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An Echo in the Bone

(Outlander #7)

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The Seventh Outlander novel from #1 National Bestselling author Diana Gabaldon.

Jamie Fraser, erstwhile Jacobite and reluctant rebel, knows three things about the American rebellion: the Americans will win, unlikely as that seems in 1778; being on the winning side is no guarantee of survival; and he’d rather die than face his illegitimate son — a young lieutenant in the Bri
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Hardcover, UK, 1149 pages
Published January 21st 2010 by Orion (first published January 1st 2009)
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Natalie I would have to disagree with most people here. I found the 4 - 5 book extremely boring, and the 6 one bearable. However, this book is really good.…moreI would have to disagree with most people here. I found the 4 - 5 book extremely boring, and the 6 one bearable. However, this book is really good. It's not as good as the first two books, but reminds me of 3 one if that helps. Anyway, keep reading you won't be disappointed.(less)
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Holly
Jun 21, 2009 rated it it was ok
TOP TEN REASONS WHY THE OUTLANDER SERIES IS BETTER THAN THE TWILIGHT SERIES

10. Heroine is not complimented on how delicious her blood smells. Instead, she is told that her ass looks like two ripe melons. Just what every woman wants.

9. When the hero has to rescue the heroine, he doesn't merely have to run at lightning speed across the parking lot. He actually has to travel halfway across the world, kill a few dozen villains, and blow up a few buildings.

8. But that doesn't matter because just as o
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Foxfire780 Reeves
I am a devout DG/Outlander fan, so of course I read Echo in the Bone as fast as I could get my mitts on it...and it left me sorely disappointed!
I actually skipped pages! She said that there were four story lines (hence the four points on the Caltrop on the cover) and I was excited at first. But when I got into the story, I got bored with the overlong passages about William and John's intrigues. Where were Jamie and Claire?? (And why the hell can't they manage a sea voyage without trouble??) I ac
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Bloody hell, I'm freaking tired!





So here's the deal. Most of my friends here on Goodreads know that I have been listening to these cd's from the library. Well, I just happened to check the status of their return because I should have had one more month for them to be renewed. Noooooooooooooooooo, on this book someone placed a hold and it's due soon so luckily I started listening to it a few days ago, but now I'm freaking tired because I have had to listen almost non stop while reading another boo
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Mo
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

”God, your arse looks fine, wi’ the wet linen of your shift clinging to it, it goes all transparent, and I can see the weight of your buttocks, like great smooth round melons ..."



I sort of wondered when I started this book if I was going into Outlander overload and that I might tire of it seeing as I have read 6 of the books in the space of 2 months or so.


No, this book was wonderful, for the most part. I must admit there were some parts with Lord John and William that my eyes sort of glazed ov
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Jamie Collins
The five stars are an expression of my Outlander fangirl enthusiasm, since I'm incapable of objectively judging the quality of these books. I'd probably have given five stars to anything that wasn't a huge disappointment. Which this wasn't, of course; I thought it was quite good.

The first couple hundred pages are admittedly a little slow. We get a lot of POV from Lord John and 19-yr-old William, and there is some crossover from the LJ spin-off series, which I think may be confusing for people wh
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Verity
DG’s still a PHENOMENAL writer, her talent has never been in question, but I do question her sanity after reading the last word of this hefty 814-page HC. These are just my random thoughts & somewhat-friendly reminders to myself as future reference, in case I need to refresh my poor memory. This is 1 helluva busy book, jammed w/ innumerable constantly-shifting plots & POVs but the resulting end wasn’t a thrilling ride as the previous ones. I really hope to hell this was simply a failed e ...more
LJ
First Sentence: The pirate's head had disappeared.

In this 7th book to the Outlander series, Jamie, Claire and Ian are leaving the Ridge headed for Scotland to take Ian back to his family and bring Jamie's printing press back to the Colonies. Roger and Brianna have returned to the present and have settled at Lallybroch, but they've not completely left the past behind. William is anxious to prove himself in battle and Lord John is dealing with his family, both in England and in Pennsylvania.

