Review: Old Bones, by Preston and Child

Title: Old Bones (Nora Kelly #1)
Authors: Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
Rating: 5/5 stars

“The first in the groundbreaking Nora Kelly series from #1 bestselling authors Preston & Child blends the legend of the Donner party with a riveting suspense tale, taking the dynamic duo’s work to new heights.

Nora Kelly, a young but successful curator with a series of important excavations already under her belt, is approached by the handsome Historian, Guy Porter, to lead an expedition unlike any other. Guy tells his story–one involving the ill-fated Donner Party, who became permanently lodged in the American consciousness in the winter of 1847, when the first skeletonized survivors of the party stumbled out of the California mountains, replete with tales of courage, resourcefulness, bad luck, murder, barbarism–and, finally, starvation and cannibalism.

Captivated by the Donner Party, Nora agrees and they venture into the Sierra Nevada in search of the camp. Quickly, they learn that the discovery of the missing starvation camp is just the tip of the iceberg–and that the real truth behind those long-dead pioneers is not only far more complex and surprising than they could have imagined…but it is one that puts them both in mortal danger from a very real, present-day threat in which the search for the lost party, and its fabled fortune in gold, are merely means to a horrifying end.” (description from Goodreads)

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I’ve been a fan of Preston and Child’s work for years now. I first found out about the Pendergast series at around book nine, picked them up from the beginning and always look forward for the latest release. While we’re still waiting on the 19th book in that series, the authors decided to start a new series with Old Bones. I’m glad they did.

This new series takes a side character from the Pendergast novels and follows her on an expedition to find and excavate the “lost camp” from the infamous Donnor Party tragedy. Nora Kelly, an archaeologist, is a welcomed character to explore on her own. But what’s better is the other Pendergast series veteran who plays a big role in the book: Corrie Swanson, now an FBI Special Agent. She’s come a long way since being introduced in Still Life with Crows. I’ve been intrigued by her story more and more in recent novels that I’m glad she’s finally getting her time to shine. And she does in Old Bones.

This was a book I couldn’t put down. Like all of Preston and Child’s previous work, this was engaging, descriptive, and a straight up fun adventure. It’s also not just another Pendergast novel with other characters. This could be another great series that has it’s own strengths and memorable storylines. I know there’s a new Pendergast novel set to release early next year, but now I’m eager to get Nora Kelly’s next book!

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You can buy a copy of this book from:

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About the Authors:

Douglas Preston, who worked for several years in the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, is the author of the acclaimed nonfiction works Dinosaurs in the Attic and Cities of Gold, and the novel, Jennie. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Lincoln Child is the co-author, with Douglas Preston, of a number of bestselling thrillers including Relic, Riptide and The Ice Limit. Utopia is Lincoln Child’s first solo novel: he is currently at work on his second. He lives with his wife and daughter in Morristown, New Jersey.

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New Release: Cinder and the Prince of Midnight, by @Susan_Ee

An orphan girl. A dark and twisted kingdom. An ongoing shadow war resulting in enslaved fairies.

This is the world of Cinder. A world where a girl like her can be sold to be human prey for a ritualistic hunt.

But on this night, even the predators might have something to fear. On this night, even a royal prince might find himself trapped by the expectations of the Dark King…and a girl like no other.

Don’t miss this fairy tale thriller by the world-wide bestselling author Susan EE.

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If you’d like to buy a copy of this book, you can find it on:

Amazon

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About the Author:

Susan EE is a world-wide bestselling author. Her books have been translated into twenty-four languages. She’s been a finalist for the Cybils Award, a nominee for the Goodreads Choice Awards, and been part of an anthology that won Canada’s Aurora Award. Her books have been selected by both Amazon US and Amazon UK for the “Best of” books of the year.

Susan loves being a writer because it allows her imagination to bust out and go feral. Besides, she can post photos where she looks like a spy in a fantasy thriller. What other job allows that?

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#NewRelease: Raven’s Peak, by @LincolnJcole

Raven's Peak

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World on Fire Book 1

A quiet little mountain town is hiding a big problem. When the townsfolk of Raven’s Peak start acting crazy, Abigail Dressler is called upon to discover the root of the evil affecting people. She uncovers a demonic threat unlike any she’s ever faced and finds herself in a fight just to stay alive.

Abigail rescues Haatim Arison from a terrifying fate and discovers that he has a family legacy in the supernatural that he knows nothing about. Now she’s forced to protect him, which is easy, but also to trust him if she wants to save the townsfolk of Raven’s Peak. Trust, however, is something hard to have for someone who grew up living on the knife’s edge of danger.

Can they discover the cause of the town’s insanity and put a stop to it before it is too late?

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You can grab a copy of this book from

Amazon

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About the Author:

Lincoln Cole was born and lives in Columbus, Ohio. He is twenty-nine years old and has been writing novels his entire life. He works in the IT industry developing web applications and writing software.

