Is the devil real or just a myth? This is a very good question. There is an even more pressing question. Why are people being killed in such a horrific way? Ahhh…that’s the mystery and one I could not put down. FBI Agent Pendergast must make sense of these strange murders and there is no one better to complete the task. Authors Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child have given us another wopping good tale. I personally like stories where the action is nonstop and the characters are very well developed. The authors do not disappoint. Seemingly, innocent people are dying in a horrific way. And then, the bad guys are enveloped in this crazy satanic carnage. Why? Add to the mix, there is a slightly dark side to Pendergast as well. This is what makes, for me, the book work so well. Just a suggestion, read (listen) to this book before reading (listening) Dance of Death. It is the sequel. And then, The Book of the Dead. This is a series that puts the ride of Star Wars to shame. Enjoy!
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.
I started with Book of the Dead and went back for several more. This is my 4th and probably last. I have Dance of Death on my Treo but will listen only if I run out of other stuff. It had to take more than one author to write a book this bad. I am not sure whether they improved or Book of the Dead was a bit better.This just got to be like eating hamburger for every meal for a whole year. I hope I don't have to hear the word preternatural again for a long time. By the way, Diogenes first appearance has him , I believe , 5 inches taller than Pendergast. I think Pendergast is 5'11" or 6 feet. How does that check with all the disguises in the other two Diogenes as arch-villain novels? The whole thing is just too cartoonish...
I have never read, or heard, a novel so full of trite cliches! There is a totally ridiculous super-hero who gets out of every scrape with unbelievable aplomb, and spouts pretentious culture at every opportunity. The book is mildly amusing because of its incredible campiness; but it is not really worth the time to listen to it.
I'm not sure what type of reader would enjoy this book more than I did.
Absolutely not. Brimstone was not bad, but it wasn't as good as the other Pendergast novels that I've read.
The narrator did not detract from the book. It was more of the storyline.
I don't know if there was one particular scene as opposed to some of the descriptions that seemed to drag on and lose my attention.
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.