I was
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Jacqie
Oct 14, 2009 rated it liked it
So I love Diana Gabaldon. I wish she would write faster than one new book every four years in the Outlander series, but whatcha gonna do. So Of course I've been waiting with bated breath for this one.
Writing: still draws you into the characters' lives. They are so human, so loving, so flawed yet continuously striving.
Characters: this book has four main plots (yes, four). We get Jamie and Claire, but we also get Ian (who I like to read about), Roger and Brianna (who I found annoying earlier in t
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The Library Lady
Diana Gabaldon needs to finish this series. In fact, she needed to finish it in this book:

If she is so crazy about Lord John, keep writing those books about him. Personally, he bores me, and I skipped over those sections. I'm not that into William either, even if he IS Jamie's son.

How many times can Claire and Jamie run into pirates and take over a ship? She's done this before in Voyager. And there's lots of other material that repeats or echoes stuff in previous, better books.

There are too many
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Alaina
I'm back on the Outlander train...again. Mostly because I just want to finish this series!

I definitely dived into An Echo in the Bone without expectations. WHY? Well, because I already knew it was probably going to be like 100x longer than it needed to be. It might be poring in a ton of parts. I might not like it?

What do you get from this book? Well lots of POV's to start! We get Claire, Jamie, Brianna, Roger, Ian, John, William, and so much more! This made me so happy because I was kind of gett
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Lynn
After several thousand pages of build-up, the Revolutionary War is finally here — and with it, the excitement of the early Outlander novels returns. No offense to the residents of Fraser's Ridge, but it's a lot more fun to see Jamie and Claire interacting with Benedict Arnold than Hiram Crombie. They may be older and wiser than they were back in the Dragonfly in Amber and Voyager days, but this book has more in common with those two novels than it does with the last few that preceded it. I can't ...more
Cassandra Dexter Colby
Le pongo tres a regañadientes... Me ha sobrado mucho rollo bélico y médico que no hacía sino ralentizar la narración. Diana se documenta, vale, pero no veo necesario tanto detalle en cosas que no aportan nada. Luego llega a los últimos capítulos, se fuma un porro y mete el acelerador, además de hacer que algunos personajes actúen de forma más que rara. Si lo leéis y os empieza a parecer un rollo, hacedme caso y pasad páginas cuando le dé por describir cómo operar una almorrana.
Emily
Nov 08, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
I am an Outlander series fan. Yes I am. I love Jamie (to an embarrasing extent), Claire and the whole cast of random modern and 18th C. characters that fill the many, many pages of Gabaldon's books. While not fine literature, I can always count on her great storytelling to completely draw me into her world over and over again (to the detriment of my normal life, and my husband's chagrin).

That said, while I did enjoy this book there were a number of things about the writing that bothered me:
1. Th
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Claudia B
Oct 03, 2009 rated it it was ok
And this is it for me and the Outlander series.

There is a section in the Outlandish Companion where Diana talks about authors who do so much research and then make their readers "pay" for it. Meaning, if the author read about it, she's going to put it in the book, regardless of how much it contributes to the actual story.

I think that Diana is now doing the same. I've been a loyal fan of hers since I first read Outlander, but I'm done. I can't deal with an endless series where just because she's
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Heather McCubbin
Oct 09, 2009 rated it did not like it
I was disappointed and miss the old Jamie and Claire! Sorry, Diana, but the characters are tired, there are many new characters I found hard to keep track of, and the few that reappeared seem to come back suddenly then leave just as quickly, all so that loose end could be tied up.

