by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child


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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, remote corner of Utah's canyon country. Searching for her father and his glory, Nora begins t unravel the greatest riddle of American archeology. but what she unearths will be the newest of horrors...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446523370
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 07/01/1999
Pages: 496
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.25(d)
Lexile: 790L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

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, 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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Thunderhead 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 173 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite book by Doug Preston and Lincoln Child. I stayed up until 2:00 a.m. to finish it!!!! It has all the elements I love in a great story: adventure, romance, hidden cities, treasure hunting, evil villains, a strong willed woman character, anicent Indians, canyons, and horses. It was a whirl wind of a thrill ride for me. The main character, Nora, is one of my favorite characters. She can ride a horse as well as any man, is stubborn, and intelligent, yet she has a soft side to her too. The plot is all the things I mentioned above. It starts out fast, keep the pace going quickly, and the ending is awesome. Well, done Mr. Preston and Mr. Child. This book sure would make an great movie!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the better Preston and Child books. After the Pendergast series went south with the Diogenes storyline, I decided to give the non-Pendergast books a try and I wasn't disappointed. The best part of this book was the fictionalized yet entirely plausible mystery of the Anasazi - and it helped that I love archaeology because this book has plenty of it. All of it was wrapped in a fun, suspenseful story. It was fun to read Smithback in a crossover, it was good to see the origin of Nora Kelly, and there were other interesting characters as well. I'm definitely going to checl out the other non-Pendergast books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read Tyrannosaur Canyon, then Relic, then Thunderhead, then Mount Dragon. All have great story ideas but Thunderhead is a clunker in terms of narrative skill. TC, MD and Relic are much more highly recommendable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
...that's where the excitement is. Nora Kelly is as boring a protagonist as there ever was. And so is her family, and her job, and her work. But once she makes her journey out to 'the site', the book gets great and picks up and you are in a page-turner all of the sudden. Highly recommended, but not as good as others of P&C I've read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although this book started out slowly, once the hunt for the lost city started it was hard to put the book down. I loved the descriptions of the Anasazi city and the many artifacts found there. I am interested in Indian culture and although this was a fictional account of what could have happened to the Anasazi, it was enthralling nonetheless. Very exciting and kept me on the edge of my seat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
couldnt put this book down
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story did not hook me until their little expedition got off into the desert, and then I couldn't put it down. The images of what they found in that abandoned village stay with me even now a year later. I would like to read the book again.
Karen0 More than 1 year ago
Kept you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. Love how the authors incorporate and expand their main characters. This unique story explores the idea of an ancient city of gold. The twists and turns will keep the reader engrossed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard to put down at times
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Characters are annoying and full of egos for 2/3 of the book but it all comes together in the end and makes the read worth it!
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Anonymous 6 months ago
I cannot believe I didn't read this sooner. Such a great read. Thank you gents! Next up, Old Bones.
Zare on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After receiving letter addressed to her 16 years ago by her father (long believed to be dead) Nora Kelly finds herself involved into adventure that may finally reveal the secret behind the one of the most advanced Native American nations.Writing style is great, action is well paced and characters are not shallow. If you like Indiana Jones style adventures (and who does not if i may ask :)) give this one a try. You'll love it.Recommended.
Grandeplease on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
TheBentley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I didn't find this one quite up to the level of the Pendergast books--certainly not to the level of Relic and Reliquary--but it doesn't disappoint. Though it's a little slower getting started than their best, it's still a good, original page-turner that keeps you guessing. Dan Brown only wishes he could write thrillers that moved at this pace.
turtlesleap on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
chinquapin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a spellbinding tale of archaeological intrigue and the ever present menace of ancient evil in the isolated desert canyons of Utah. Nora Kelly believes that a letter that she received from her father, who has been missing and assumed dead for 16 years, describes how to reach Quivera, the rumored City of Gold. With an elite team of archaeologists, she goes on an expedition into the remote desert of Utah in search of the truth. Evil and supernatural horrors await them as they reach the long-forgotten city. I enjoyed this novel tremendously, it was an exciting rush from beginning to end. Several of the characters were well developed, especially for this type of novel, the desert canyon setting was exquisitely drawn, and the plot was exciting and full of adventure. There was history, archaeology, ancient mythology, supernatural evil, bravery, treachery, sacrifice, and even redemption. All in all, a great story.
SharronA on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is definitely one of the best non-Pendergast novels by these authors! It deals with archaeology and Anasazi ruins, and brings Nora Kelly and Bill Smithback together for the first time. Very suspenseful (except of course we know that neither Nora nor Bill can get killed!) and well-plotted. Even when you know what's bound to happen, you still can't turn the pages fast enough. A good read!
AlmondJoy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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!
jontseng on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
punxsygal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
n years after the disappearance of her father, archaeologist Nora Kelly receives a letter from him giving directions to his last find. Rounding up a team, she sets off into the back country of Utah to find a lost city of the Anasazi Indians. But someone is out to stop the group in this fast paced book by the Preston/Child team.
bcquinnsmom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A bit long at times but a very good read
Brainiac2112 More than 1 year ago
What an epic adventure! I have been a fan of this writing duo since the publication of "Relic". Their Pendergast series is always a pleasure to read. As a stand alone book, "Thunderhead" is awesome! It is my favorite book by these authors and is one of my favorite stories of all time! It has all the elements I love - great characters, plot, thrills, chills, suspense, etc. It captured my imagination and interest all the way through. I highly recommend this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down.