I liked the whole plot and enjoyed the reading. I thought the ending was a little too far fetched to be believed, but...
An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.
I love Pendergast, Degosta, and other repeating characters in this series, and I love the chilling stories written by Preston & Child. But this one was not their best. Too long, especially the sections about Rev. Buck, and not heart-thumpingly engaging. The last 100 pages make the book worth listening to, but not a 5-star novel.
Live on edge of National Forest with lake, birds & wild animals. No more perfect place to indulge life-long love of reading.
Here's my Bottom Line on this book: I thoroughly enjoy listening to series; story arcs, character development, and the mix of the new and the familiar are all great fun. So when I find a really excellent series I parcel them out in order to make the fun last, mixing in other books before listening to the next book of the series. This time my self discipline has completely left me (fled into all the fun that is Pendergast)! I can't resist ... I'm downloading book 6 as I write this review. I will start it as soon as I finish writing this.
Some subordinate points in support of my bottom line:
* The characters in this book are hugely quirky in the best ways. They are overdrawn to the point of being caricatures while still being great fun.
* The suspense is palpable in certain parts, particularly at the end. (Major hint as to why I'll start the next book immediately.)
* The story line is both interesting as well as loaded with classical history. One caution, it does slow in the middle. Don't worry about that, just keep going.
* A couple of the repeating characters develop and evolve which increases the listeners sense of involvement with them.
* As always, Scott Brick is without peer!
Brimstone doesn't disappoint. Pendergast is his usual interesting self and the story was engaging. Can't go wrong
Avid book lover and listener. Nuff said for this purpose.
Pertinacious, punctilious, percipient-----Pendergast (ok 4)
Preston & Childs. When they write together they're hard to beat. Even though some outcomes are evident to a reader (of the series), they can still surprise you. Tough in any series.Started with a bang and kept it up to the end.
As with "most" readers, he brings the characters to life. It's always more enjoyable for me to listen to a book, well except by some really monotone readers which Scott Brick isn't!
Also tough in these books but the dedication of the 2 friends and the strengthening of it over the series introduces a dimension that does add depth.
Pendergast and D'Agosta so different in all ways except passion. If anyone hasn't been introduced to the series, there's no better time than the present. Even tho each book can really be read without reading the series, you would be depriving yourself of a tremendous adventure that goes on and on, always pleasing.
I would definitely recommend this audiobook to my mystery-loving friends.
I like the scene with the Count at his home.
I don't recall listening to Scott Brick prior to this book, but I feel he did a wonderful job.
I wish I'd had the time to listen to it all at once, but the important part is that I was able to hear all of it over a short period of time. I couldn't wait to continue listening!
This is the first book from this author and the Pendergast character and i must admit i enjoyed this book very much. The tone and the story was nice. I admit that there are a few times when the detailed explanation of situations would proceed but on the whole it was very good. I also understand that it is book 5 from a series but i did not find it a problem in understanding or following the story, it actually made me more curious about 1 or 2 characters. I recommend this book to those who like religious thrillers.
Ranks one of the books that you don't want to put down
Pendagast getting tombed up
Loved the different plots in the book
It is the best I have read so far.
The scene where DeGassi's hand is nearly cut off.Chase scene up the mountain.
he scene where DeGassi hand is nearly cut off.
No, but I lost a lot of sleep because I could not stop reading.
Superior performance by Scott Brick
Pendergast always comes thru with flying colors. I seem to always be waiting for him to "handle" things in his most "appealing" way.
So far, the many plots are moving right along............haven't quite finished it yet!!
Each scene is uniquely different; but probably the one in the Laboratory.
I believe Scott Brick is purr-fect for Preston & Child's audio books!! He paints a particularly interesting Pendergast.