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)
This was a wonderful book that started a little slow, but was full of twists and turns and the unexpected. An action packed page turner. I could not put this one down until the end. I moved from the CD in one car to my iphone in the hotel room until it was complete.
This book follows an archaeological research team leader as she sets out to discover what her father may have died trying to discover: the famed City of Gold. It is basically divided into three parts: 1) the inspiration to make the journey; 2) the journey itself; and 3) inside the city.
The first two parts are of moderate importance to the story, but they could have been written much more briefly. Part 1, the inspiration, brings the story together opening to closing. Part 2, the journey, was important in showing that ((**SPOILER ALERT** it would have been impossible or nearly so to return once the problems started)). However, they both probably should have been shortened, while keeping the highlights or the crucial scenes.
The third part is what the readers came to see. And it is great. The author keeps the readers guessing as to whether or not any supernatural influences are present, and I won't reveal the answer.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this book. My disclaimer would only be that if you feel bored during the first half, it's still worth it to read to the end.
Once again a grate book from Preston / Child, its my 4. and once again it keeps me in suspense
from start to finish..
If its grate art ??
I don't know, but its good value for money, and a book i enjoyed much listening to..
A suspenseful tale of the past meeting the present with just enough twist to keep it interesting. I have never read a bad book by theses authors.
Perhaps if you are new to the Preston/Child series, you will find this book to be more interesting but since I have listened to most of their collaborations, I had the story line figured out pretty early on. I did not have all the specifics sorted out but no one could have as they held back the pertinent info to be able to do so. It was cool to see how Nora and Bill got together but the other characters were a little too pat as was the way the story was all neatly wrapped up. Not at the top of my recommendation list but not a terrible book.
I work for a Medical Company and I'm supposed to be using my knowledge and influence to help patients and doctors alike with conditions such as PAD, Venous insufficiency, DVT, etc. However this book was so fantastic, so intriguing, so filled with history, ancient facts, nail biting excitement...that I sometimes delayed meetings so that I could find out what was happening next!
Would highly recommend this book, and anything by Preston and Child alike!
Unlike other books by D. Preston this book is boring, full of uninteresting details and descriptions. The characters are sometimes behave unrealistic, especially the main one and the end is very predictable. Unfortunately I can't recommend this book.
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