I'm so glad they abandoned the supernatural and fantastic and all that, and only kept the mere hint of possibility in later books. I started my Pendergast with Still Life with Crows or some such, so this first book read so late is kinda disappointing. My fault for wanting to see where it all started; it's got nothing on the rest of the series.
The narrator, though, is excellent.
Love Pendergrass and the character is not as developed as he is in later novels, but still sexy mysterious and well written. This story hints to future novels with just enough spice to leave me digging through my bookshelfs for the next one.
yes I havent been let down yet!
i love too read and have people read to me...
Anybody who doesn't like to be entertained and/or has an abundance of time to waste.
I'm more of a Steven king thriller guy i guess. so nothing from these two authors.
He did a good job with what he had.
i read it when i was twelve and i enjoyed it. what does that tell you...
i got this book from the paperback sale, so it was five bucks. Still in my opinion too much.
I was looking for something new and read some of the reviews - they were really on the mark. What a GREAT couple of books. At times quite scary and very suspenseful. Really enjoyed them - great narration. Will be listening to more of this series.
Reliquary is the 2nd in the series and awesome. Really scary at times - especially if you think tunnels are claustrophobic! but that's enough now listen and find out it is worth it!
David Colacci is an excellent narrator. He brought this book alive and made it very suspenseful.
The mystery of the story
How the writer present the personality of each person
the one where pendergaste was shooting at the beast
it is a very nice book
Retired "Okie" librarian & happy to have found Audible for good stories & staying in touch with new authors & books.
I would now recommend to another friend and to you. This is stepping out of my usual English country house mystery and I totally took my friend's recommendation on faith and I am glad I did. The story was good with twists and surprises. The narration was great!
A similar story I'd compare this to is "Raiders of the Lost Ark".
The finale, the wrap-up.
I prefer a well thought out story that intrigues me but that I can listen to in convenient pieces. This story suited me well. And it surprised me. I would definitely listen to the narrator David Colacci again and look for another Preston & Child book.
I don't usually listen to anything exactly like this, but I LOVED it. I have gotten several more from this author since.
I love to read, fly and play tennis. I always have a book and an audible book going at the same time. I'm a mystery/thriller junky.
I didn't see the movie so didn't know what to expect. I almost couldn't get past the part with the dogs but I did and ended up being very glad. It is suspenseful and intriguing. One of those that in parts you know what's coming but the characters won't listen to you when you tell them not to do something. The end was out of left field and made me completely rethink the entire story. I just hate it when good guys go bad but I do like it when idiots get what's coming to them.
This was a trite, ridiculous story. I cannot believe I wasted a credit to listen to this. I love mystery/thriller/adventure stories. This was none of those, mostly because it was a cobbled together copy of every other story out there, complete with the stereotypical characters.
I was totally irritated by the second chapter, and 1/4 of the way through had figured out everything that was going to happen next. Really poor writing all around.
This review relates more to the "Pendergast" series and the related books than any one particular story.
First and foremost they are fun, I've listened to everything Audible has to offer by the team of Preston and Child and moved on to the print version of "Cold Vengeance" when the suspense, of waiting for the audio to become available, got the better of me.
As the series has progresses you can see Preston and Child loosening up, indulging in deploying the "almost preternatural" (Their words) comic book powers of Pendergast against an array of weird and weirder nasty pieces of work.
"Comic book" is a term that comes naturally to mind whenever Pendergast is in frame, his word picture is drawn starkly in black and white; tall, black suited, pale of complexion and hair. He begs to be inked into a graphic novel in deep chiaroscuro. Bruce Wayne, but not quite Batman or maybe Lamont Cranston, who learned the power to cloud men's minds in the orient and "Knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men".
While the earlier novels that feed characters into the series hold onto, sometimes interesting, threads of scientific, archaeological and historical underpinning these trail away when Pendergast comes on the scene.
When one reviewer here bemoaned the standard of research displayed in "Relic" Douglas Preston laid the cards directly on the table, on behalf of the team, when he replied on their website:
"Not good science? Why, before writing RELIC, we did extensive scientific research on the worldwide problem of brain-eating monsters infesting museums. What more could you want?"
If you move in literary circles you'll have to keep these tucked away at the back of the bookshelf until it comes time to play the "Admitting to Guilty Pleasures" game. But that's your problem.
On the other hand there are other games that anyone can play. The easiest one is the "Spot the Stock Character" Here are some guidelines to get you started, Mad Scientist (1 point), Fat Detective (3 points), Incompetent Senior Officer (3 points), Goth (4 points), Obsequious Manservant With Hidden Talents (3 points), Obsequious Manservant With No Hidden Talents (6 points), Demented Relative (1 point), Zombie (4 points), Whore With a Heart Of Gold (Can't say I've noticed one of those, let's say 50 points).
A personal favourite of mine is the game my partner and I play (Yes, she's addicted too). We hunt for the words and pieces of scenery and episodes that turn up in most, if not all, Preston Child books. I think of it as a variation on "Where's Wally".
You might like to start with something easy like finding a "mansard roof" and associated "widows walk" next you could hunt for the "Stalking through the tunnels, caves or convoluted basement scene".
For the more advanced player there's populating the favourite word list. Some that come to mind to get you started are; Susurrus, Heft, Sotto voce, Keening and, just often enough to make the hunt worthwhile, Dottle (Specifically the knocking out there of).
Ok! so there is an element of boilerplate, but that just lets the authors get on with the business of knocking out a ripping yarn in the best tradition of the genre without getting tied down in the detail of creating a whole new world every time they pick up their quills.