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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"Spellbinding as ever." ( Kirkus Reviews)

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great story

Loved the story. The narrator sounds like he is going to cry with every word, or, like he is exhausted and can't get out another word...

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Meep
  • Seattle
  • 04-16-18

Giving up on Preston Child

These authors are good at spinning an engrossing story. I listend to a couple of thier works some years ago, and finished them both, but their actual writing is no better than average, and they invariably, apparently, have to do something dreadful to any animal this is unfortunate enough to wander across the landscape. They simply can not build atmosphere or explore the often fascinating ideas that they have without savaging some innocent creatures along the way. Many people do not care about this, but for those of us that do, it's a deal breaker, and this is my last time trying to get along with Mr. Preston and Mr. Child.

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So Scary...

Really good, scary story...however, almost too much detail about pottery and Anasazi disappearance musings—still, couldn’t put it down!
Note: the character of Bill the reporter is in other Child/Preston books and makes a nice addition to plot.

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pretty good read, not the best but entertaining

pretty good read, not the best but entertaining. nora is not great. I prefer the reporter

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  • Elaine
  • Sumas, WA, United States
  • 03-06-18

Read this! If you like Preston and Childs.

good appealing characters, A memorable landscape. great native Indian history. Original. Full of unrelenting Terror!!

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Another great book!

My first deviation from the Pendergast series and I was not disappointed. Great story from the authors and performance from Scott Brick. If you are a Prendergast fan, then definitely give this book a try.

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Many horses die in this novel - see comments

What made the experience of listening to Thunderhead the most enjoyable?

It held my attention and kept me in suspense, the descriptions of the desert environment were authentic and the characters had distinct personalities.

Scott Brick truly brought this book to life, he is the main reason I chose this book, and his voice(s) carried me past the horror and mesmerized me through to the end.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Old Indian on the unshod horse, because he was the only character with true horse-sense/wisdom and humility.

Which scene was your favorite?

Meeting the Old Indian

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When the Old Indian told " the rest of the story " near the end of the book.

Any additional comments?

Had I known that so many horses would die (due to human greed/ambition/stupidity) I wouldn't have bought this book. So hopefully this comment will serve as a warning to sensitive Horse lovers who wish to avoid graphic descriptions of their deaths. Human deaths are also quite shocking and gory in this book as well. I will read a lot of reviews before selecting another book by these authors, as I like their styles (based on this - my first book by them), but wish to avoid so much animal death.

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Good read

really exciting performance. loved the story about Nora Kelly from the Pendergast series. really liked it!

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Narrator

It was all I could do to keep listening to his voice. He just drowns on.

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Great Mystery Thriller

Terrific writing, character development and plot. Addictive! Great story. Could not stop listening. All positive.