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Length: 346 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 2406 KB
  • Print Length: 346 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: April 2, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,387,362 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MrsG on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Lucas TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 31, 2015
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“The Curious Prophecy of Birds” is a suspense novel that blends mystery with a touch of the paranormal and more than a few dark secrets.

As the novel opens, Kate Simmonds is dealing with a terrible tragedy—a fall killed her climbing partner, and she’s hiding from the world. But a weird phenomenon in a remote Scottish isle draws her back out; in addition to being a climber, she’s also an ornithologist, and she’s eager to investigate whatever is causing many different species of birds to flock together as one. Yet why they’re flocking is just one of the mysteries on Faull, where people frequently and mysteriously disappear; she’ll forge an uneasy partnership with Nick, who has secrets of his own and who studies how the natural world and animals interact. Soon, they find themselves in danger—and connected in a myriad of ways…

There are many plot threads in this book, making it hard to summarize; the book weaves back and forth in time between the present day and between a climb Kate’s father took. It also moves back and forth between characters’ perspectives. However, that’s not to say it’s hard to understand—the author does a good job of bringing everything together into one cohesive narrative, with the storylines building upon one another until they connect at the shocking conclusion. The novel has a vivid sense of detail that brings Faull alive, and it deftly builds a sense of foreboding using both the birds and the locals; the rising sense of danger keeps the plot moving forward. Both Kate and Nick are written with complexity, which also draws you into the story; I found both of their characters likeable and interesting, though I was also partial to Jock.

Recommended to readers who like thriller/mystery novels with a twist of dark fantasy.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LESLIE OBRIEN on 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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