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Ancient Ones
by Kirk Mitchell
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Bantam, 2002 (2001)

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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Kirk Mitchell's fast-paced, and action-filled thirteenth novel takes the reader to central Oregon where human bones have been uncovered. Are they fourteen thousand years old and therefore Native American? And as such subject to law that requires ancient bones be handed over to the appropriate tribe for reburial?

Or are they modern day man? Such a simple question with very long-reaching repercussions. Bureau of Indian Affairs Investigator Emmett Quanah Parker and FBI Special Agent Anna Turnipseed team up to investigate the possibilities of a real find of great significance to the world of anthropology. The human bones seem to be genuinely old, but misleading facts lead the two to investigate not only their age but also the integrity of the man who claims the bones' age to be legitimate.

Native American lore abounds in this stunner of fast-action and tight writing. Cannibalism takes its place among the pages as does paganism. In between the long hours their jobs demand, Anna and Emmett struggle with personal problems, which only adds to their appeal as characters. The locale descriptions are enough to make one head for this part of the U.S.. An engrossing read.

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