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Fatal Voyage

(Temperance Brennan #4)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  42,881 ratings  ·  1,020 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
Reichs has two stories going on. One a plane crash, the second murders by a secret club. I found the scientific information most interesting, particularly the section about the stages of decomposition. I got a kick out of the Chow dog named Boyd. It provided some humor in an otherwise dark topic.

The book is well written. The characters are interesting. I enjoy books that weave scientific or historical information into the story. I you enjoy a murder mystery or scientific information of forensics
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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 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.
Rebekah Dolmat
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
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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
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
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
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
Apr 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horse, candy
Oh, Brennan. What a ridiculous book. I'm gratified to find that it's still possible to predict the moment she will do something silly and ill-advised just in time to put herself into mortal danger. Someday, I tell myself, there will come an installment where no one she knows well is dead or in danger, where events in Canada don't coincidentally involve events in North Carolina, where she's neither kidnapped, beaten, nor held at gunpoint. But what will I do then?
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.
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.
I didn't remember how this turned out, though parts weren't too difficult to guess. It was much less annoying than #10 and #15 in the series that I'd just read. It might get 3.5 stars, but not 4.
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
3.5 Sterne

Auch nach meinem vierten Tempe-Brennan-Roman habe ich weiterhin ein etwas zwiespältiges Verhältnis zur Reihe von Kathy Reichs und dieses vierte Buchs steht praktisch stellvertretend für die positiven und negativen Aspekte.

Die erste Hälfte des Buches fand ich recht langatmig, was mehrere Gründe hat: der Fall ist zu Beginn nicht wirklich spannend, die Autorin hält sich viel mit überflüssigen Informationen (wie z.B. über die an den Ermittlungen beteiligten Organisationen mit ihren unzähli
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
Aug 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This installment takes place in and around Charlotte, NC, which I enjoyed. I liked the storyline involving a plane crash; I thought it was quite interesting, especially the ending. I wasn't expecting it or the ending of the other storyline. That one was very strange all the way around.
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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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