Diablo Mesa by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child is a very
highly recommended excellent thriller and the third book in the Nora
Kelly and Corrie Swanson series. The gripping plot is engaging from
start to finish and engrossing throughout. You can always count on Preston and Child to deliver an entertaining and satisfying story.
Lucas Tappan, a wealthy billionaire and entrepreneur, recruits archaeologist Nora Kelly and her brother Skip to assist a team in a scientific excavation of the Roswell Incident site. Specifically, they will be looking for artifacts at the site where a UFO purportedly crashed in 1947. When examining an aerial survey of the area, Nora detects an area that has indications of being a burial site, so this is the first section she digs up, uncovering two murder victims who were shot in the head and had acid destroy their faces and hands. Nora calls FBI Agent Corrie Swanson, who is assigned the investigation. Corrie has the added benefit of also being a forensic anthropologist. Nora continues on with her excavation of the Roswell crash site while Corrie's homicide investigation uncovers a different facet of the areas intriguing history.
The pages will fly by while reading Diablo Mesa, confirming
why Preston and Child are among my favorite authors. This novel has it
all. The quality of the writing is excellent. The action keeps moving
and the tension and suspense remain high throughout the novel as the two
different mysteries evolve simultaneously. Both mysteries and
investigations are equally compelling and I couldn't turn the pages fast
enough. Readers will know that there is more going on, which only
serves to increase the tension as the mysteries take a turn to the
covert, classified and otherworldly.
Nora and Corrie are both wonderful female protagonists. They are
intelligent, strong, resourceful, fearless, and appealing. The two have
worked together previously in Old Bones and The Scorpion's Tail, but Diablo Mesa
can be read as a standalone novel, although you will likely want to
read the previous two novels in their series after you read this one.