By Preston & Child
Preston & Child is one of those “names” on a book that make you want to set everything else aside in order to read what amazing words they’ve written. With this, the reader gets even more, because we’re talking about the first in a brand new series (the Nora Kelley series), that expertly weaves the legend and history of the Donner Party with a superb present-day tale of suspense. (The only thing missing is a cameo with the number one Agent Pendergast.)
Nora Kelly is still a young curator, but she has built a career on important excavations that she has already completed. Guy Porter is a historian who approaches Nora to ask for her help on an expedition he’s putting together, the likes of which have never been seen or done before.
Nora becomes enthralled with the story Guy tells her. He regales her with information about the Donner Party who are known by the world as a group of American pioneers who migrated to California in a wagon train. It has been said that they spent the winter of 1846-47 snowbound in the Sierra Nevada. Guy talks about how the first emaciated survivors of the Party stumbled out of the California Mountains in 1847, talking about things like murder, barbarism, and cannibalism.
Nora agrees to be a part of this expedition and they take off into the Sierra Nevada in search of the legendary “starvation camp.” But a camp is the least of their discoveries. A world is opened about those long-dead pioneers that is more surprising than anyone ever imagined. Not to mention, the expedition puts both Nora and Guy into the path of a very real and present danger.
From the best writing team out there, you do not want to miss this book. As always, the only bad part is that there will be time to wait between this awesome thriller and Book Two.