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The Scorpion's Tail (Nora Kelly, 2) av…

The Scorpion's Tail (Nora Kelly, 2) (urspr publ 2021; utgåvan 2021)

av Douglas Preston (Författare)

Serier: Nora Kelly (2)

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2221095,102 (4.02)9
Titel:The Scorpion's Tail (Nora Kelly, 2)
Författare:Douglas Preston (Författare)
Info:Grand Central Publishing (2021), 416 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek


The Scorpion's Tail av Douglas Preston (2021)


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This is the second book in the spin off from the Pendergast series. If you wanted to you could start here without major spoilers from the first book. Nora and Corrie are interesting characters and it is fun getting to know them better in this entry. An interesting plot and setting helped move things along as well. I am hooked and will be looking for the next book! ( )
  JJbooklvr | Sep 18, 2021 |
If you're in the mood for a book that's flat-out fun to read, by all means, get your hands on a copy of The Scorpion's Tail. Preston and Child's story of treasure and obsession had my eyes glued to the page, and when life intruded and I had to put the book down, my mind kept wandering back to it, wondering what was going to happen next.

These two authors pushed so many of my WOW buttons that I don't think I can list them all. I learned several interesting tidbits of New Mexico history such as the Pueblo Revolt. I was taken to the White Sands Missile Range. The trip to a remote ghost town reminded me of so many similar trips my husband and I made here in Arizona. Ones where the trails were so bad I thought my kidneys and spine would never be the same-- but so much fun! Then there was the fabulous lost Spanish treasure, the white-knuckle night escape from the bad guys, a little Army-Navy joke, and of course, the archaeology.

There's so much "wonderfulness" in The Scorpion's Tail that I think the brief appearance made by Preston and Child's Agent Pendergast was completely unnecessary. This book's adventure, its marvelous setting, its mystery are all taken to the next level by the authors' characters. Corrie Swanson's backstory is slowly being revealed, and it's an interesting one. She's going to make an excellent agent, but she can be impulsive and does need Agent Morwood's mentoring. Nora Kelly is my kind of archaeologist who's learning about the politics of promotion at the Santa Fe Archaeological Institute, and her brother Skip is the perfect person to bring along on a dig. There's the smart, handsome sheriff of Socorro who wears two six-shooters strapped to his hips, but don't let the theatricality fool you. When you've got a cast like this, it makes the mystery and the adventure shine even brighter.

If you can't tell that I loved this book, I have to say that I'm worried about you. I'll also worry about you if you like this sort of book and decide not to read it. The Scorpion's Tail is a fantastic, fun read. What are you waiting for? ( )
  cathyskye | Aug 28, 2021 |
A good, fast moving story set out west with FBI agents and modern day cowboys. Had me guessing until the end who the "insider" was and I would have given it 4 stars except that I felt there was no need to bring Prendergast in at the end where Corrie and Nora should have been allowed to bring that part of the story to a conclusion and I listened to the audio version and the narrator, Cynthia Farrell, did an annoying job trying to sound like a man. ( )
  andsoitgoes | Apr 21, 2021 |
I really enjoy the world of Preston/Child. Rarely do they disappoint. I can always look forward to a well crafted plot that takes you on a roller coaster ride. I can say that Scorpian's Tale did not disappoint for 90-95% of the novel. However, I was extremely disappointed in how it ended. It was like we'd been taken on a ride and then all of a sudden we ran out of gas. Within just a few pages a new (or not so new if you follow previous tales) face appears who solves one of the mysteries in the blink of an eye. If I was Corrie or Nora I would definitely have felt cheated which is exactly the way I felt. If he was needed to help solve part of what's going on then he should have been brought in earlier and made a part of the fabric of the investigation ... if not then leave him out and develop the ending with the sleuthing skills evident to that point in the novel, i.e., through Corrie and Nora. ( )
  Hardboiled | Feb 26, 2021 |
The Scorpion's Tail is the latest collaboration of authors Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. It's also the second book in the Nora Kelly series.
I enjoyed the first book, so was happy to listen to this latest.

Two characters who originally appeared in various Pendergast novels are at the heart of this new series. Nora Kelly is an archaeologist and Corrie Swanson is a rookie FBI agent. (On a side note, Pendergast fans will enjoy his cameo appearance in The Scorpion's Tale!) I quite like both of these characters. They're feisty, especially Nora. Corrie is still trying to find her place in the Bureau. Her treatment by some co-workers is shameful. (And probably not far from the truth) They're both dogged and driven to find answers. They play well off each and their skills complement each well.

Preston and Child often draw on history and actual events in their books. I'm always fascinated by this and often stop reading to go online to learn more. This time it's The Pueblo Revolt, The Trinity Test, White Sands Missile Range - and yes - rumors of treasure - all in New Mexico.

We're along for the ride as the pieces are pieced together. Lots of action propels the tale forward.

You always know what you're going to get when you pick up a book by Preston and Child. A solid read that reads quickly and entertains easily. For me their books are comfort reading/listening fare.

I did find the last bit after the final ta-da to be a bit awkward and unneeded to bring the book to a close. But overall, another great book from this duo.

I chose to listen to The Scorpion's Tail. I was quite happy that Cynthia Farrell was brought back as the reader. She read Old Bones and it's nice to have the continuity. She has a very expressive voice and captures both action and emotion easily. Her diction is clear and easy to understand and pleasant to listen to. ( )
  Twink | Feb 24, 2021 |
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