He is married, has a pugamonster named Luther, and enjoys writing in his spare time.  Writing and telling stories keeps him sane. 

He was inspired to start writing by the works of George R.R. Martin, Isaac Asimov, and Stephen King. He is currently working on several titles, including the follow up to Graveyard of Empires as well as three new series.

Growing up, he worked in the horse racing industry with his grandparents for many years and won an award writing a short story for Hoof Beats magazine while in High School. He had since won the Visionary/Inspirational YA award from Literary Classics in 2015.

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#NewRelease: Crimson Shore, by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

Today’s a very special day of the year. Today is the release day of another Pendergast novel from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.

If you don’t know why that’s special, you may not know how much I LOVE this series. This new release, Crimson Shore, is the 15th book featuring Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast and one I’ve been eager to read since finishing Blue Labyrinth last year. The wait is over (even though I’ve had an eARC for a little while and only just yesterday found the time to devour it)! Time to read!

P.S. – I’m a third of the way into the book and loving every page so far. Stay tuned for a review in the near future.

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PENDERGAST SERIES #15

Crimson Shore

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A secret chamber.
A mysterious shipwreck.
A murder in the desolate salt marshes.

A seemingly straightforward private case turns out to be much more complicated-and sinister-than Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast ever could have anticipated.

Pendergast, together with his ward Constance Greene, travels to the quaint seaside village of Exmouth, Massachusetts, to investigate the theft of a priceless wine collection. But inside the wine cellar, they find something considerably more disturbing: a bricked-up niche that once held a crumbling skeleton.

Pendergast and Constance soon learn that Exmouth is a town with a very dark and troubled history, and this skeleton may be only the first hint of an ancient transgression, kept secret all these years. But they will discover that the sins of the past are still very much alive. Local legend holds that during the 1692 witch trials in Salem, the real witches escaped, fleeing north to Exmouth and settling deep in the surrounding salt marshes, where they continued to practice their wicked arts.

Then, a murdered corpse turns up in the marshes. The only clue is a series of mysterious carvings. Could these demonic symbols bear some relation to the ancient witches’ colony, long believed to be abandoned?

A terrible evil lurks beneath the surface of this sleepy seaside town-one with deep roots in Exmouth’s grim history. And it may be that Constance, with her own troubled past, is the only one who truly comprehends the awful danger that she, Pendergast, and the residents of Exmouth must face . . .

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If you’d like a copy of Blue Labyrinth, you can grab one from:

Amazon | B&N | Kobo

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About the Authors:

Douglas Preston, who worked for several years in the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, is the author of the acclaimed nonfiction works Dinosaurs in the Attic and Cities of Gold, and the novel, Jennie. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Lincoln Child is the co-author, with Douglas Preston, of a number of bestselling thrillers including Relic, Riptide and The Ice Limit. Utopia is Lincoln Child’s first solo novel: he is currently at work on his second. He lives with his wife and daughter in Morristown, New Jersey.

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#CoverReveal: Clear, by @JessicaPark24

What’s this? A cover reveal for a Jessica Park book? Yes, that’s right! I’m pleased to announce that one of my favorite authors has a new book coming out. You know that I’ve loved the Flat-Out series, as well as Left Drowning. This time around Park will be bringing readers a paranormal romance. This is new territory for Park, at least to my knowledge of her work, and I can’t be more excited for the February release.

Clear

Release date: February 17, 2015

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Stella Ford’s grasp on reality is already loose, and it’s about to come undone.

When the college junior flees Chicago and leaves her toxic family behind, she heads for coastal Maine to find the one person who brought her peace years ago: Sam Bishop. But the Sam she once knew now has painful secrets.  

Stella is determined to heal them both. Healing, however, is a challenge when the walls of her everyday existence collapse. And when Sam’s best friend is his worst enemy.

When the line between life and death blurs.

When an end is just a beginning.

When lust and rage rule.

Yet during extraordinary chaos, there can be extraordinary love, even if that love comes with a twist.

Welcome to death tripping.

A thriller, a paranormal, and a passionate romance, CLEAR crosses genres and breaks boundaries.

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This book won’t be released for a few weeks, but Jessica Park has other books out that you can take a look at. They’ve been some of my favorite books. If you’re interested, you can find out more from my reviews of:

Flat-Out Love | Flat-Out Matt | Flat-Out Celeste

Left Drowning

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About the Author:

jessicaparkJessica is the author of LEFT DROWNING, the New York Times bestselling FLAT-OUT LOVE (and the companion piece FLAT-OUT MATT), and RELATIVELY FAMOUS. She lives in New Hampshire where she spends an obscene amount time thinking about rocker boys and their guitars, complex caffeinated beverages, and tropical vacations. On the rare occasions that she is able to focus on other things, she writes.

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#NewRelease: Blue Labyrinth, by Preston & Child

You may have seen my review of Blue Labyrinth earlier in the month. And by now you can gather that I’m a long-time fan of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child’s work. That’s why it’s my pleasure to announce that Blue Labyrinth, the fourteenth and newest novel in the Pendergast series, has been released today! This is one of my favorites in the series so far and I can only seen even greater books being written from this duo of authors in the future. The series doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.

