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The Bone Hunter by [Holland, Tom]
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3.1 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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Length: 522 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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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
* THE ALIENIST meets INDIANA JONES on the set of THE LOST WORLD


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 941 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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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #414,900 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
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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Format: Paperback
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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Format: Paperback
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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Format: Paperback
what a disappointment this book is! the cover comments call it "an absorbing thriller" and "a rollicking good read", and compare it to an indiana jones story. however, in reality, the promise is never delivered. the writing is verbose and convoluted in the extreme, with the author having a particular fondness for the conjunction "nor". WAY too much time (and words!) is wasted on the will-they-won't-they-fall-in-love story, and in the end, you just won't care! the vast majority of the novel takes place nowhere near the american west, and there is precious little action once we get there. it's just a lot of talk, talk, talk. an interesting plot idea totally wasted! i'd actually give this book 0 stars, if that was an option!
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