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Voyage fatal (Temperance Brennan #4)

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When a plane crashes high in the mountains of North Carolina, Dr. Temperence Brennan is first on the scene. As a forensic anthropologist for the state, she serves on the disaster response team. The task that cofronts her is a sad and sickening one.

A chance discovery concerns Tempe: a severed foor, away from the main crash site. A deserted house is buried so deep in the wo
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Mass Market Paperback, 501 pages
Published April 8th 2004 by Presses Pocket French (first published 2001)
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Jon
My husband is a fan of the television show "Bones" and I inevitably end up watching the series with him. I occasionally roll my eyes at the unlikely social ineptitude and maturity level of these "scientists" but it's fun to watch. Oddly, my least favorite character is Temperance Brennan, while my favorite is Boothe. Go figure. :)

Back in November, with the prospect of a ten hour road trip to Texas looming over me, I dashed to the library in the lobby of my employer's building and was reduced to b
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Lisa
Nov 18, 2015 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-good-books
This was not one of her better books got really bored with this one
Gina
Apr 24, 2008 Gina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, thriller
This series just keeps getting better and better. Reichs truly knows how to write a novel that keeps you trapped and glued to each page. Tempe is a very down-to-earth character that is relentless at finding out what happened. You literally feel all her emotions. No matter how bad things seem, no matter how much it looks like anyone would give up, Tempe clamps down as hard as a pitbull's jaws and doesn't let go. And even though no one can figure out how Tempe "gets herself into these situations", ...more
Andrew
Feb 19, 2015 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay I will admit that I am a nightmare for reading books out of sequence- its not something I go out actively looking to do but its just something I have a natural talent for, well this book is no different so it would seem, but I didn't plan it this way, honest.

Well the book itself was picked up at random and even though I have followed the TV series (which I know has diverged from the world in the books considerably) and that there are numerous books before and after it - I decided to give it
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Erin
Jun 02, 2012 Erin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Eh. The story was interesting, but I had trouble really getting into it. Everything started out with such promise — the opening few chapters drew me in quick; unfortunately, as the pages turned, I grew less and less interested. Partially, I guess, because I didn't really understand Dr. Tempe Brennan, the main character, and partially because Kathy Reich's writing style was too clipped and analytical for my tastes.

Everything's told from the first person (Tempe's) point of view, but she's such a d
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Katie
May 27, 2015 Katie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
It's Dr. Brennan vs. the airplane crash! Once again we get to meet an old acquaintance for the first & last time. When the woman's friends aren't in mortal danger, you can bet your booty that Brennan is. You'd think that perhaps she'd take to carrying a gun. We also get another encore of the needlessly-complex-fraught-ridden relationship she has w/ Detective Ryan. I'm starting to wonder if she's going through early menopause.

All fun ranting aside, let's get to one of my more serious gripes.
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Bev Mccoy
Dec 03, 2013 Bev Mccoy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have read other books by Kathy Reichs and enjoyed them. This one, however, I did not. It has two main flaws - 1) the plot is just too complicated. Too many names and tiny details to remember. After awhile, I didn't care. 2) Time after time the running dialogue of single sentences spoken between two characters is written in such a way that you can't tell who is saying what. I actually had to go back several times and count him, her, him, her, etc. before I could tell which character was speakin ...more
Charles
Kathy Reichs's 'Fatal Voyage', while intermittently suffering from the common flaws of implausibility and 'jargonese', is still an engrossing thriller. It just begs to prove to its the reader all the passion and research of not just its protagonist, Dr Temperance Brennan, but of its charming author, Dr Kathy Reichs, as well.

One aspect have stood out from my reading of 'Fatal Voyage' from all the others. The similarities that exist between the book's protagonist and its author is what really rec
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Rhonda
Dec 04, 2013 Rhonda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I keep picking up this series because I like the show "Bones." Sadly I would say the show is nothing like the books. They are completely different. Makes me wonder if Kathy Reichs had anything to say about how the show went. They basically took Brennan's name and occupation and made a completely different personality to go with what they wanted. There are so many things different you just may as well say it is a separate series altogether.

