Wednesday, December 06, 2023

The Lost Tomb by Douglas Preston

From the Foreword by David Grann: The first thing you notice about these thirteen remarkable true tales by Douglas Preston is that they all contain elements of intrigue.
Most readers know Douglas Preston as one-half of the writing team responsible (along with Lincoln Child) for the Pendergast novels, but he has also been an editor at the American Museum of Natural History and has written about archaeology and paleontology for the New Yorker, National Geographic and Smithsonian. His journalistic explorations have taken him around the world. 
The Lost Tomb is a collection of true stories about buried treasure, murder, lost tombs, and strange crimes. Several of the stories previously appeared in other publications and have been updated for this book. What became crystal clear as I read is the important part non-fiction has always played in Preston's fiction.

This book is a gold mine for enthusiasts of archaeology and paleontology. I felt as though I were with the team that discovered a vast Egyptian tomb Pharaoh Ramses II built for his fifty-two sons. (No, that number isn't a typo.) I became acquainted with the personalities of many famous archaeologists, anthropologists, and paleontologists. However, what I learned about archaeology in the Southwestern United States made the biggest impression on me. There is a lot of fascinating information in these pages

If you're interested in the subjects of archaeology, anthropology, or paleontology, The Lost Tomb is an excellent way to spend a few hours.

The Lost Tomb and Other Real-Life Stories of Bones, Burials and Murder
eISBN: 9781538741245
Grand Central Publishing © 2023
eBook, 320 pages
Rating: B+
Source: Net Galley


  1. I'll bet you knew I'd be interested in this one, didn't you, Cathy? The topic fascinates me! And it'll be interesting to see just Preston's writing. Yeah, definitely on my wish list!

    1. I had a feeling you might perk up with this one, Margot!

  2. I love reading about archaeology and lost tombs and buried treasure! This is a book I think I would really enjoy. Plus, I really like Preston's writing. :D

  3. This was an easy add to my list, just based on title and author, even before seeing your good review. I don't seem to read much set in the Southwest recently, so the stories set there will help redress the balance.

    1. You have to read a little something set in my neck of the woods, FR! ;-)


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