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Old Bones (Nora Kelly, 1) by Douglas Preston
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Old Bones (Nora Kelly, 1) (edition 2019)

by Douglas Preston (Author), Lincoln Child (Author)

Series: Nora Kelly (1)

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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.… (more)
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Title:Old Bones (Nora Kelly, 1)
Authors:Douglas Preston (Author)
Other authors:Lincoln Child (Author)
Info:Grand Central Publishing (2019), Edition: First Edition, 384 pages
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Good thriller with characters from the Pendergast universe.

In this story, an archaeologist Nora Kelly leads an expedition to study the Lost Camp from the Donner Party. The Donner Party was lost in the Sierra Mountains during a blizzard and resorted to cannibalism to survive.

Parallel to the archaeology story, newly minted FBI agent Corrine Swanson is pursuing her first real case. There have been a series of grave robberies around the world - with at least one homicide and one suspected kidnapping related to these events. The only common thread - the graves all belong to members of the same family.

The two storied come together in a dramatic fashion and lead the reader on a wonderful whodunnit mystery.

Both Nora Kelly and Corrine Swanson were introduced in earlier Pendegast books, but this book absolutely stands on it's own without having read any of the Pendegast series. And I just learned that book 2 in this series will be released in 2021! ( )
  sriddell | Aug 6, 2022 |
Old Bones is the first book in the new (2019) fiction series featuring archaeologist Nora Kelly, written by the famed mystery / thriller duo Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. After reading and loving Preston‘s “The Lost City of the Monkey God” earlier this year, I wanted to try out one of his fiction books.

I was not disappointed. This story is a fictionalized account of a lost camp of the infamous Donner Party, westward migrants who became stranded in the high Sierras of northern California in 1846-1847 and who resorted to cannibalism to stay alive, and a fictional legend of a stolen and since lost treasure of gold coins.

It’s a low-grade Indiana Jones meets Dan Brown adventure, perfect for an armchair history of discovery nerd like me. While the story is a page-turner, I especially appreciated the detours that explained some of the wonkier technical aspects of archaeology digs, anthropological DNA analysis, and how archaeology institutes function.

I found this book in a used bookstore in Fullerton, California that my wife and I visited over the Fourth of July weekend while in town to celebrate a family member‘s wedding. ( )
  Valparaiso45 | Jul 27, 2022 |
I came away thinking that this might be the beginnings of a new investigative team of a forensic archaeologist and an FBI Special Agent,

Based on a true story from 1846, this made engaging reading as an archaeological team looks for a "lost camp" of some pioneers crossing the Sierra Nevada. They became lost, and the story ended tragically with starvation and cannibalism. There were tales also of a huge cache of gold dollars buried somewhere near the site.

Recommended reading.

It is probably decades since I have read a book by either of these authors. ( )
  smik | Apr 13, 2022 |
Archaeologist Nora Kelly joins a perilous search for the Lost Camp of the Donner Party. ( )
  jrthebutler | Feb 20, 2022 |
The start of a new series by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, starring Nora Kelly, the archaeologist who assisted Agent Pendergast in five novels. Nora is asked by historian Clive Benton to help search for a lost camp of the tragic Donner Party (a true story of murder, starvation, cannibalism, survival, and hidden treasure). Nora's boss and the Institute are interested in part because of sharing in the potential recovery of a fortune in gold coins. Meanwhile, Corrie Swanson, now a junior FBI agent sponsored by Pendergast is investigating a murder/grave robbery on federal land, which she cleverly ties to several other desecrations/disappearances with the same last name. The stories become intertwined. For me, this lacked a compelling element, except for the last minute appearance of Pendergast, helping the two newbies discover the reason their dig and investigation were related. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
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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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