- File Size: 2406 KB
- Print Length: 346 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: April 2, 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JFZXYE0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,723,234 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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THE CURIOUS PROPHECYOF BIRDS is a fine mixture of myth and crime and science and superstition, all made credible by the very human characters who populate this bizarre mystery. At books beginning we meet Kate Simmonds and her climbing partner Robbie Macgregor as Robbie slips and falls to the sea below the cliff they have been climbing: Kate makes her way down to where Robbie's dead boy lies and with cut ropes attempts to drag his body back to civilization - unsuccessfully. Alert #1. We gradually discover that Kate is an attractive ornithologist and climber who has a rather severe drinking problem. The death of Robbie on the island of Faull gathers attention from the media, especially with the arrival of a strange, huge flock of birds who seem to have off course settled on the island. Kate returns to the island with her driver Greg who has a near death accident in his Land Rover, and to Kate's assistance enters Nick; `Nick Johnson. Biosemiotician." "I'm Mary, I'm visiting my father." They spoke almost together so Kate wasn't quite sure she had heard what Nick said. "What does a biosem-thingy do?Read more ›
I enjoyed the novel and would definitely recommend it to others. For me, I would have liked to read more about the folklore behind it all. Perhaps even more of a hint as to who is/was involved. And as someone who finds animal behavior in general, fascinating: watching a crow use a lid as a sled to play in the snow or a stick as a tool, only hints at the level or depth of intelligence behind species. “The Curious Prophecy of Birds” takes it to an entirely different dimension, as they become the conduits for those souls who cannot leave the earth. And while the actions of the birds at times have a very Hitchcockian element, their reasons are far less primal and much more cunning.
This is not a short novel nor should it be rushed. Take your time. You’ll be glad that you did.
It’s honestly your run of the mill story with run of the mill characters. You’ve got your standard attractive ornithologist, a bio-semiotician that studies folklore, and a flock of birds that are the carriers of souls of people that have been unjustly killed, and who can’t leave in peace until something has been done about it. What? Well, that’s a pretty cookie cutter story for me, but I am also apparently a crazy person…
Alright, so the main plot and characters are fairly original, and I really enjoyed the book overall. Sure, the main conceit with the birds was a little bizarre at times, and almost cheesy at others, but I was totally immersed in the story, and the mythical and supernatural aspects. I liked it for the same reasons that I enjoyed Lost for example, except that instead of random polar bears, this has SOUL BIRDS!!
I did enjoy my time with this book. It was an interesting read, and it kept my attention throughout. I am happy to say that my gamble paid off very well, and I very much enjoyed Amanda’s first outing. I will definitely be on the lookout for what comes next!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The ending is very unexpected! I look forward to reading more books written by Ms. Darcy.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This was a very good read.It was steeped in ghosts and ancient religion's beliefs and how some places still believe in those ways.Published 12 months ago by Kindle Customer
What a well-written mystery drama and mind blowing thriller. I found my stomach in knots in many parts of the story as I read through the pages and anticipated what was going to... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Anna-A
I'm going to be harsh here but this book really annoyed me for a variety of reasons. I did read it to the end as I was curious to find out how it would come together - but that... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Ghengiz Jones
This book was a bummer for me. It got boring and long winded. I was ready to put it down and not finish it, but an avid reader, I could not do that. It was a disappointment to me.Published 15 months ago by Marge
Well written, good characters, intriguing multi-layered story set in a suitably remote and mysterious, yet somehow, familiar setting. I will read more by this author.Published 16 months ago by Alexa Anderson
This book starts out with small little paragraph chapters of news clippings that make you want to stop reading it because you can't seem to get into the story. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Tracy
The remote Scottish island of Faull becomes a character and Ms. Darcy does a spectacular job of creating the dark atmosphere of it. Read morePublished 17 months ago by N. Davis
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