Kathy Reichs—number-one New York Times best-selling author and producer of the Fox television hit Bones—returns with the 13th riveting novel featuring forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan.
John Lowery was declared dead in 1968—the victim of a Huey crash in Vietnam, his body buried long ago in North Carolina. Four decades later, Temperance Brennan is called to the scene of a drowning in Hemmingford, Quebec. The victim appears to have died while in the midst of a bizarre sexual practice. The corpse is later identified as John Lowery. But how could Lowery have died twice, and how did an American soldier end up in Canada?
Tempe sets off for the answer, exhuming Lowery’s grave in North Carolina and taking the remains to Hawaii for reanalysis—to the headquarters of JPAC, the U.S. military’s Joint POW/ MIA Accounting Command, which strives to recover Americans who have died in past conflicts. In Hawaii, Tempe is joined by her colleague and ex-lover Detective Andrew Ryan (how “ex” is he?) and by her daughter, who is recovering from her own tragic loss. Soon another set of remains is located, with Lowery’s dog tags tangled among them. Three bodies—all identified as Lowery.
And then Tempe is contacted by Hadley Perry, Honolulu’s flamboyant medical examiner, who needs help identifying the remains of an adolescent boy found offshore. Was he the victim of a shark attack? Or something much more sinister?
Flesh and bones: investigate more of Temperance Brennan's forensic cases.
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"Reichs, a former forensic anthropologist herself, whose early books were occasionally a bit clunky (it's not a smooth transition, apparently, from deconstructing bones to constructing sentences), has developed into a solid writer. Fans of the television series Bones, based on Reich's life and career, will note plenty of differences between the show and the novels, but they will find that Brennan on the page still offers much to enjoy." (Booklist)
"Reichs, who once again uses her own scientific knowledge to enhance a complex plot and continually developing characters, delivers a whopper of a final twist." (Publishers Weekly)
I just finished listening to the Audiobook of Kathy Reichs' Spider Bones. This story is Reichs at her very best. It combines mystery, humor and adventure in a tale which begins in Quebec and takes the listener to South Carolina, Hawaii and the jungles of Vietnam (the latter during the height of the Vietnam Conflict). I highly recommend this to any fans of good forensic mystery stories (TV fans of "Bones", "NCIS", "CSI", etc.; and readers of the books of Ms. Reichs and Patricia Cornwell).
Main two characters. Those two always make for interesting combo
Yes, not bad. Male voices are weak
When they go to save daughter on cliff
At first boring, moved slowly then it started picking up and was very good
Yup. I like the series
I like the whole series
I wasn't a fan of the narrator
Nope. I enjoy listening to it as I'm walking my dog
I personally enjoy listening to books while I work so my option would not be valid about the print version. I prefer to listen since I do not have the time to enjoy sitting and reading that often in my daily like.
The end of the book when it all comes together in the last 2 chapters finally Temperance is not having to get rescued! This was a much better book than her others because it was not as predictable as the rest over her series.
I have always been a fan of Reichs. I am finding that her later works are becoming somewhat technical & I really have to listen to keep up with the plot. Storyline held me the fist couple of chapters then I began to have to really work at sifting the story from the technical. By mid listen, it started to get easier and the ending was good. Ms. Edmond is a good narrator for this series.
Some what a lack luster writing. Too much hit and miss in the writing. Reminded me of my high school papers: changing, changing and more changing of thoughts. Not one of her best but glad I did take the time to listen. Would not have pick Linda Emond as the reader.
I had the pleasure of reading Kathy's works before the series. I must say although I watch the series weekly and quite enjoy it I find the character different which to me is expected. The actor portrays the character and likewise with narration. I found that in some ways they were the same, yet different as it takes some time for the series to show Tempe's sense of humor yet I see it sooner in the books. I found the story very easy to listen to and I enjoyed the plot. The ending a bit fast paced......had to skip back a few times to catch it all. Much of the same Tempe and to me not as technical as the TV show character, it depends on how you see her.
I was a little disappointed in this book. This is the first of the series I have read and really like the TV show Bones. Of course, I expected the main character to be slightly different TV to print, but I found Temperance to be a a completely different breed all together. This was a little odd! The story itself was convoluted and hard to follow when listening, especially when talking about case numbers. I can't say I won't listen to another in the series, but I don't think it will be my next purchase.
I would have enjoyed this book, it had a great idea, however she goes into way, way too many technical details. Just the basics would have done it for me:)
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