Interesting story, fast-paced. It's fascinating to me that Steve Berry can write a fictional story that indicates the Jewish and Christian faiths are based on lies but you don't hear much controversy; yet Dan Brown writes a fictional story about the Holy Grail and the Catholic church and the world screams blasphemer.
From book cover: Summoned to South Carolina to fill in for a negligent colleague, Tempe is stuck teaching lack-luster archaeology field school in the ruins of a Native American burial ground on the Charleston shore. But when Tempe stumbles upon a fresh skeleton among the ancient bones, her old friend Emma Rousseau, the local coroner, persuades her to stay on and help with the investigation. When Emma reveals a disturbing secret, it becomes more important than ever for Tempe to help her friend close the case.
The body count begins to climb. An unidentified man is found hanging from a tree deep in the woods. Another corpse shows up in a barrel. There are mysterious nicks on bones in several bodies, and signs of strangulation. Tempe follows the trail to a free street clinic with a belligerent staff, a suspicious doctor, and a donor who is a charismatic telvangelist. Clues abound in the most unlikely places as Tempe uses her unique knowledge and skills to build her case, even as the local sheriff remains dubious and her own life is threatened.
Tempe's love life is also complicated. Ryan, her current flame, has come down to visit her from Montreal, and Pete, her former husband is investigating the disapperance of a local woman--and he and Tempe are staying in the same borrowed beach house. Ryan and Pete compete for her attentions, and Tempe finds herself more distracted by her feelings for both men than she expected.
Katherine Neville is a superb writer. I enjoyed "The Eight" but this story is easier to read with less characters whom she really gives in-depth personalities. The story is good, though a little outdated when describing the technology...book was publisheed 1992. Worth the read.
This is the third book of a trilogy. I enjoyed this book and it wrapped things up nicely. The first and third book in this series were engaging and hard to put down, however, the second book was just filler. Introduced a few characters not in the first book, but basically a setup book for the 3rd book. I would recommend the series as a whole but unfortunately you cannot skip reading the second book. I'd definitely give the author another read as I think she's talented. Hopefully getting this first series under her belt she will be a more consistent writer in the future.
This is one of my favorite books by McDevitt. The adventure and drama are compelling and he does such a great job of world building. This was my first McDevitt book and I've devoured all of his other books as a consequence. He's one of my favorite authors. His books should be read in order because of the relationships that are built throughout the "Priscilla Hutchins" books. He has another series I enjoy with the main character of "Alex Benedict" and "Chase Kolpath". Great series as well. His stand-alones are worth reading as well.
This was absolutely the best book I've read in some time. Even though this book is 50 years old, the story is very entertaining. With a little mystery in it and sci-fi, it really kept my attention and kept me reading well into the night. This book shows why Heinlein is one of the greats.