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Bones: Buried Deep (Bones #1)

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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  1,386 ratings  ·  69 reviews
Tempe's work at the Jeffersonian Institute is put on hold when Special Agent Seeley Booth, stalled on a case deposing a Chicago mob family, calls her in to assist with a bizarre discovery: a plastic bag of skeletal remains -- and a chilling note -- left on the steps of a federal building. Tempe determines the bones are from different corpses, suggesting a serial killer's h ...more
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Published March 1st 2006 by Pocket Books (first published 2006)
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Juli
I was thrilled when I initially found this book because I thought, Hooray, another way to read my favorite Forensic Doc. Sadly for me, the Temperance Brennen of this book doesn’t have the same temperament of the one I’ve come to love from the Kathy Reichs novels. I was able to get over my problems when I just made a mental decision to myself to treat this “new” Tempe Brennen as tho she were an entirely different person.
While the personality of “Bones” is different, I do like her. I like her ind
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Mainon
I guess I'd recommend this book to fans of the Bones TV series who aren't motivated to go back and read the original series the TV show was based on. This reads pretty much like fan fiction, and gets some of the voices right (Angela Montenegro's few lines in the book fit the voice of her TV show character perfectly) but I don't think Mr Collins gets Dr Brennan right. His character was a strange mix of the TV show character (completely unable to get pop-culture references) and the pre-existing Ka ...more
Angela
When I first started reading the Brennan books, I wanted to be a forensic anthropologist. I was seriously considering that field for myself. I loved how Reichs explained what was going on, getting into the details without giving things away. When Bones first aired, I was somewhat skeptical they'd be able to properly illustrate Brennan and the work she does. I admit, I first started watching because of David Boreanaz, but have really grown to love the show. Everybody just works right - Brennan an ...more
Zooey
Nov 26, 2010 Zooey rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the television series that ship Booth and Bones
Okay, so one would think that after a car accident, I would use the recovery time to read a lot of books, right? Well, no... I had them all packed in boxes, so I couldn't get to them afterwards! So basically, I only read two in these one and a half months, one of which turned out to be Bones: Buried Deep.

I am one of the Bones fans that watches loyally every week, although this season not as much, because I don't like where it is going. Anyway, I know the series and its characters, so like sever
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Beth
I really liked the plot of this book - it was so easy to read and kept you guessing with a few sharp surprises along the way BUT the author has obviously not watched the programme as the characters were waaaaaay out! The whole premise of Bones the TV series is based around the interaction of the characters and their personalities are very obvious when you watch it and it annoyed me a little during the reading of it when the characters spoke or interacted wrongly. What is also wierd is that fair ...more
Jennifer Langer
Fan fiction, I'd definitely agree with that description. As a continuation of the TV series the book isn't bad, but it's NOT a Kathy Reichs bones novel. I could actually SEE the TV characters while reading this one, so I guess it is actually very well written, but I'm not impressed. I wanted to read about my friend Tempe, the alcoholic who DOESN'T drink chardonnay without DIRE consequences. After I got over the change of format and the fact that the proof reader didn't catch the paragraph where ...more
Ida Dalum
this was an okay read, now, i'm a big fan of the tv. series and if the book was an episode, it wouldn't be a mind blowing one, of course in a tv. show like this, there's small cases, and a biger storyline, ad of course max collins cant change th bigger storyline, or add anything to it, so theres is not any real great B+B moments, and then theres something that made mee mad, in the book it says the booth has 'steel-blue eyes' wut? as far as i know he has brown eyes? right?
but it was enjoyable, it
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John
Common knowledge tells us not to expect much from authors who write novels based on tv shows. Max Allan Collins is happily one of the few exceptions that prove the rule. Collins has been writing detective fiction for a long time, and it's obvious from the story's get-go that the reader is in capable hands here. Collins' writing style is so economically fluid and precise that it's almost like the book was written by a machine, were it not for the surprisingly sophisticated sense of humor. I would ...more
Noran Miss Pumkin
Fourth star for being set in Chicago, and especially the Field Museum. It also mentions the Indiana dunes too. There is NO Cheesecake Factory In Oakbrook,IL-when this book was written. I just do not understand this, when They got other landmarks and locations accurately. As far as I can find out, this is the only book from the TV series. I wish there was more of them.

