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Flash and Bones: Temperance Brennan, Book 14 | [Kathy Reichs]

Flash and Bones: Temperance Brennan, Book 14

Just as 200,000 fans are pouring into town for Race Week, a body is found in a barrel of asphalt next to the Charlotte Motor Speedway. The next day, a NASCAR crew member comes to Temperance Brennan’s office at the Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner to share a devastating story. Twelve years earlier, Wayne Gamble’s sister, Cindi, then a high school senior and aspiring racer, disappeared along with her boyfriend, Cale Lovette. Lovette kept company with a group of right-wing extremists known as the Patriot Posse.
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Just as 200,000 fans are pouring into town for Race Week, a body is found in a barrel of asphalt next to the Charlotte Motor Speedway. The next day, a NASCAR crew member comes to Temperance Brennan’s office at the Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner to share a devastating story. Twelve years earlier, Wayne Gamble’s sister, Cindi, then a high-school senior and aspiring racer, disappeared along with her boyfriend, Cale Lovette. Lovette kept company with a group of right-wing extremists known as the Patriot Posse. Could the body be Cindi’s? Or Cale’s?

At the time of their disappearance, the FBI joined the investigation, only to terminate it weeks later. Was there a cover-up? As Tempe juggles multiple theories, the discovery of a strange, deadly substance in the barrel alongside the body throws everything into question. Then an employee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention goes missing during Race Week. Tempe can’t overlook the coincidence. Was this man using his lab chemicals for murder? Or is the explanation even more sinister? What other secrets lurk behind the festive veneer of Race Week?

A turbocharged story of secrets and murder unfolds in this, the 14th thrilling novel in Reichs’s “cleverly plotted and expertly maintained series” (The New York Times Book Review). With the smash hit Bones about to enter its seventh season and in full syndication - and her most recent novel, Spider Bones, an instant New York Times best seller - Kathy Reichs is at the top of her game.

Body of evidence: investigate more of Temperance Brennan's forensic cases.

©2011 Kathy Reichs (P)2011 Simon & Schuster

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    Tia CHANDLER, AZ, United States 08-30-11
    Tia CHANDLER, AZ, United States 08-30-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Don't start here if you're new to the series!"

    I am a hard-core Bones fan, and last summer started reading the books that the series is based on. Her writing style amuses me and I love the mysteries... That said, this was probably the worst book in the series. That doesn't mean it's bad, but there's much less science in the book than normal; I learned more about NASCAR than I did about forensics (Ms. Reichs is a real live forensic anthropologist much like her Temperance Brennan counterpart). I really look forward more to the books set in Canada than the Charlotte, NC settings--I like Detective Andrew Ryan better than "Skinny" Slidell.

    That doesn't mean you shouldn't read it if you like a good mystery, but I'd highly recommend some of her earlier books before this one... 206 Bones is spectacular (her first), Cross Bones is a wild ride, and Grave Secrets is wonderful.

    If you like the TV show and you haven't read any of her books, start with those, as this one might turn you off the series if you start here, it's totally not up to her normal level. :)

    The narrator has voiced other books in the series and does a great job with the southern accents.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Beverly Slidell, LA, United States 04-09-12
    Beverly Slidell, LA, United States 04-09-12 Member Since 2006

    bwb

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    "Why did I do this?"
    Would you try another book from Kathy Reichs and/or Linda Emond?

    I've loved earlier Kathy Reichs books, but this one didn't do anything for me. It's about 40% plot/action, and about 60% question after question, recapping and emphasizing the various insolvable mysteries. I solved it, pretty quickly, and then slogged through hours of things like:
    did Jim love Kathy?
    did Mike know that Jim loved Kathy?
    did Kathy love Jim?
    did Sara know?
    until I was saying
    why am I still listening to this?
    how much longer is this book?
    will it ever end?

    Also, I got some history lessons about NASCAR. I like the lessons about forensics. Car racing, not so much.

    I'll probably buy future books from Reichs, but I sincerely hope she starts working more on plot, and less on just wordcount. The characters are interesting, and there are many ways that the stories CAN develop, so why don't we just go ahead and develop something?


