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La ciudad sagrada (original 1999; edition 2003)

by Douglas J. Preston, Lincoln Child, Ana Alcaina (Translator)

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Title:La ciudad sagrada
Authors:Douglas J. Preston
Other authors:Lincoln Child, Ana Alcaina (Translator)
Info:Barcelona : Debolsillo, 2003
Collections:Leídos, Read but unowned
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Exciting archeological adventure in the Utah desert. A different take on the search for the Lost City of Gold. ( )
  busyreadin | Jun 24, 2014 |
Another great story by Preston & Child! ( )
  Robert.Louis.Caldwel | Jan 26, 2014 |
This book had me rolling my eyes at first. When a young woman is attacked by men dressed as animals at a vacant ranch house, she doesn't call the police, or ask questions, or follow up in any way. Then when she discovers her home has been broken into, AND HER DOG IS MISSING, she doesn't call the police, or ask questions, or follow up in any way. Nope, doesn't even look for the dog beyond calling her brother to ask "is the dog with you?". But upon finding a letter that hints at a possible "lost city", she gets a logistical-nightmare of an archaelogical expedition funded, populated, coordinated and moving in just a few weeks. So yeah, eye roll.

Add another eyeroll for the only women in this book being young, beautiful, smart, and incredibly accomplished. And prone to cat-fights.

But I was soon swept up in the fast-paced drama and thrill of the expedition. It was great fun. And I may even read another by this author. ( )
  SugarCreekRanch | Nov 3, 2013 |
Nora Kelly, an archaeologist, wants to follow in her father's footsteps to find the ancient city of Quivira after being attacked by Skinwalkers at her childhood ranch outside of Santa Fe. No one knows the city's location, but a letter she found after the attack and some high-tech mapping from a satellite provide her with enough data to go in search of the city. Her team is an odd mix of people, including her boss' daughter, archaeologists with more experience than she has, a cook, a medicine man, technologists, a journalist, and a man to handle the horses. They know they must get our of the canyon before the floods set in so they must work quickly. Each person has his or her own agenda, and they are in danger from the skinwalkers. It's an archaeological thriller. I listened to the audio version, and the reader did a good job. This is a bit outside my normal genre of books, but it was an interesting setting and plot. It is a bit frightening in places. There's even a bit of romance for those who enjoy that element, although the very nature of the book makes that element take a back seat to everything else. ( )
  thornton37814 | Jul 31, 2013 |
Nora Kelly is a young archaeologist in New Mexico. On a trip to her family's abandoned ranch, she is attacked by some weird men/animals. She also finds a recently-mailed letter from her father, who disappeared into wild canyon country 16 years earlier. He claims to have made the archaeological discovery of a lifetime. Nora, of course, can't resist searching for the discovery that claimed her father, so she mounts an expedition. But someone doesn't want her to find it...

This was just fun. I ripped through it in a couple of days, barely tearing my eyes away. Maybe the characterization wasn't great, but the plot was fast-paced, suspenseful, and highly enjoyable. I did enjoy the strong female characters though. Overall, this is a fun, smart, fairly easy read. I'll look for more books from this duo. ( )
  JG_IntrovertedReader | Apr 3, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0446608378, Mass Market Paperback)

Nora Kelly, a young archaeologist in Santa Fe, receives a letter written sixteen 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 t unravel the greatest riddle of American archeology. but what she unearths will be the newest of horrors...

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The bestselling authors of "The Relic" deliver a "highly readable tale of adventure and long-ago crimes" ("Dallas Morning News"). An archeologist goes in search of the fabled Lost City of Gold, an expedition her father had begun 16 years earlier before he mysteriously vanished in southeast Utah.… (more)

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