by Sukey HowardSeptember, 1999
High adventure . . . Nora Kelly's father disappeared when she was 12, lost in the remote canyons of Southern Utah where he was searching for Quivira, the Anasazi Indians' fabled, fabulous city of gold. Now, 16 years later, an archaeologist working at the Institute in Santa Fe, Nora eerily finds a letter from her father detailing the whereabouts of this legendary treasure trove. Thunderhead, by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, read by Dana Delaney, (6 hours), follows Nora as she counters envious colleagues, gets the backing of the Institute's chief, and pulls together a team of highly talented professionals to finish what her father had started long ago, to unearth the glories of a civilization lost for centuries in the stark, silent slickrock desert. Nora had anticipated some problems this was not an ordinary expedition but she hadn't counted on deceit, betrayal, and power struggles from within her own ranks, and murderous attack from without. Sukey Howard reports on spoken word audio each month.