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Thomas Fulling King

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Thirteen Bones available
« on: October 05, 2009, 06:56:50 AM »

My Niku novel, "Thirteen Bones," is now available on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com.  Here's a clip from the jacket blurb:

Summary: Thirteen Bones

On July 2, 1937, nearing the end of a flight around the world, aviation pioneers Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan disappeared over the Pacific.  Despite a massive search, they were never found.  Their fate remains a mystery to this day.

Earhart’s last generally accepted radio message put her on course that likely would have brought her close to Nikumaroro – then called Gardner Island – a tiny, uninhabited atoll in the Phoenix Islands.

In early 1939, British authorities in the Gilbert and Ellice Islands Colony launched the Phoenix Islands Settlement Scheme, and began to clear Gardner Island for coconut planting.  In early 1940, the colonists found thirteen human bones near the island’s southeast end, along with a sextant box, a Benedictine bottle, some corks, and a woman’s shoe.

In Thirteen Bones, author Tom King imagines the discovery and its aftermath through the eyes of the discoverers.
Thirteen Bones is fiction, incorporating facts uncovered by The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery – TIGHAR – during twenty years of investigation into Earhart’s and Noonan’s disappearance.  It includes the flurry of telegrams that went between Settlement Scheme Administrator Gerald B. Gallagher and his superiors in Fiji, reporting the discovery and deciding what to do about it.  It proposes a geopolitical reason that the British authorities did not report the discovery to the Americans – even though the bones were suspected to be Earhart’s.
 
Woven around the tale of the bones, Thirteen Bones tells the story of the Nikumaroro colony, its tragic hero Gallagher, and its adventurous Tunguru (I-Kiribati) and Tuvaluan colonists.  The Phoenix Islands Settlement Scheme (whose acronym its creators cherished) was one of the last expansions of the British Empire.  It was created as the world spiraled into war, and it died as Great Britain struggled to adapt to post-war realities. 

Nikumaroro is a tiny island, and its people had limited contact with the outside world – a world that Thirteen Bones’ protagonist, Keaki, dreams about and struggles to understand.  But that world imposed itself on the island’s small community in many ways – not least, perhaps, by making Nikumaroro the place where Amelia Earhart left her bones.

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Martin X. Moleski, SJ

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Re: Thirteen Bones available
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2009, 10:35:00 PM »

Congratulations, Tom!

Here is a link to the book's description on Amazon.

And one for Barnes & Noble.

It would be nice of someone (or several someones) wrote a review for the online bookstores.  And for us, too!

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Timothy Smith

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Re: Thirteen Bones available
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2009, 06:07:34 PM »

Got my copy a few days ago from Amazon.  Looks good.  I started it but have not had time to finish.  I will write a review for Amazon.  So far, it is a friggin' HOOT!  Tom is great at painting vivid images with elegant, almost sparse, prose.  Anybody who doesn't read it is missing a really fun aspect of the whole AE search.
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Martin X. Moleski, SJ

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Re: Thirteen Bones available
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2009, 06:20:15 PM »

Thanks for the first impression, Tim!

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Martin X. Moleski, SJ

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Re: Thirteen Bones available
« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2009, 06:28:23 AM »

Thirteen Bones now has its own website.

The first shipment of books have arrived from the printer.  Tom will start signing them and distributing them shortly.

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Thomas Fulling King

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Ameliaschpiel & 13Bones Signing, TSU San Marcos
« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2009, 06:24:48 AM »

I'll be doing one of my ever-popular Ameliaschpiels -- a 1-hour Powerpointed discussion of TIGHAR's Niku Hypothesis and its pursuit, followed by open discussion and signing/sales of Thirteen Bones and AE's Shoes -- at Texas State University, San Marcos TX, next Wednesday (11/11) at 7 PM.  It's in Room 101, Taylor-Murphy History Building; open to the public, free.  Come one, come all; feel free to heckle.  Sorry to be late in providing notice; I am newforum-challenged.  Thank you Marty for helping me make it work, if it works.

Tom King
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