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Nora Kelly, a young archaeologist in Santa Fe, receives a letter written sixteen years ago, yet mysteriously mailed only recently. In it her father, long believed dead, hints at a fantastic discovery that will make him famous and rich---the lost city of an ancient civilization that suddenly vanished a thousand years ago. Now Nora is leading an expedition into a harsh, remo ...more
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Published July 1st 2001 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 1999)
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Sean Gibson
Dec 29, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sean by: Steven
Under certain circumstances, I can get on board with suspension of disbelief.

“So, wait—no one recognizes that he’s Clark Kent because he takes off his glasses, gives himself a spit curl, and wears his underwear outside his pants? That makes sense.”

It’s all about context—if I’m being asked to accept that a man can fly, obliterate things with heat beams from his eyes, and lift an elephant over his head without breaking a sweat, I can make some allowances for bending the rules of common sense a lit
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Matthew
Amazing! Preston & Child do it again. This book is soooooo good from page one until the very end. Excitement, suspense, mystery, gore, betrayal, etc. it's all there and there is a lot of it! Also, it is obvious that they put so much research into their books - but the history parts of it are not dry, they just make it more intriguing!

Note: This is not a Pendergast novel, but it falls between Reliquary and Cabinet of Curiosities.

If you like a great story with great mystery and some scares an
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Ginger
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hell yes! Thunderhead was an entertaining and thrilling adventure! It was a griping read from the last 1/4 until the end. I could not put this book down!

I loved this book because of the setting and subject material. I’ve always enjoyed archaeology and the journey to explore hidden places, cultures and religions. It felt very much like reading a Indiana Jones book. It was right on target with that feeling. A group of archaeologists are on an expedition to the caves of Utah to explore a hidden cit
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Shelly Kotalik
Mar 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: preston-child
This is the first Preston/Child book I read. After reading this, I have devoured every single one of their books since. It crackles with intelligence and suspense. It is extremely addictive and the setting is by far one of the most interesting and memorable, practically a character in and of itself. A must read. Plus they continue characters throughout their books, not all at once, but here and there. Smithback and Nora in particular from this book. I loved it!
Morgannah
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.25 Stars
This book's writing style is just right for a movie script with its hodgepodge of bizarre characters and fierce adventurous pace.
Authors Preston and Child weave a story around modern archeological theories about the Anasazi, a lost tribe of American Indians, and instill it with characters determined to prove their own differing theories on what really happened to their lost city of treasures.
The adventure soars as our heroine Nora Kelly’s expedition treks into the bleak and impassable
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Terry
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fun thrill ride in this one, filled with lots of action, great characters and a well-researched and interesting storyline.
Rick Ludwig
This the third Preston and Child novel that I have read and I enjoyed it very much. This one did not include agent Pendergast, but did lay the background for how Nora Kelly and Bill Smithback first met, prior to their starring roles in "Cabinet of Curiosities" . The story was continually exciting and had just the right blend of detailed archaeology and the hint of the supernatural. This was a straight up adventure novel with the details of the expedition exceptionally well drawn and the characte ...more
Paul
May 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The authors delivered a rousing, suspense thriller in a book that simply, could not be put down. Built upon previous scenes, the momentum of the storyline gained steam as it cunningly, cut it's way through chapter to chapter. It's never too much to expect a fitting ending and that too was delivered in style. All I ask for from any novel is one thing - to be entertained. This book took first prize gloriously.

Patraic Kelly, an archaeologist had gone missing sixteen years ago while in search of the
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Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
This turned out to be a much better non-detour from the Pendergast series than I thought it would be. Nora is a fantastic character, very resourceful, and I can't wait to see how she fits in with the rest of the cast in the series. (Also, Smithback.... ehhhhh but I might be warming to him.)
Oscar
Nora Kelly es una arqueóloga que durante una visita al rancho abandonado de sus padres, sufre el ataque de unos misteriosos y agresivos seres. Estos estaban buscando una carta, que Nora encontrará por casualidad. Cuál será su sorpresa cuando descubra que dicha misiva fue escrita por su padre, también arqueólogo, hace dieciséis años, época en la que desapareció sin dejar rastro. En esta carta, el padre de Kelly habla del descubrimiento de la ciudad perdida de Quivira de los indios Anasazi, dando ...more
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Douglas Preston was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1956, and grew up in the deadly boring suburb of Wellesley. Following a distinguished career at a private nursery school--he was almost immediately expelled--he attended public schools and the Cambridge School of Weston. Notable events in his early life included the loss of a fingertip at the age of three to a bicycle; the loss of his two fr ...more
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