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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (Young) (12 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099543931
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099543930
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 3.8 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (196 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 334,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From teaching FBI agents how to detect and recover human remains, to separating and identifying commingled body parts in her Montreal lab, as one of only seventy-seven forensic anthropologists ever certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology, Dr Kathy Reichs has brought her own dramatic work experience to her mesmerising forensic thrillers. For years she consulted to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in North Carolina, and continues to do so for the Laboratoire de Sciences Judiciaires et de Médecine Légale for the province of Québec.

Kathy Reichs has travelled to Rwanda to testify at the UN Tribunal on Genocide, and helped exhume a mass grave in Guatemala. As part of her work at JPAC she aided in the identification of war dead from World War II, Korea, and Southeast Asia. Kathy Reichs has served on the Board of Directors and as Vice President of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and is currently a member of the National Police Services Advisory Board in Canada. She is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

A native of Chicago, she now divides her time between Charlotte and Montreal. Kathy Reichs's first novel Déjà Dead catapulted her to fame when it became a New York Times bestseller, a Sunday Times bestseller and won the 1997 Ellis Award for Best First Novel. All eleven of her novels have been international bestsellers. She is also a producer of the chilling hit TV series Bones. 206 Bones is her twelth novel featuring Dr Temperance Brennan.

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"If you love Bones, you'll love Virals" (James Patterson)

"I love this book because first and foremost, the plot was perfectly paced and well-written plus Kathy's writing is so vivid and undeniably engrossing! I just love it!...The action, mystery and humor in the story are all well-balanced...highly entertaining and educational as well. I'm giving this 5 out of 5 stars and I HIGHLY recommend this to all YA Mystery, Sci-Fi Fantasy buffs out there." (girlaboutbooks)

"Kathy Reichs gets it dead right with sharp writing and a plot that throws a bunch of very real teens into a deadly adult world . . . . I loved it and I'm sure fans of Alex Rider will love it too." (Anthony Horowitz)

"Mystery... fantasy... science... and heart-stopping action - this book is DANGEROUS. After I read Tory Brennan's first adventure, I wanted more, more, MORE." (R.L. Stine, author of Goosebumps)

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The launch of a fantastic new series of novels for the young adult market from the Sunday Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs

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71 of 72 people found the following review helpful By E. Heckingbottom TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 May 2011
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More and more famous authors who write for adults are turning their hands to books for teenagers and young adults now, and the results are intriguing. First, we had James Patterson with the Maximum Ride series; then John Grisham with Theodore Boone. Now, Kathy Reichs joins them with her first book for Young Adults - Virals - and the result is intriguing.

Tory Brennan is the 14 year old great-niece of the famous Tempe Brennan (from the books rather than the TV series version!) Her father, Kit, is the son of Tempe's sister, Harry. However, for the first 13 1/2 years of her life, she did not know either her father or her famous Aunt.
After the sudden death of her mother in a tragic accident, she moves to live with him on an island off the coast of Charleston, part of the University Research facility. Near their island is another island - one where monkeys run wild along with a pack of wolfdogs.
Life is very different here for Tory. Her friends are three boys of similar ages who live in neighbouring houses. School is on the mainland - reached by boat; however, the neighbouring island, Loggerhead Island, is the one that attracts the foursome the most. On one visit, one of the monkeys throws a piece of metal at the teenagers. They return to the island inthe hope of using the scientific resources to clean it ... and their troubles begin! Troubles which include ...
... A rescued wolfdog pup who is gravely ill and has to be looked after
... A dead body - from 40 years ago, discovered and then hidden
... Attempts on their lives
... Strange things happening to the teenager's bodies as a virus attacks them, leaving them with unusual powers
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hazel Jessiman on 19 Jan. 2012
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Firstly, I would really prefer to give the book 4 1/2 stars as it did have a couple of flaws but I guess I'm trying to over-compensate for the ridiculously low rating that it has ended up with. Secondly, I bought the book knowing that it was designed for Young Adult readership (thanks to other reviewers, NOT the publisher!).

Meet Tory Brennan - great-niece of the renowned Temperance Brennan. Tory has just moved in with her father, Kit, who lives & works on a small island, doing scientific research at the lab on the island. Tory Brennan is of above-average intelligence and fascinated by bones - a hereditary trait. She is adjusting to the loss of her mother and trying to form a relationship with her father, whom she hardly knows. This included putting up with the woman he is dating. Tory's best friends are three intelligent boys - whose parents also work on the island. They attend a private school on a neighbouring island but are somewhat outsiders - they are only "allowed" to attend it because of where their parents work. Their status is below that of under-privileged scholarship kids.

The kids wind up embroiled in two mysteries - the rescue of a wild wolf pup from a clinical research project and trying to establish the identity of bones they have come across.

Now - the characters are somewhat reminiscent of Blyton's 'Famous Five'. Fortunately, Reichs is far more PC influenced than Blyton ever was! The island setting contributes to this feeling of Blyton deja vu - it could be Kirrin Island and, yes, there's a dog. But, Reichs draws her characters beautifully. There are tense moments between adults and children. The children, realistically, feel that no-one believes them because of their age - which is also well depicted.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Polly Potter VINE VOICE on 6 Jan. 2012
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My husband picked this up in the adult section of the local supermarket, whilst he was shopping for cold cures and throat lozenges. He bought it knowing I love Kathy Reichs. And, after the shock of discovering this is aimed at "Young Adults", I did quite enjoy this story. Far-fetched, wholly implausible? Yes,without a doubt. But as a sci fi fairy tale, it wasn't so bad. Granted,I love dogs, and am intrigued by wolves. And I am in the grips of a seriously nasty head cold and am swaddled up sipping hot lemon and honey with whiskey chasers. Given all of that,then it's a good yarn.

However, I do agree with other reviews ... it was not made clear on the cover that this is aimed at young adults, and it should have been. Only in the last line of KR's acknowledgements does this get mention. And the first chapters didn't alert me ... I have read other novels that include some sections written in a young voice. However, those sections in "Virals" which are not told from Victoria Brennan's perspective were very flat and sparse. This could have been a much better book,with more rounded characters and a more plausible story line without too much effort. I am sure Ms Reichs will develop her voice for this niche market, but I don't think I'll be looking out for any further in this series.

Plea to publishers... please be honest in your descriptions. I am growing disheartened by the seemingly cynical exploitation of a author's name to rope readers in. We've had early, poorly crafted and unpublished novels dusted off and released as "new", and now this. It's really not on.
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