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Come In and Cover Me

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When Ren was only twelve years old, she lost her older brother, Scott, to a car accident. Since then, Scott has been a presence in her life, appearing with a snatch of a song or a reflection in the moonlight. Now, twenty-five years later, her talent for connecting with the ghosts around her has made her especially sensitive as an archaeologist. More than just understanding...more
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Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
Rating: 3.5* of five

The Book Description: A specialist in prehistoric ceramics, Ren Taylor launched her archaeological career with the unearthing of a stunning set of bowls in southern New Mexico. The bowls seem to belong to one remarkable 12th-century artist, and Ren is convinced they hold the secret to understanding a woman who died a thousand years earlier. Now in 2009, archaeologist Silas Cooper invites Ren to the remote Cañada Rosa, where he’s discovered more evidence of her artist.

Ren has...more
Kai
Come In and Cover Me is about Ren who has a special gift of seeing ghosts. She first saw her brother, Scott after he died in a car accident. She became an archaeologist and used her gift to tell the story of the people who lives in the past through the discovery of ancient potteries.

This book talks about the broken relationship between her parents and the developing relationship with her fellow archaeologist, Silas. The two ghosts of the Mimbres women were trying to deliver a message to her but...more
Debbie Maskus
A very strange occurrence happened in that I read two books about archaeology. One book, Crocodile on the Sandbank, by Elizabeth Peters covers a "dig" in Egypt in the 19th century, while Come In and Cover Me centers on current times in the southwestern United States. I enjoyed both stories dealing with archaeology even though each writer utilizes different methods in writing. Peters and Phillips both employ local legend and present a ghost. Peters writes a little more whimsically and allows the...more
Nada
Review first published on my blog: http://memoriesfrombooks.blogspot.com...

Come In and Cover Me is the story of Ren, or rather, it is the stories of Ren. Ren is in her thirties and an archaeologist dedicated to telling the stories of the people she studies. One aspect of this book is the story of "the artist," one Mimbre woman whose pottery Ren is tracing from different archaeological sites in the American Southwest. A second story is the love story of Ren and Silas, who is also a colleague. The...more
Chia-Yu
I won this book from the Goodreads Giveaway. When I first read the brief description, I thought that the ghost reference is a metaphor. It was quite a surprise when I realized that it is actually literal!

The first one-third of the book was a bit hard to get into for me. On a positive note, I now know more about the archaelogy digging.

The book soon picked up its speed and I enjoyed it very much from then on. Somehow, I can relate to the research-nerd side of the heroine (surprise, surprise, huh...more
Amy
An archaeologist in the American Southwest has paranormal experiences that show her the story of two 12th century Pueblo women.

I really wanted to like this. But the various parts I liked didn't come together for me into a good whole.

The first half started out well. Beautiful descriptions of the canyons. Life on an archaeological dig. A smart heroine falling in love with a man who is smart and kind. Best of all, pottery makers and parrot handlers from 1000 years ago.

But about halfway through, I h...more
Nancy
I received this as an advance reading copy from Riverhead Books. This is a love story between two archaeologists. Gin Phillips has done a wonderful job of bringing the characters alive. Ren, the main character, is searching for everything she can find about an ancient Mimbre woman who has made pottery which she painted with parrots. The ghosts of two women appear to her and she learns about their lives, and also about herself. We also learn about her past thru her thoughts and thru the ghost of...more
Cindy
This was a very intriguing book. Ren - an archaeologist - has the ability to see ghosts. She has been seeing the ghost of her brother since she was 12. She uses this ability to recreate the lives of the artifacts she finds. Even though Ren feels strongly about telling a truthful history, she buries her own past. Love the intrigue of finding lost treasures and really gives you a sense of what an archaeological dig is. Wonderfully told.
Kathy
Grief. Loss. Stories from the past as connections to others: both personal and ancient. Ghosts: who is haunting who, and why? Pottery and bones as echoes/puzzle pieces from another story that will never be completely told again, yet are worth the search. I like archeology and New Mexico anyway, and this has both - tied with the story of the archeologist who is broken herself by the sudden death of her brother when she was 12.
Susan Eubank
It lead to a lively discussion at our book club...
Viviane Crystal
"I have to believe the pieces can fit together...We owe them that, to tell the truth about them," said archaeologist Ren Taylor. She and Silas Cooper have met at Crow Creek, an archaeological dig outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico because he's found another piece of an Indian ceramic bowl that he knows she'll want to see. She is an expert on these artifacts and believes they were all made by one particular Indian girl. It takes time for the reader to understand how Ren knows this is so. It all h...more
Savi Malfitano
From the overview:

