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Thunderbird Falls Paperback – May 1 2006

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Luna; Original edition (May 1 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373802358
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373802357
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #70,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

Joanne Walker, a likable young Seattle beat cop, continues to learn the ropes of her even more dangerous job as a shaman in Murphy's spirited second urban fantasy (after 2005's Urban Shaman). After a fencing lesson at the university, Joanne stumbles on the body of Cassandra Tucker, a 20-year-old junior, in the showers. The autopsy report states that Cassandra's death was due to a heart condition, but Joanne suspects otherwise. In her role as shaman, Joanne investigates "the Dead Zone," a place between life and death, while her earthside sleuthing leads to a coven that in recognition of her special abilities invites her to take Cassandra's place in opening a passage between worlds for Virissong, an ancient Native American spirit who's expected to end a local heat wave and global warming. Unfortunately, if not surprisingly, Joanne discovers after several nightmarish and somewhat bloated magical misadventures that Virissong is one nasty lying serpent. (May)
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About the Author

C.E. Murphy is the author of more than twenty books—along with a number of novellas and comics. Born in Alaska, currently living in Ireland, she does miss central heating, insulation and—sometimes--snow but through the wonders of the internet, her imagination and her close knit family, she’s never bored or lonely. While she does travel through time (sadly only forward, one second at a time) she can also be found online at or @ce_murphy on Twitter

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Just as good as the first (Urban Shaman), highly recommend. Bought several in the series (Walker Papers) on a whim because they were a deal of the day; it was a good gamble.
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72 of 82 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa45dc600) out of 5 stars What happened? May 9 2006
By J. Sexton - Published on
Format: Paperback
I loved Murphy's first book, Urban Shaman. Thunderbird falls seems to fall flat. In the second installment, Joanne Walker, the main character trips over a body, literally. She then sets out to investigate the "murder" when there are to signs that there was a murder. We meet a witch coven who wants Joanne to join and lend her Shamanic powers to their cause. Murphy seems to get lost in this book. There is very little direction, that leaves the reader to wonder where we are going in the book, and why we even care about the journey.

In Urban Shaman, there was a definite liquid continuity to the story, and the main bad guy was very bad, and interesting at the same time. In Thunderbird Falls, the bad guy is not really even identified until the last quarter of the book, and the "murder" isn't really convincing that it is anything more than a natural death. There is a good amount of meta-babble creating pages and pages of out of body sensations and color without any acutal basis for why all this sensation in necessary. All in all, it was OK, but I would wait until I could get a used copy for a couple bucks instead of paying the $15.00 sticker.
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa450b8dc) out of 5 stars Snakes and Raptors April 28 2007
By Marc Ruby™ - Published on
Format: Paperback
It has to be perplexing to want to be a car mechanic and find yourself a cop on the beat instead. But for Joanne Walker this was only the beginning. Now she has discovered she is destined to be a shaman and that doesn't sit well with her at all. After surviving being fatally stabbed while saving the world in the previous volume - Urban Shaman - Joanne deserves a rest. But what she gets is a body in the Gym shower. When Joanne slips into the Dead Zone to find out how the young woman died she finds herself out of her depth and in deep trouble. A spirit that shouldn't have noticed her has, and thus begins another series of events where, kicking and screaming, Joanne must save the world once again.

Joanne investigates the death on her own and finds her path keeps criss-crossing that of a coven of witches who apparently need her help. The dead woman played an important role in the covens plans and Joanne would be the perfect replacement. All she has to is help with the reincarnation of and ancient wizard who is also intent on saving the world. Or maybe he isn't. Joanne must puzzle out the answers to this question and many others if she is to drag Seattle back from the edge of disaster, and, incidentally, get her head together about her spiritual powers.

I find I like this series more than I ever expected. There's no lack of books in the occult suspense/romance genre and it's always refreshing to read a book with a strong female lead that doesn't keep trying to commit suicide or get tangled up in kinky sex. C. E. Murphy is a strong writer, and her characters are interesting and believable. Joanne is a sassy, uppity lady with a good share of intelligence dealing with a very complicated reality. You can't help but like her, or her friend Gary the cab driver, or Captain Morrison, her boss and foremost critic. The story, with Joanne as narrator, moves well, and has many flashes of enjoyable sarcasm. Despite being the second volume, I think Thunderbird Falls can be read on its own - but you will want to read Urban Shaman anyway, so get both.
28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa45dc528) out of 5 stars good, but not great! May 31 2006
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
Joanne Walker, or Siobhan Walkingstick, is stuck with supernatural powers from both sides of her family - the Native American and the Irish. At least her mother tries to help when she can - even though she's dead. But Joanne is having a difficult time accepting what she can do - and what she can't. Since her boss booted her up to beat cop from mechanic, she's been trying to be as normal as possible, which works until she happens upon a dead body in the girls locker room at her gym. Trying to discover what happened to the young woman, she stumbles into a major plan. Not having much by way of tutoring, Joanne relies on her cabbie buddy Gary to help her, as well as her own wits. Until Gary's help is taken out of the equation. Then Joanne realizes she's got to do something, fast. Admittedly, I enjoyed Urban Shaman a lot more, as well as the short story (Banshee Cries) that supposedly took place in between that book and this one. But still a good read.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4509fd8) out of 5 stars Good, But Not as Good April 6 2007
By Anna Hope - Published on
Format: Paperback
Unlikely shaman Joann Walker, Gary, and the Seattle police force return in this second installment after Urban Shaman. Finally facing the facts that all of her magic useage has effected the weather patterns of Seattle, Joann has little idea what to do about it. She has steadfastly tried to turn her back on magic for months. But a near brush with death on the cosmic level and the disappearance of her spirit guide Coyote have lead her to realise she needs a teacher.

Complicating her lessons is the coven she's recently become involved with. She happened to discover one of their members freshly deceased and is taking her place in order to solve the murder. It seems the covens purposes coincide with her own as they plan to bring back a 3,000 year old spirit to right the wrongness in Seattle's weather. But is everything on the up & up?

The romantic tension ratchets up a little bit more in this book. But who will Joann end up embracing? Morrison, Thor the mechanic, or even fatherly but mischievious Gary?

Some of what turns out to be pertinent detail in this book is intruduced to us very vaguely and briefly (uhuhm...cough...the Thunderbird...)while the rest of it seems to drag a bit in the middle. And I found the sacrifice bit cliched and felt that every reader would probably see it coming. But it was an entertaining book and I'm still looking forward to Coyote's reappearance in Coyote Dreams, the next book in the Walker Papers.Why they've retitled the series the Walker Papers I can only guess. And that guess would be, to make it sound more like the Dresden Files, another extremely popular paranormal series, but what do I know?
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4a429d8) out of 5 stars Will someone please make Jo stop whining? June 7 2006
By F. Rech - Published on
Format: Paperback
Ok, let me start out by saying that I own all three books in this series and really like the whole premise. I liked the story line in this book, but I swear, if Jo spends the whole next book whining about being given magical powers, I won't buy another one. I understand the concept that she is stubborn and opinionated and doesn't like her life to change. I got that in the first book (Urban Shaman) and I got that in the second book (Banshees Wail). But can we give it up already? I can't think of anyone on the planet, who, if they found out they had been blessed with this increadible power to affect people's lives for the better, would then spend a year complaining about it. Ok, now that I have that off my chest, let me say that I did enjoy the book. It had a really good storyline and I love the relationship between Joann and Gary and Joann and her boss. Is there a possible romance in the future? Hmmm, guess we'll have to wait and see.