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Fatal Voyage [Mass Market Paperback]

Kathy Reichs
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July 1 2002 Temperance Brennan Novels
"Fans of TV's CSI: Crime Scene Investigation should be in heaven" (People) stepping into the world of forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan, star of Kathy Reichs' electrifyingly authentic bestsellers.

She has a passion for the truth . . . and this time, it's taking her down.

A commercial airliner disaster has brought Tempe Brennan to the North Carolina mountains as a member of the investigative agency DMORT. As bomb theories abound, Tempe soon discovers a jarring piece of evidence that raises dangerous questions -- and gets her thrown from the DMORT team. Relentless in her pursuit of its significance, Tempe uncovers a shocking, multilayered tale of deceit and depravity as she probes her way into frightening territory -- where someone wants her stopped in her tracks.

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When forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan joins the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team mobilized to investigate an airplane crash in North Carolina's Smoky Mountains, she literally stumbles on a body part that doesn't match up with the remains of any of the plane's passengers. The leg she grabs out of the jaws of a coyote feeding on the carnage scattered around the site belongs to an unidentified elderly man, and seems to have no connection with the disaster. But an abandoned hunting lodge near the crash site does, although before Tempe can figure out exactly how they're linked, she's pulled off the DMORT unit and forced to stand idly by as her professional reputation goes up in flames. When Andrew Ryan, a detective familiar to readers of Kathy Reichs's earlier books (Deja Dead, Death du Jour, Deadly Decisions), appears on the scene, another mystery begins to unfold. There seems to be no trace of two men on the plane's manifest, Ryan's partner and his seatmate, a criminal who was being escorted back to Canada via Washington, D.C., the doomed flight's final destination, to stand trial for murder.

As usual, Reichs serves up a solid helping of forensic science as the DMORT operatives do their thing, and Tempe traces the remains of a man killed 40 years ago to a series of ritual murders of senior citizens, and further to those whose influence was responsible for her firing. Reichs keeps the narrative moving along despite the somewhat ponderous technical and scientific information; her pacing is brisk and her series heroine in fine form. Tempe's romantic life gets more interesting with every new adventure. A solid thriller that will please the best-selling author's regular readers and serve as a good introduction to new ones. --Jane Adams --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Called in to investigate a horrific North Carolina airplane crash, forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan (Tempe to her friends) finds that the bodies of the 88 young people on board have become inexplicably mixed up with evidence of an older crime and gets fired. It turns out a local politician has a vested interest to protect. Although Tempe deals with the details of death every working day, neither she nor her creator, real-life forensic scientist and university professor Kathy Reichs (Deadly Decisions, etc.) ever exploit those details for morbidity or melodrama. That restraint, rendered superbly by understated reader Borowitz and combined with a riveting plot, makes for a terrific audio package exciting and intelligent entertainment. Borowitz is perfectly cast as the 50-ish Brennan: wise, self-deprecating and funny. Simultaneous release with Scribner hardcover (Forecasts, May 21).

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Tempe Brennan strikes again. Aug. 4 2002
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Kathy Reichs' latest Tempe Brennan thriller takes place in the lesser-visited half of Brennan's two homes, North Carolina. When a commercial jetliner crashes into the mountains of North Carolina, Tempe Brennan answers the call to help dig through the devastation. Little does she know that even the horrors involved in this gruesome task will not be the worst she is going to face in the coming days and weeks.
Always one to take great pride in her work and her professionalism, Tempe is devastated when charges are brought against her and she is thrown from the DMORT investigation and recovery team. Determined to clear her name, Tempe soon finds herself in a web of deceit and corruption with a history - and a present - that will rock the state to its core.
As always, Reichs presents a crisp story with compelling characters and a beautiful tangle of mysteries. Readers often compare Tempe Brennan to Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta, and I can't say that I disagree with the assessment. However, I find that I am more willing to relate to Tempe Brennan than I am Kay Scarpetta, though I'm not sure why. Perhaps Reichs has not yet put Brennan in quite as many personally harrowing and extraordinary situations as Cornwell has placed Scarpetta in. Maybe it's the lack of multiple professional degrees (Scarpetta having both law and medical degrees). Or maybe it's just that Brennan is (marginally) closer to my age. Whatever it is, as much as I love Kay Scarpetta, I'm finding that I like Tempe Brennan even more.
I found Fatal Voyage to be very interesting, fast-paced, with believable characters and a plot that left your mind racing. I do think it would be of benefit to read Reichs' previous Brennan works to get a more complete feel for the characters and for Tempe's history, some of which plays into the plot of this novel. All in all, a great read, and does nothing to dissipate my overall admiration of Kathy Reichs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tempe Brennan and Andy Ryan solve a strange case March 15 2002
By Moe811
Tempe Brennan is called in to a plane crash in NC. Andy Ryan is there because his partner was escorting a prisoner back to Canada. They save a foot from coyotes, only to find that the foot doesn't belong to anyone on the flight's passenger list. As Tempe works on the identification, she finds that she is suddenly persona non grata at the crash site. Apparently the person who wants her off the site is none other that the Lieutenant Governor Dashwood. Why?
This is the best yet of Reichs' books. They seem to get better and better. I read it in one sitting, I was sleepy the next day at work, but I just couldn't put it down!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Twists and Turns April 18 2009
By Toni Osborne TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Temperance Brennan, book4

