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Fatal Voyage (Temperance Brennan #4)

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A plane crashes high in the mountains of North Carolina. But a severed foot is discovered a good distance from the crash site.





Forensic anthropologist Dr Temperance Brennan is first on the scene. Her task is a sickening one, and her investigation seems to be raising more questions than answers.





But when Tempe starts asking dangerous questions, her professional standing is
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Paperback, 464 pages
Published May 8th 2008 by Arrow (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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Gina
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Jlaurenmc

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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David
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
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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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


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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Aaron
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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Fco. V. Salvador
Ya sabía que la historia no tenía nada que ver con la serie, pero finalmente tuve sentimientos muy enfrentados sobre la novela. El comienzo es absolutamente maravilloso, con unas escenas crudas y muy vívidas sobre los resultados del accidente aéreo. Luego se suceden un centenar de páginas que únicamente puedo calificar de "interesantes", porque se dedican a narrar el trabajo de la protagonista, metida en un laboratorio todo el día. A partir de ese punto, todo es mucho más llevadero, ya que se me ...more
Lisa Williamson
Fatal Voyage by Kathy Reichs In book four of the Temperance Breenan series we have an airline disaster. A plan filled with the male and female soccer teams goes down and the story goes from there.

Temperance is brought in to help with the recovery effort but that is not the problem. The problem is while out on a walk she runs into a coyote with a foot in its mouth. She managed to get the foot from the animal only to realize that it is too decomposed to be from the plane crash.

Tempe goes through a
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aPriL does feral sometimes
“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
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Jennifer
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
Simone
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
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Katy
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
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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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Temperance Brennan (1 - 10 of 18 books)
  • Déjà Dead (Temperance Brennan, #1)
  • Death du Jour (Temperance Brennan, #2)
  • Deadly Decisions (Temperance Brennan, #3)
  • Grave Secrets (Temperance Brennan, #5)
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