Old Bones (Signed Book) (Nora Kelly Series #1)

Old Bones (Signed Book) (Nora Kelly Series #1)

by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child

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The first in the groundbreaking Nora Kelly series from #1 bestselling authors Preston & Child blends the legend of the Donner party with a riveting suspense tale, taking the dynamic duo's work to new heights.

Nora Kelly, a young but successful curator with a series of important excavations already under her belt, is approached by the handsome Historian, Guy Porter, to lead an expedition unlike any other. Guy tells his story—one involving the ill-fated Donner Party, who became permanently lodged in the American consciousness in the winter of 1847, when the first skeletonized survivors of the party stumbled out of the California mountains, replete with tales of courage, resourcefulness, bad luck, murder, barbarism—and, finally, starvation and cannibalism.

Captivated by the Donner Party, Nora agrees and they venture into the Sierra Nevada in search of the camp. Quickly, they learn that the discovery of the missing starvation camp is just the tip of the iceberg—and that the real truth behind those long-dead pioneers is not only far more complex and surprising than they could have imagined...but it is one that puts them both in mortal danger from a very real, present-day threat in which the search for the lost party, and its fabled fortune in gold, are merely means to a horrifying end.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538701218
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 08/20/2019
Series: Nora Kelly Series , #1
Edition description: Signed Edition
Pages: 364
Sales rank: 102
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

The thrillers of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child "stand head and shoulders above their rivals" (Publishers Weekly). Preston and Child's Relic and The Cabinet of Curiosities were chosen by readers in a National Public Radio poll as being among the one hundred greatest thrillers ever written, and Relic was made into a number-one box office hit movie. They are coauthors of the famed Pendergast series and their recent novels include Fever Dream, Cold Vengeance, Two Graves, and Gideon's Corpse. In addition to his novels, Preston writes about archaeology for the New Yorker and Smithsonian magazines. Lincoln Child is a former book editor who has published five novels of his own, including the huge bestseller Deep Storm.
Readers can sign up for The Pendergast File, a monthly "strangely entertaining note" from the authors, at their website, www.PrestonChild.com. The authors welcome visitors to their alarmingly active Facebook page, where they post regularly.

Place of Birth:

Cambridge, Massachusetts


B.A., Pomona College, 1978

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Old Bones 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous 2 days ago
I love their novels and this one did not disappoint me in any way. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that one of the elements of this story is a subject that has been of great interest to me for many years.
Anonymous 7 hours ago
slow moving plot, uninteresting characters
Anonymous 24 hours ago
Another great book!
Anonymous 1 days ago
I liked the premise of the story and weaving previous characters and story lines into this story. i just did not feel the dialogue was particularly good, not up to authors' standards. I wish I liked it more.
Anonymous 1 days ago
as usual with this team of author and enjoyable read from 1st page to last. looking forward for the next book
10036464 2 days ago
reading it as i write this review. very good book. wont last long. looks like a two day book.
Anonymous 4 days ago
Wonderful storyline with typical twists and subplots. Truly a 5 star book
Steve Aberle 4 days ago
Old Bones is a fascinating look at the Donner party and what possibly could have occurred during that ill-fated adventure Dr. Nora Kelly is an archeologist. She has been approached by Dr. Clive Benton, a historian, to look for the lost camp of the Donner Party. They discover that it is was possible that a substantial amount of gold was left at the site. The novel centers around the misadventures as they attempt to find out the truth about the gold and why certain people survived and certain people died. The book is well written and gives the reader a fascinating glimpse into the myth-like Donner Party. The book contained a little bit of everything, action, science, misadventure and shady dealings.
diane92345 4 days ago
Parallel stories of the work of a new FBI Agent and the search for the Lost Camp of the Donner Party drive the engaging thriller, Old Bones. Probationary FBI Agent Corrie Swanson is looking into a grave robbery and a recent death as her first real case. She believes there is a connection between the grave robbing and the recent deaths and missing status of the victim’s other family members. Is there a vendetta against the Parkins family? At the same time, Nora and Clive are running an archaeological expedition searching for the Lost Camp of the Donner Party. I really enjoyed Old Bones. Corrie is a spin-off from these authors’ Pendergast series. It is hard not to compare this book to those excellent ones. Honestly, I don’t think that is fair. This book is captivating and gripping on its own merits. If you like female-led thrillers or have an interest in archaeology, you are in for a treat. 4 stars! Thanks to Grand Central Publishing and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
S_White_1218 5 days ago
Thanks to Netgalley and Grand Central for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. Preston & Child have done it again! I've been super excited about this spinoff to the Pendergast series since I read the news a few months ago. For those who don't know, I've been following Pendergast on his adventures for a good 15 years, and absolutely love the world and cast that Preston & Child have created. Of course, I was elated to find out that two of my favorite secondary cast members were not only making an appearance again, but were STARRING in a new spinoff that will be a SERIES of its own! This one takes place out near the west coast in the infamous Donner Pass. Well, mostly. There are some scenes elsewhere, of course, but most of the action takes place in the creepy setting of a locale where some crazy events went down. You know, group of travelers headed west for a new life, get lost in the mountains, snowstorm cuts them off, starvation leads to cannibalism, the usual story, am I right? *shudders* Anywho, Nora Kelly, archaeologist extraordinaire, works for the Institute that gets sent to do a dig and help find out what happened at what is dubbed the "Lost Camp" - a separated group of the Donner party that the whole camp was lost to history. Shenanigans ensue, obviously. Meanwhile, Corrie Swanson - all grown up and employed by the FBI - finds herself working a case with some strange connections to the Donner Party, leading her in Nora's direction. The story comes to an explosive ending with some fun moments and some setup for future adventures. Wherever the authors take these two, I'm there. I've got skin in the game! Please note that you CAN read this without reading the Pendergast series, but not only will you have missed out on seriously character development for the two main characters, but you'll also spoil quite a few big details from the main series. I highly recommend you binge read the Pendergast series first - and don't forget to read Thunderhead in between Reliquary and Cabinet of Curiosities. You don't want to miss out on Nora's introductory novel!