I enjoyed the morning have soup outdoors at the local Panera, with a nice breeze. Everyone else was indoors. It was so lovely, es
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Mindy Hoang
Bones Buried Deep is modified to be based on the television show Bones written by Max Allan collins. FBI agent Seeley Booth was making progress on his chicago mob case against the Gianelli family until a bag containing a skeleton with a note came in front of the FBI building. The case against the Gianelli family is put on hold. Booth gets help from Temperance Brennan who works at the jeffersonian institute who is the best anthropologist. As they both make progress they finally find a reasonable ...more
Jen
Bones Buried Deep, a fan-fiction novel based on the TV show Bones, which was inspired from Kathy Reich's similar novels, takes place in Chicago and stars Special Agent Seely Booth and Dr. Temperance Brennan. Booth is on a case in Chicago, trying to nail a local mob boss and his son, when an entire skeleton is dumped in front of the FBI building. Booth calls in Bones to help him solve the case.

Bones Buried Deep reads just like a Bones episode, start to finish. Collins even recreates what David B
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Waury M. Dragon
I was looking forward to that one because it's based on the TV show Bones, which I love. I became pretty obvious as I read on, however, that the author had very little sense of the characters' original personalities, especially Brennan. She doesn't say "cool", or freak out after being attacked when she is in control of the situation and just only nearly gets shot by Booth. Nor when she thinks of a skin scrapbook - she exhumed mass graves in Guatemala. Skin scrapbook? That's funny.
Jack Hodgins do
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Lizabeth Tucker
Based on the Bones television series, you could consider this as legal fanfiction. Max Allan Collins, a mystery writer who has also written some of the CSI books has only done one in the Bones universe as of this date. I think I can understand why.

The basic story-line concerns a missing Federal witness who was vital to bringing down a Chicago crime father and son team. The search for the former mobster went on the back-burner when a multi-donor skeleton appeared on the FBI's doorstep. After a se
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Trevor
Like the CSI: NY book, Buried Deep was essentially an original novel set up in the same episodic format as the Bones television show. TV show fans beware, this book was written back when the series was in its infancy, meaning the characters are still rough around the edges and Booth and Brennan still have the antagonistic relationship they had at the very beginning of the first season. If you begin reading the book while in the second season, you'll realize just how far the characters have come ...more
Hailey
Entertaining especially for fans of the TV show. Reading this book from beginning to end was like watching an episode of Bones. The character's voices were made so clear, their attitudes and personalities and actions so perfectly their own. The book allowed viewers of the show literary versions of their favorite characters without a hint that their parts were written by someone other than the show's weekly scribes.

Obviously, the Temperance Brennan of the Bones TV show is a different Temperance B
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Carina
I bought this book because I was a fan of the TV show 'Bones' - unfortunately the characters within this book don't really ring true to either the show or the book series by Kathy Reichs (which formed the basis of the show).

At a guess I would say that this book is set early season one, possibly season two of the show - the squints have passing mentions as the book is based in Chicago, it is a shame that they are used so infrequently as the Angela - Brennan interactions are some of the more enjoy
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Karschtl
I started watching "Bones" not too long ago, although the show has been around for a while now. And I love the relationship between Booth and Brennan and their constant banter and jokes. Unfortunately this doesn't come across so much in this book, just like the real work on any "bones" by Dr. Brennan is also cut very short here. But nevertheless a nice read if you're a fan of the show. Not so much if you want to enjoy a decent thriller.
Jen
Sep 19, 2012 Jen rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the TV show Bones
I read this a few years ago. It was an okay story. It gets bonus points for being set in Chicago (where I was born and raised) but otherwise it was mediocre fanfiction at best. And that comes from someone who writes fanfiction as a past time (mostly for sci-fi shows).

