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The Curious Prophecy of Birds [Kindle Edition]

Amanda Darcy
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Book Description

On a remote Scottish island, the arrival of a strange flock of birds is a harbinger of evil, murder, mystery and revenge. This fast-paced thriller weaves a path of suspense and intrigue through the past and the present. Different lives collide, drawn together by random events and coincidence.
Except there's no such thing as coincidence.

Nick and Kate are thrown together on the isolated, hostile island of Faull. Kate has come to study the birds and to escape the nightmare of her past but Nick has come to study something much darker and much more disturbing. Something that lies hidden on the moors and in the caves of the island.

He is looking for their secrets.
Secrets buried deep in the history of the island and in the psyche of the islanders.
Secrets that the islanders will do anything to keep hidden.
Dark secrets that have lain dormant for years but which are about to be re-awakened with terrifying results.

As Nick and Kate explore the remote, sacred places of Faull they uncover mysterious symbols carved into rock and concealed across the island. As Nick searches for their meaning he and Kate are drawn into the horror that is beginning to be re-born.

But it is not just the islanders that have something to hide. Nick and Kate have secrets in their past and as they try to unravel the mysteries of the island those secrets are about to catch up with them, with terrifying consequences.

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  • File Size: 2396 KB
  • Print Length: 295 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #334,877 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new master/mistress of mystery thrillers May 1, 2014
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Though there is not a trace of information about author Amanda Darcy it would seem this might be her debut novel, and if that is the case we are in the presence of a uniquely gifted new writer. She understands the secrets of building a mystery, cloaks them with seemingly short opening chapters that separate facts, gradually introduces characters other than her main actor, and never for a page lets up on the tension that builds to an unexpected ending. Her writing style (use of words, slang, grammar, local references, etc) suggests that she is from the UK, perhaps Scotland, but for some reason her identity has yet to surface. With the success of this book we no doubt will here about her soon.

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?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great from the beginning! May 7, 2014
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I found The Curious Prophecy of Birds to be superstitious yet thrilling. We begin by meeting Kate, an experienced climber, who is climbing with her partner Robbie when he tragically falls off the cliff to the sea below. When she finds his body she discovers that the fall has killed him. As Kate, who is also a scientist, tries to uncover mysteries about the flock of birds on this remote island she and Robbie were on, she tries to learn about the prophecy of these birds. Kate meets some new people who might be able to help her learn about these strange happenings that might somehow have something to do with these birds? This type of book is not something I usually read, but I am so glad I did. The thought put into this book is compelling and very detailed.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great thriller steeped in deception and folklore May 25, 2014
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Described as a murder mystery or crime thriller, I found myself much more interested in the behaviors of the birds and I would have liked to see much more on the symbology, as that mixed with ancient folklore is always of interest to me. It’s difficult to provide a review without giving too much away (you can find out more by reading the story’s synopsis and other reviewer comments), but there are several backstories going on that eventually culminate in a way that is both tragic and just. And while normally, I don’t like it when stories bounce around, in this case, Darcy does an excellent job of providing information in a way that doesn’t give too much away until the end. And you have to admit, what fun would a thriller steeped in folklore be if you had it all figured out before the end?

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.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I am always on the lookout for new books to read, and especially new authors. Maybe it’s the excitement of getting in on the ground floor of a potentially great author’s work that compels me to do that, or maybe it’s just to check out an author’s first work, before all of their kinks have been worked out. Whatver the case may be, I was very excited to check this book out, after reading the premise.

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!
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