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Bone Key

(Supernatural #3)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  3,023 ratings  ·  214 reviews

Twenty-two years ago, Sam and Dean Winchester lost their mother to a mysterious and demonic supernatural force. In the years after, their father, John, taught them about the paranormal evil that lives in the dark corners and on the back roads of America . . . and he taught them how to kill it.

Sam and Dean are headed for Key West, Florida, home to Hemingway, hurricane

Paperback, 283 pages
Published August 26th 2008 by HarperEntertainment
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Oct 01, 2018 rated it liked it
This book takes place about 6 months before Dean is to go to hell. Sam and Dean end up in Key West working a case that even has all the spirit moving about the area where all can see them. During their stay they end up learning about a lost tribe of people. It was fun to read and I could see this book could have been transform into the TV show. I did find a few issues with the story but it was still fun.
May 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal-spn
Lots of mixed feelings on this Supernatural-based novel. It wasn't bad, especially for being a spin-off from a tv series, yet was far from impressive. The best paranormal-hunting brothers are always worth reading about.

**Warning if you have not seen at least the first 2 season of the tv series, this review may contain spoilers for you**

This story takes Sam and Dean to Key West. It takes place during the tv series' season three. Dean is trying to live up his last year, Sam wants to find a way to
Wow, I've seriously got a love-hate relationship with these books. Love: they give me something to do while it's not Supernatural Tuesday (or Wednesday, since I live in Belgium). Hate: I don't even like reading them half of the time. But I can't stop! What is this black magic?
I had high hopes for this one, still turned out to be disappointing. All characters were as flat as paper, even Sam an Dean. I had to roll my eyes at a couple of their overambitious one-liners and there was something off a
Ashley Drumm
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another one down and another one just as good
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was cute.

Key west
Lots of fun
Dec 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Lauren Stoolfire
Dec 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Much lighter than I was originally expecting and it isn't as good as other books in the series, but it does have some good funny moments. My favorite is when they first met the ghost of Captain Naylor. That was pretty priceless. It could have made for a decent tv episode. It actually may have been better in that format. ...more
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A combination of a potentially great story and complete cheesiness in the end.

The potential is in 'the mysterious ancient power looking for revenge'. Though it is dubious how evil that power is, it could have been a great story. Until the cheese fest near the end of the book. It got so bad that I was embarrassed.

Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'd probably rate it more of a 3.5 stars, but it was a another decent SN novel. I just wish the authors who wrote these would quit wasting space with way too much irrelevant background on the characters, especially those who are bumped off after two pages. These books should be more like 200-pages each and play out more like actual TV episodes. ...more
Nov 26, 2020 rated it did not like it
This book...was so hilariously bad, it's a masterpiece of its kind. It takes a formidable talent to create such an amalgamation of every worst thing about SPN multiplied by ten, without even an inkling of what makes it good. And to top it all off, the final standoff was the Dragon Ball Z power up battle. Absolutely hysterical, I cannot believe this book was officially published as a part of the SPN universe. Usually, right about now would be a great time for the "fanfic is better" statement, but ...more
I tend to be very picky when it comes to reading the Supernatural novels, because like most books that are based on a TV show, they can be pretty bad. So before I read one I read as many reviews as I can. This one surprisingly had pretty good reviews and I'm not sure why. I ended up skipping Nevermore because it was reviewed poorly and read Witch's Canyon first. Which I enjoyed it was fairly spot on when it came to the characters and the story was entertaining. I should have realized when pickin ...more
Julene Ds
May 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
There are a few reasons why I gave this book such a low rating, despite being a supernatural book with a decent enemy.


1. The use of certain phrases in conversation that Dean or Sam would never use. 'lockpicking skillz' (yes with a z) and 'emo' were used in normal conversation way too much. What they would say didnt always feel like their character (to be far most of the time it was ok).

2. Horrible, annoying and long back stories. An entire chapter to just say another person
Kelly Flanagan
Feb 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
When it comes to 'based on TV type books my assumptions aren't very high. So going ito this book I was not expecting very big words or much begond a fluffed up script from a tv episode.
Well, I'm at least happy to say that i was wrong there. The book may be an adaptation, and as such the characters follow there on screen personal exactly, but the book is well written, and I will admitt to giggling a few times out loud. :P
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: july-2017
My quest to become a genuine Keith R.A. DeCandido fangirl continues today with his second Supernatural media tie-in novel. I enjoyed this one a lot more than his first, Nevermore, for a variety of reasons.

While I thought he did an okay job in Nevermore of capturing Sam and Dean's characters, I know that was a major complaint of other readers. Their representation in this novel felt a lot smoother -- honestly, as if the author just didn't try as hard. The addition of Bobby as a secondary characte
Feb 29, 2020 rated it did not like it
Only read this because a friend gifted me this after he already gave me the first book. Liked the first one better than this, didn’t read the second because, well, I didn’t wanna continue, but even so there wasn’t really a knowledge-gap. If you watch the series anyway I’m pretty sure you can jump into any of these books without having read the predecessor. ANYWAY, compared to the first book, I definitely didn’t like the writing style in this one. Dunno if it was the same in the first and I just ...more
Ah, this is more like it! Sam and Dean go down to Key West to hunt ghosts. what's not to like?

I liked this book better than "Witch's Canyon", because the story was more what I had expected from these kinds of books. Where "Witch's Canyon" just introduced tons of OCs seemingly without direction, Bone Key creates OCs, people you get to know and who actually play a part in the things that are about to happen.

