by Michael Crichton

This story takes place six years after the Jurassic Park disaster.

The book starts out with Ian Malcom giving a speach on his theory of extinction at a
place called the Santa Fe Institute. As he's talking, a tall man stands up. His name is
Richard Levine. He's a paleontologist, and he is fairly wealthy. He interrupts Ian to tell
him that he doesn't think dinosaurs are really extinct. He believes there's a lost world on an
island somewhere off Costa Rica.
"I'm quite serious. What if the dinosaurs did not become extinct? What if they still
exist? Somewhere in an isolated spot on the planet?" (5) Ian tells him this is nonsense,
and continues on explaining his theory.
Outside of the Santa Fe Institute, Ian meets up with his long time friend, Sarah
Harding, a well-known biologist who studies large predators in Africa. They discuss what
Levine said, and they come to the mutual conclusion that Levine probably doesn't know
what he's talking about.
Meanwhile, Levine is secretly preparing equipment for a jungle expedition. He enlists
the help of a man called Doc Thorne, who was a college engineering professor, but now
designs souped-up vehicles for expeditions and searches. He also enlists Doc Thorne's best
mechanic, Eddie Carr. Levine has Doc Thorne and Eddie rig a Ford Explorer and a
motorcycle to run on batteries. He also has them build reinforced trailers to house
biological labs. Lev...