Taking place in the mid-90’s, a new “Superstition” exhibition is days away from opening at the New York Museum of Natural History when visitors are being murdered in the dark hallways. Agent Pendergast of the FBI comes to NYC from New Orleans to help Lieutenant D’Agosta (NYPD) to find out what is killing people. They get assistance from museum staff, Margo Green, Dr. Frock, and journalist William Smithback.
Off the bat, I loved the narration. They did some sound effects for when people were talking over the phone, intercom or down long corridors; I felt that it added an extra dimension to the story. I didn’t think that the plot was easy to predict, but in retrospect I think certain parts should have been more obvious to me. In the beginning I found Margo to be a bit boring and I wish there was more of Pendergast. I found all of the characters a little bit difficult to suss out in the beginning but sorted it out over time. Agent Coffee became very trying; I know his character was intended to annoy me but I think the combination of the voice the narrator gave him along with his character made him too over the top.
I really enjoyed this book, I think that if you enjoy sci-fi you will enjoy this book; it’s not too fantastical, at least not for the most part. I will be continuing on in this series, I look forward to enjoying more of Agent Pendergast.
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Part X-Fikes meets Bones meets Jurassic Park? I want to say it's fast paced but there are times if you just hang in there it muddled through. It's a great adventure/meets sci-fi.
I liked it.
That being said it was a good listen. Just believable and creepy enough but not over the top. I would listen to it again.
I am a fan of both Preston and Child separately, but this is the first book I have listened to with them together. While I liked the book overall, there are some story and production flaws.
After the opening, it takes about half the book to really start moving. Once we do get to the main action, there is nothing surprising or unexpected. Maybe I expect to much, but I was waiting for some kind of twist that never came. Suddenly it's all over and a bit of a letdown.
The narrator is good overall, but the sound effects on the voices are distracting. I think the audio studio only had 'tunnel echo' and 'phone' for the voices effects.
Not sure if I will continue with the series but I do like Pendergast, so I might down the line.
I really enjoyed the story but even more so I loved the performance with the extra mile they went in with production! really helped create the drama and experience when listening! can't wait to hear the rest of the series!
Here is the short and long of it.
For characters you love to hate, read this book.
For characters you root for from the start, read this book.
For an old fashioned type of horror, read this book.
I listened to this on audible and I have to say I adore the narrator, he made Pendergast and Augusta come alive for me and those who moaned and and and I felt I could strangle them.
For entertainment level alone, this is well worth the read and I will most assuredly be investing in more books written by these authors.
After reading the "in Death" series, all 40 of them I have been searching for the next. I heard good things about this series, so far I'm not impressed. Hopefully the authors hit their stride as the series continues.