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PENDERGAST SERIES #14

Blue Labyrinth

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Special Agent Pendergast-one of the most original, compelling characters in all of contemporary fiction-returns in Preston and Child’s new exhilarating novel

BLUE LABYRINTH

A long-buried family secret has come back to haunt Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast.

It begins with murder. One of Pendergast’s most implacable, most feared enemies is found on his doorstep, dead. Pendergast has no idea who is responsible for the killing, or why the body was brought to his home. The mystery has all the hallmarks of the perfect crime, save for an enigmatic clue: a piece of turquoise lodged in the stomach of the deceased.

The gem leads Pendergast to an abandoned mine on the shore of California’s Salton Sea, which in turn propels him on a journey of discovery deep into his own family’s sinister past. But Pendergast learns there is more at work than a ghastly episode of family history: he is being stalked by a subtle killer bent on vengeance over an ancient transgression. And he soon becomes caught in a wickedly clever plot, which leaves him stricken in mind and body, and propels him toward a reckoning beyond anything he could ever have imagined….

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If you’d like a copy of Blue Labyrinth, you can grab one from:

Amazon | B&N | Kobo

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About the Authors:

Douglas Preston, who worked for several years in the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, is the author of the acclaimed nonfiction works Dinosaurs in the Attic and Cities of Gold, and the novel, Jennie. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Lincoln Child is the co-author, with Douglas Preston, of a number of bestselling thrillers including Relic, Riptide and The Ice Limit. Utopia is Lincoln Child’s first solo novel: he is currently at work on his second. He lives with his wife and daughter in Morristown, New Jersey.

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#Review: Blue Labyrinth, by Preston & Child

Blue LabyrinthTitle: Blue Labyrinth (Pendergast #14)
Authors: Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
Rating: 5/5 stars

A long-buried family secret has come back to haunt Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast.

It begins with murder. One of Pendergast’s most implacable, most feared enemies is found on his doorstep, dead. Pendergast has no idea who is responsible for the killing, or why the body was brought to his home. The mystery has all the hallmarks of the perfect crime, save for an enigmatic clue: a piece of turquoise lodged in the stomach of the deceased.

The gem leads Pendergast to an abandoned mine on the shore of California’s Salton Sea, which in turn propels him on a journey of discovery deep into his own family’s sinister past. But Pendergast learns there is more at work than a ghastly episode of family history: he is being stalked by a subtle killer bent on vengeance over an ancient transgression. And he soon becomes caught in a wickedly clever plot, which leaves him stricken in mind and body, and propels him toward a reckoning beyond anything he could ever have imagined….” (description from Goodreads)

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Blue Labyrinth is the fourteenth book in Preston & Child’s Pendergast series. It seems that with each new book, the authors write an even better and more intense story. I haven’t been so involved with a series before and I don’t see myself walking away from Special Agent Pendergast’s life anytime soon. The complexities of his character and family history, while being slowly revealed to the reader over time, never cease to grow more mysterious and intriguing.

The authors waste not time getting into the action with this book. Right from the beginning the reader is thrown into Pendergast’s next case. And for the next couple of hundred pages, the story unfolds with little downtime.

For long-time fans, this book is going to be an emotional ride, as well. Pendergast is at his most vulnerable in Blue Labyrinth. A feeling of uncertainty about the story’s outcome gripped me until the very last page.

Another thing I enjoyed about Blue Labyrinth was that Constance was able to show how formidable of person she is. She’s been slowly getting more and more involved in the storyline with each book, but I feel as if she’s really stepped out of the shadows here. We also see much of Margo Green and D’Agosta. These books wouldn’t be complete without those two veteran characters.

It’s so hard not to dive deep into the story and describe what made this another Preston & Child masterpiece without ruining all the twists and shocking moments for potential readers, so I won’t. Just know that this novel is one of the best yet. It’s a big change from the norm for the series but also such a fitting storyline. I don’t know what these two authors have in store for readers next time, if there is a next time, but I already want to get in line for it.

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You can pre-order a copy of this book from:

Amazon | B&N | Kobo

(Please note that this book released on November 11th. The Amazon pre-order for Kindle isn’t available and the physical copy is also “unavailable” as this is a book published by an imprint of Hachette. But upon its release, all formats should be for sale. I’ll double check links at that time.)

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About the Authors:

Douglas Preston, who worked for several years in the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, is the author of the acclaimed nonfiction works Dinosaurs in the Attic and Cities of Gold, and the novel, Jennie. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Lincoln Child is the co-author, with Douglas Preston, of a number of bestselling thrillers including Relic, Riptide and The Ice Limit. Utopia is Lincoln Child’s first solo novel: he is currently at work on his second. He lives with his wife and daughter in Morristown, New Jersey.

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