Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Review: Thunderhead

As I mentioned when I did Thunderhead for Teaser Tuesday, this book was recommended to me by a good friend. I'm not sure I would have picked it up otherwise, as it is pretty far outside my normal range for genres. As for what genre it is - its a thriller, with a hearty dash of new West western (meaning, archaeology and Native American lore, not shoot-em-up Wild West). There was an undercurrent of spookiness that could have gone into the supernatural but didn't quite.

Thunderhead is about an archaeologist who receives a long lost letter from her pot hunter (aka, amateur archaeologist) father giving her the clues to the location of a long lost Anasazi city. Soon, she is leading an expedition to find the city and uncover the riches presumably hidden there. No surprise, of course, that road blocks occur, some natural, some man made, and there's a doubt if anyone will make it out alive.

The plot felt a little like the authors were working from a checklist - feisty heroine? Check. Grizzled cowboy? Check. Racing against a clock? Check. Etc. Check. - but it moved at a quick pace. Also, and maybe this is because I don't normally read books like Thunderhead, I learned something new (mostly about archaeology and the Anasazi) which I always enjoy. Altogether, this was an enjoyable fun read, and one that I would recommend to anyone who likes a good thriller.

Buy Thunderhead on Amazon.


  1. I enjoyed this book as well. :)

  2. If my book club were not composed exclusively of middle-aged men, I would invite you to join —you would be a great addition. But in the meantime I will mine your blog for ideas when it is my turn to pick. Thanks!


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