I found myself asking: "Who is ___ again? " upon the first chapter and I totally skimmed through any of Lord Grey's appearances. I didn't like his standalone books and felt she was trying to insert him into the "Outlan
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Lisa
Jan 02, 2010 rated it did not like it
LOVED Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber and Voyager, but this book was *Simply Horrible*. Plodding, too much description of certain events that are of zero importance to the overall plot (usually medical), the rehash of old themes and introduction of new, just plain ridiculous ones made this almost painful to read. Thank goodness I took it out from the library and didn't waste my money or shelf space on it.

Obviously I am quite disappointed in this latest installment of Jamie and Claire, because the
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Amanda
Oct 06, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I find myself now thankful that there's only one book left in this series. While I don't regret the time spent on Echo and will certainly read the Outlander conclusion when it's available in 4? years, I'm ready to let this series go.

Historical detail was as always fascinating and the characters are still for the most part engaging and moving, but this volume interweaved way too many story lines and ended up feeling disjointed. Add in a few plot "twists" which are starting to feel cliched and ove
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Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
4.5 ★'s

There's really no way to do a review without spoilers so I'm just going to write down some thoughts.

Wow...I really can't believe I'm finally at this point - being all caught up with the Outlander books. I've always heard how everyone loves them but the sheer size of them is just scary! However, they are definitely an adventure not to be missed.

I decided to let myself kick back and enjoy them and enjoy them I did. What a treat! I loved getting to know all these characters...loving some of
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Jane
Jul 14, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Update January 2014: Finished the audiobook, completing my mammoth challenge of listening to all the Outlander books (which took most of 2013). This has really helped me keep track of the characters and thus enjoy the story more, and I've warmed a bit to Brianna (still wouldn't want to live with her) and definitely to Roger, whom I now rather like and feel sorry for because he's living with Brianna. Davina Porter continues to be an excellent narrator, although why she's given Percy such a stagey ...more
Ashley
HOKAY SO. I have now made it through seven books of this series, which is basically like twenty-one normal-sized books, or fourteen above average-sized ones. All this to say I HAVE DONE HARD WORK NOW GIVE ME TACOS. I was going to type "cookies", but dammit I really want some tacos right now. Also, on the last Jane the Virgin episode, I was introduced to the concept of the Venezuelan miracle food, the arepa, and I am now obsessed with trying one, except there's only one Venezuelan eatery in my ci ...more
Vicki
I read the first six all in a row, and then waited several months for the seventh to come out. So it's no real surprise that it took me a while to get into this one, and that I didn't remember all of the characters referenced throughout. But I will say that I got the impression Gabaldon was writing this book with more than her Outlander readers in mind; the focus on Lord John and his espionage career smacked of crossover. Which I didn't really love, but I can respect her making a play to get mor ...more
Misfit
Echo picks up where A Breath of Snow and Ashes left off as Claire and Jamie Fraser and Jamie's nephew Ian leave life at Fraser's Ridge behind them, head for Scotland to pick up Jamie's printing press and return to America. Of course this _is_ Jamie and Claire we're talking about so there is no smooth sailing and the *road* to Scotland is mired with many side-trips and detours as well. Roger and Bree have returned to the present and settled into life at Lallybroch, although they're also in for a ...more
Alba Turunen
No sé muy bien cómo valorar un libro tan excesivamente largo, y donde ocurre de todo. En mi reader superaba las 1700 páginas, y creo que bienmente puedo decir que le sobraban 500, aquellos interminables capítulos de Lord John y William, que se me han hecho soporíferos.

Éste libro empieza donde acabó "Viento y Ceniza". La casa grande del Cerro Fraser se quemó, y Jamie y Claire emprenden el viaje para ir a Escocia a buscar la prensa de Jamie. Pero el viaje estará, ¿Cómo no? Plagado de peligros, ret
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Jenny
Sep 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: what-jenny-reads
Sept. 30, 2009, after my first read: I'm still chewing on this. Not quite sure what to rate it yet. I loved the majority of the book, but I just finished today, and the ending has left me disgruntled. It feels like I have a bad copy that someone snatched the last 100 pages out of.

