Fellowship of Fear (Gideon Oliver Series #1)

Fellowship of Fear (Gideon Oliver Series #1)

by Aaron Elkins


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First in the Edgar Award–winning series “that never disappoints,” featuring the forensic anthropologist known as the Skeleton Detective ( The Philadelphia Inquirer ).

When anthropology professor Gideon Oliver is offered a teaching fellowship at US military bases in Germany, Sicily, Spain, and Holland, he wastes no time accepting. Stimulating courses to teach, a decent stipend, all expenses paid, plenty of interesting European travel . . . What’s not to like?

It does not take him long to find out. On his first night, he is forced to fend off two desperate, black‑clad men who have invaded his Heidelberg hotel room with intent to kill. And then there are a few trivial details that the recruiting agency forgot to mention—such as the fact that the two previous holders of the fellowship both met with mysterious ends.

From there, it is all downhill. Gideon finds himself the target in an unfamiliar game for which no one has bothered to give him the rules. What he does have is his own considerable intellect and his remarkable forensic skills. He will need them, for he is playing for some fairly high stakes: the security of Western Europe.

Fellowship of Fear is the 1st book in the Gideon Oliver Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781497642997
Publisher: Open Road Integrated Media LLC
Publication date: 07/08/2014
Series: Gideon Oliver Series , #1
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 493,333
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Aaron Elkins is a former anthropologist and professor who has been writing mysteries and thrillers since 1982. His major continuing series features forensic anthropologist‑detective Gideon Oliver, “the Skeleton Detective.” There are fifteen published titles to date in the series. The Gideon Oliver books have been (roughly) translated into a major ABC‑TV series and have been selections of the Book‑of‑the‑Month Club, the Literary Guild, and the Readers Digest Condensed Mystery Series. His work has been published in a dozen languages.

 Mr. Elkins won the 1988 Edgar Award for best mystery of the year for  Old Bones , the fourth book in the Gideon Oliver Series. He and his cowriter and wife, Charlotte, also won an Agatha Award, and he has also won a Nero Wolfe Award. Mr. Elkins lives on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula with Charlotte.

