An Echo in the Bone

An Echo in the Bone

A Novel

Book - 2009
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Diana Gabaldon’s brilliant storytelling has captivated millions of readers in her bestselling and award-winning Outlander saga. In An Echo in the Bone, the seventh volume, Gabaldon continues the extraordinary story of the eighteenth-century Scotsman Jamie Fraser and his twentieth-century time-traveling wife, Claire Randall.

Jamie Fraser, former Jacobite and reluctant rebel, is already certain of three things about the American rebellion: The Americans will win, fighting on the side of victory is no guarantee of survival, and he’d rather die than have to face his illegitimate son—a young lieutenant in the British army—across the barrel of a gun.

Claire Randall knows that the Americans will win, too, but not what the ultimate price may be. That price won’t include Jamie’s life or his happiness, though—not if she has anything to say about it.

Meanwhile, in the relative safety of the twentieth century, Jamie and Claire’s daughter, Brianna, and her husband, Roger MacKenzie, have resettled in a historic Scottish home where, across a chasm of two centuries, the unfolding drama of Brianna’s parents’ story comes to life through Claire’s letters. The fragile pages reveal Claire’s love for battle-scarred Jamie Fraser and their flight from North Carolina to the high seas, where they encounter privateers and ocean battles—as Brianna and Roger search for clues not only to Claire’s fate but to their own. Because the future of the MacKenzie family in the Highlands is mysteriously, irrevocably, and intimately entwined with life and death in war-torn colonial America.

With stunning cameos of historical characters from Benedict Arnold to Benjamin Franklin, An Echo in the Bone is a soaring masterpiece of imagination, insight, character, and adventure—a novel that echoes in the mind long after the last page is turned.

Baker & Taylor
While Jacobite Jamie Fraser reluctantly participates in the American rebellion with a foreknowledge of the fledgling country's victory, his time-traveling wife, Claire, worries about the ultimate price of the war while struggling to safeguard her family.

& Taylor

As battle-scarred Jamie Fraser and his twentieth-century time-travelling wife Claire Randall flee from North Carolina to the high seas during the American Revolution, they encounter privateers and ocean battles. Meanwhile in the relative safety of the 20th century Brianna (Claire and Jamie's daughter) and Roger MacKenzie, Brianna's husband, search for clues not only to Claire's fate--but to their own fate in the Highlands.

Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385342452
Branch Call Number: SF GABALDON
Characteristics: xvii, 820 p. ; 25 cm


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Mar 27, 2019

Book 7 in the Outlander series

Sep 08, 2016

I found this the least interest book of the series. Will continue to read the rest of this series.

Jan 23, 2016

Jan 23 2016....Hey BookReader4818, I watched Outlander on DVD's ordered from the library.....looking forward to the next season!

March 4 2016, well it has taken me 2 years to get through this series, I was listening to the audio books as I read, and I really loved Davina Porter's accents and voices. I now get to start on 'Written In My Own Hearts Blood". Yippee!

Aug 23, 2015

As others have noted, this very long book is front heavy, leaving not enough space for the ending. That leaves several highly important plot lines dangling. Still, there is no way Gabaldon can write a truly bad book. This one is a page turner, and while some plot lines are highly odd, the main characters end up where they need to be at the end. Except for Jem, left in a highly precarious position, and Claire and Jamie, whose marriage is equally precarious, through no fault of their own. Fortunately, I have the next one in the series is already on hold. Hopefully Jem will be rescued, and his grandparents will be out of danger.

Aug 30, 2014

I admit that I am a history buff and have read novels of this sort for more than 60 years. I listen to the CDs when I drive. I enjoy the historic background to the fiction. Gabaldon seems to have researched the life and times for her background and it is interesting to me to have characters added to the history. If you are a SciFi reader, the possibilities of odd things happening this is for you. Ignore those comments about too long and boring and all that other jealous commenting. If they/we/I could write, then we all would. None of us can know for sure what the 200 year ago era really was like, So thank you Diana for putting your imagination to work and writing this series. Just sorry I don't get Starz to watch Outlander on TV

May 21, 2014

This book is listed under Science Fiction/Fantasy, which it most definitely is not. It is a psuedo-historical bodice ripper. And I mean that LITERALLY, as the protagonist's bodice is literally ripped as soon as she trips into the 18th century where she is promptly sexually assaulted by various and sundry English and Scottish male contemporaries of varying levels of cleanliness. Furthermore, the women is so totally clueless that she can't figure out she's not in Kansas any more (OK, somewhere in post-WWII Scotland) DESPITE all these local yokels wandering about in historically accurate 17th century uniforms and clothing (not to mention speaking variations of 17th century English) until she sees the stars at night. So - multiple attempted rapes in the first few chapters of the book and a totally clueless heroine. Seriously - she doesn't attempt to cover her breasts after realizing her bodice is ripped because IT MIGHT ATTRACT MORE ATTENTION, even after she's been physically assaulted multiple times - what kind of idiot is that??? And she can't figure out that there's something wrong with the way she is dressed even after several men refer to her as a whore? In archaic English? And she still doesn't know she's in trouble? I'd give this 0 stars if I could. It's brainless, even for a bodice ripper. I am REALLY tired of coming across crap like this listed under SF/F - Having a few elements of SF/F does not an SF/F novel make. The main thrust (no pun intended) of this series of novels is not one of SF/F, but "romance". This is a romance novel and has no reason to be listed under SF/F.

Sep 17, 2013

Starz to make a TV adaptation of the Outlander series next year!

Jun 24, 2012

I love, love,love Diana Gabaldons books! Every single on of them. She can't write enough for me. Even her authors notes are amusing and fascinating and she is the only author I can say that about. I was so glad when I found out this wasn't the last book for Jamie and Claire. If she ever does end the series ( and that is a big IF) I will cry (and hopefully the end will never happen).

Aug 10, 2011

So incredibly boring...her books are getting worse and worse. YAAAWWWNNNN!

Jul 14, 2011

see my comments for Outlander

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