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The Bone Hunter

The Bone Hunter [Kindle Edition]

Tom Holland
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Fascinating and original ... unforgettable (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)

"A rollicking good read" may be a red-cheeked literary cliche, but it fits Holland's energetic adventure perfectly (THE TIMES)

An absorbing thriller ... the plot twists as unpredictably as you could hope for (LITERARY REVIEW)

Has tremendous narrative pace and a series of fascinating settings. His best novel yet (Charles Palliser, author of THE QUINCUNX)

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* Tom Holland's finest novel to date: a gripping adventure of love, murder and fantastic discoveries


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 515 KB
  • Print Length: 522 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus; New Ed edition (19 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0051GY09A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #317,324 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Historian Tom Holland has adapted Homer, Herodotus, Thucydides and Virgil for BBC Radio. Rubicon was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and won the Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History 2004, and Persian Fire won the Anglo-Hellenic League's Runciman Award 2006.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A clever, absorbing and unusual tale 10 Sep 2006
This book clearly has divided opinion. If you come to it expecting constant action and gunfights in the Old West, you will be severely disappointed. If, on the other hand, you are prepared to take the story on its own merits, you will be pleasantly suprised. It provides plenty of incident and drama, as well as, suprisingly, an intellectual backbone.

Tom Holland has written both popular history (Rubicon), which show a skill for narrative history and easy explanation of complex ideas, and historical fantasies (Deliver Us From Evil), which show love of blending real life characters with vampires. Of the two, this book starts by appearing to offer more of the latter - with its hints of Conan Doyle's Lost World and surviving dinosaurs somewhere in nineteenth century america. In fact, there is just as much of the former in Holland's tale, which blends romance, western, murder mystery/procedural, with the race for the possible prehistoric survival and rivalry between two archeologists. The implications of the new Darwinian thinking on the world - and how it can be misused to justify barbarities - provide a backdrop to the story and helps to bind together its many disparate elements. It even finishes with a dénouement that subtly recalls some of Stephen Jay Gould's essays. But such elements are not central to one's enjoyment of the tale - a vivid recreation of America at the end of the nineteenth century, corrupt, brutal, dazzlingly beautiful, should ensure that everyone finds something to like in this book. Well worth trying.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant - utterly compelling 5 April 2001
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This is a very clever, completely brilliant book. On one level it is a wonderfully intriguing murder mystery and thriller, that takes the reader from 1880s New York to the hidden landscape of the American West. But it is much, much more than that. The book begins on a tran-Atlantic liner, where we are introduced to the hero, an English paleontologist. In this opening sequence, the language is rather formal and Jamesian, but slowly the prose - as well as the Captain's character - loosens as he moves through the city to small-town America, then onto unchartered territories high in the Rocky Mountains, and moves further away from civilisation. But as he does so, the reader finds himself questioning just what is civilised and what is not. Is it the native Indians who are the savages, or the white trash bounty hunters? Amid all this are real-life rival paleontologists Cope and Marsh, Buffalo Bill, myths of lost pterodactyls and one of the best descriptions of the American plains and a Buffalo herd you'll ever likely to read. Gripping, beautifully written and provocative, this is the best and most satisfying novel I've read in years.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing. 2 July 2004
By A Customer
When reading the synopsis of this book you are made to feel that it is an exciting adventure story all about hunting dinosaurs, fossilised or otherwise - in reality it was a slow, sporadically interesting but ultimately unsatisfying story where palaentology is only a small part of the story. A struggle to read if you like fast paced and exciting adventure stories. Very disappointing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great story 20 Feb 2013
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Greatly enjoyed the book. If you find dinosaurs, romance, action and the wild west exciting then this is for you. Takes you back to childhood. Tom is a great storyteller and once you get used to his writing style, the book is over surprisingly fast.
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