Old Bones (Nora Kelly #1) by Douglas Preston

Old Bones (Nora Kelly #1)

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, Clive Benton, to lead an expedition unlike any other. Clive tells his story--one involving the ...

Details Old Bones (Nora Kelly #1)

TitleOld Bones (Nora Kelly #1)
Release DateAug 20th, 2019
PublisherGrand Central Publishing
GenreMystery, Thriller, Fiction, Suspense, Mystery Thriller

Reviews Old Bones (Nora Kelly #1)

  • Kaceey
    You all remember the horrific tragedy revolving around the Donner family? The travelers who resorted to cannibalism after being stranded in the High Sierra mountains. What if some of the members of this doomed journey left something up there in the mountains? What if it is just waiting to be discovered?Nora Kelly is an extremely successful archaeologist, she is approached by a historian who has a grand idea! He wants Nora to join him and lead an ...
  • Matthew
    A new direction in the Pendergast-verse (Pender-verse? PU . . . Nah, can't be Pee-eew!) I am happy to report that the spinoff is a success! Houston, we have no problems! This book is not whack! Skeptics need not apply! This is the REAL DEAL!I was riveted. The whole story is great and I did not want to put it down. I was reading this at work during my lunch break and when I went to my post-lunch meetings everyone got an earful about how annoyed I ...
  • Linda
    "The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones." (William Shakespeare)And speaking of bones.....Let's bring out our expert. Dr. Nora Kelly is one archaeologist on a grand scale with impeccable credentials. She's based in Sante Fe and has had quite the experience unearthing bones and such from particular digs through the Sante Fe Archaeological Institute. But this time it's gonna be different from anything she's ...
  • Ginger
    Fantastic!! 5 STARS!Old Bones is a new series by Preston & Child which follows Nora Kelly on an epic expedition in the Sierra Nevada mountains of the doomed Donner Party.Old Bones starts off with Dr. Clive Benton finding a long lost dairy of Tamsen Donner. Tamsen tells of the last days of the Donner Party and the groups that split from their group, including the Lost Camp.Benton goes to Nora and the Santa Fe Archaeological Institute to propose an...
  • Shaina
    I loved this book. I flew right through it without even meaning to. It was great and had part of the plot going on at the archeological dig with Nora Kelly and another part going on with Corrie Swanson who is now a newly minted FBI agent. It’s crazy because neither knows the other is a friend or has been a colleague of Pendergast ! That was driving me crazy the whole time. While Nora excavates a site that relates to the Donner party .. the so c...
  • Terry
    Every bit as good as I’d expected it would be, and I hope this is just the beginning of another long series of books from these authors.
  • Diane S ☔
    I always look forward to the Pendergast novels, but this story belongs to two women, who though they have worked with Pendergast before, have never actually met. Nora, is an archiologist, who is asked to undertake a very unusual dig. Corrie, is a newly minted FBI agent, undertaking her first case. A case that will bring her to Nora's dig, seeking answers.Okay, so this book has the lost camp of the Donner party, cannibalism, a secret stash of gold...
  • Emma
    3.5 starsIt's pure serendipity that I picked this up right after reading White Fire, since both follow Pendergast's young protege Corrie Swanson. Now, she's a fully fledged FBI agent, if still in her first two probationary years, and her hesitant attempts to run her first investigation are at times helped or hindered by her take no shit attitude. She's changed enough that she's become a much more appealing character to follow, but her anger still...
  • Michael Hicks
    My review of OLD BONES can be found at High Fever Books.When word landed that Nora Kelly, a character that made her solo debut in 1999’s Thunderhead and has since been a recurring character in several of the authors’ Pendergast novels, was to finally get a series centering her front and proper I was pretty damn enthused. Given the propensity for the authors to pack in plenty of scientific rigor, twisty mysteries, and loads of adventure, I fig...
  • Steven
    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 ...
  • Juli
    I'm a big fan of the Agent Pendergast novels by Lincoln & Child. The stories are always suspenseful and creepy-cool. That's why I jumped right on this first novel in a new spin-off series featuring Nora Kelly. Kelly appears in two prior Pendergast novels and as the main character in a prior stand alone novel, Thunderhead.The Basics: Kelly is an archaeologist and museum curator. She is approached by historian Dr. Clive Benton about a lost camp sit...
  • Bam
    A new thriller series from Preston and Child features two characters from Pendergast books: archaeologist Nora Kelly and fledgling FBI Corrine Swanson. Nora is asked by historian Clive Benton to help search for a lost camp where several of the Donner Party stayed after breaking off from the main party and died from starvation; her boss agrees to help fund the work when she learns there might be a fortune in gold coins hidden there. FBI agent Swan...
  • Bob
    Is there anything more frustrating than a book that just completely falls apart at the end?Old Bones is the start of a new series by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child, starring Nora Kelly, the archaeologist who assisted Agent Pendergast through five novels, and featuring Corrie Swanson, the junior FBI agent who was mentored by Pendergast through five novels of her own. It's a story of murder, cannibalism, survival, and hidden treasure, based on the...
  • Skip
    The start of a new series by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, starring Nora Kelly, the archaeologist who assisted Agent Pendergast in five novels. Nora is asked by historian Clive Benton to help search for a lost camp of the tragic Donner Party (a true story of murder, starvation, cannibalism, survival, and hidden treasure). Nora's boss and the Institute are interested in part because of sharing in the potential recovery of a fortune in gold co...
  • Monnie
    For a second or two, I considered giving this book - the start of a new series by the authors of one of my other favorite series - four stars with the expectation that the next one will be better. But then I remembered when, as a student, how much I hated teachers who refused to give papers an A because that "doesn't leave room for improvement" (fortunately, those nitwits were few and far between). So here's my take: No matter what comes next, I ...
