experiences on the
island and a publicity tour to support it in the 6 weeks since
On page 23, island cook Jerry Roberts is wearing a Lost in
Space t-shirt. This is a reference to the CBS TV series
that ran from 1965-1968.
Also on page 23, Jerry mentions having rounded up the autographs
of the entire cast of Lost in Space at a comic book convention
in San Diego. He is undoubtedly referring to
Comic-Con International, which is held in the city of San
Diego, CA every summer.
Again on page 23, Jerry mentions that he can recite
"Jabberwocky" from memory. "Jabberwocky" is a nonsense-verse
poem by Lewis Carroll which first appeared in his 1872 novel
Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There.
After hearing the roar of a dinosaur on the other side of the
fence, Jerry recites a couple lines from the poem and uses the
name of the beast in the poem, the Jabberwock, as a metaphor for
the dinosaurs on the island that must always be regarded with
caution and respect: "Beware the Jabberwock, my son! The jaws
that bite! The claws that catch! Beware the Jubjub bird and shun
the frumious bandersnatch!"
On page 24, Eric mentions a vorpal sword, that being a
On page 30, Grant refers to Eric as "young Aladdin". This is a
reference to the Middle-Eastern folk tale of Aladdin and the
genie of the magic lamp which appears in The Book of One
Thousand and One Nights.
On page 32, Dan Caulfield is wearing a sweatshirt that says
Johns Hopkins Medical School Polo Team.
in Baltimore, Maryland is one of the world's leading medical
On page 33, Eric is watching A Christmas Carol on AMC
in the ranger station's rec room.
American Movie Classics, a cable television network.
A Christmas Carol was originally a short story
published by Charles Dickens in 1843 and which has been filmed
many times over the decades; the book does not say which version
Eric is watching. Transportation chief Dave Stevens sits down
next to Eric and calls it "Scrooge or whatever," referring to
the selfish, miserly main character of A Christmas Carol,
Page 42 describes film freak Biggs as going into Charlton Heston
mode and saying, "Get yer paws off me, ya dirty stinkin' ape!"
This is a reference to the 1968 cult classic film Planet of the
Apes, starring Heston. Heston's actual line in the film is a
little different, "Take your stinking paws off me, you damn
On page 43, Biggs mentions Blair Witch. This is a reference to
the 1999 film,
Page 43 reveals that the leader of the teenage film crew, Simon,
under cover as a college student writing a science paper, met
with Lex and Tim to gather info about surviving in Jurassic
On page 44, Biggs jokingly remarks that he "lost the map". This is
another reference to The Blair Witch Project. In the
film, the character of Heather Donahue loses the map of the
forest in which she and her companions are searching for the
truth of the Blair Witch legend (her cohort Mike Williams later
admits to having thrown the map away in frustration when it fails to
lead them out of the woods).
On page 47, Simon mentions the pterodactyls that flew off the
island at the end of
Jurassic Park III and says that
they've been sighted in South America and Mexico, with rumors of
them even in the Florida Keys. In fact, pterodactyls turn up in
Orlando, FL in the following book Flyers.
On page 48, Simon mentions Fox Mulder and says "the truth isn't
out there". These are both references to the 1993-2002 Fox TV
series The X-Files. Fox Mulder was the main protagonist
of the series and "The Truth is Out There" was one of the show's
On page 51, Simon believes the duck-billed dinosaur they just
encountered was an Edmontosaurus. This was a real
duck-billed dinosaur that lived during the Cretaceous Period.
Page 52 reveals that Malcolm's book about his experience on Isla
Sorna was titled Lost World.
On page 56, Eric makes his way to Mt. Hood on the island.
Possibly this is named for the Mt. Hood in Oregon, the fourth
highest mountain in the Cascade Range.
On page 58 a quetzal bird lands near Eric. Quetzals are
brightly-colored tropical birds that are found mostly in Central
and South America.
The first page of each chapter features an illustration of a
dinosaur that appears in that chapter. But chapter 8 features
the image of a Stegosaurus...a dinosaur that does not
appear in the entire book!
On page 71, Deborah mentions tai chi. She is referring to tai
chi chuan, a type of Chinese martial art.
Page 75 suggests that splotches and patterns of color on a
Triceratops herd can identify them as members of the same clan,
suggesting a largely inherited-genetic component to the patterns.
On page 84, Eric uses his stun rod to attempt to send an SOS,
triggering the stunner to send three short, three long, three
short bursts of electrical sparks, hoping it could possibly be
picked up by
the satellite observing the island; the three short, three long,
three short bursts is the correct Morse code for SOS.
On page 95, Grant buries his face in his hands as things start
to go wrong and says, "Ian was right." Is he referring just to
Ian Malcolm's general "chaos" attitude towards the Jurassic Park
concept or did Grant actually talk to Malcolm about the
feasibility of his Isla Sorna/Ranger Station protected park
Page 105 suggests that Grant has encountered the Carnotaurus
leader before, months ago, when the animal had been subjected to
fear and humiliation. There is no story detailing this encounter
of which I am aware. The "months ago" reference seems to place
it during the events of
Jurassic Park III, but the
movie, as released, features no Carnotaurus encounters.
In the movie script, the Ceratosaurus the group
encounters at the Spinosaur dung heap, is a Carnotaur instead,
but even then the encounter could hardly be called fearful and
humiliating for the Carnotaur. Possibly the carnotaur encounter
mentioned here took place during the early days of construction
of the ranger station.
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