Nora Kelly, a young archaeologist in Santa Fe, receives a letter written 16 years ago, yet mysteriously mailed only recently. In it, her father, long believed dead, hints at a fantastic discovery that will make him famous and rich - the lost city of an ancient civilization that suddenly vanished a thousand years ago.
Now Nora is leading an expedition into a harsh, remote corner of Utah's canyon country. Searching for her father and his glory, Nora begins to unravel the greatest riddle of American archeology. but what she unearths will be the newest of horrors.
©2000 Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (P)2010 Hachette
"Spellbinding as ever." (Kirkus Reviews)
Really enjoy listening to these books sure am glad I was introduced to Audible. Best dollar I've ever spent.
I enjoyed the book and the story line was good but was left just a little confused on the characters and they're place in the story once or twice. May have been just me but the idea of the story was fun but still have didn't like the narrater by much. I would recommend the book to everyone though and think it's well worth the dime to listen to it.
Aloysius Pendergast isn't in this book. But he might as well be. This has the same atmospherics, and even the same not-quite-supernatural undercurrents, as the Pendergast series -- which means this is wonderful stuff. The story is gripping, thoroughly thought out, perfectly paced; the sort of thing one expects from the Preston-Child duo.
It says much for the authors' skill that though Nora Kelly definitely isn't Pendergast (we catch on well before she does, much of the time), the difference does not detract from this book in the least. The authors are aware of the difference, and use it to the book's advantage. I hope we hear more about Ms. Kelly, whether or not Pendergast is also on board.
Had some trouble with staying interested in all the detail in this book. I usually like these authors but this story drug on a little too long.
I'd say this was a solid story. The plot was plausible, the characters were ok, the reader was talented. I wasn't bored or distracted. Living in the southwest, I enjoyed the small bits of history that were relevant to the Native cultures.
Looking at my reviews, I noticed I was long on negatives and short on positives, so let me say that I really enjoy listening to Scott Brick. Every time I listen to one of his narrations, I feel like I'm on vacation at the beach - probably because that's where I first started listening to Audible books and Scott narrated the first book I listened to. Oh and the book was great too!
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