Thunderhead, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (14 ratings)


On a visit to her family's abandoned Santa Fe ranch, archaeologist Nora Kelly discovers an old letter, written from her father to her mother, now both dead. What perplexes Nora is the fact that the faded envelope was mailed and postmarked only a few weeks earlier. Her father had vanished into the remote canyon country of Utah 16 years before, searching for Quivira, the fabled Lost City of Gold, whose legend has captivated explorers since the days of Coronado. Upon reading the letter, Nora learns that her father believed he had, in fact, located the lost city. But what happened to her father, and who mailed the letter? In her quest for answers, Nora mounts a fresh expedition to follow her father's path and find Quivira.

In doing so, she hopes not only to solve her own personal mysteries, but many of the mysteries of her profession as well. Will she discover the archaeological site of a lifetime-or risk her life and the deadly dangers of the desert for nothing?




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The story takes place in Utah and New Mexico, and focuses on Nora Kelly (who is also in Cabinet of Curiosities), a young archaeologist who receives a letter from her father, who had been dead for years, telling her that he has found a fabled lost city in the desolate canyons of Utah. Then at her family's deserted ranch, she is set upon by two people wearing wolf skins who obviously mean her harm.She is able to get an expedition together and the group sets out in search of the lost city. It is not an easy trip; the canyons are narrow, water is scarce, and the group of people that are traveling together are diverse in their expectations of what will happen once they find their target. However, once they do reach the lost city, weird things start happening with deadly consequences. There is more than a hint of the supernatural in this story; actually what is weird is that I read it after finishing Skinwalkers by Tony Hillerman and skinwalkers play an active role in this story. (Think Twilight Zone theme song)Mystery and suspense fans will LOVE this book. There is fast-paced action, the characters are believable and the book will keep you turning page after page.

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All the ingredients of a first-rate thriller: Ancient civilisation, hidden treasure, stunnign landscapes, lost castles, secret guardians and dastardly villains. Well seasoned and expertly prepared. Bravo.

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A young archaeologist leads a dangerous expedition looking for Quivira, the fabled Anasazi "Lost City of Gold," after receiving a mysterious letter from her father who has been missing for sixteen years. Spellbinding! Preston and Child have set the standard in defining the page-turner. Best adventure book I've read in years!

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This book, co-authored by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, is an archeological thriller. The heroine, Nora Kelly, leads a team in search a lost city of early inhabitants of North America. Ms. Kelly is also on a personal mission as she hopes to find an explanation for the disappearance of her father many years before.The archeology is spiced with the supernatural, science and some romance. Even though the plot, including some of the twists and turns, is predictable, I still found this book to be an irresistible page turner.This book is good entertainment, even if the minor romance thread borders on silly and is a stereotypical middle age male fantasy.

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Nora Kelly, a young archaeologist, receives a letter from her long-missing father that she believes will provide clues to the location of the legendary city of Quivira. As Nora struggles to obtain funding, and then to lead her troublesome expedition into the mountains of New Mexico, she and her crew are threatened by sinister, seemingly supernatural figures. The book is entertaining, if a bit silly in places. The two male authors fall a bit short in bringing authenticity to the rivalry between Nora and Sloane. This book would make a terrific movie in the tradition of Indiana Jones. Good visuals withlots of scope for great photograpy and special effects.

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