I enjoyed the book very much. Pieces don't flow quite right at times but that is normal for an abridged version. The BIG PROBLEM is the end. The last minute of the ending is not clear. To put it simply, it appears the ending is dependent on a character that has been almost completely edited out of the rest of the audiobook. I had to do a search online to figure it out.
Perhaps it is because I figured out the how almost immediately, this book just didn't keep my interest. This was my first Pendergast novel -- maybe I missed something, but in the end I just didn't care about the who or why.
I can't get enough of Agent Pendergast! Plus, Rene, the narrator, does a WONDERFUL job. Both well written and well read, this book is a must have! Be sure to check out the other books by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.
Very good fun with one minor glitch.
I kept myself guessing what's behind everything and in the middle of the story a new mega bad character is introduced out of the nowhere and I feld cheated. Untill now I am no further than this but I had lots of fun anyway.
For me, reading is an escape and a great pleasure. I have read the previous negative reviews and I hope that they do not deter others from enjoying this series. I am a huge fan of "Pendergast" and enjoy his gentlemanly demeanor and the cast of characters that he draws upon. The authors always provide an entertaining read and for those who cannot make a leap of imagination here and there, too bad for you. The best part of these books is that they are always a learning experience. So, sit back, put your day behind you and enjoy a little fiction that is infused with alot of reality.
Pendergast just gets better and better, and I enjoy the people he surrounds himself with. Vincent D'Agosta is a good guy!
In this book, Pendergast and Vincent D'Agosta get swept up into investigating several murders committed by none other than Lucifer himself.
Starting in New York and making a whirlwind tour through Northern Italy, this book is constant action.
I particularly enjoyed the musical aspect of it, and at the risk of alienating all who have read these books before me, I liked Viola Maskelene. I'm sure I'll be banished for that comment.
Preston and Child never cease to amaze me with the wealth of action, emotion and humanity they craft into their books. Each story gets better.
I adore stories and love to live in the tales I read!
It is creepy!
The Relic, it was like an "E" ticket ride...you know something's coming..you close your eyes and run with it..
Awesome!! He has a wonderful cadence to his voice.
A sensational sin!
Keep 'um coming!
Yes, deffinately the intracicies of this tale take more than one listen to get down
Love the characterization and life she brings to the main character
Preston & Child always tell a great story, and this is no exception. Agent Pendergast has become an intriguing character and the story line in which he appears is very consistent from book to book, along with his associates and friends. Brimstone is the first of the so-called Diogenes trilogy where the younger, and very insane, brother of agent Pendergast is bent on the crime of the century that also happens to include an exacting revenge on his older brother for past wrongs in their youth. The only drawback with this recording is that it is only available in the abridged form.
I have read several Preston/Child books and this one, like the others I have read, is certainly enjoyable. The storyline was interesting but I did figure out the "twist" about 2/3 through. My only complaint about the Pendergast novels that that the characters follow their tropes just a little too closely and it was hard to identify with them. Pendergast is just a little too detached and cool, the criminals are just a little to omnipotent at the beginning and silly at the end, the sidekick is just a little too impulsive, etc. Once I decided that Pendergast was just a reincarnation of Sherlock Holmes (at least in my own mind) then I could enjoy it more.
While this book works as a stand-alone, it is actually the first of a trilogy and the second and third books are better - the characters get more humanized and started to surprise me just a little.