Not their best
I found my mind wandering at times. This is a first while listening to these fine writers.
Really enjoyed the complexity of the story and the vibrant performance of Scott Brick. I got some excellent answers to some long-standing questions.
The complex plot, descriptive scenery, and compelling story made me wish the book was longer.
FBI Agent Aloysius Pendergast (name fits him perfectly) is further revealed as the caring, intelligent, deep thinking individual that everyone would like to know in real life.
The psychotic brother, Diogenes lurks in the back of the mind as the story progresses. The revealed origin of his psychotic behavior in this book is so detailed it made the hair rise on my arms.
All of the cast from previous novels make an appearance in this novel and so there is a great deal of back story development. I loved this novel and Scott Brick did a masterful job narrating.
Only three stars because of the somewhat silly scenes. There is a ridiculous jail break, a ridiculous explanation for Diogenes' breakdown and an even more ridiculous across-the-globe chase by a very unlikely pursuer.
However: This is an AX Pendergast novel and that alone recommends it. The above borderline inanities would only be suffered by a true fan. For a first time reader of the series, there is little to no explanation of some of the characters, their histories or their roles in this current episode. Like another reviewer, I regret that the thin white duke makes a late appearance, and one that stretches credulity too far. In the end, there is the requisite chase seen, this one up and down a mountain. The settings bring us back to Italy. We ride trains, visit convents, and traipse the wine country.
There is a disturbing sequence, one that reaches a degree of discomfort I have not encountered in these books thus far. There is a letter left in the aftermath of a devilish seduction. The letter is so heartbreaking, so grievous and so daring (to have put such things in words), that this character's words on the final page of the book, are sadly inevitable. In fact, this final statement made by a normally marginal character, invites a foreshadowing of future prestidigitation and charade among the regular players.
As in all P&C books, there is are lessons to be taught to the reader. We learn some history, a lot of geography, a little neuroscience and a healthy dose of chemistry. The books are veritable fonts of trivia.
By far, in all the scenes in the book, the planning and execution of the two "escapes" are the centerpieces. One precedes the other by very little time, and both are choreographed to deliver the same kinds of messages: The police (except for D'Agosta) are stupid, city government is stupid, academics are passably intelligent but failures outside their area of brilliance. Only Pendergast and D'Agosta -- and some of the help AXP employs -- are able to save the world. That's a superhero for you, or a Christ figure, or maybe a myth.
My usual 4 star rating is reduced for being a little silly and a little too long getting AXP into the action and the crossing the line of good taste in the deception visited upon the most innocent of all the characters.
Do not skip this book if you are a fan and are reading the Diogenes trilogy, but do not start your journey into the world of P&C and AXP with this tome; it might drive you insane.
This is a key book in the series, and it ties a lot of things together.
The prison sequences were vivid.
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I truly didn't want this trilogy to end. And PLEASE NOTE: this is a trilogy and should be read in order.
The first book had wondrously quirky characters, and a hint of the dark supernatural that often resides in Preston/Child's books. And it had an intriguing cliff hanger ending that caused me to immediately download book 2. Book 2 had lots of action and a building suspense, all featuring a nemesis that (finally) was truly worthy of our hero. And yes, it had one of those cliff hanger endings that immediately launched me into book 3.
This is my review of book 3: All the story lines and open questions (with one caveat) were very satisfyingly tied off. The world became "right" again and we were definitely headed toward a well rounded ending -- until, yes, there was one more cliff hanger. This one won't cause this reader/listener to immediately immerse herself in the next book. But it will leave an open question that will want to be resolved the next time I delve into the delicious world that belongs to Pendergast and his fascinating circle of friends.
Me? ....... Capable of many moods, and enjoying a vast range of literature. Incapable of uploading a picture and realized none of the Avatars are ......appropriate. That pretty much "tells" it all.
Great listen! Preston & Childs made me feel like an invisible part of each Chapter. I finally understand the feelings of both brothers from their early years. So much history in the Pendergast line. I listened to this out of sequence, but, is a great performance by itself and talk about a "cliff hanger!" WOW! Plot was excellent. Lots of tense moments. If you are good at figuring out who is who I think this one might surprise you and I didn't figure out the mysterious "who" that we all were looking for. Good writing. The museum/temple scene is a real nail bitter. I highly recommend this intense listen to everyone, especially for any of us Pendergast "groupies"
this book did not hold my interest. i read after it's predecessor in the series. seemed like fluffy filler and not very intellectually engaging. preferred fever dream and dance of death much better.
The story line is good. It is not as fast paced as the previous two but it is still very good with suspense. It is good to see that Ms. Green actually plays a greater role in this story and she will pleasantly surprise you. Must listen to finish the Diogenes story.
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.