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Voyage fatal (Temperance Brennan #4)

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  29,090 ratings  ·  629 reviews
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
Mass Market Paperback, 501 pages
Published April 8th 2004 by Presses Pocket French (first published 2001)
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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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.

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
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
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
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

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
Bev Mccoy
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
aPriL eVoLvEs (ex-Groot)
“I have testified before the United Nations Tribunal on Genocide in Rwanda, and I have spent time in a mass grave in the Guatemalan highlands.”

“Like Tempe, I serve on DMORT, a governmental disaster response team. In that capacity, I traveled to New York City to help with the World Trade Center recovery effort. Even as a professional familiar with bereavement and loss, I was unprepared for the emotional impact of that experience. At times I felt crushed by the scale of devastation. At times, ove
A plane bound for Washington DC has gone down in the mountains of North Carolina - with 88 souls on board, everyone with law enforcement, a coroner's office or local medical examiners are called to the scene. Knowing that Tempe is in the area, the state medical examiner orders her on scene as soon as possible. This is a tough one; many of the passengers were young college students. With bodies and body parts everywhere identification is difficult and requires cooperation between many experts. Wh ...more
Another brilliant adventure from Dr Temperence Brennan. I thoroughly enjoyed the ins and outs of this book from the initial crash investigation to the deeper more complex investigation involving the foot. I found it interesting the way that Reichs pushed Brennan out of her professional comfort zone for this one - in that, Brennan has always been a well respected professional previously but in this book her abilities and morals were questioned in a way that I found pushed her character.

She's an
в четвертом романе о темперанс бреннан развиваются все те аспекты и повороты сюжета, которые более-менее известны по предыдущим книгам, иногда – с добавлением еще не появлявшихся компонентов, иногда – с точностью один к одному. неизбежное наличие мертвецов и скелетов (все-таки она дама еще работающая и от работы отказываться не собирающаяся) дополняется обязательным «апогеем», когда работа оборачивается против самой героини и она оказывается в ситуации на грани жизни и смерти: преступник подбира ...more
Well, to start with the book was full of suspense and a pretty strong introduction (designed to keep you hooked until at least 2 thirds of the way through). I found the narrative interesting too in the sense that it explored the reasoning behind a plain crash (the main 'incident' within the book) and this linked in nicely to current events in the media. The technical information at times was just about right and at other times, a bit over the top. For example the engineering info behind how a pl ...more
Chris Demer
Another great read from Kathy Reichs.
Although this one was written several years ago, I apparently missed it.
Temperance Brennan, forensic anthropologist is called on to assist in identification of victims of an airplane crash in rural N. Carolina. After working hard with her team to identify remains, she walks into the woods for a respite. There she is confronted by a few coyotes (she initially thought they were wolves), one of which has a human foot in its jaws. She dutifully takes it back to
Mislim, nije to tako loše, ali... nemam ja živaca za takve stvari. Ali sama sam kriva - pročitala sam da se radi o knjizi prema kojoj je, kao, napravljena serija "Kosti", a dobro znam čime se "Kosti" bave. Ipak, konstantno čitati o truplima, sastavu kostiju, užasnim ozljedama, mikroskopski sitnim česticama "nečega" pod noktima - to mi se zbilja ne da. Nisam tip čovjeka koji bi uživao u podrobnostima takve vrste. Uz to, stalno opisivanje nekakvih njihovih sastanaka, pa kratice - od FBI, PRN, ZDŽN ...more
Another great mystery from Kathy Reichs. This time Temperance and Ryan are sleuthing their way through a jetliner crash. The discovery of a "loose" foot leads to even more mystery. The interwoven storyline is greatly progressed by Ms. Reichs' spot-on forensic detail. What did I learn from this book? Things are not always what they appear to be...and neither are people.
This was my first Kathy Reichs book. You are hooked within the first 3 sentences. When I finished, I bought everything else she'd written. She only comes out with a book once a year, usually the month of June, to which I'm like an addict: elbow everyone outa the way, snatch up the book, growl if anyone dares interrupt me 'til finished.

They're THAT good!!
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Jen Lynn
Looking at my past reviews, I think I can conclude that the theme of unlikely coincidences is dwindling down. This book is probably my favorite of the series so far. It is filled with the usual forensic stuff, of course. But this one has more suspense, more mystery, and is less easy to figure out. With her previous books I could pretty much guess the general theme of how it would end. This one was different. I actually wasn't sure what was going to happen. Just when I think I have it figured out ...more
When a plane crashes in the mountains near North Carolina, Temperance Brennan is called in as part of the DMORT team which is tasked with recovering the bodies, the wreckage, and piecing together the last moments of the flight to determine the cause of the disaster. With body parts strewn over several miles, it does not seem odd when Temperance -- along with the help of some coyotes, finds a severed foot quite a distance from the center of the search.

But that foot throws kinks into many aspects
Amy Fremgen
I enjoy watching 'Bones' on TV which is loosely based on Kathy Reichs series. When I learned that, I started reading her books. All are well written with good characters. This is another good read, however, the author really gets into the minutiae of her heroine's job. This can be very interesting but sometimes just takes up a lot of pages. I try not to skip but sometimes I want to just get on with the story. I recommend this series for anyone who likes their mysteries a little on the grisly sid ...more
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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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