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Fatal Voyage (4) (A Temperance Brennan Novel) Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 2002
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- Publisher : Pocket Star (July 1, 2002)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 448 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0671028375
- ISBN-13 : 978-0671028374
- Item Weight : 7.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 1 x 6.75 inches
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Dr. Reichs, being an M.E. herself, writes in great descriptive, medical detail. Many times descriptions get somewhat boring in novels; not hers. The woman knows from personal experience what she writes about.
She also does very well on the cause of the catastrophe. Having been in the airline business, I can say her description of events on the crash are spot on and plausible.
Tempe Brennan M.E., protagonist, is ever professional. However, she finds false accusations fired at her. Why? Reading the book, it becomes clear. She also stumbles upon a small abandoned homestead during her crash investigation; beginning the second novel within a novel.
I would have been happy if the author had kept Dr. Brennan on her typical road of realism. Instead, the author introduces a story-line which really isn't probable at all and just does not fit the character and the book. Its "out there" and "over the top." It seems better suited to a supernatural book than a Dr. Tempe Brennan story. This, for me, killed the book. For me, all logic ended after the source of the aircraft accident was found. I skimmed the rest.
I still give this four stars due to the very well done descriptive writing and the well done character development, along with some tongue in cheek humor. Sadly, not one of my favorites due to the second half.
This is good reading so far. Ms Reichs writes fluently with a sense of humor, but the plot starts degenerating into, well, when I begin reading about the British painter William Hogarth and our own Benjamin Franklin indulging in satanic rituals I began to get a bit queasy. And then how does Pope Innocent III (d.1216) enter the picture. I don't want to tell you where the story goes, but I trust you are getting some idea about a possible descent into bizarro land.
There are a few other problems. The cast of Fatal Voyage is probably just a few folks shy of the number of folks in Tolstoy's War and Peace. I finally bogged down, and quit trying to remember at least 40 different characters. Many writers have problems dealing with expository material. The author needs to get certain information across to the reader without directing her remarks directly to the reader. Ms Reichs solves this problem by dragging a large dog around with her for almost the complete novel. When she wants us to know what the skyline of Charlotte looks like she tells the dog about it, and then dog barks, raises ears, yawns or engages in some other similar return communication. When she wants us to know what she is thinking she verbalizes it to the dog.
The behavior of some of the characters in this book is so unrealistic, so unbelievable that I often didn't want to go on reading. What ever happened to the good old realistic detective story? Is it a dying genre? It sometimes seems so.
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She is writing about a fictional character who is involved in a specialist profession which is exactly the same as she is qualified to carry out and does/did so in same places as her heroine. So there will be some detailed explanations of procedure and detailed descriptions of organisations. Way, way beyond the knowledge of anyone not so employed unless an avid amateur researcher. While it is a form of padding that in itself is not unusual in authors but I have no way of knowing if she is authentic. Of course, authors write about technical areas in which they have to rely on being advised by experts or worse still write about it without much evidence of checking and get it obviously wrong.
As seems to be standard for even the best of authors she has intervals where the heroine has to eat and maybe cook beforehand in some detail about menus and food cupboard contents. Unlike every other author in this genre she lets her heroine DRINK TEA as well as the ubiquitous coffee. And a love interest of sorts. Goes to bed with her husband! Shocking!
Perhaps a little different from some novels in not having multiple loose ends being tidied into a conclusion.
As with previous stories it is written in the first person so unless she is present there have to be other means of informing the reader of progress elsewhere and she adds library visits, a helpful letter and her usual discussions albeit with her cat and a dog she has in her care for her husband.
You have to take some slow moving sections that might seem tedious in trying to be informative as parts of the construction and there are some in the book but she has a nice "tone" with humour as an addition.
Got books 5 and 6 on kindle as well as book 16 from Amazon bargain day so will keep her on my reading list for at the least the next two and not simply as a filler between better authors.
Plus there are some things which begin to grate in the books in general. For example, Tempe is sold as a protagonist who is to a certain extent married to her work, and therefore is reasonably assumed to be dilligent and reliable in her profession. However many of the book shave her doing things so stupid that in the real world she'd have been fired! Taking home confidential case notes whilst her nephew is staying with her and inviting friends (journalist!) over, no control over who is in her office etc. It's just a bit silly. You can't one the one hand be making out like she is the go-to expert in all things professionally and when not considered first class, it is only due to misogeny etc on the part of others, to the other hand where she is breachig so many protocols and allowing case information to go walkabout all the time. It reduces credibility for the whole book unfortunately.
In general, I will read any crime drama, and am not put off by sloppy writing, but i'm just bored of reading the same thing under different titles, so unfortunately I don't thinkI'll be buying any more Kathy Reichs...