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Archaeologist Angie Cooper's colleague and friend, Tarek "Digger" Rashid, is murdered in front of her. But not before giving her cryptic photographic clues to a hidden tomb and the two thousand year old bones within. Angie must battle a ruthless hitman, hired by a U.S. senator with presidential aspirations, and a sociopathic religious zealot while overcoming severe acrophobia. Caught in a web of lies, deceit, and betrayal, she works to unravel the secret of Digger's bones. Bones...
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Archaeologist Angie Cooper's colleague and friend, Tarek "Digger" Rashid, is murdered in front of her. But not before giving her cryptic photographic clues to a hidden tomb and the two thousand year old bones within. Angie must battle a ruthless hitman, hired by a U.S. senator with presidential aspirations, and a sociopathic religious zealot while overcoming severe acrophobia. Caught in a web of lies, deceit, and betrayal, she works to unravel the secret of Digger's bones. Bones that affect the lives of all they touch.

Digger's Bones is an action packed thriller that takes you from the churches and burial tombs of ancient Jerusalem to the harrowing cliffs of Bandelier National Monument and the glacier capped Zugspitze in Germany. Angie Cooper, her career in shambles, finds herself on the run from mercenaries, the Holy See, the FBI, and Interpol while trying to solve one of archaeology's great mysteries. Yet some things are better left in the past.

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Editorial Reviews

Leslie Wright
In Digger's Bones, (Keefe) has brought to life a possibility of epic proportions. Keefe has written a story that is well researched, and just unbelievable enough to be believable.

Digger's Bones is a roller coaster of emotion; this story is full of surprises, and the ending is no different.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a great adventure, (a) book club or reading group would find a great deal of different and interesting, and possibly controversial (reading).
Rob Steiner
Paul Mansfield Keefe's Digger’s Bones is professionally written and fast-paced, evoking the thrills and conspiracy theories of Dan Brown.

Keefe does a good job spacing out the clues to the mystery of Digger's bones, keeping the reader guessing as to where the next clue will lead Angie.

(Keefe) also throws in several plot twists that turn the story in a completely different direction...the stakes exponentially rise with each new revelation.
Grace Krispy
Paul Mansfield Keefe has written a thrilling book that takes you on a ride worthy of the big screen. Angie is a very likable and interesting character, and you find yourself rooting for her. There are several unexpected twists and turns, and you're barely given time to catch your breath before Angie is off and running again. I wanted to keep reading to discover what happened next. (...) the last few pages of the book are satisfying to the reader who has (read) the story the whole way through.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781456313753
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/31/2010
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Mansfield Keefe was born in Lowell, Massachusetts and grew up in Manchester, New Hampshire. He worked as a multimedia artist and programmer for non-profits and corporations creating websites and applications since the early years of the Internet. Music and animation led him to realize his story telling talents could best be put to use in writing novels. Digger's Bones, the first book in the Angie Cooper Series, is his first novel.
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  • Posted January 26, 2011

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    An excellent debut

    Digger's Bones is a thriller with substance. Angie Cooper is a failed archaeologist; having wanted nothing more than to pursue her lifelong dream to follow in her father's footsteps and become an accomplished archaeologist, she destroys her career by being too impulsive and making a huge mistake.
    We meet Angie at her lowest ebb, she has lost touch with her friends, her career has ended and she has also recently lost her mother. Her father died when she was a child and she still harbours feeling she associates with guilt over his death and experiences recurring nightmares.

    Her old friend, Tarek 'Digger' Rashid, contacts her, asking her to meet him. At their meeting, in a restaurant, he advises her that a former colleague of theirs, Professor Rothschild, is dead. Then, a strange man joins them at the table, and kills Digger; taking away the Manila folder that Digger had brought with him.
    Angie is left reeling; two of her colleagues are dead and someone is evidently keen to stop some information being disclosed. Professor Rothschild and Digger had obviously unearthed an important archaeological find. Digger's last words to her were that she should revisit a place they had been together, Bandelier, New Mexico, and look in a hidey-hole. Angie knew that he must have left something there for her to find, something with implications so huge that people were prepared to kill to prevent the word getting out.

    Digger was the only one who ever stood by Angie. Even though she knows she will be risking her own life, she is determined to find out what Digger had wanted to tell her.

    In the hidey-hole, Angie finds a flash drive containing photographs which appear to hold clues to the mystery. Angie knew that Professor Rothschild had a theory that Judas's bones were somewhere in the holy land and he wanted to find them. Perhaps he had? Fans of Dan Brown's books will find more religious controversy to whet their appetites within these pages.

