The beauty of this series is AXP's interest in and contribution to the story; in this one he opened and he closed the story, but the plot was so fragmented that it was hard to decide if this book was about Constance or Pendergast. At the end, even though Constance's role is revealed as being as key, I found this episode weak and not believable.
But the story itself is what lacks the ability to hold interest. There is a monastery, there are monks. There are trusts made and broken. AXP takes off and leaves Constance at the monastery to question the most secluded monk... too easy, really. An important and dangerous artifact is stolen from the monastery and the monks ask Pendergast to retrieve it.
Then there is an ocean voyage and many red herring bad characters. There is an apparently prime story line about the ship's captains, but those also relate to the found/missing artifact. There are ghostly characters, cliched sea characters, a luxury liner about to go Titanic and a half dozen or so odd deaths -- all in service to the missing artifact.
So, the crime is solved, but not before AXP falls under its spell and "disappears" -- by becoming bad AXP ---- for way too long. Constance tries to guide him back to his good self and ultimately AXP's strong thoughts of home and a visit from his dead(?) brother bring him back around to sanity. The ship is not lost and the bedeviled characters regain their sea legs. There is a reappearance of a former nemesis, and the book closes with suggestion of greater devastation to come. Lots of people die.
It is disappointing on many levels. I think that when AXP disappears early on from his own book, you can expect it to be a poorer cousin of the better books. It's as if the star of a series dies mid-season and they have to absent him and make an explanation -- like it was all a dream or some such thing. Except for a rather enjoyable chapter where AXP plays blackjack to foil the card counters on board, it was mostly without Pendergast's usual charm.
I feel I wasted my credit. I would rather have paid $5-6 for this and saved a credit. It was not a "good purchase."
STill, if you follow the series, the story does offer information necessary to go forward to the next, hopefully realistic and harrowing adventure.
This is the 8th book in the Pendergast series.I am only in the third chapter and so far, the storyline seems fine.
Very much. Had I not listened to the previous, much superior narrations of Pendergast books, I would create a completely different image of Pendergast and the other characters. Rene Auberjonois seems to ignore the fact that Pendergast is from New Orleans. He only starts to make a feeble attempt at a Southern/NO accent several hours into the story, after a conversation reveals that Pendergast is from New Orleans. The fact that P is from NO is major aspect of the persona and has been a much appreciated feature of previous narrations. Rene A's effort is a horribly botched one, I am sorry to say.
Similarly unfortunate is how he adopts an annoyingly high-pitched, affected voice when talking on behalf of Constance. Good grief. I am listening as I type and just heard the "Eastern European accent". It sounded like no Eastern European I have ever known.
Unfortunately, we are stuck with this narrator for the remainder of the books. I can only hope that his performance improves based on feedback or if he actually realizes what this character is all about. I wish I knew what went into the decision to hire this new narrator and give him a multi-book contract, especially when perfectly good and talented narrators have done a superb job on earlier projects.
Just in case Audible can put pressure on the publishers of audiobooks, here's a thought. I would recommend sticking with the "Don't change it if it ain't broke" adage. Previous narrators in this series were fine, and there was no need whatsoever to change to an inferior voice actor and give him a contract for all the books.
I am someone who enjoys audible books very much now that they exist. As a young student (real young) I can remember a teacher telling me how books can transport people to different places & open up a whole new world. This is how listening to audible books make me feel. Now if I can just stop falling asleep while listening to them at night I would be fine. Ha ha
Yes I like the way the authors come up with such good story plots. They never sieze to surprise me.
Any of the Pendergast books
Thye were great & so was this one
sure, but can't stay awake that long
yes, it will keep you on the edge of your seet
seems so real
yes, its one you can't put down to the end
all of the books from Preston are great and exciting, keep writing
Love books, all kinds, all shapes, all formats! Audiobooks have made my daily commute so much less stressful! Major fan of Audible.
Preston & Child have succeeded again. Enjoyed it tremendously. Hope they keep this book series going for a long time!
This book is awful. I can’t believe it is so well graded. The dialogues are so superficial that insults me. The story’s construction is so forced that you fell the author is about to erase everything in his computer, but he keeps on for lack of ideas. The situation such as when he goes to Rome, talks to the hotel clerk and speaks with Constantine is unbelievable shallow. I went 2 hours into it in heavy traffics of S?o Paulo City and choose to look aimless at the traffic. Before this book a read “The Kite Runner” and “Live of Py”. No comments. I want my money back. Bad, bad, bad
Having read all of their previous books, I anxiously awaited this title. "Wheel of Darkness" is easily the worst of their books. Usually their over-the-top premise has a thread of credibility, but I just couldn't buy into this one. I never liked the little pieces of Tibetan meditation in the previous books, and this book if full of it. The only redeeming quality is that the authors still provide many of those laughingly obnoxious characters that undoubtedly meet an untimely end. Still, its not enough... skip this one. :-(
I love the series, the characters are old friends by now. But...... Rene Auberjonois does a great job but I miss the voice of Prendergast. Even though the other books had different narrators I didn't seem to notice much, but I certainly did with this one.
An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.
Preston & Child have done it again. I was dubious that a story taking place on a luxurious ocean liner could offer the tension and suspense that was evident in the subway murders. No reptilian creature, no crazy overgrown infant, but still scary and satisfying.
Rene Auberjonois's narration was superb.