More than just understanding the bare outline of how our ancestors lived, Ren is dedicated to re-creating lives and stories, to breathing life into those who occupied this world long before us. Now she is on the cusp of the most important discovery of her career, and it is ghosts who are guiding her way. But what do two long-dead Mimbres women have to tell Ren about herself? And what message do they have about her developing relationship with a fellow archaeologist, the first m...more
Mary
I really enjoyed this book and my four star rating reflects the fact that it was a very readable story (not necessarily a literary read, but one for pure enjoyment). While the ghost angle was not always believeable, it did add an interesting dimension to the story.

The story is about Ren, an archelogist who uses her talent for connecting with ghosts to help her in finding out more about her digs. Ren lost her brother when she was twelve and his ghost makes an appearance and rounds out the develop...more
Rachel
Ren's brother Scott died when she was only 12 years old, but he never really went away. His ghost has been a part of her life for 25 years. Her ability to see ghosts has help her in her career as an archeologist - they can help point her to where the artifacts are buried. She is currently trying to piece together the life story of a Mimbres woman who made unique bowls. Two long-dead Mimbres women have appeared to her but they seem to be telling her more about her own life than theirs.

Ren meets a...more
Nicole
Come in and Cover Me is an engrossing novel about an archaeologist named Ren, who lost her older brother Scott to a car accident when she was still a child. Ren, respected in the field for her knowledge of Mimbres culture, has been asked to join a local dig to offer her expertise. While at the site she falls in love with Silas, the lead archaeologist. Due to her loss and fears of abandonment, Ren finds herself unable to fully commit to the relationship. Ren also has a secret: her brother still v...more
Kate
I wouldn't call this book urban fantasy, despite the main character having some paranormal abilities. Rather than fighting ghouls or vampires, Come In and Cover Me revolves around coming to terms with the past, both ancient and recent. Ren has been chasing evidence of a certain potter who died a thousand years ago. Silas stumbled upon a site that he thinks contains the work of the same woman. Their process of discovery is rather different from most archaeologists' because Ren can see ghosts, inc...more
Rachel
Ghosts and memories haunt Ren, an archaeologist who steeps herself in her work but avoids the same sort of passion in relationships. When evidence surfaces that points to an ancient artist whose bowls Ren has encountered before, she drops everything to spend months at the site of the dig. But the artist is not the only character with whom Ren becomes enamored; she also finds herself falling for Silas, a fellow archaeologist at the dig. Ren must discern how reliable her ghosts really are and deci...more
Natalie
The prose in this was decent enough; the plot was just strong enough to truck through the sections that dragged, and pull you in enough times to keep you reading. Still, it was a little...ridiculous. I just couldn't buy that this woman saw ghosts. I mean, really?

Also, Ren--the main character--was a bit caricature-like: here's a person who has suffered a great deal of loss in her life, so how would you expect her to act? Well, whatever you expect, that's how she acts. No nuance. And at times, Ren...more
Heather
Ren has made a life as an archaeologist, interpreting and finding pottery is her specialty. She is well known for being able to assess a site, seeing what once was, not just what is left in the modern day. Ren has the ability to see the dead, they come to her when she is alone and looking over a site. She is able to watch them as they were in life and sometimes this gives her clues on where to dig.
When Ren was young her brother died suddenly, but he has never left her. What Ren doesn't realize i...more
Adrian
I won an ARC of this book through the Goodreads First Reads giveaway.
There are some really great plot reviews already posted so I'm not going to talk much about that.

I usually judge a book by how long it takes me to read it (of course, taking into consideration how long it is.) And whether I find myself skimming over paragraphs (or sometimes, whole pages!) This book only took me a little less than 3 days to read. Although there were a few points where I was wondering where things were going, I n...more
Jaime Boler
Read It & Eat with Alabama Native Gin Phillips
By Jaime Boler

Come In and Cover Me by Gin Phillips (Riverhead Books; 342 pages; $26.95).