    We follow Angie on her travels to locate Digger's bones. She is ruthlessly pursued by the strange man from the restaurant, 'Tek'. But he is not the only one who wants to stop her uncovering the secret. Many people associated with Digger's bones are being killed. But who is the killer?

    As she embarks on her search for the bones, Angie is reunited with her former lover, Reilly, and for a time it seems that her life may be getting back on track; perhaps if she discovers the bones, she could get back to her work as an archaeologist and be taken seriously again? But even Reilly is reluctant to help her in her search when the going gets tough.
    There is a lot of edge-of-your-seat action in this book as Angie is forced to run for her life on more than a couple of occasions. The action scenes are well written and compulsive, and this complex story is crafted with skill. There is a lot of historical information in the book, showing that it was well-researched.

    All the characters are believable, and I was especially impressed by the character of Angie Cooper whose emotions and thoughts were so realistic as those from a female perspective.
    This book contains action, adventure, mystery and romance. Angie's character is particularly well-developed as she tries to deal with her emotional baggage in regard to her father's death. The subjects of regret, guilt and forgiveness are dealt with well.
    Enthralling. A very enjoyable read
    Reviewed by Maria Savva as a reviewer for Bookpleasures.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 1, 2011

    More twists than a roller coaster!

    In "Digger's Bones," Angie Cooper, a disgraced archeologist, finds herself embroiled in ancient mysteries and modern day villains when her mentor, Professor Stanley Rothschild, is murdered on his excavation site in Jerusalem. Their mutual friend, Tarek "Digger" Rashid, asks to meet her in Washington, DC to tell her of the murder and is killed in front of her by a hitman, Tek. An old boyfriend, Jack Reilly, tries to help her decipher clues she was left on a USB drive from Digger's computer.

    Has Rothschild unearthed bones that will disprove Christianity? Is that why Vatican City has unleashed a sociopathic priest Brother Elias to stop the dig? Or has Rothschild unearthed bones that have the potential to fracture the United States government? Why else would a US Senator with an eye on the Presidency send his hitman after Angie?

    Among the list of characters - Dr. Christopher Lausen, her professor and mentor at Columbia - FBI Agent Gage Tyrell - fellow archeologist in Israel, Dr. Adel Haremb - and Captain Henri Rousseau, the best known officer at the Jerusalem Interpol NCB, the National Central Bureau - at least one of them will betray her. And at least one of them will find redemption.

    Just like Angie's bad case of vertigo, you will find the horizon spinning as the clues lead you from one conclusion to another, and to one part of the globe to another. The author, Paul Mansfield Keefe, knows how to twist a story and how to keep subplots bubbling. He writes with authority on sites in Jerusalem and makes them come alive through his pen. If you like to try and figure out whodunit before the book ends, this one's definitely for you!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 19, 2011

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    A Wild Adventure

    Some archeological finds can have an enormous impact on the world. Is there ever a time when those finds should be kept from the public? Angie Cooper is faced with this dilemma. Along the way, she is sucked into a world of conspiracy and deceit that threatens much of what she thought she knew about herself, her friends and the world.

    Digger's Bones is a fast-paced adventure. The biblical and historical facts interspersed throughout are well-researched and give a realistic feel to the story.

    This book has a fascinating premise and would be perfect for a reading/discussion group.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2011

    Action, Suspense, Intriguing Plot!

    If you loved The DaVinci Code you will want to read this amazing first novel by author Paul Keefe. Main character Angie Cooper, archeologist/detective extraordinaire, is one tough, stubborn and independent woman in this highly suspenseful action adventure story. Mr. Keefe has also centered the story around a plausible archeological find that could change world history and religious beliefs. Angie finds herself being pursued by a hit man working for a U.S. senator as well as a religious lunatic on a mission to save the Catholic church. She must outrun and outwit the two men as well as try to solve the mysterious clues to the archeological discovery her beloved friends were working on before being brutally murdered. She gets a little help from her friends along the way, resulting in a trip to Jerusalem, Germany and Washington, D.C. Mr. Keefe has included every story element one could wish for with suspense, intrigue, detective work, romance, surprising plot twists, scientific and religious historical background and well-developed characters. This is certainly a worthy debut for this new author and I hope we will see much more of Angie Cooper in upcoming novels.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2013

    fast paced

    page turner

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  • Posted September 13, 2011

    Good Read!

    Very enjoyable with surprises and a great ending!

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