The Bone Feud

Wynne McLaughlin

2015 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Silver Award Winner for "The Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book: Fiction."

At the height of the American Wild West, two friends and scientific colleagues went to war. Each scrambled to out-wit and out-discover the other in a race to unearth the skeletal remains of dozens of previously undiscovered species of dinosaurs. What began with spying, bribery, and theft, quickly exploded into a bitter feud involving hired gunfighters, secret deals, and sticks of dynamite. Scientist-adventurers Edward Cope and O.C. Marsh inadvertently unleashed “dinosaur fever" across the globe, and their amazing discoveries became the subject of bidding wars by universities, museums, and even the great showman P.T. Barnum. Their story has never been told, until now.

THE BONE FEUD is an action-packed Wild West adventure based on real historic events.

“This first novel by Wynne McLaughlin has an adventure story that plays like a screenplay: tight, fast-paced, and filled with memorable characters (no surprise, given the author's past). What's surprising about 'The Bone Feud' is that it refuses to portray one scientist as 'the good guy' and the other as 'the bad guy'. Sure, there are plenty of ruthless western types present: gunslingers and ruthless scum bent on using the feuding gents for their own nefarious ends, but the biggest antagonist in this tale is, as Shakespeare said: 'Vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself, and falls on th'other...' As the stakes rise for who's name will live in history as the greatest discoverer of these dinosaurs, their personal ambitions threaten to destroy them, their friends, and the precious bones they're digging up. A real page-turner! Highly recommended. ”

“This was by far one of the funnest and easiest reads I've come across in a very long time. This is definitely something I will be reading multiple times. While reading I could easily picture the characters in my head. Was to the point that it was almost like watching a movie in my head. Paleontology and the wild wild west not a combo that I would've ever have thought of putting together that I want more ”

“The Bone Feud is a romp through the old west full of vivid characters, break neck pacing, and an intriguing story. The book reads like a screen play, which, looking into the author, makes sense. One of my favorite parts of the book is that the 'Feuding' characters are written in a way that leaves some ambiguity as to who the good guy is and who is the bad guy (Or are they both some where in-between?). If love paleontology, the wild west, or just want a light hearted fast paced story you have to read this book. ”

About Wynne McLaughlin

Wynne McLaughlin was born in Salem, Massachusetts and currently resides in New Freedom, Pennsylvania with his wife Cathy and their three crazy dogs. Wynne is a video game designer, screenwriter, and television writer. He is a member of the Writer's Guild of America, west and the International Game Developers Association. His first novel, "The Bone Feud," is a 2015 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Silver Award Winner for "The Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book: Fiction."


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