by John Olson

May 2008
ISBN: 978-1414314594
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Paleontologist Dr. Katie James loves the work involved with fossil hunting, but she hates the moments when she’s forced to give statements to the press. When a small, intimate gathering of her peers turns into a free-for-all with reporters snapping pictures and shoving the mic in her face, Katie freaks out and ends up running from the auditorium. That move, along with her Christianity, costs her job at the University of New Mexico.

However, Katie is only unemployed a few hours when she is called back to go on a fossil hunt in the Iraqi desert, where a lone shepherd stumbles across a whale fossil. Katie is in a rush to get there before her rival, Nick Murad.

When Katie arrives in Iraq, she uncovers a human fossil, which is so controversial, she’s forced to collaborate with Nick. The results of their find flies in the face of the current scientific theory, and it seems everyone turns against them, including those they thought they could trust. When the fossil disappears, Nick and Katie’s reputations, careers, and lives are at stake.

When I first saw Fossil Hunter I didn’t think I would find it too interesting, so I hesitated to start reading the book. However, the book grabbed my attention from page one, and I had to keep reading to find out what happened next. Fossil Hunter far exceeded my expectations and is an absolutely wonderful read.

Katie is a dedicated Christian, of the sort where her faith is an important part of her everyday life, and I loved the way it was woven into the story. The hot, sandy deserts of Iraq seemed almost real in the sweltering humidity weather in my area boasted when I read this book. Fossil Hunter is an excellent book, and I can’t wait to see more books by this very talented author.

Reviewed in June 2008 by Laura.

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