I liked the book however I did have a few issues. Brennan
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Kim Hathorn
Three and a half stars, actually. The novel moved at a really fast clip. The dialogue was fast, crisp and short in form meaning without prolonged diatribes from whoever was speaking. But there was still a slight caveat in that during conversations between two people (Ryan and Tempe, for example) it was not always clear to me who was specifically speaking. I appreciated all of the forensic and technical details and found them interesting as this is the first of Kathy Reichs' novels I've read, and ...more
Amy
Jun 10, 2011 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
A blurb on the back of this book says "Reminiscent of Patricia Cornwell at the top of her game." Well, they got that right, I guess. In this book, Temperance Brennan seems like a Kay Scarpetta who has traveled forward in time about 15 years. In place of a grown niece, she has a grown daughter. Her personal relationships are falling to pieces around her. And she is a highly respected workaholic at the top of her field, with international connections and a world that is just bigger and more import ...more
Catten
Dec 04, 2008 Catten rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tempe is back, this time investigating an airplane crash. I have to confess that I took particular creepy delight in reading Reichs’ fourth book while waiting for my flight to Las Vegas the week after 9/11.

The book opens with a somewhat confusing description of bodies scattered through a forest. At first I thought it was a dream sequence of some sort, it was so weird. Then the situation became clearer and we find forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan on the horrific scene of a downed plane. Part
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Keilani Ludlow
If you like the Bones tv series, this is nothing like it. Ok, so the tv series is based off of this author's books, but Temperance Brennen is nothing in the book like she is on the show. However that being said, while I'm a huge fan of the show, I also like the books. Basically, you have the anthropologist figuring out who the body is and who dun it, and throw in a little of her personal life and drama. They are engaging and enjoyable. Warning - she has no issue with swear words. This one actual ...more
Nic
Feb 28, 2015 Nic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Examining a plane crash in North Carolina's Smoky Mountains may lead to the loss of Tempe's career and credibility. It all starts with the finding of a human foot that doesn't belong to any of the passengers on the doomed aircraft. She is accused of unprofessional behaviour and ordered off the scene. It seems she's getting too close for comfort but too close to what?

Andrew Ryan is back, no longer under a cloud. His partner was supposed to have been on the flight accompanying a extradited prisone
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Sara
This is the fourth book in the Temperance Brennen series and it was predictable (as I expected) but still entertaining enough to spend a weekend flipping through the pages. The details of the plane crash were interesting. Brennan, of course, got herself into the same scrapes as always but she always makes it out alive - her body and career intact.
Lemniscat
Jul 13, 2015 Lemniscat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The series have improved so much since the first book! I was surprised at how attached-and-not-willing-to-put-the-book-down I was. Absolutely exciting and pageturning. So good - as ever I am a huge fan of all the historical references.
L
Feb 28, 2015 L rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Reichs is good. Just really, really good. This tale of working a commercial airline disaster, mixed with no one knows what, is well plotted and filled with real flesh & blood characters. Brennan's insistence on following through on something that doesn't make any sense gets her thrown off the airline case and threatens her professional reputation--her entire career, actually. Since this is an early entry in a long series, it really isn't a spoiler to let you know that she figures out what is ...more
Tanja
Dec 02, 2015 Tanja rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015, review
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Zusammenfassung:

Es ist ein Massaker, das sich Dr. Temperance Brennan bietet, als sie als eine der ersten an der Unglücksstelle eintrifft. Eine Passagiermaschine mit mehr als achtzig Menschen an Bord ist in den Bergen von North Carolina abgestürzt. Ein Anschlag? Oder doch ein Unglücksfall? Als Mitglied des zuständigen Notfallteams macht sich Tempe an die Bergung und Identifikation der Überreste - denn über
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Jlaurenmc
Jun 09, 2010 Jlaurenmc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Kathy Reichs is keeping me up nights. Initially, that was because I couldn't bear to put down her fourth novel, Fatal Voyage. Now it's the subject matter of the book (well, that or the medicine I've been taking for a cold that I just can't seem to shake). Either way, I'm up late tossing and turning and thinking about the novel I just finished. And haunting is an accurate word for this particular book.

