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Thunderhead by Douglas Preston
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Archeologist Nora Kelly leads an expedition to Utah in search of Quivira, the fabled Indian City of Gold. With the aid of satellite photos the group retraces her missing father's footsteps and runs into monsters.



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This book was very exciting and interesting from start to finish. The characters were very compelling and believable. [SPOILER ALERT] In particular, Sloane's actions were so despicable, I wanted to reach through the pages and throttle her! [END SPOILER]

If have any interest in archaeology, Native American cultures, or just a good thriller you will enjoy this story. ( )
  LostInReverie | Aug 6, 2017 |
3.5 stars

Nora is an archaeologist, as was her father. Her father disappeared when she was younger, on a quest to find the lost city of Quivira. When - years later - Nora receives a letter from him, outlining where the city is, Nora must find it, despite some weird things happening at home.

I liked it. I liked the archaeological stuff and the exploration, and it did get better in the second half of the book. It was a much faster pace towards the end. ( )
  LibraryCin | Mar 27, 2016 |
One of my favorite places to read about is the American southwest. Thunderhead takes place in the remote canyons there. Archaeologists are seeking the lost city of Quivera, a city sought by Coronado, and rumored to be filled with gold.

The tale is full of native lore, archaeological tidbits, and southwestern scenery. Nora Kelly's team sets out to find a mythical (although they hope it isn't) Anasazi city. Soon they are beset by troubles brought on within and without. I could wish I had more affection for Nora the leader, but she never took on the shape of a real person for me. Nor did the others. The best I can say is that they were players on a stage, and the show was fun to watch. ( )
  MrsLee | Feb 13, 2016 |
One of the few books that you both enjoy and learn something new, a trademark of Preston and Child novels. ( )
  oel_3 | Jan 17, 2016 |
Nora Kelly is a young archaeologist and an associate professor at a prestigious museum in Santa Fe. She lives a pretty boring life, split between work, checking in on her out of work brother Skip, and looking after the ranch left to her and skip after he died. At least they think he's dead; he disappeared after an expedition into the middle of Utah canyon country. Lately, however a series of events have made her question everything she thought she knew. Why was she attacked late one night while checking in on the ranch and what does the sixteen year old letter she discovered in the mailbox have to do with it? Her life is about to change drastically, sending her on an expedition to find Coronado's City of Gold and involve in her in fight for her life against forces both human and supernatural.

This was a pretty typical thriller. The story was fast-paced once you got past the character introduction and plot setting. Despite the length, over 500 pages, I completed it in a day and a half. The characters were well-defined. I think that anyone who enjoys a thrillers in the vein of Dan Brown and James Rollins will find this a good addition to their library. ( )
  Mootastic1 | Jan 15, 2016 |
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