    What does Linda Emond bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narration was good - the speaker was very easy to listen to, and I would definitely listen to her narration again.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    andrea North Egremont, MASSACHUSETTS, United States 08-28-11
    andrea North Egremont, MASSACHUSETTS, United States 08-28-11 Member Since 2011
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    "disappointment"

    I love the Temperance Brennan books and frequently listen to them more than once. This time, however, I was disappointed. Maybe because Andrew Ryan was mostly a footnote, her daughter was a bored "also mentioned", and the plot/character development seemed thin. I was interested in the NASCAR information, but could have gotten most of it for free from Wikepedia.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kathi 03-09-13
    Kathi 03-09-13 Member Since 2010

    Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy.

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    "Temperance does NASCAR"
    Would you listen to Flash and Bones again? Why?

    No--but it was okay.


    What does Linda Emond bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She is an excellent reader! I think she has good energy and voice qualities for this particular series.


    Any additional comments?

    This is possibly not the best of the Bones series--but it is quite good. Several others have commented on missing a couple of the usual characters--and that is true, but this remains a good book--don't pass on reading it. If the book lags at all in places, the narrator more than keeps it moving.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Prairie Fort Worth, TX, United States 03-19-12
    Prairie Fort Worth, TX, United States 03-19-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Not to much Nascar!"
    What did you love best about Flash and Bones?

    I always really enjoy the forensics and science behind the discoveries, as well as the depth of description and background that Reichs provides.


    If you’ve listened to books by Kathy Reichs before, how does this one compare?

    This book is a bit weaker than some of her other books; it felt a bit rushed somehow. However, it's still the same old Brennan that we love.


    Any additional comments?

    Some people have complained about the abundance of NASCAR, and I was concerned that it would be to much. I didn't have a problem with it, however, and I am not a fan of the sport. It is well explained and relevant to the story, so for me it just became part of the background.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Debra San Jose, CA, United States 01-23-12
    Debra San Jose, CA, United States 01-23-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Read the book in-print instead"
    What did you love best about Flash and Bones?

    I love Kathy Reichs and the way she weaves a story together.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Linda Emond?

    Linda's performance of this sounded like she disliked the story altogether.


    Any additional comments?

    I had to quit listening and purchase the book in print.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Renae Rockwall, TX, United States 07-13-13
    Renae Rockwall, TX, United States 07-13-13 Member Since 2011
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    "One of my favs"
    Any additional comments?

    This has to be one of my favoriates. I love this series and Linda Edmond is the best voice for Brennan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christy 09-25-12
    Christy 09-25-12
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    "Well predictable ending but good story line"
    What did you love best about Flash and Bones?

    That is one had a few twists and turns I couldn't as easily predict who did it as in other book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well Temperance of course would of loved for her to be more proactive instead of the damsel in distress again.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    a good book better one of the series.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a first time reader to this series do not start here start from book 1 and don't worry the books get better as you go on. However if you are looking for a gripping edge of your seat novel that you can't put down and come back to these books are not for you. If you are into human science and some chemistry well these series do touch base with a lot of knowledge with in the story lines of factual science, that I find interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sookie Northwestern Minnesota - United States 04-02-12
    Sookie Northwestern Minnesota - United States 04-02-12
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    "Didn't keep my attention...."
    Any additional comments?

    I have read all previous Temperance Brennan books, and seems they are just not as exciting or intense as the first books. Before, I couldn't wait until a new release, but now, I put Reichs on the bottom of my wish list. Sorry - just need more to keep my attention.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chell Colorado Springs, CO, United States 03-19-12
    Chell Colorado Springs, CO, United States 03-19-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Tempe/Bones....always a favorite."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tempe is always so relaxing to spend time with. I love her attitude to life and profession. She inspires me to be better in every area of my life, and she's not even trying to influence me!!!


    Have you listened to any of Linda Emond’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This one is solid and easy to listen to. I always find her to be excellent as a story teller.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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