This book ranks high in the suspense genre and I'm glad to have discovered another strong series of detective serials. Scott Brick always elevates any story he reads so that may be a bias on my part but his presence tends to elevate the material in a big way.
The initial crimes and their set up was great but the star of the story is really the lead character, FBI agent Pendergast. Unique, odd and capable he reminded my of a serious more disturbed Monk. He is aided by another vivid character in the form of a misfit goth chick who craves adventure but doesn't know it. They were a great team.
Clearly Pendergast. He inhabits the character fully and you can tell he's having fun doing it.
No crying but there were some good surprises that made me smile.
This was my first Pendergast listen, and the plot had me right away. Pendergast seemed to me a fascinating blend of Jack Reacher and Jeremy Brett's deeply odd Sherlock Holmes. All the bad, incompetent, foolish characters were caricatures, you knew they were going to be brought low at the end. But the 3+ hour climax was a confusing mess. It went on so long with so many folks tearing around that it was impossible to visualize. Poor Scott Brick had to sustain a marathon edge of the seat narration which must have worn him out.
Think I'll get another Pendergast book at the library before spending more points.
Pendergrast is such on odd character with odd quirks and I warm to him more in every book. I had to go back and read the Cabinet of Curiosities as (it's not on audible in unabridged form and that's an unacceptable format for me) where we finally learn some of Pendergrast's back story. In this story we don't get more back story but you do get more of a sense of who he is. We also get a great story with great twists and turns. I just really love this series and I'm so glad that from here on out all the books are available on audible unabridged.
Scott Brick does a fine job as usual. He very rarely, if ever disappoints.
Later in the series they change to a different narrator and Rene Auberjonois takes over. I of course know his voice from TV and like it, but it takes more than a great voice and I'm looking forward to seeing if he can do it justice.
I love Pendergast's eccentricity. There's an amazing contrast between the small towns normalcy, and his striking weirdness. Even when there's not immediate nail biting action going on in the story, which there often is, you are entranced by the small town and Pendergast.
One of the coolest parts is... the whole story.
Scott Brick did an amazing job playing Pendergast. He makes him seem like the most sophisticated, but humble man in the world
Dude, gave me a love for suspense.
Just a geek girl enjoying her books anyway she can.
This is a great book with a great story. I love Pendergast. It was a great book in abridged format but unabridged is even better. I highly recommend the series and the authors both when writing together and by themselves. A great re-listen book.
Child and Preston are at their satisfying best pairing our favorite FBI agent up with a teenage misfit to give this novel a sense of reality that is totally captivating. Deeply moving, spine-chilling and terrifying, this one will have you on the edge of your seat. Brick's naration just adds to the drauma. I'll be reading this one again!
I wasn't very impressed with this one. Their books are starting to get a bit formulaic. It's like Scooby Doo: start the book with some intrigue and a hint that something paranormal is happening, then the good guys catch the bad guy and they realize the prosaic, pseudoscientific reality. A bit bland overall.
I am a huge fan of Preston & Child mainly because of their Pendergast character. However, even though I have enjoyed Scott Brick as a narrator in many other books, he does not do Pendergast as well as Rene Auberjonois.
I have just recently come across these authors and am very pleased with there books. I have become addicted to listening to them. I enjoy the pendergast series best,but the others I have also enjoyed. Still life with crows was excellent from the story to the narrator. Cant wait for more of there books.
I love Agent Pentagast!! Is he supernatural? there is an undertow of supernatural...but all seems to be explained away ALMOST completely, but never quite!!! All Douglas Preston/Lincoln Child/FBI Agent Pentagast are hard to put down!!!!!!