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Thunderhead by Douglas Preston
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Aug 10, 2011

it was amazing
Read from August 06 to 10, 2011

What a book... I read this as my 5th (8th, if inculding solo efforts) Preston & Child books, so I was already familiar with their style of tension-building, the twists 'n turns of the storyline and the occasional, probable (gruesome) death of many characters. After reading a number of books by the same author you'd think you've seen it all, but P&C have the gift to make every single book unique and can surprise you still from time to time, something which does not happen with, say... Brown or Reilly (worse with McDermott, who shows quite some too obvious similarities with Reilly)... after reading 2/3 of their books, you've got the general basic plot figured out and start you prediction skills... Anyway, you get the idea; though some events may be predicted, the way in which they unfold the story always keeps a mystery.

In Thunderhead, Nora Kelly is introduced in her search to a 'mythical' city in the Southwest (an area that reminded me of Mount Dragon). This doesn't go without the inevitable problems, from team-members, deadly cliffs and raging nature to some mystical elements.
I feared the mystical aspect would be emphasized too much to get the focus off the main story (as Thiemeyer sometimes does), but this proved not to be so. From this point onward, the story unfolds in a thrilling reading challenge... you just keep on reading because of the unravelling action, which seems to intensify at the end of each chapter. Getting unbareable near the end...

It has to be said that, being familiar with the writing style, some elements of the story could be called slightly predictable, as the outcome of some was to be predicted, but... you could not predict how, which makes it a great story. Despite knowing how it possibly ends, you just get chills running down your spine near the end; you know what the end will be like, but not how the crucial elements will unfold and be linked. Increasing dramatic tension was writing chapters from different POVs in the final chapters, leaving a cliffhanger of a few chapters befor you know what the hell ever happened to that scene....

Just gotta love it! Not as 'plain gruesome' as Relic and Reliquary, but don't expect to be save from any gory stuff... It's P&C after all...

After a rather long introduction, the story finally unfolds, with the start of the expedition. As well as the unfolding of the inevitable groupfriction, which is determinate for the following story.
Via some twits and turns, the group manages to find the city. What happens next is not what would happen in your average Indiana Jones story.

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08/09/2011 page 446
84.0% "Aahh... how does it end?!? I need to know!"
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