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4.00009732360097 out of 54.00009732360097 out of 54.00009732360097 out of 54.00009732360097 out of 54.00009732360097 out of 5 4.00 (10,275 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Archaeologist Nora Kelly is adrift in her career and her personal life when a violent, inexplicable incident leaves her in possession of a mysterious letter.

Written sixteen years before by her father, who vanished without a trace in the remote desert, the letter points to a mythical place hidden in southwestern Utah: Quivira, a city of gold and wonder, the lost city of the Anasazi Indians.

Convinced that her father found Quivira before he disappeared, Nora puts together an expedition. Supported by the head of a well-funded archaeological institute, Nora will take a team up Lake Powell to the mouth of Serpentine Canyon.

What lies ahead in the harsh labyrinth of canyons and Slickrock desert is more than she could ever have expected. It is the answer to both her greatest hopes and her deepest nightmares. For hidden in the shadows of the sunbaked cliffs are untold treasures, the answer to the greatest riddle of American archaeology, and implacable, suffocating death.

From the colossal fury of a savage desert storm to the sunlight penetrating a mass grave for the first time in a thousand years, Thunderhead is a tale for anyone who has ever searched for clues to the past. In the masterful hands of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, Thunderhead becomes an epic tale of discovery, human deceit, and a desperate struggle for survival in a place that has guarded its extraordinary secret for centuries and will not let go without a devastating fight.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Chilling…Redefines ‘page turner.’” 

    Denver Rocky Mountain News

  • “The authors know what buttons to push.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Spellbinding as ever.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “This is a story filled with excitement, a sense of place, and personable characters, delivered in a quick-paced race against evil, humankind, and the tremendous forces of nature.” 

    School Library Journal

  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jody | 2/10/2014

    " This was another solid book by Preston and Child. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Esther Rigby | 2/3/2014

    " I liked this book because it was set in a place that I am familiar with. It did have a bit of swearing, but not as much as some of his other books. It wasn't too bad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mike Applegate | 1/29/2014

    " This book involves a character from "Relic" and is actually a prequel to "Relic". I liked it but the end was anticlimatic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cheer Papworth | 1/22/2014

    " I really liked this book....Preston/Child always write about really interesting topics. I found the information regarding Native American ruins and the Anasazi fasinating! "

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