I've read all the Pendergast books and thought this was pretty good but I noticed small flaws and credibility issues throughout the story. It did seem to be more violent than previous novels which I found surprising. Good narrration by Rene and it kept me entertained. Didn't like the ending, it was so abrupt with loose ends.
Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.
As a continuation of the storyline from Fever Dream, this book suffers from being in the middle of an apparent trilogy. Fever Dream started an interesting story that almost came to a conclusion, but left some unfinished business that was taken up in Cold Vengeange, but not finished here either. So this book doesn't stand well on its own - which is not necessarily a bad thing (witness the Harry Potter franchise), but the direction taken to continue the story is too far fetched and unbelievable. SO many close calls with unbelievable escapes, by the good guys and the bad guys, ultimately didn't enhance the tension so much as it strained the credibility. Pendergast, for all his apparent brilliance blunders into traps that he should have anticipated, and gets out of those traps through coincidences that are beyond belief (the sheep in the mire??). A healthy dose of D'Agosto and Haywood would have lent a welcome dose of reality to the story, but they were sadly left in the background (except for D'Agosto's own unrealistic escape from peril.). The melodrama quotient was way higher in this story than other Pendergast offerings I've read. I will probably still download the next episode (hopefully the final one) just to see it through to the end, but I hope it is better than this one.
I have heard great things about this book - but I just could not stand the narration, I could not get past the first 10 mins ... I might have to buy it so I can read the actual book though.
As others say, this is half a book. That causes it to be 1/10 of a product worthy of being sold without disclosure. I was surprised and went back and looked at Audible's description which does not reveal what this is. I would not have a problem if the truth of the product was disclosed. I could have wisely chosen to purchase what is a few chapters without the ending chapters. Only buy if you are apt to be satisfied with an incomplete product dropped in midstream. It ain't that great anyway. But what in some of our opinions is a poor story is something we all have to risk. Others obviously think it is a good product. Such is the variation in opinions. Fraud in marketing a few chapters, as opposed as a book that stands on its own, is not a matter of subjective opinion.
Dang I hate when authors leave things hanging at the end, you know they do it because they are already planning a sequel. This was not up to par with other Pendergast novels at all, very disappointed. Think the author team is tired and it shows. Would not recommend this.
I love the Pendergast series. Do not read this as your first book. It would be more confusing without the background from some previous books in the series. For those reviewers that seem to be intolerant of cliffhangers, then I suggest you avoid all trilogies and absolutely avoid Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series! And for our friend who thinks there is too much violence - this is the Mysteries and Thrillers genre - by definition they tend to have violence. So, if you like a series that continues to develop characters and storylines, and appreciate the genre, then I think you'll enjoy this book and the others in the series.
This is only the second Pendergast book I've listened too. I thought there was a good story but the book ended without a finale. Plus, it did seem to drag on... and on... and on. Obviously, you have to read/listen to the next in the series to (hopefully) get some answers. And, there was too much violence for my taste. And a lot of it didn't advance the story, or aid the main characters, it just seemed to be violence for violence sake.
Preston & Child are a good team but this went too far with the violence and didn't end the story.
I usually research books before purchasing, but I made a quick new release purchase this time. The narrating was a bit too dramatic for me (I'm being nice!) Worse yet, it's obviously part of a series with a cliffhanger ending. Since I don't plan to continue the series I guess I'll never know what happens to "X", but then, I find that I really don't care.
what a waste - slow - boring and a waste of money .... title and description is the best of the book
Just when you think he's doomed, Pendergast surprises you! I love the writings of each of these authors on their own, but together they are a POWERHOUSE. When is the next one coming out?? I can't wait!