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Thunderhead, like the other novels written by Preston and Child, is a suspenseful page-turner filled with science and intrigue, with just enough of the supernatural--or at least not natural--to tantalize horror and mysticism fans. And, just to tantalize fans of The Relic and Reliquary, the authors even bring back Bill Smithback...not that this is a sequel to the other two books, just that Smithback figures in prominently, that's all.
I don't know a whole lot about Native American pre-history or the history of the Anasazi, but you don't necessarily need to know a lot about it. The authors tell you what you need to know, when you need to know it. On the other hand, I have been to Mesa Verde, so I at least know something about how the Anasazi lived. As a result, I can more easily visualize what the authors are describing, so a bit of prior background knowledge on your part is sure to make your understanding of the text that much easier. Of course, don't expect that to help you when the authors start talking about skinwalkers.
Thunderhead is a good quick--though not that quick--read that bogs down only occasionally when background knowledge must be provided. On the other hand, you don't want to read through the book too quickly and miss any exciting moments, right?
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