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.
Excellent book. I couldn't put it down!