April 4, 2014, after my reread in preparation for the next book's release: I just finished a reread of this (on audiobook, read by the fabulous Davina Porter), and I don't know if it's because my I already knew the terr
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Kimberly
I should start off with a giant disclaimer that I am blinded by all things Outlander. Even an Outlander book with some problems is a 5 star book for me. The characters that I know and love more than make up for any qualms I have with the storyline. I don't think I have ever read a book with bigger cliffhangers than this one. A lot of criticisms I have read regarding the book center around the fact that so many different plot lines are left completely unresolved. I have to say it doesn't really b ...more
Jill


I wondered what sort of man - or woman, perhaps? - had lain here, leaving no more than an echo of their bones, so much more fragile than the enduring rocks that sheltered them.

Buddy read with my friend, Negine

Last book of my re-read of the Outlander series before.... Written in My Own Heart's Blood
Angelica Juarez Gonzalez
En viento y ceniza hay una parte donde Jamie recuerda su tiempo en Francia, en la Universite. Cuando con amigos se dirige a beber a una taberna, se consigue con una adivina que lee el futuro en la mano. De nombre Dubois.

—Neuf —dijo ella, golpeándole la palma de la mano en distintos sitios al azar—. Tienes un nueve en la mano. Y la muerte —añadió en tono despreocupado—. Morirás nueve veces antes de descansar en tu tumba.

Esto para recordarles que Jamie no muere sino nueve veces antes de realm
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Karen
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
5 STARS!!!!! EPIC SERIES!!!! And still more to come!!!!

What a ride this has been!!!! It has taken me half a year, yes 6 months to get through this fabulous series. I embarked on my quest of audio books back in July of 2013, and I have finally reached the end of my journey... so far, as there will be another book out in the series later this year. AND.... a TV mini-series on STARZ© airing in March 2014!!!!!!

Words can not express my love for this series, and my devotion to the author. They will a
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Dana Ilie
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An Echo in the Bone este volumul sapte din seria Outlander. Nu vreau sa va dezamagesc , dar inceputul este un pic nesarat si nepiperat, insa toate informatiile sunt folositoare deoarece ritmul devine alert, toate rotiţele se pun in miscare iar piesele de puzzle se potrivesc si formeaza o frumoasa imagine construita cu mare arta de Gabaldon.

Actiunea cartii intercaleaza fragmente din viata celor din secolul 18 ( 1776-1778 Philadelphia, New Jersey, Londra, Paris, Edinburgh si Lallybroch ) dar si a
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Ashley Daviau
This book was definitely the hardest out of the series for me to get through. Not because it was jarring to read but because I found a big chunk of the book the be incredibly boring and long winded. It just didn’t draw me in and capture my attention like the others in the series did. Don’t get me wrong, there are some great parts that I really loved and I thoroughly enjoyed where some parts of the story went. But it just felt like this installment lacked some of the magic and oomph of the previo ...more
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Diana Jean Gabaldon Watkins grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona and is of Mexican-American and English descent. She has earned three degrees: a B.S. in Zoology, a M.S. in Marine Biology, and a Ph.D in Ecology.

She currently lives in Scottsdale, Arizona .

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“Catholics don't believe in divorce. We do believe in murder. There's always Confession, after all.
--Brianna Fraser to Roger MacKenzie”
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“For a long time," he said at last, "when I was small, I pretended to myself that I was the bastard of some great man. All orphans do this, I think," he added dispassionately."It makes life easier to bear, to pretend that it will not always be as it is, that someone will come and restore you to your rightful place in the world."
He shrugged.
"Then I grew older, and knew that this was not true. No one would come to rescue me. But then-" he turned his head and gave Jamie a smile of surpassing sweetness.
"Then I grew older still, and discovered that after all, it was true. I am the son of a great man."
The hook touched Jamie's hand, hard and capable.
"I wish for nothing more.”
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