Old Bones by Douglas Preston

Old Bones

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-...

Details Old Bones

TitleOld Bones
Release DateAug 20th, 2019
PublisherGrand Central Publishing
GenreMystery, Thriller, Fiction, Suspense, Adventure

Reviews Old Bones

  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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 relates to the Donner party .. the so called...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Audrey
    Loved this book so much!!! The surprise ending had me squealing with excitement!!
  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Steve
    I fun novel with clever links to the Pendergast universe. It stands up well on its own, but fans of the main long-running series will enjoy this all the more for its links common characters.
  • Shanna Davis
    I absolutely love Preston and Childs novels. Agent Aloysius Pendergast is second only to Hercule Poirot, in my opinion. Pendergast makes a cameo at the end of this novel, which focuses on two previous Preston and Childs characters: Nora Kelley, an archaeologist, and Corrie Swanson, a rookie FBI agent. Old Bones centers around an excavation of an ominous camp belonging to the infamous Donner Party. The novel begins with an attention-snaring openin...
  • Patrick
    This was a fast paced, throughly enjoyable read. For most of the novel, I could not figure who was committing the murders or digging up the graves. It seemed like a real mystery and there were almost no clues till the very end. The explanation when it finally came was a bit of a surprise, but maybe you'll pick up on it quicker than I did. And our friend Pendergast makes a cameo appearance in it. What more could you ask.
  • Kay
    Excellent mystery adventure. Great story and pace that would keep you flipping the pages. A must read!
  • Anima Miejska
    Fast-paced, with interesting, familiar characters, especially the young FBI agent (what a change), I hope for next installment soon ;)
  • Gemima
    I received a free copy of Old Bones from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I have really enjoyed reading this book. It had me hooked from the first few pages. This is a great start to what I believe will be an amazing series. As soon as I started reading this story, it gripped me and pulled me in. The mystery surrounding the main characters did not let me put this book down. This book is about hard work, ambition, adventure and justice....
  • Nan Williams
    This is a spinoff from the popular Pendergast series. This introduction of a new series features Nora Kelly and Corrine Swanson both of whom we met several novels ago. Nora is now a world class archaeologist living and working in the southwest. Corrine (Corrie) has finished her FBI training and has been assigned to Albuquerque. We see Corrie tackle her first case which leads her to work with Nora, neither of whom knows the other’s connection to...