I'm an unabashed fan of Preston and Child's Pendergast novels. Simply stated, using a cultured, albino, FBI agent who specializes in serial killers as an exoskeleton for a series of works is, at the least, a unique and courageous strategic act.
That being said, The Wheel Of Darkness stretched plausibility well beyond normal fictional constraints and launched me, the reader, into the Wild Blue Yonder. For the first time, I found myself exclaiming aloud, "Come On...", several times, as the book turned one improbable corner after another. The sheer improbability of the plot as it unfolded had a corrosive effect on the character of Pendergast, whose strings were pulled by Preston and Child to get the authors out of a corner into which they had painted themselves.
Without giving too much away, my impression was Preston and Child began this work with an interesting premise (indeed, the initial venue was subtle and attractive) but failed to decide how to end the story before launching into writing it.
Rene Auberjonois did a terrific job in performing this book. Without hysteria, he created a sense of foreboding that was palpable at key points. His version of Pendergast was likewise very good, capturing the thoughtful, eccentric, cultured FBI agent hidden just behind the Louisiana drawl.
The book wasn't bad and it was entertaining yet it wasn't great. It was the first book I read in the Pendergast series and that could explain why. Yet I have to admit the other books from this series are on my wish list but far behind so many others. I'm also not really in to mysteries so this could also explain why I didn't love this book.
I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.
Over the previous series of novels, you are slowly introduced to greater depths to the Pendergast character as well as other important characters -- you ear eager to lean more about each of their lives and pasts. In this novel, very little character development is offered and the plot is akin to Ghost Busters meets Titanic: really, the North Star Line authors? Aside from the very anemic plot and not quite baked villan(s), the plot was plain bad. Although Constance Green continues in a sidekick role, she needs much more depth. I will avoid spoiling it, but the theft and retrieval action constitute 99% of the plot with the remainder moving the series story further ahead. The fact is, when I finished the book, I didn’t feel a connection with Green or Pendergast.
This novel was more of a revisiting of things discovered in the past novels. After the climax of the previous trilogy and the loose ends the trilogy left open, a furthering of the backstory was is in need.
At the very begininng of the novel Constance Green is leaning how to use the same meditation techniques as Pendergast. I had hoped for greater involvment on her part but sadly that was not to be.
SUSPENSE, PANIC, MYSTERY
I was pretty frightened for the teen being pursued. Catching scenes really keep me in suspense.
I really love his many voices, and he has a nice calmness about him. Great for the monks.
Well, I listened to this in 2 days more or less. It really does hold your attention.
As with many of the other books in this series ....there is a great mystery to solve, usually in a very urgent manner and at the very end, it's all wrapped up nicely. I did like all the description about being on an ocean liner since I never have myself. I also loved the addition of all of the characters in this book and how they each have a little history added.
I felt a little of it dragged in some parts but maybe that was just me.
Rene Auberjonois does a wonderful job narrating this book, changing characters, male and female voices, without sounding too much like dramatic acting. I haven't read the book in print so can't compare. He does GREAT accents!
I liked the way the story kept several
The main character, Agent Pendergast, followed by his niece, Constance.
definitely would recommend - it was well read and great in the series
all of it
no - great book
Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child write very well together. Rene is Pendergas. Their stories are complex without many loose ends. It's clear these two enjoy their work.
I still have two books left to read in Lincoln and Childs Pendergast series, but I have found this one, by far, to be my favorite and the one I would most like to see made into a motion picture, as well.
This is my 3rd story I've been listening out of order...wish they could be listed in order or labeled book 1, 2, 3, etc. I did enjoy the story and the narrator, I was on the edge a few times thinking this is the end of our beloved FBI agent. The twist and turns of the plot kept me guessing (wrong each time) and I love being so engaged in the story.
The story takes place on an ocean liner. Not my favorite Prendergast book. Not a book I plan on listening to again, but not bad.