And there's tons of things going on, starting with Sam and Dean going down to Key West, to
Jul 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Supernatural (tv series), and those interested in the paranormal.
This would be 4 and ½ stars, but since that rating isn’t possible, I will lower it to 4.

“Bone Key” was pretty much like its fellow books, “Nevermore” and “Witch’s Canyon”; full of light teasing between the brothers Dean and Sam, little hints towards the TV show (some bigger than others), and action mingled with light but solid story-telling, which keeps your nose glued to the pages and doesn’t make a dull read on the worst of days.

As a story, “Bone Key” is traditional Supernatural quality. The t
May 09, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: library-loan
While I like the idea behind this, it just didn't come together very well. Part of the problem may have been that there were too many viewpoints from characters that usually had no other purpose than to die. A few of these would have been fine, but there was more than enough. The characterizations of Sam and Dean were on maybe half the time -- maybe -- though I'd venture closer to forty percent. Bobby fared better after a somewhat strange beginning. Some of the dialogue was so badly worded I cou ...more
Emily G
Dec 18, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: no-one who likes SPN
I don't think I've ever given a book two stars before, and I thought that this story wasn't going to be too bad, despite both Dean and Sam having hazel eyes. The story is set in Florida and I do love the idea of the Winchester brothers being in touristy areas together, plus the bad guy is a good one (if you know what I mean!). However, the characterisation for the boys just goes from bad to worse through the book. The way that Dean and Sam interact doesn't work for me most of the time, and the d ...more
Ellinor Nolsäter
Nov 02, 2020 rated it did not like it
I will try to do this review in the least assholiest way I can...

This sucks. Short and simple. I can´t exactly put my finger on it, but I think it's a mixture of a number of things. It feels like it's written by someone who never saw the show, but had it told to them. Certain features don't add up, certain past stories don't feel like they add up to this. And it just feels like it doesn't add up for the future of the show.

It might have been better as a standalone book, but I still don't feel li
May 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: supernatural
This is my second-read Supernatural book and I enjoyed it even more than the first. Granted, I disagree with the characterizations of Dean and Sam (and Hemingway for that matter). But I thought the Key West location was well done and the plot was very Supernatural-esque. (Although I agree with other reviewers, what's up with leaving the job unfinished?) Also, the whole stinky thing? Why are the brothers being portrayed as clean-adverse?

I am thinking the Supernatural book series needs a FEMALE wr
Sierra Rose
Oct 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: supernatural
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Jun 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, read-in-2017
Much like the first two tie-in novels I read, this one was a good way to pass the time, although it's nothing spectacular. I did like the case the boys were working, and the way the author really fleshed out Key West and the people you'd see there. I also felt like the boys were more in character than the previous two installments, which was definitely a good thing; with a show like Supernatural as your basis, you kind of need the characters to sound like the characters you see on TV! I also lik ...more
Sarah Maddaford
This book got fairly close to reading like an episode of Supernatural. Dean, Sam and Bobby are in character and react to things the way I expected. I was a bit disappointed at the pacing and the method of defeating the bad guy. The pacing couldn't be helped because an episode of Supernatural goes much faster than any book could. Beating the bad guy though was a bit more deus ex machina or out-of-character or something than I prefer. It would have been better to have some kind of spell or somethi ...more
Mar 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror, tv-based
How does a writer with so much experience crank out such a lousy novel? Especially when he has the Supernatural universe to play around in! Terrible plotting, dull pacing, painful dialog, and cheesy humor run rampant throughout. I know it's just a TV tie-in novel, but still. Sam and Dean come across as being incompetent, and it's a major plot hole of the book that they didn't get killed at some point. And what's up with all the lame attempts at comedy? And running into the ghosts of Harry S. Tru ...more
May 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
I think that Keith R. A. DeCandido is my favorite author when it comes to the supernatural book series, he is funny, easy to read, and hard to put down. I also love that he includes a music list that goes along with his books along with a placement for his books within the supernatural tv. That not only get me engaged in the books using my love for the tv series but, also it helps to know a little back story without reading an annoyingly long prologue.

This was a great story placed in Key West, F
Summer Robinson
Jan 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a good book if you are a fan of the show. I don't think it would make much sense to someone who has not watched the series, and it wouldn't be very enjoyable. Some mis spellings, and an annoying use of Z in place of S. For example "skillz" instead of "skills". Overall a good read for a fan. ...more
Mar 04, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A new literary adventure for the Winchester boys. The books are great for being able to take them to locations the show can't. There are only so many places Vancouver can emulate on mainland America and sadly, Florida isn't one of them. Enjoyable romp for anybody who's a fan of the show ...more
Feb 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
I just love supernatural! I actually really enjoyed this book. It read just like an episode of the show(not one of the most amazing episodes but a good one none the less). It would be interesting to actually see this book as an episode.
Jun 23, 2010 rated it liked it
Like to see the boys have a little fun in the sun in Key West. Also liked to see that they got to talk to one of the spirits , and develope a friendly relationship somewhat, with them.
It wasn't quite as funny as the other books, but still a good read between between series breaks.
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“No, he focused on the one thing that he knew would keep him grounded the way the demon said he'd need to be.
"Take your brother outside as fast as you can - don't look back. Now, Dean, go!"
Sam's not dying. Not on my watch. You protect your family no matter what.
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