I've been enjoying the characters created in the Pendergast series and the Book of the Dead, complete in itself, cleverly brings threads through from a number of the others, keeps you engaged and wondering how everything is going to fit together.
Pendergast, of course, as he is the hero, capable, enigmatic, caring in a distant sort of way.
Yes, it is very well put together.
This series of books is slightly wierd (from my perspective). Some of the characters swear quite a bit, but the main characters don't so much. The wierd storylines are also woven with some interesting information indicating that some considerable research undergirds the themes.
Story flows from crisis to crisis but you are never in the dark for long...nor do you ever want to be left in the dark.
While definitely a follow up to Dance of Death, this book does bring us a measure of completion on the story of Pendergast and Diogenes. I really like these books and have listened to them back to back. This one started a little slow for me, but didn't disappoint as I moved to the meat of it.
This is not a standalone book if you really want to have a good sense of what's going on.
Any Pendergast novel is worth the read, and especially when narrated by Scott Brick. Things do get a bit fantastic, and continue to stretch the limits of belief; but the characters are always solid, and the premises fascinating. However, I prefer the novels where he plays a more central role more of the time. Nevertheless, a great read.
Not really much to tell. As silly as it sounds, I am a hard working woman that commutes on a daily basis. Since discovering Audible I find that I do not fall asleep at the wheel anymore. I love the variety of stories they offer. For the most part the narrators are right on the mark.
Not only the plot, but the ability to bring historical facts into the authors story
I love all things Aloysius Xingu Leng Pendergast. He appears to be much more than a rich, all-knowing, FBI agent that seems to operate outside the rules when it calls for it. I've read all the Pendergast stories and you can't go wrong listening to the narration by either Scott Brick or Rene Auberjonois.
Regarding the narrator, I like Scott Brick's narration, although I will say that for the other books that are narrated by Auberjonois, his performance sounds spot on. I find that Auberjonois is to Pendergast as George Guidall is to Walt Longmire.
In any case, the Preston/Child combination works quite well for the Pendergast series and I've yet to listen to a book that didn't keep me in the car listening past my rush-hour traffic drive for just a few more minutes.
One thing that can really help as it pertains to references to other characters is to know the order that the books were written. I'd recommend reading Brimstone, then The Dance of Death before reading this book, but if this book shows up on sale, BUY IT! You can always listen to it again after hearing the other stories.
Note that The Book of the Dead (this book's review) is part 3 of the Diogenes trilogy so it will of course contain lots of info about Pendergast's criminally insane brother.
The order of the Pendergast books is : Relic, Reliquary, Cabinet of Curiosities, Still Life With Crows, Brimstone (part one of the Diogenese trilogy), Dance of Death (part 2 of the Diogenes trilogy), The Book of the Dead (part 3 of the Diogenes trilogy), Wheel of Darkness, Cemetery Dance, Fever Dream (part 1 of the Helen trilogy), Cold Vengeance (part 2 of the Helen trilogy and one of my favorites), and Two Graves (part 3 of the Helen trilogy).
My interests run to psychology, popular science, history, world literature, and occasionally something fun like Jasper Fforde. It seems like the only free time I have for reading these days is when I'm in the car so I am extremely grateful for audio books. I started off reading just the contemporary stuff that I was determined not to clutter up my already stuffed bookcases with. And now audio is probably 90% of my "reading" matter.
I don't read much genre fiction, and I can't even remember I stumbled across this book, but it was a lot of fun. The authors have brought together so many cliches: brilliant opposing siblings, suppressed childhood trauma, Southern Gothic motifs, and probably other elements that more experienced mystery/thriller readers will have no trouble identifying. But it doesn't come across as a muddled collection of cliches. The authors approach this with an energy and a spirit of overwhelming enthusiasm. Someday I may even pick up another one of their books.
Yes, I would recommend this book to some friends, and not others. For the people that I think like this type of suspense novel, then I would say that I highly recommend it.
Pendergast, of course! He is somewhat like an intellectual James Bond, an intriguing character, always capable of coming up with surprises right up through the last chapter of the last book. I'm sure there will be another book in the "Diogenes" series, and I hope it will be soon.
In my opinion, Scott Brick is possibly the best overall narrator out there. I have produced videos for the past twenty five years, and have sought out and directed more narrators than I can count. The first time I heard Scott Brick read in a sample for a book, I did a mental double take. Wow! The first thing that came to mind was that I wished I could have retained Scott Brick to do the voiceover for some of my programs.I just shake my head in bewilderment at the bad reviews this narrator gets at times. Naturally, the match between an individual program and any particular actor is very selective, and Scott Brick wouldn't be my choice for every book on the shelf. But what he does, he does beautifully. I think the Pendergast series is a perfect fit, and Brick's narration contributed a lot to keeping me fully engaged for the many, many hours it took to finish all three books.
I don't remember any moment that sticks out, since the the story line(s) seem to supply a steady stream of gripping moments.
This is the last book (so far) in a three book series the authors call "The Diogenes Trilogy." I don't think it's necessary to read the preceding books to enjoy any of the three individually, but I would most recommend starting with the first one, "Brimstone," then moving on to the second book "Dance of Death" before reading "Book of the Dead."I also suggest going to the Preston and Child Official Website where you can find a complete list of novels with the Pendergast character in chronological order, including the "Diogenes Trilogy." I guess I can say this here, because they are all available on Audible.
Well I hate to repeat myself but ANother great book by Child and Preston . If you like mystery .. If you like horror ... if you like history ... If you like a M%@*&$F*&@ING badass you will love Pendergast
I think I am one of the very few people who truly dislike Scott Brick's narration. I deliberately avoid books when he is reading, although sometimes I just can't avoid it when the book is one I really want to hear. I don't like his quavery voice when the story gets exciting, sad or scary.
Other than that I really enjoy the Pendergast series of books, I'm almost done with all of them. They're not the best books I've ever read, but are really very entertaining and worth the credits.