Old Bones

August 31, 2019 - Comment

The #1 NYT bestselling authors Preston & Child bring the true story of the ill-fated Donner Party to new life in this thrilling novel of archaeology, history, murder, and suspense.Nora Kelly, a young curator at the Santa Fe Institute of Archaeology, is approached by historian Clive Benton with a once-in-a-lifetime proposal: to lead a team

The #1 NYT bestselling authors Preston & Child bring the true story of the ill-fated Donner Party to new life in this thrilling novel of archaeology, history, murder, and suspense.
Nora Kelly, a young curator at the Santa Fe Institute of Archaeology, is approached by historian Clive Benton with a once-in-a-lifetime proposal: to lead a team in search of the so-called “Lost Camp” of the tragic Donner Party. This was a group of pioneers who earned a terrible place in American history when they became snow-bound in the California mountains in 1847, their fate unknown until the first skeletonized survivors stumbled out of the wilderness, raving about starvation, murder-and cannibalism.

Benton tells Kelly he has stumbled upon an amazing find: the long-sought diary of one of the victims, which has an enigmatic description of the Lost Camp. Nora agrees to lead an expedition to locate and excavate it-to reveal its long-buried secrets.

Once in the mountains, however, they learn that discovering the camp is only the first step in a mounting journey of fear. For as they uncover old bones, they expose the real truth of what happened, one that is far more shocking and bizarre than mere cannibalism. And when those ancient horrors lead to present-day violence on a grand scale, rookie FBI agent Corrie Swanson is assigned the case…only to find that her first investigation might very well be her last.

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Anonymous says:

Great Start to a New Series This is the first book in a new series which features Nora Kelly, an archeologist who has previously appeared in Preston and Child’s Pendergast novels. Initially, I wondered if she was strong enough to carry a book on her own. Yes, there is room for improvement, but Nora fared fairly well her first time out. P&C gave her a fantastic plot—searching for “the lost camp” of the Donner Party. Yeah, those Donners.Nora pairs up with a historian who claims to have found a journal belonging…

Anonymous says:

Obvious killer again spoiler slightly. If you skip you know the killer from chapter 5 onwards….It’s quite good. Like always there is no logic to the time line of these books,.SPIILERSort of I’m doing 3 not 4 because I thought I would have a book with no Constance…nearly made it. Sooooo close and poof she’s mentioned. Donner party intrigue, check. Nora Kelly kickin butt, check. Corrie trying not to get in trouble, check. Weird series of events, check…

Anonymous says:

A welcome return to form I’m happy to say they’ve left the Pendergast muddle for the time being and gone back to telling a pretty decent spooky story. I was happy with the pacing here; it tells you what you need to know, then moves on to the next part of the story, whoever is telling it. And it’s a pretty convincing tale – I actually had to look it up and see if there was such a thing as the Lost Camp (there isn’t). I read it in one sitting, more or less, and I was not bored. Pendergast makes a cameo at the end, but…

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