After 6 or 7 novels, I really should stop attempting to enjoy the books written by this pair. My last outing was "Tyrannosaur Canyon" which was written by Preston alone, and it was MUCH better than anything he's written with Child. In this manner I was lured back to their shared efforts, and so I wound up enduring yet-another under-the-streets mystery which never becomes anything near gripping or frightening, only a little bit gross. The writing is labored, the characters wooden and irritating.
I rarely purchase abridged books, but I can't imagine this one could have been helped by being LONGER, and I'm just as happy that Audible only had the abbreviated version available.
I bought this book, influenced by the feverish enthusiasm of the majority of reviews. I should have taken more notice of Stephanie from Honolulu who found it less than satisying. While the plot is interesting (if a tad worn) and the location descriptions fairly rich, the characterisation is very poor indeed. I like to be seduced into caring about the central characters in a story and what happens to them. In this book the female lead is ineffectual, her boy friend is a self-absorbed fool and the shadowy FBI agent, who speaks flawless Mandarin, has extraordinary powers of the mind, is a superb magician and has a deep knowledge of science is left to carry the story as a kind of 50's comic book super-hero. Listen if you are easily satisfied.
The two authors of this series have a wonderful main character who is a thinker.. I enjoyed this book as I have all the books in the series.
Just this fox who plays export analyst by day and horror writer by night.
Bought on a whim, I found myself suddenly sucked into the lives of a mousy archeologist and mysterious FBI agent, and the lost lives of the people bricked behind the walls. I couldn't turn it off. Agent Pendergast was the one who took my hand and despite the fact that I knew nothing about him, convinced me I could trust him. Genuis.
The characterizations, the subtle tonalities - it didn't matter that the story started off a little slow, or there were moments I found myself scratching my head, because it's the Narrator that makes this story come to life. Rene Auberjonois has a voice that can take on the qualities of a hard-nosed reporter, a skittish doctor, and a soft-spoken southern gentlemen - all in the same chapter.
For me, there is no other Agent Pendergast. This is the book that got me hooked.