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)
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!
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..
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