Temperance Brennan hears the news on her car radio. An Air TransSouth flight has gone down in the mountains of western North Carolina, taking with it 88 passengers and crew.
An a forensic anthropologist and a member of the regional DMORT team, Tempe rushes to the scene to assist in body recovery and identification. She finds a field of carnage: torsos in trees, limbs strewn among bursting suitcases, and smoldering debris. Many of the dead are members of a university soccer team. Is Tempe's daughter, Katy, among them?
Frantic with worry, Tempe joins colleagues from the FBI, the NTSB, and other agencies to search for explanations. Was the plane brought down by a bomb or simple mechanical failure? And what about the prisoner on the plane who was being extradited to Canada? Did someone want him silenced forever? And why are certain people eager to stop Tempe's investigation? Is she learning too much? Coming too close?
With help from Montreal detective Andrew Ryan - and from a very special dog named Boyd - Tempe uncovers a shocking, multilayered tale of deceit and depravity.
Written with the riveting authenticity that only world-class forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs can provide, Fatal Voyage pairs witty, elegant prose with pulse-pounding storytelling in a tour de force worthy of crime writing's new superstar.
©2001 Kathy Reichs (P)2012 Simon & Schuster
"[Dr. Temperance Brennan is] ...the lab lady most likely to dethrone Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta." (USA Today)
"The plot moves with electric force." (Publishers Weekly)
Kathy Reichs is best when she describes the science but her general writing can be cliched and trite. Too many hyperbolic similes and exaggerated descriptions "loud enough to be heard in Buenos Aires". Really? Brennan is a scientist and such a description is just stupic.
NO! At many points she screeches and whines making me dislike the characters.
My name is Diane Heine not Larry Bruce.
Reader was not very good. Story was fare. Hope she doesn't read more books. Thanks
This book wasn't as exciting as the others in the series. I did not care for the narrators rendition of the voices either. It felt child-like and simple.
Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy.
It was a good and complex plot, characters well-developed and believable. but sometimes (just a few) I felt my eyes glazing over, trying to get through explanations of the scientific evidence. But that's just me. I'm pretty sure those were parts my husband really enjoyed. So obviously, that goes to personal taste.
It's actually a pretty good book. Found myself looking forward to the next listen. The narrator had a great challenge, because it was a large set of characters. She was much better with the womens' voices than with the mens'.
I'd recommend the series. But this one book could be difficult for some people to listen to due to the sensitive nature of much of the story having to do with a plane crash, one that had been carrying a lot of kids on board. That would be my only caveat.
Maybe I am getting used to the highly technical nature of these books, and the first-person style in but this book has a great mystery and more twists in both plot and relationships.
Kate Harper is also a better performer for Kathy Reichs' style, and she kept the characters different and entertaining. I was disappointed to see that she is not narrating other books in this series.
The only detraction was that the characters took a little too long to catch up to the reader. It is always good to let the reader come to conclusions a moment before the main characters -- that helps the suspension of disbelief, but at times this story takes it a tiny bit too far.
Over all very entertaining. If you are a fan of the series, definitely don't skip this one.
couldn't stop listening, because the story was just so good & the narrator did a fantastic job telling the story, as well as voicing the characters. 5 stars all around!
Kate Harper is an expressive narrator, but I'm not sure she was cast well in the role of Tempe Brennan. I admit my opinion may be a bit tinged because of my familiarity with the TV series, Bones, which has foundations in Kathy Reich's books; however, Harper's attempts to project emotion come across overdone compared to other narrators, and in some cases can be a little uncomfortable to listen too. Everyone's a critic though, and certainly I don't want to take too many points away because of the narrator- it's just a different Brennan than I am used too, or than I envisioned.
Forensic Anthropologist Temperance Brennan is baffled by human remains found at a plane crash site that don't match up to any of the passengers. In her attempt to solve the mystery, she stumbles upon a macabre set of seemingly unrelated deaths that imply something sinister is at work just beneath the surface.
I love some of Reich's books more than others, and this one is a favorite. The author manages to weave folklore, science and history into an interesting web that entangles a reader. At some points the story did get a little tedious... but the author kept the story going with interesting twists and red herrings, tying up all the strings in a neat package at the end.
I'd say in the top 25%.
Like in other of the Brennan books, I love when she sort of goes rogue.
The B&B church lady
These are difficult questions.
The Bones series got me into the Temperance Brennan books. They are almost totally different, but I enjoy both for different reasons. I love it when the show pays homage to the books.
"Not the best of CR novels..."
...but very far from bad. Read beautifully and thoroughly entertaining. I always enjoy these books but I guessed the main plot very early.
"Another great story."
This was another good book by Kathy Reichs, solid and informative. Always a pleasure to add the stories of Temperance Brennan to the library.
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