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I like Preston and Child books (Relic, Reliquary, Thunderhead etc.). But they have gotten into the habit of making cliffhanger books to get you to buy the next book. This is just hackneyed practice. If I could speak to the authors I would tell them to just write one complete story, I would happily read 1000 pg. book. This book is a middle act, it is slow and poor. SO I HAVE STOPPED CARING WHAT HAPPENS NEXT.
I've eagerly read all of the Pendergast novels as they came out. Some were a bit better or a bit worse than another one but they've always been great. I love the touch of mysteriousness with regards to his ward, and his own beginnings. This book was good as well. However, it didn't end. It basically left you waiting for the next book. It's a little bit disappointing not to have an final ending but it still was interesting and I am glad I read it. The narrator was fine in my opinion. If you're one of those folks who hate cliff-hangers, I recommend waiting until the next novel comes out. Otherwise, you can read this one and enjoy it.
Like every other Preston/Child book, Cold Vengeance remains a book you just listen to. You don't invest much, and you are rewarded by being entertained well enough to finish the book. As long as you don't expect to be wowed by this book, you'll be satisfied. Of course, the story line continues...but to be sure, you won't be left feeling disappointed because you can't wait until the next book comes out.
Great book. The narrator is, once again, fabulous. For those who are angry about the end, lighten up. They have written trilogies before. I love that I actually can't wait for the next one.
I'm cool with endings that leave one hanging! This series has gifts that keep on giving...and something to look forward to...and Mr. Auberjonois (the voice) is just as talented as Mr. Preston and Mr. Child (the authors). Thanks to all for another great read!
I had no idea that this was a series. The end of this book couldn't have been less satisfying. I was enjoying the improbable story well enough and then the book just ended abruptly. So many loose ends, so little time.
This latest Pendergast installment suffers greatly from the same ills that plagued the author's previous attempt at a new character series, Gideon's Sword. That is, it relies far too much on cliched tactics or absurdities that require far too much suspension of disbelief. Unlike many reviewers, I didn't have a problem with this book ending on a "cliff-hanger" so much as that it ended on such an obvious and telegraphed cliff-hanger. I fear the authors have extinguished the limits of Agent Pendergast and have taken to recycling plots, schemes and scenarios from a hundred other lesser characters and books. (Even the title is lame!) Lincoln and Child will get no more of my money. Sorry boys, you've got to work a little harder!
I started reading Preston and Child before anyone ever heard of them and told all my friends they should read the early work from these authors because I believed it was a new genre worth exploring, especially in titles such as Riptide, Thunderhead or even Ice Limit or Mount Dragon. Then when they created Pendergast I thought they had created an unique new character in American fiction. With Relic, Cabinet of Curiosities and perhaps the best, Still Life with Crows I grew to love the Special Agent Pendergast character. But alas...the drivel turned out here is just stupid. Sorry guys...I was your biggest supporter. I don't think I even care anymore what happens to Helen. This book is contrived, full of cliche's, easy to see through and very predictable. The characters have these "light bulbs" go off and I am thinking , "really, you are so devious and evil and you didn't think of this?" I was almost laughing at times at the incredulity of it all. Come on you two. If this is the best you can do with such a great character as Pendergast perhaps it is time to retire the poor guy. He deserves a better legacy than you are giving him. Go back and reread your early work Mr. Preston and Mr. Child and perhaps you will see what I mean. But I think you already know. I hated writing this because I was so happy you two made it as writers. You deserved it. But we, your loyal readers did not deserve this and neither did poor Aloysius Pendergast.