FEVER DREAM is the latest collaboration between two great authors in their excellent "Pendergast Series." Preston and Child maintain the mystery and suspense at such high levels, I listened almost nonstop until the end. In this book FBI special agent Pendergast faces his most challenging--and personal--case yet, in a plot guaranteed to keep you listening.
Preston & Child are back on track! This is the Pendergast we love and now we finally get to see a different side of his personality! A new nemesis and little more about Constance....I hope they are writing the next book as we speak!
This is one series that I cannot wait for the next book to be released. Fever Dream was excellent and it was nice to be able to learn something about Pendergast's history. Hurry up with the next one please!
I love Pendergast, but this book seems like an incomplete story. I know they like to create books with stories that span over three books so I guess this will be the case with this book as well, but I was not satisfied by the ending at all. And can I just say, "Constance Green, go away!"
Well, after reading a few reviews about this book, i expected a lot more in this book. I am very very disappointed. The writers have not only created a superhuman hero who has all the tools and tricks at all times ready as if he knew it all beforehand but also a very unrealstically interwoven plot. I cant imagine a burnt down house that lies unattended for twelve years has still some papers aptly retreived by our super hero and reads them and finds clues out of it. And people not concerned with the story do remember clearly what happened 12 years ago. It sounds totally impractical and improbable.
I have learnt one thing though - not to give much weightage to the reviews while selecting my next book.
The plot did keep me intrigued simply because more and more about Pendergast's history was revealed. Much of his character is based on mystery but this book does a great job of revealing much, while not revealing all about who Pendergast is and what makes him tick.
Not Scott Brick
I was let down by the two books prior to Fever Dream in the series as it seemed almost like the characters were only the same in name. Part of it could have come from the change in the narrator and the fact that I have listened to the books within months of each other. I'm not sold completely on Rene Auberjonois as I think his Pendergast is not as believable as Scott Brick's. The honey like Southern accent just isn't there. The story is more enjoyable though which has set to rest my concerns about the direction of the series. I expect to not love every book, but when two in a row were let downs, I started to become concerned. Thankfully Preston and Child picked it back up with Fever Dream.
Get Scott Brick back
Good story line
Rene hurts book for me.Scott gave them personality, Rene well hes just horrible for this series. He doesnt do Pendergast justice, its made series less appealing.but im a fan and guess ill suffer
Bring Scott brick back
I did not like this book. For one it turns out that there are other books in the series which I was unaware of, perhaps that would change my opinion if I read them first.
The main character is obviously a knock off of a sherlock homes character, the type of character that is 10 steps ahead of the reader, and does not explain how he got to the conclusion of his reasoning.
There are also characters in this book that make no sense. They add nothing to the story, and their personal story has no conclusion either. Maybe it gets wrapped up if there is a book after this one.
The reader does a good job, but in my opinion makes the main character seem like a 1900's gentleman in a modern world. Perhaps this is how I would pictured it if I had read the book myself. Regardless, I feel it doesn't fit the story and is a little "hacky".
The book does have some good points to it and it not overall terrible. It has some good twists and turns but I feel some times it just feels like the author makes this feel forced.
Overall, if you want to read about a 1900's FBI agent that has a man servant, who runs around looking for clues about who killed his wife 20 years ago, with some very obvious plot holes then this is your book. It will kill some time but I think your credit can be spent better.
This is the third Preston & Child Pendergast book I have listened to. I started out with "Still Life with Crows". The performance by Scott Brick was mesmerizing and the description of places were so artful I felt I could feel the chill wind of autumn and hear the dying leaves on trees as they rattled and fell to the ground. The plot - no so much so. It strained credulity even for fiction.
The second was "Relic". The plot was good, and the characters were consist. The audio was so terrible that if the story hadn't been so good, I would have returned it to Audible.
"Fever Dream", the first in the Helen Trilogy, got it right. The plot was good, the characters were carefully developed, and the audio, by Renee Aberjonois, was well performed.
I realized when I decided to listen to a third book that I wanted to know more about Aloysius Pendergast, the preturnaturaly pale FBI agent, New Orleans native and wealthy gentleman who always wears black. I pick up tidbits in each book. For this book and the last, I've wondered just what he is. I don't know yet, but I'm looking forward to finding out.
I especially liked how the book discussed a major historical figure with familiarity. It's the best use of historical fiction: it brought that person into sharp focus, and I could imagine what his day to day life was like. There are books on this individual, but those don't put you next to him as he works like this book does.
I really liked the treatment of one of the characters, a woman lieutenant from the NYPD. The authors avoided the jaws of stereotype and the acid of cliche, and developed a complex character who changed along with the events in the book.
This was well worth the listen. Although I purchased it through one of Audible's $4.95 sales, I'll be others in the Pendergast series with my credits.