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Fatal Voyage

(Temperance Brennan #4)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  46,485 ratings  ·  1,168 reviews
Investigating a plane crash in the Smoky Mountains in North Carolina, forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan discovers in a most disturbing way that the evidence doesn't add up. Tripping over a coyote-chewed leg at the crash scene, she performs a little mental arithmetic and realizes that this victim wasn't on the plane. Once again, Brennan's high-tech DMORT snaps into ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published April 26th 2005 by Pocket Star Books (first published 2001)
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May 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery
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Karin Slaughter
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well I guess she's okay if you like blood and murder and DUH READ THIS ENTIRE SERIES YO
Nov 18, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-good-books
This was not one of her better books got really bored with this one
Probably my favorite book so far and it has gotten me in the mood to watch season one of BONES!

Fatal Voyage was so good! Well, a lot better than the previous ones. I just feel like things were falling better into place. Plus, the twists and turns were so entertaining! Okay, so in this book you have two murder investigations going on: A plane crash and tons of mysterious murders by a secret club.

Both were intriguing enough, however, I cringed so hard when she was talking about the bodies state a
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
Jun 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
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
Apr 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, thriller
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
Bev Mccoy
May 12, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Marie Wall
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A brilliantly written book and a great addition to the Temperance Brennan series. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.
Craig Sisterson
Apr 07, 2010 rated it liked it
Long before the Bones television series became a long-running hit show, Kathy Reichs had been writing about her fascinating forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan. I really enjoyed this fourth novel in a series that later this year has its twentieth instalment (one of the books being a short story collection).

For those who aren't as familiar with both the book world that Reichs created and the TV world inspired by her books, it's worth noting the two worlds are very different in many ways (f
Feb 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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.
Kathy Reichs's Temperance Brennan forensic mystery series is always entertaining. I have felt at times that she is dialing in her story. This was not the case with Fatal Voyage, the fourth book in the series. I think this was one of my favorites so far, of the 9 that I've read.

Temperance is part of North Carolina's DMORT, a disaster response team, and is called to the hills of North Carolina to help in the investigation of a plane crash. This is a major effort, of course, involving local, state
Malorie [FireReader2316]
Once again Reichs delivers a heck of a plot and then throws a huge twist about 1/3 of the way in. I definitely didn't see it coming and could not figure out where it was going until it was time to be revealed. I'm always looking for an author with the ability to stump a person like me who figures out the mystery early.

One of the things I've always liked about the main character (Brennan) is how human she is. She isn't some badass heroin that's impervious to the death that surrounds her. We get
Dec 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 11, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Jan 13, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Feb 11, 2015 rated it liked it
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
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-read
So far the best one of the series! This book was completely rife with tension. About a quarter of the way in, Tempy is roadblocked and theoretically taken off the case. Seeing her find ways to be involved and trying to continue to solve the case was both frustrating and exhilarating.

One thing that annoyed me to no end was that Ryan was accused of a horrible crime in book #3, but then we learn he's under deep cover. However, there's no full resolution about what happened after he left his cover?
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have been following this series of books for many years now and have always enjoyed every reading experience. Recently I have revisited them again as my daughter wanted me to buddy read them with her after discovering the television series and then seeing the books in our bookshelves. Even though I explained that the books and TV show are two different entities, she was still determined to read them. So here I am, many books later and enjoying them just as much as I did the first time. I am gl ...more
Oct 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
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 f
Rebekah Reads
I am wanting to like this series SO badly (you have NO idea), but I really don't think that I do..

This is the fourth book in Kathy Reich's Temperance Brennan series, but it follows the same pattern as the three before it: two completely different storylines that somehow turn out to be connected, with a little bit of danger to Brennan and her pets/loved ones thrown in.

I didn't find either of the storylines interesting (one being a plane crash, and the other about murders committed by a secret cul
Wouter van  Noort
Aug 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
The best one yet, hard to put down!
A book away from an episode of hoarders
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Feb 13, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: electronic
This particular voyage for me is the least bit fatal.

It's appalling what an obviously simple mistake can lead to.

Somehow, there's a cult once again.

titular line:
p302: And I thought about those who had perished on Air TransSouth 228. So many stories had only begun. Graduations not attended. Birthdays not celebrated. Voyages not taken. Lives obliterated because of one fatal voyage.
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
Jun 10, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Kim Hathorn
Jun 02, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was MESSED up. But it shouldn't surprise me still of human depravity. It makes for one heck of a book but bad for those sickos out there. And their warped ways of thinking. I thought I might have to be upset if the dog died in this one. Bad enough the cat almost got it in the last one. But Tempe is in trouble as usual as her quest for answers never wavers. And it's so good.
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favourite so far of my reread project of the Temperance Brennan Series by Kathy Reichs. This one deals with a plane crash and seems to have been released around the time of the 9/11 atrocity. Kathy Reichs in real life dealt with the anthropological aftermath of this and acknowledges this twist of fate at the the of the novel. God rest those souls that perished on that day, and since, in terrorist activity.
Tempe Brennan is called in to investigate and then has her authority rescinded. Who wou
Keilani Ludlow
Dec 27, 2010 rated it liked it
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
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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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