The characters seemed off. But my biggest complaint was the freaking descriptions of everyone's clothes. Holy crap, that's like a 16 year old girl's idea of good story telling. I don't really give a crap the exact color and fabric o
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Ellen
I love the TV series and so when i found this on my kindle I may have gone a little crazy and jumped on my bed so much that i made my ceramic squirrel fall of my night stand, causing a small crack on the little acorn. May have. the only thing i found wrong, i can't find any more books like this. Sure there are books about Temperance but none of those books have Booth. I am totally loyal to Booth, like a dog to its owner, so when i look through the book description and only see things about this ...more
James Love
This is not Max Allan Collins at his best. I love his CSI novels, Nathan Heller, Mike Hammer and Road to Perdition. This one was a let down compared to the other books he has written.
Sandy Neal
I am not big on mafia themes but combining a special agent who needs help identifying bones and the Temperance Brennan character from the Kathy Reichs' books made for a good mystery.
Discoverylover
I usually enjoy Kathy Reich's books, but this one isn't by her, and is instead based on the tv show characters, rather than the book. It was interesting enough, but there were a few things I found annoying like why did Collins need to name the make of the car every time they got into it, couldn't he have just used 'car'? Mostly Collins got the voices right, but there were a few occasions when I thought, 'really? Would she really say that?'

Probably the most annoying thing about this book is that
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Lori
I really can't recommend this title to fans of the TV show. It doesn't capture the flavor of the show or characters at all. It takes Brennan completely out of her element of the Jeffersonian, and completely misses all of the interaction between the "squints" in the lab. Collins is hit and miss with his characterization of Brennan and seems to think readers are more interested in a relationship between Booth and Brennan which is only a small part of the show's appeal. This is an ensemble show, no ...more
Maud
I'm a big fan of the Bones TV series and a friend of mine let me borrow this book. I was really looking forward to it but it was in a way a let down. The story was good and the characters were the way they were supposed to be. It was a quick read, I finished it really soon and that is kinda a problem. It wasn't so good that I had to finish it so soon, it was just so easy that I couldn't read it slowly. A really light reading with obvious plot (I figured the out who within a few pages). Not reall ...more
Holly
Jun 23, 2008 Holly rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone going on a long ride and wants a book to start and finish on the same trip
Shelves: one-day-readers
This book is almost straight out of the show. For me it wasn't a smooth read because it seemed like the author was trying to explain the characters too much. The characters that are right smack out of the show. It's like the author tries to make the book read like the show would play out. I really didn't like the ending. It was too typical. I love the show, but if I wanted to read a transcript of the show I would buy one. Just my opinion. I haven't read any of his other books about CSI. I do lik ...more
Sab
It's the book based on the series based on the book, for serious. Let me say that again. Kathy Reichs wrote a series of books featuring Temperance Brennan, and those books provided the loose framework for the TV series Bones. Then this Max Allan Collins fellow wrote a tie-in novel based on the TV series, using those characters rather than the ones in the original novel series (IOW, it's set in DC, rather than Montreal, and Bones comes with the TV characters of Booth, Angela, et al). And it's jus ...more
Becca-Rawr
First off, nothing against this book. I love the series 'Bones,' and this was a fun read for one of those lazy afternoons where something light and fluffy breaks up the line of thicker, more in depths texts.

But this book is special to me for a very important reason. I won't go into it, since you probably don't care, but it inspire a bit of writing of my own. For this reason only, it gets high marks!
Terrie
This has got to be the ultimate derivative work. It's a book, based on a TV series, based on a book series, which is based on the author's life. And it's remarkably bad. The plot is boring, Brennan comes off as a bitch, and Booth comes off as a bumbling doofus. And in case you hadn't noticed, as Collins apparently hasn't, by the third episode Brennan was fine with Booth calling her "Bones".
Tiffany
As a fan of the show, I enjoyed it. Better than your average fan-fiction. It wasn't the best mystery I'd ever read, but it pleasantly passed the hours on the airplane.

It's not the lightest read with the forensic details, but not a lot of analysis is required either (actually, thinking too much about details here is probably not recommended, you will probably just get annoyed).
Jake
A very entertaining novel based on the TV series adaption of the Kathy Reichs series of books. The sudden appearance of a fully articulated skeleton on the doorstep of the Chicago branch of the FBI derails Seeley Booth's mobster case. An annoyed Temperance Brennan is brought into consult on the case.

Note for readers: This book is set prior to the 1st episode of Bones.
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