Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Teaser Tuesday 46: The Dark Place

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current read.
* Share a few “teaser” sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!


READ: June 2010




Twenty minutes later he was as lost as he’d ever been in his life. The trouble was that the trail descended at once, back into the rain forest, and there it did peter out, or at least become so overrun with huckleberry, horsetail, ferns, and even some fledgling trees that it required more concentrated attention than he gave it, engaged as he was in reciting Yahi vocabulary.
(pg 184)





About the Book
Genre: Mystery

This is the second in the Gideon Oliver series. See my post from July 12 for the first book, Fellowship of Fear. I've really enjoyed discovering this author's books this year.

A hiker in Washington State's Olympic Park vanished eight years ago. Only a pile of bones remains—but that's enough to go on for Gideon Oliver, the "Skeleton Detective." He deduces that someone, or something, of superhuman strength killed the young man—and that the spear that killed him is identical to those used by hunters ten thousand years ago...

And now, a young woman has disappeared—and Gideon can't help but think she'll meet the same fate. To save her, he must study the sparse records of an extinct tribe of American Indians in far-off California—and embark on a dangerous trek through North America's only rain forest...



32 comments:

Booklover Book Reviews said...

This sounds riveting. Hadn't heard of this novel...

Here's my teaser this week - from a classic.

Novroz said...

what's yahi vocabulary?

It sounds like an interesting book

Kah Woei said...

Wow, very intriguing! Love that book cover, by the way.

Mine's from Empress by Karen Miller.

Shelley Munro said...

Intriguing! I'm going to have to check this out since I've visited Olympic Park

Anne said...

Sounds like a story from Bones. Is this highly recommended? =)

Mine's here.

Darlyn said...

Yahi vocabulary? Sounds neat!and the cover is creepy!Yikes!

Here’s mine;

http://darlynandbooks.blogspot.com/2010/08/teaser-tuesdays-stake-that.html

Happy Tuesday!

Emma said...

Never heard of this author before or this book, so thankyou for your Teaser. I think this is a great way to be introduced to new books.

Here is mine: http://emma-thebookworm.blogspot.com/2010/08/teaser-tuesday.html

Kaye said...

That's certainly an interesting cover and I'm glad you are enjoying the series. First in line this morning Heather, you must have been up before the birds! Have a great week, Tootsie, and happy reading. Here's my teaser and giveaway .

Marg said...

Hate the idea of being as lost as I've ever been!

My teaser is from To Say Nothing of the Dog this week.

NotNessie @ Today's Adventure said...

Interesting teaser. The book cover makes me laugh.

This week, my Teaser Tuesday is featuring my books chosen for Once Upon A Week!

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

That really caught my attention. There was a lot of info in those two sentences, too!

Now I'm going to want to know what happens next....

Kristin said...

Interesting teaser...never heard of this book - will have to check it out.

Here's my teaser.

Michelle said...

Sounds interesting.

My teaser is up

Calico Crazy said...

Sounds like a fun series, I'll have to take a closer look. My teaser is up at Calico Contemplations.

Alayne said...

Great teaser, definitely spooky and intriguing. Mine is at The Crowded Leaf.

Lori said...

I have never heard of this book. It looks to be a trippy read though...perhaps on the creepy side. I hope that you are enjoying your book.Here's my Tuesday Teaser

Heather said...

Joanne: I had not heard of this author or series myself until introduced to Elkins a few months ago. He was the June featured author in the Cozy Mysteries group at GoodReads.

Novroz: The Yahi were a subgroup of the Yana people, a now extinct tribe of Native Americans indigenous to Northern California in the central Sierra Nevada Mountains. They were, essentially, exterminated by settlers. Not a shining moment in American history.

Kah Woei: I've only read the first two books in this series, but have liked them so far. Planning to read book three this month as part of another challenge in the Cozy Mysteries group. All the covers in the series are fairly plain and feature a skeleton.

Aisle B said...

Interesting Teaser.Will have to look up this book.
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Heather said...

Shelley: This particular chapter was rather creepy. Though I've never been to the Olympic Mountains, I could easily envision the rain forest there through Elkins' descriptions.

Anne: Yes, I highly recommend this book and series and think anyone who likes the TV series Bones would like Gideon Oliver as he is also a "skeleton detective". This is book two, Fellowship of Fear is book one.

Darlyn: I had never heard of the Yahi before this book, though apparently school children in California are taught all about them. It was both sad and interesting learning about this primitive people.

Heather said...

Emma: Thank you, I've glad you liked this. Teaser Tuesday is definitely a great way to hear of different books and authors!

Kaye: Thanks, and er...actually it was a matter of being up later than I should (1am CDT), and checking to see if MizB had posted the thread yet before I logged off. I got lucky, LOL.

Marg: Yes, being lost can be quite an ordeal. Luckily, I seem to have a built in compas and am always able to figure out where I am and how to get to where I'm going.

Not Nessie: I'm glad I'm not the only one who loves the skeletons on these covers. The skeleton is doing something different on each cover of the series - including walking a dog on one book! *g*

Heather said...

Laurel-Rain: Only two sentences, but they do paint quite a picture, don't they? And not just of the surroundings, but of the character himself. Thanks for visiting!

Kristin: Thank you. I had not heard of this series of books or the author before June myself. I'm glad I was introduced to them!

Michelle: Thanks, Michelle, it was quite interesting once you got into it. I confess, the first couple chapters were slow going, but it really picked up after that.

Calico Crazy: So far I am enjoying the series, though there are so many books (16!) it will take me a while to catch up. I have four others in the TBR, and keep checking the used book stores in hopes of finding more. Too expensive to buy that many books new, LOL!

Heather said...

Alayne: Thank you, it does paint the atmosphere quite well, doesn't it? *g*

Lori: Not that trippy at all, despite the creepiness of the rain forest. I had not heard of the author before reading it in June, either, but it was a good adventure.

Aisle B: Thank you, I hope you find (and like!) the series. Thanks for visiting!

Lady Q said...

That's a nice teaser. Looks like I would enjoy the author's style. This week my teaser is from The Count of Monte Cristo.

Alice Audrey said...

This sounds like a really good one.

April said...

Great teaser!! I love the cover on this - it is one that I would definitely pick up and check out further!!

Cat said...

I've heard of this author but I can't remember where. I like the little teaser though.

Composing Cat

Violet said...

I love the beautifully green and fern-filled Olympic National Forest and will have to look for this series. As much as I love the forest, it is not a place I would like to be lost (particularly when trying to track down a mysterious killer). Thanks for sharing this teaser! :)

Heather said...

Lady Q: Thanks, I do hope you'll give the series a try - I think it is one you would like!

Alice: Thanks, it was a good one - and even had a romance to boot!

April: I love the cover art in this series. That skeleton really gets around!

Cat: Thank you. I can't say if I'd heard of Elkins before or not, but he is quite prolific. More than a dozen books in this one series, plus two other series as well!

Violet: Thanks for stopping by, I'm glad you liked the excerpt and hope you enjoy the book and rest of the series!

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

awesome teaser and i love the cover too!

Heather said...

Thanks, Carrie! :)

Audrey said...

Interesting teaser :) Sounds like a good book.
Thanks so much for visiting my TT!

Heather said...

Thanks, Audrey. It was indeed a good one!