Riechs is well-known as the creator of the Fox television series Bones. The show is loosely base
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Book Concierge
3.5***

I have been fascinated by forensic pathology since I was in about 7th grade and read a biography of a famous French pathologist (whose name I cannot recall now). So I really want to like this series, and, basically, I do.

Dr Temperance Brennan, PhD (Tempe) is a forensic anthropologist tasked with examining remains … sometimes ancient, sometimes crime-related, sometimes just an old animal bone found by an excited hunter. This book opens with a plane crash in the mountains of Eastern Tenness
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David
Nov 17, 2011 David rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A good mystery is enhanced by having great characters. This book does indeed have a great, interesting and well-drawn character. It is a chow dog named Boyd. Unfortunately, pretty much all of the other characters fall short. And that is just scratching the surface of a very scattered, disappointing and worst yet, boring book by Kathy Reichs.

Reichs is a very frustrating author to read, because she shows great promise in many different areas, but she is never really able to put all elements of a g
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Emily
Apr 04, 2011 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although still relying on several outlandish coincidences, Reichs has managed to keep her heroine from dashing headlong into obviously dangerous situations in this novel, for which I am quite grateful. Tempe is assigned to investigate a plane crash in Appalachia on which Jean Bertrand, Andrew Ryan's former partner just happens to be a passenger. But that, although the title significance would have you believe differently, is not the major mystery of this tale. Tempe finds a foot that may not bel ...more
This Is Not The Michael You're Looking For
In Fatal Voyage, Kathy Reichs is starting to hit her stride as a writer. I personally found it to be better than any of the previous Temperance Brennan books. While the basic mystery/story may be no better (or worse) than the previous books (the story of this book revolves around a plane crash), the writing is quite a bit improved. Four things in particular jumped out at me, although I'm sure there were others. All of them fall into a broad category of toning down extremes in the writing.

The fir
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Emma
Jan 14, 2016 Emma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the book. A compelling mystery, interesting characters. The relationships developed between those involved in the case, especially Temperance and Sherrif Crowe, was especially enthralling to read.

I am annoyed that I had to spend the last 5 chapters worrying about the fate of the dog.
(but, spoilers, he does not die.)
Jen
I'm reading this series in order, and I have to say, this one is the best by far. The scenarios where Dr. Brennan goes off half-cocked into some ridiculously dangerous situation by herself without telling anyone were cut down to a minimum, which was a good thing. Plus the forensic anthropology is always fascinating to me. However, not something to read while you're eating. For example, this bit of dialogue:

"I also found that all fatty acid values are highest just after maggot migration."
"When la
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Jessica
Oct 19, 2012 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


If the show Bones brought you to these books please be aware the only similarities between the show and the books is that the main character's name is Temperance Brennan and she is a forensic anthropologist. I love the show and was disappointed at first that there weren't more tie ins. However, once I got over that I was addicted to the series. This Tempe is older has a daughter and is not as socially awkward as Bones. The author does a great job building the suspense. The narrators accents and
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Curlyhair
Nov 18, 2015 Curlyhair rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
4th in the series and another great read.
Ed
#4 in the Tempe Brennan series.

Tempe Brennan series - Tempe takes on an especially gruesome case in a richly plotted tale about an airline crash, missing body parts and cannibalism. The story opens in the rugged backwoods of North Carolina, where Tempe must identify the dead from the remains of a passenger jet that spiraled straight into the ground. While rummaging through the grisly debris, she comes across a foot that doesn't appear to match any of the 88 dead people aboard the jet. As investi
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Lintsu
Jan 30, 2016 Lintsu rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, read-2016
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Aaron
Jun 08, 2015 Aaron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Temerance Brennan's fourth mystery starts off with a plane crash in the North Carolina section of the Appalachian Mountains. Tempe is called to the area as part of a quick-response investigative team that is often called in to deal with disaster's such as this. The plane was from a small airline providing commuter flights, though it seemed to be mostly filled with student athletes, coaches, and friends from the University of Georgia.

As an interesting surprise, Tempe learns that Detective Ryan ha
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Kathy Reichs is a forensic anthropologist for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, State of North Carolina, and for the Laboratoire des Sciences Judiciaires et de Médecine Légale for the province of Quebec. She is one of only fifty forensic anthropologists certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology and is on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. A ...more
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