This is the first book in the series. Its an interesting mystery and the main character is a Forensic Anthropologies. Less science in this story than found in a Kathy Reichs story but still some interesting science facts to learn. Written in the 80s so it does have the Cold War as the back ground. So KGB spys play a role. Even with that it is an enjoyable read and could easily have been set today -- just the modern bad guys sustituted in for the KGB. Descriptions of Europe and the miltary bases were quite accurate. I'll be looking a few of the places up that were mentioned. And headingon to his next book inthe series.
I loved this book just as I love all the other Gideon Oliver books. He is a great writer without all the gore.
Great spy mystery traversing Europe. Gideon Oliver is on a temporary assignment to teach grad classes to military and civilian members at our US military bases when he suddenly becomes victim to several breakins at his hotel rooms and assaults upon his person. He befriends a federal agent who helps him track down who and why he is being targeted.
On top of the risk to life and limb, Gideon finds love for the first time since Nora's death. This sideline feels "real" and is a nice break from the spy chase of the novel.
A great read, especially for any military or family member who has travelled Europe and enjoys "revisiting" the locations Gideon must teach at--Heidelberg, Spain, Italy.
FELLOWSHIP OF FEAR is the first Gideon Oliver novel and it's totally delightful.
Oliver is all excited that his stint as a visiting fellow will enable him to visit Europe for the first time. Suddenly, he's enmeshed in an international spy chase and being attacked by masked strangers and saved by equally mysterious strangers and, it turns out, both previous visiting fellows met an untimely end.
Thus is Gideon Oliver's career as a criminal investigator par excellence born. Bewildered by almost everything outside his professional scope, amazingly uncanny about anything related to his profession, he's a beguiling and likeable lead character. I look forward to reading lots more of the series.
Good thriller that while older holds up well. Interesting and likeable protagonist.
Pretty good espionage/mystery book from the 80s.
Professor, a full time anthropologist, part-timedetective, and brand new visiting fellow at Heidleberg University. Even though two previous occupants of his chair both died under mysterious circumstances, he's eagerly looking forward to his new position.
In a deadly game of murder and spy vs. spy, he's about to become a most important target. He won't know the rules. He'll have very little besides his considerable intellectual powers to help him. And he'll be playing for some fairly high stakes.
I really enjoyed this book. Gideon Oliver is a kind person, and I was on the edge of my seat in parts of the book and laughing out loud in other parts! I think I would enjoy reading more in this series!
This one has a sticker that states "Autographed Copy" and there is a signature inside.