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Fellowship of Fear (Book One of the Gideon Oliver Series) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
SEA44 More than 1 year ago
If you love the Bones books by Kathy Reichs then you will love this series also, even though I'm only halfway thru the first book, I've already purchased the next 4 in this series,,, The story is so gripping you don't want to stop reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Gideon Oliver series has been one of my favorites. I have read nearly all of the series but not the first until now. Elkins writes in an excellent manner and love all his discussions of bones and the deductions he makes. Gideon is a sympathetic character and has an intelligent manner about him. Always a good mystery.
catsndolls More than 1 year ago
I recently came across Mr. Elkins latest, but I always start a series at the beginning. This book was a good start, with an interesting hero and, to me, very interesting anthropological forensics. The flaws were an unbelievable plot and a ridiculous level of violence. Ridiculous because of the jejune attitude taken by everyone, including the hero. Our anthropology professor may stand out because he can roll with the punches, but surely he would take a little more caution the second or third time around. Also, the plot seemed crafted more to put our professor in dangerous situations than to make any sense. However, the good parts are the prof's detective friend, the friend's flakey wife (though she does not appear until the end), and the wonderful way the professor goes off into hyper-tech talk. In our post-CSI world, the forensics may not be as impressive, and I did not like that the professor was 100% correct on everything, but all in all, I am ready to read the entire series.
ParadisePorch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Before Kathy Reichs¿ Tempe Brennan and television shows like Bones, there was Aaaron Elkins¿ Gideon Oliver, physical anthropology professor.Fellowship of Fear is the first of Gideon¿s adventures (currently sixteen books). Published in 1982, it draws its tension from the cold war between Russia and the U.S.Recently widowed, Gideon has taken a leave from Northern California State University to take on a stint teaching at the United States Overseas College (¿bringing college courses to Our Boys in Europe¿). His travels take him to Heidelburg in Germany, Sicily, and Madrid.Unknowingly set up to act as the mule for classified army information, Gideon is set upon by thieves, and nearly killed in an automobile accident and its aftermath. This draws the attention of the Security Police who assign officer John Lau to work with Gideon and protect him.Gideon is able to win John¿s confidence by looking at some charred bones ¿ a tibia and a jaw bone ¿ and accurately determining the height & weight and the age & nationality of the deceased ¿ and that he was left-handed and smoked a pipe (honest).Gideon is a likeable character, although not a saint. John Lau takes the reader a little longer to warm up to, but that also reflects Gideon¿s experience with the relationship.Although I greatly enjoy the detective work in Kathy Reichs¿ work, the tension created by a stalking serial killer is a little too ¿thrilling¿ for me. This book, centering on ¿who¿s the Russian spy?¿, allowed me to enjoy the forensic work at a tension level I can tolerate. In fact, I more than tolerated: I really liked this book and will probably read at least another in the series.
audryh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Gideon Oliver is a visiting professor in Europe and becomes involved in a Russian spy ring. At one point he identifies the charred fragments of bones and teeth from a corpse, revealing, handedness, pipe-smoking, ethnicity, height & weight, etc.
brownsica on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ok-series is supposed to get better later.
LisaMaria_C on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
All the cloak and dagger seemed incredible and the author lost credibility with me fast. I just didn't buy how Gideon was recruited and how the plot unfolded just seemed very B-movie to me with nothing about the lead character or style making me feel the novel was worth persisting with. The whole premise of one after another visiting lecturer being bumped off--well, in Harry Potter you can believe a curse. In the case of the US military just letting this go yet blithely hiring another lecturer without taking precautions--hard to believe. Gideon also came across to me as supercilious and very Marty Stu before a few dozen pages had passed. (He's a mild-mannered academic, and we're supposed to believe he can successfully fight off professionals attacking him using a technique he read about once years ago?)
readerbynight on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The first novel featuring Gideon Oliver, "The Skeleton Detective." The anthropologist who likes his bones already stripped and dry!
MaddieBloom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
FELLOWSHIP OF FEAR is the first Gideon Oliver novel and it's totally delightful. Oliver is all excited that his stint as a visiting fellow will enable him to visit Europe for the first time. Suddenly, he's enmeshed in an international spy chase and being attacked by masked strangers and saved by equally mysterious strangers and he discovers that both previous visiting fellows met an untimely end.Thus is Gideon Oliver's career as a criminal investigator par excellence born. Bewildered by almost everything outside his professional scope, amazingly uncanny about anything related to his profession, he's a beguiling and likeable lead character. I look forward to reading lots more of the series.
jjmcgaffey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I wanted to read the first Gideon Oliver again. It's not bad, though the skeletal study is a very small part of the story - more action than thought.
kamas716 More than 1 year ago
A cute little semi-spy thriller with an anthropology slant. For a first novel in series it wasn't bad, but not great. Closer to 3.5 stars than 4. Gideon and John were decently developed but not overly fleshed out, but most of the others were rather flat. There were a couple of red herrings, one very obvious, one only slightly less so. It did keep my interest and had me guessing who the traitor really was. I did get the impression that the author isn't real impressed with the compartmentalization of the intelligence agencies. Also it seemed like a lot of sex in this installment (I've only read one other, and that had none), so I don't know if that's something pervasive in the series or not. The ebook was formatted well with no obvious spelling/grammar mistakes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I gave up half way through. Seldom have I come across a more disjointed plot. It was almost like every other page was missing because it made so little sence. Even the love scene had me yawning. Buy it at your own risk.
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moose_tracker More than 1 year ago
This is an enjoyable read, definately date to the time period when it was written, but good. Charactor is believable, has some impressive skills, but isn't superman, so has his human failing also.
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