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by Aaron Elkins

The first novel introducing forensic anthropologist Gideon Oliver, known as "The Skeleton Detective," is back in print with an electrifying new package design.
Download Fellowship of Fear epub
ISBN: 0446404020
ISBN13: 978-0446404020
Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Thrillers & Suspense
Author: Aaron Elkins
Language: English
Publisher: Mysterious Press (May 1, 1994)
ePUB size: 1844 kb
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Rating: 4.4
Votes: 487
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This first novel in Aaron Elkins' Gideon Oliver series reads like a even less enjoyable version of the Bill Murray atrocity The Man Who Knew too Little. I read a number of the other Gideon Oliver books before reading this one, and I loved them all. The only people who should read this novel are those who want to be able to say they've read the whole series. If your thinking about reading a Gideon Oliver book for the first time, choose any book but this.
How far can a writer push the bounds of credibility in a thriller? If we look at the work of authors whose protagonists resemble superheroes more than real people — Ian Fleming, for example, or Daniel Silva, to cite a contemporary example — we realize that we’ve left the realm of reality. Nobody could seriously pretend that James Bond or Gabriel Allon is a real person. But in more conventional crime and espionage novels, featuring protagonists with obvious human failings, we expect a lot more respect for the real world. At least, I do! Certainly, I was anticipating that when I turned to Fellowship of Fear, the inaugural volume in Aaron Elkins’ series featuring academic anthropologist Gideon Oliver. I didn’t find it.

A likely story!

Elkins’ hero, Gideon Oliver, is a reasonably believable character. He certainly has his faults, even if he displays an unnatural skill at martial arts and a prodigious memory; after all, those are attributes I’ve actually observed among people I’ve known. The problem in Fellowship of Fear lies in the plot. The tale Elkins weaves is what my grandmother would have called “a likely story!,” meaning, of course, that it’s anything but.

A physical anthropologist to the rescue?

Professor Oliver is fresh from a faculty position at what appears to be a prestigious university in Northern California when he arrives in Germany for a guest gig teaching at American military bases in Europe. There, he quickly finds himself caught up in what is frequently alluded to — but never fully described — as a mysterious Soviet plot. (The book was published in 1982, when the USSR was still alive and kicking.) Somehow, Soviet agents are obtaining and smuggling sensitive information about U.S. military capabilities from American bases across the continent, which, once they have the last bits of information in hand, will lead in some unstated fashion to . . . something horrible. Really, really horrible. We can only imagine what catastrophe will befall the hapless Americans if U.S. intelligence doesn’t prevent those last bits of information to fall into Russian hands! As I said, “a likely story!”

About the author

Aaron Elkins has written seventeen novels in the Gideon Oliver series as well as fifteen other mysteries and thrillers. Old Bones, the fourth book in the Gideon Oliver series, won the Edgar Award for Best Mystery Novel. Despite my misgivings, I’ll read the book in hopes it’s enough better than Fellowship of Fear to be worthy of that award.
I thought the characters and dialogue were boring. There was some crude sex dialogue, a few f-bombs and some profanity for those that might be interested. I read 50% of the book, then skimmed to the end. I never do that, but this book was just not worth spending any more time on.
This is a good story with a lot of action and an incredible mystery. Professes Gideon is bounced around various military bases all overseas. There is a spy stealing info to give to enemies and Gideon is recruited to look out for the person responsible. What he doesn’t realize is that in taking the position, everyone is out to kill him and almost succeed a couple times. Professor Gideon is a great character and the plot fascinating and engrossing.
The series that has resulted from this first book has been a real pleasure to follow. The 'Skeleton Detective' proves to be a great concept for the main character, who in subsequent books travels the world to solve murders. Elkins books are right in the pocket for me in terms of tone. I get bored with 'cozies', but dislike books with a lot of gore. So this series offers interesting plots with characters whose relationships become more complex as the stories go on. It's a compelling series and this is the place to start.
this was ellkins first or third, forget which, but if you like his writing you will like this. he throws just enough into a story to keep you interested and into the story and that's what is wanted.
Loved the book. Kept me intrigued. Didn’t necessarily follow the scientific stuff but took it at face value. Very interesting analyses. Good story line. Going on to read the next in this series. Have read other Elkin books and enjoyed them all.
I've got three of these Dr. Gideon Oliver books on the Kindle, and enjoyed them all. Two of them, including this one, have only minor typos in a couple of places - run on paragraphs, a couple of words where the OCR didn't pick the words apart properly, etc. So from the "reading on a Kindle" standpoint, I'd say just one pinch short of excellent.

I had read other books in the Oliver series before finding this one, so it was a bit of a surprise to find it more of a "spy thriller" than anything else. And in one sense I found the ineptitude of the KGB and the CIA a bit ridiculous...but then, you know, I got to thinking.... considering how inept the ATA is at their very important job - and how they're *continued* to be allowed to be inept ....I got to thinking that Elkins portrayal of this ineptitude wasn't so much ridiculous as all too probable.

An enjoyable book.