  • Stewart Tame
    So Preston and Child are attempting to get a new series going now that the Gideon Crew books are done. Longtime P&C fans will be happy to see the return of Nora Kelly and Corrie Swanson. Although both have appeared previously in the Pendergast novels, this series is designed to be newbie friendly. All you really need to know is that Nora is an archaeologist and Corrie is a newly-minted FBI agent. Nora is drawn into the story’s events when Clive...
  • Autumn Is Azathoth
    I read this in one day, totally enthralled. OLD BONES is the first in the new Nora Kelly series. Long-time fans of Preston and Child's Agent Pendergast Series will remember the feisty and strong-willed Nora as a museum curator and archaeologist. Now working in Santa Fe, Nora is approached by a historian who has discovered a long-lost diary by the wife of George Donner, of the tragic Donner Party. He persuades the Institute at which Nora is employ...
  • Sue
    Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child have begun a new series, an offshoot from their much-loved Pendergast books. Leading this new series in “Old Bones” is Nora Kelly formerly of New York City but relocated to Santa Fe after the death of her husband in a case outlined in an earlier Pendergast novel. She is working as a field archaeologist at the Santa Fe Archaeological Institute, a well respected member of her profession.She is approached by an hi...
  • OutlawPoet
    Old Bones is delightful with a touch of frustrating. We’re going to talk frustrating first. The book is Pendergast-adjacent. It’s not a Pendergast book, though it features characters from his world. I won’t tell you if he ever does or doesn’t make a cameo in the book. I can just tell you that, if you’re a long time reader of the series, it kind of has the feel of an almost-Pendergast novel.That being said, though, it’s actually very g...
  • Shelley
    *Source* Publisher*Genre* Mystery, Thrillers*Rating* 3.5*Thoughts*Old Bones marks the launch of a brand-new series from Preston & Child that will draw on the author's backgrounds in archaeology, American history, and Museum Studies like never before. While Old Bones will be the first official book of the Nora Kelly series, the first novel to actually feature Kelly as the main protagonist was 1999's Thunderhead. Dr. Nora Kelly is an archaeologist ...
  • KC
    The Donner Party take center stage in the first in a new series by authors Douglas & Preston. Archaeologist Nora Kelly assembles a team to head out to the last campsite of the doomed historic Donner Party, but tensions mount when the others learn of the possibility of twenty million dollars in lost gold. Soon after they learn of this news, one of the horse wranglers ends up dead. Rookie FBI Agent Corrie Swanson, in the midst of her own unusual ca...
  • Elizabeth A
    I listened to the audiobook which was narrated by Cynthia Farrell.Let me start by saying that I'm a fan of the Pendergast series written by this duo, so when I saw they were starting a new series with a woman lead, I was intrigued. But ...Okay, so there's a really fun setup that involves the Donner Party, and if you have yet to read any nonfiction about that, ignore this book and start there. Other than the basic facts, everything here about the ...
  • Elaine Tomasso
    I would like to thank Netgalley and Heads of Zeus for an advance copy of Old Bones, the first novel to feature Dr Nora Kelly of the Santa Fe Archaeological Institute.Nora is approached by Clive Benton with an interesting proposition. He has found Tamzene Donner’s diary which, in addition to listing the trials and starvation that led the group to cannibalism, identifies the location of the lost camp, a group of stragglers who got separated and s...
  • Kathy
    I don't think I have ever not liked any book written by these two authors, although the Pendergast series is my favorite. This book combines two people who were first brought to life in that series. Nora Kelly, an archeologist and Corrie Swanson, brand new FBI agent, mentored by Pendergast. Nora is investigating the site of the Donner Party, and Corrie is trying to figure out why people are digging up graves of a certain family all over the world...
  • Sonia Cristina
    Old Bones brings back Nora Kelly and Corinne Swanson, whom we readers know from the Pendergast series. This was a good book, with a great archaeological adventure, but it missed that something special that only the Pendergast character himself adds to the other series.Nora and Corrie featured some funny scenes, mainly because they didn’t get along well. I had some trouble following the story about the Dower Party because there were too many nam...
  • Audrey
    Loved this book so much!!! The surprise ending had me squealing with excitement!!
  • Elvan
    Donner Party madness and mayhem. (Sorry for those of you who read my predictive “Dinner Party” review. Ironic predictive text to be sure) This is my first book by this duo of prolific writers I’ve never heard of before. With no knowledge of Nora Kelly, Pendergast or Corrie Swanson I found the young FBI agent Swanson to be the highlight of the book. The earnest archaeologist Kelly knew her stuff as did the historian Clive Benton. Both filled...
  • Shannon
    Another great book by the Preston & Child team. A bit like Thunderhead 2.0, with an archaeological dig lead by Nora Kelly that starts off well but eventually it all goes wrong. Definitely good enough for me to continue the series, but I wish it were a little less similar to Thunderhead.
  • Cujo
    Months ago when I first heard about it's release, I was uber excited to read this because I thought this was the newest addition to the Pendergast series. Then shortly thereafter I was slightly disappointed to learn this was a spin off of said series. While I was still somewhat excited, I already had my mind made up, that this wouldn't be as good as any of the Pendergasts. WRONG!! WRONG!! WRONG!! I am already smitten with this series and hope it ...
  • Onceinabluemoon
    3.5 rounding up because I have always been fascinated with the donner party and enjoyed seeing it discussed again. I grew up at Tahoe and enjoyed the Sierra settings, the ending was a little surprising, certainly would have never thought of that! Good to see powerful females, be them good or bad!