In her first novel The Well and the Mine (2008), Alabama native Gin Phillips evocatively captured the South during the Great Depression. Her new novel Come In and Cover Me is set in the Southwest. I wondered if she could render that area as skillfully and as beautifully as she did the town of Carbon Hill, Alabama. Phillips does not disappoint: Her talent and...more
Cathy Cole
First Line: Ren stood perfectly still in the dark, listening.

Ren's beloved brother Scott died in a car crash when she was twelve. Since that time, Scott has always been a presence in her life even though it may only be in the few notes of a song or a shadow in the moonlight. Twenty-five years later, her ability to connect with the ghosts around her makes her especially sensitive as an archaeologist. Ren has dedicated her life to breathing life into those people who lived in this world long befor...more
Sarah Pascarella
Great premise, masterful parallels between past and present, skilled handling of magical realism, and lovely scenery are the strengths of "Come In and Cover Me". As a reader, though, I felt the main characters of Ren and Silas to be a bit cold. Of course, this is intentional -- the main arc of this book is that Ren hasn't moved on from her past, and has difficulty connecting with others. This disconnection extends, naturally, to the reader. But to a reader, connection is everything, and I often...more
Dorrie
I was very excited to see Gin Phillips's second book, and I guess I was hoping for an extension of The Well and the Mine. This was very different, and I was a bit disappointed at first. However, it is a good book, and she is a very good storyteller. Her characters in this one are not drawn as deeply as in her first book, but they do keep you engaged. The historical aspects of it were a bit on the overdone side, but all in all it's a good book.
Joy
I won this advanced reader's copy from Goodreads.

I won’t give another synopsis as there are many so I will start with what I found interesting. I found it interesting how the archeologists tied one settlement with another. I liked how they debated about what was possible and how it did not just follow that another was true.

I found the idea of Ren having visits from her departed brother interesting, even if I don’t believe the departed can visit us. I think the book illustrated well how the loss...more
Amanda
Ren is a very complicated character, with a painful past and an uncertain future.

Her brother Scott was a sweet guy with a promising future... until the day he died. Now he looks in on her from time to time trying to help her find her way.

Ren's ability to connect with spirits from the past has helped her to become a successful archaeologist, despite her successful career her personal life has never fully developed...

Then there was Silas. Also an archaeologist, but his career has followed a very...more
Colleen
"...When I read the synopsis of this book on the LTER list, I knew I had to request it, because Come In and Cover Me combines two of my great loves - archaeology and ghosts. You can imagine how thrilled I was to see that I had won a copy for review! Sometimes when you are very excited about something, it ends up not quite meeting your expectations, but Phillips did not disappoint me at all...

...Beyond all this, I think that Phillips writes beautifully - she has a way of pulling you into the stor...more
Betsy
This is the second book by Gin Phillips that I have read in the last month or so. I really liked the characters, the setting, and the story. I have often thought that I would have liked to have been an archaeologist like the main character, Ren. The story takes place in present day New Mexico at two different digs. Ren brings with her to the sites her own "ghost," the memory of her dead brother, to add to the two she thinks are trying to tell her their stories about the pottery bowls found at bo...more
Cher
Archaeologist Ren Taylor is well-known for major discoveries of pottery on digs in the ranches and canyons of New Mexico. Her successful choice of dig sites is secretly guided by visions of the ancient dwellers she works to reveal. Ren's childhood loss of her brother and the emotional wall Ren constructed to block future pain prevent her from deep attachments with other people, yet seem to open her to visits from her dead brother and ancient indigenous dwellers.

I enjoyed this story of archaeolo...more
Jennifer
3.5 maybe - not sure I REALLY liked it, but I more than liked it. Perhaps b/c I thought it would be another random lady-archaeologist book, and it ended up being much more complex, much more subtle, and much better written than I was anticipating.
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Gin Phillips is a freelance writer whose features have appeared in American Profile, American Spirit, Platinum, and Womans World. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama; The Well and the Mine is her first novel. The book has been featured or will be featured in O: The Oprah Magazine, the LA Times, Poets & Writers, and Publshers Weekly. For more information about the book, please visit www.hawthorneb...more
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