This novel follows Ms Reichs other bestsellers by providing the reader with engaging characters, a good sense of humour, facts that give it a plausible and realistic dimension. This author is remarkably talented in describing forensic details for the layman bringing a morbid topic to light with numerous intrigues that include lots of twists and turns.

"Fatal Voyage" opens with an air disaster, a horrific plane crash in the mountains of North Carolina, illustrating clearly the drama that can result in the death of so many people. The questions of safety and cover up quickly surface in this chilling tale.

Called to help identify the victims and assist with establishing the cause of the disaster is Tempe Brennan, a forensic anthropologist and a member of DMORT (Disaster Mortuary Operational Response). Detective Andrew Ryan, Tempe's friend, is also on the scene investigating the death of his partner and prisoner who were on the domed flight. The investigation is barely underway, when Tempe discovers a severed foot that doesn't match anyone on the airline manifest. As Tempe probes for information, she encounters more and more road blocks...Is someone trying to sabotage the investigation?...

Ms Reichs interweaves the ongoing relationship Tempe has with her ex-husband and Andrew Ryan giving a dab of suspense and sexual tension to pique the readers' interest without removing anything from the core of the story. She also introduces a large cast of colourful secondary characters; making it a challenge to keep track of them. The light hearted and simple narration moves at a fast pace making a very entertaining and satisfying mystery highlighting the incredible strength needed to face adversity.
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Yeah, after reading "Fatal Voyage," I honestly believe that Kathy Reichs is a better writer than Patricia Cornwell. Both Temperance Brennan & Kay Scarpetta are similar and strong characters (except maybe in "Black Notice"), but I would say that Brennan is more realistic and more enjoyable to read about. I found "Fatal Voyage" to be extremely different then Reichs's previous novels. Mostly Brennan is in the morgue cutting up and doing an autopsy on ONE person. In "Fatal Voyage," an aircraft has crashed in the mountains outside of Virginia, taking down an entire school club organization with it. Tempe has to sift through hundreds of bodies and plane wreckage to try and determine if the crash was an accident or a deliberate act of murder. Authorities claim that the crash was deliberate and try to determine if the passengers had any major enemies. Most of their investigation turns up nothing and leave the investigators stumped. Brennan, along with her secret love from previous novels, accidently stumble upon some shocking news about the local town around the crash site. She discovers that there were an extremely high amount of deaths over the last ten years. As she investigates more she gets uncomfortable feelings from the local townspeople that she discovered something secretive about the town. The ending of "Fatal Voyage" was extremely surprising as the story took off on two different directions. The question for us Cornwell/Reichs readers is: Will "Isle of Dogs" be better than "Fatal Voyage?" I guess we'll have to wait until October 8 to find out!....
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I am so glad Boyd was okay! I just knew Kathy would weave Boyd's survival in at the end. Obviously an animal lover!
Published on June 25 2004 by V. Lichac
4.0 out of 5 stars Actually a four and 3/4 star mystery!
Wow. Great book. I had read Reich's before and enjoyed her, especially with the forensic science. For some reason, Reich is not near as dark as other current forensic novels. Read more
Published on May 27 2004 by K. L Sadler
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I read this book as part of a forensic antropology class I am taking, and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by it. Read more
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Published on Feb. 25 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars A gripping tale mixing forensics and warm characters
This was the first Kathy Reichs novel I read - and now I want to read all of her Temperence Brennan books! Read more
Published on Aug. 7 2003 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good forensic thriller!
A good mystery that kept me hooked. I could not wait to find out what was going to happen to Tempe. I liked the narrator too--she really developed the accents in her reading. Read more
Published on July 23 2003 by E. L. Weinhold
4.0 out of 5 stars Do Not Try to Read This Book with Dinner
I knew better, oh, I knew better, I had read the first two Temperance Brennan books and I knew that the author did not pull any punches with her descriptions of what a forensic... Read more
Published on June 21 2003 by Sires
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Tempe so far...
I have read all of Kathy Reichs' fiction so far and this is her best effort to date. It was a gruesome story and I have read this plot before but I enjoyed it. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars a winner
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