Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child’s Thunderhead

Oh boy, oh boy! We get to see how Bill Smithback and Nora Kelly met and fell in love. How did that happen?

Nora is called out to her childhood home. Vandals and wild animals have been wrecking it. While there, she is attacked over a letter. The letter she finds on her way off of the lot. Reading the letter, she finds that her father wrote it, sixteen years ago during his search for Quivira, El Dorado, the city of gold of the Anasazi.

It doesn’t take long, a few weeks and losing her dog, for Nora to get an expedition to find Quivira, the only catch, she has to take the boss’s daughter and a reporter along.

Nora is a hard woman to like. Every time she shows up, it’s the same thing. Nor did I like Sloan Goddard. She was a strong anti-authoritarian. At times she did things that seemed designed to get under Nora’s skin.

The best parts of this book were Skip Kelly’s scenes, especially when he decides to adopt a neighbor’s dog for Nora. When Bill shows up looking for Nora, showing up in a limo, using a bullhorn, and hiding behind a copy of one of his books. Peter Holyard was cute, excited, and eager to aid in the greatest discovery in a long time. And Aragon’s attitude was one of the best of the whole crew.

The cook and Black were, I guess you’d call them, grey characters. They weren’t bad, but there weren’t enough scenes to give them much character. Not like Swire, the horse tender. There were a lot of unnecessary deaths in this book. If I could ask the authors one question of would be: why bother poisoning one guy when they are all going to poison themselves in the end anyway?

The book didn’t have the same majestic feeling that the Pendergast novels carried. It was a good for background, and the best part of the book was Mr. Kelly’s note to his children at the end.


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