Fossil Hunter

Fossil Hunter

by John B. Olson
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Fossil Hunter by John B. Olson

Fossil Hunter is an Indiana Jones-style thriller that explores the Intelligent Design controversy from the points of view of two field scientists working in the strife-torn countries of Iran and Pakistan. When paleontologist Dr. Katie James leads an expedition to search for an ancient whale fossil rumored to be in the Iraqi desert, she has no idea her archrival, Nick Murad, will be searching for the same fossil. But then Katie makes a ground-breaking discovery and is forced to collaborate with Nick to analyze the find before it's destroyed by a fundamentalist government faction. Nick and Katie's initial results fly in the face of current scientific theory, and it seems the whole world turns against them, including those they thought they could trust. Then the fossil disappears, sending Nick and Katie on a chase that could cost them their reputations, their careers—even their lives.

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ISBN-13: 9781414314594
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: 05/01/2008
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.20(d)

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Fossil Hunter 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
kyd123 More than 1 year ago
I love to read; especially fiction. This book's premise is good but the author jumps from one place and characater to another from paragraph to paragraph! Maybe he just wants too much to happen too fast. I can usual get through any book. But honestly, I can't even finish reading this one. I'm quite disappointed because it's a great story line.
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Review by Jill Williamson

Katie James is a paleontologist sent to Iraq to recover a fossil before her rival, Nick Murad, can. But when Katie meets her competition, she can¿t help but like him. Nick is handsome and nice, but he¿s not a Christian, and therefore, not even a consideration to Katie. Katie¿s boss doesn¿t trust Nick and is certain Nick wants to take credit for the find. But when Katie finds a different fossil, one that¿s so controversial it calls evolution into question, she needs Nick¿s help to analyze it before the fundamentalist faction destroys it.

Nick discovers Katie is a Christian. Rumors fly back in the US that she planted the fossil with the intention of giving Creationism or Intelligent Design more credibility. Nick can¿t believe that Katie would do such a thing. But he¿s never met anyone who gets under his skin more. Katie is headstrong, tough, and bossy. Before he can decide what to think about her, the fossil gets stolen, the bad guys start chasing them, and Katie and Nick have to flee for their lives. Can Katie and Nick find the fossil before the bad guys find them?

Fossil Hunter is an action packed adventure that¿s been compared to Indiana Jones, and rightly so. Rare fossils, over-reacting governments in foreign countries, a hint of romance¿one can¿t help but make the comparison. John B. Olson does a fantastic job of thrilling the reader from start to finish. My favorite kinds of books are those you can¿t put down, and this is one of them. Highly recommended.
MichelleSutton More than 1 year ago
Fossil Hunter is one of those books that not only entertains (and believe me, it does!) but it also educates. This is not a mindless story laden with drivel and rhetoric, but is an intelligent work of art, and it's full of depth and intrigue. I was impressed with how well the author developed the setting. I felt like I was on the run and hiding in the hot desert right along with Nick and Katie. And all that dust! Oy! I'd heard the author was an expert at writing from a woman's point of view. That is definitely the case. The main character, Katie, was very believable and strong, yet enticingly vulnerable at the same time. The tension between Katie and Nick was exhilarating, too. I loved that. And unlike many high intensity novels these days, this one had a spiritual element that was subtle, yet genuine and clear. In short, Fossil Hunter is a must-read. If you love action and adventure with subtle romantic elements you will love this story.