I love just about anything written well with good narration. I love spy novels, WWII spies in particular. I love doggies! And Scott brick
When I search for audios on Audible, my first step is to look for a new Brick narration. this book reminds me why. His depiction of Pendergast makes for extremely enjoyable listening. The story is stuffed to overflowing with rich characters, some over the top as in life, and all are flawed which brings it to the point of believability but not quite. I know this is an older Pendergast book but for some reason I saved it till last. Hopefully they come out with a new one soon. The ONLY critique I have is not of the authors or narrator, or even of the book itself, it's of Audible. Thanks to your moderators allowing commentors to say virtually whatever they want (yes, I saw the tiny spoiler alert. Afterwards.), I was apprised of the ending before I bought it. Please fix your reviews policy. I am pretty sure if someone wanted to know everything about the book from beginning to ending, they would try wikipedia, not read reviews.
Great writers. Great narrator. But while I was hoping this wouldn't be another episode of Scooby Doo for the literary guild, that's exactly what it was.
It's a spooky demon or the devil killing people! No, pull off his mask and it's actually the Kwazy Kount and his Microwave Ray Gun! And he would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for that meddling Pendergast.
Ok, I've read enough of these guys to know they would never actually introduce a real demon into a story, but a microwave ray gun? Really? That "heats from the inside-out" (okay, that's ALMOST true, depending on what you're heating) slowly enough to create bubbling agony but somehow magically avoids heat conduction or wave bouncing and cremates half a head and leaves the other half intact? If you're going to just make up a weapon out of thin air that isn't based on solid scientific grounds, be more creative than a microwave ray gun. Criminy. The writers hint at other possible causes of death, which would have been far more interesting... but you're stuck with the ray gun.
And there are whole chapters that are nothing but filler. I skipped past every chapter dealing with the story in the Post, and when I browsed them later, confirmed that I missed absolutely nothing.
Given all the above, I'm not sure why I enjoyed it so much, but I did.
I don't know why the Pendergast novels aren't movies yet... Preston and Child have created a character whose closest equal is Holmes. From Relic to Cold Vengeance, there is not a better thriller series going . As for the listen, Scott Brick is the man. He is the best storyteller out there.
The building of the plot. Just adds layer after layer. Great pace!!
Brings the characters and action to life.
Highly Recommended !!
Gripping, suspenseful story
The character building that Preston and Child do is fantastic. You really feel the depth of them.
The chase scene where they are being chased by the assassin towards the monastery. The reader, Scott Brick, did an astounding job on it (and it was well written, which helps).
The development of the Reverend's character was particularly moving. They crafted him and built him into such a powerful character. You can see some of the same things that actually happened during the Occupy Wall Street protests. But this book was written 7-8 years before the protests.
Please produce the rest of the Preston/Child library unabridged. As I have already done, I will snatch them up as soon as they come available. I love this series and Mr. Brick's narration of it.
good story line. well written,pleasure to listen to.
it kept me interested.
the end, when the villain got "his".
I hadn't read this and was hoping the unabridged audio book would come out and it was worth the wait. Scott Brick does a great job narrating the story and this one fills in the gaps from the rest if you haven't read the books, some very important. Great story. As usual, great twists and turns from Preston and Child. Great book - get it if you haven't (or even if you have) read it.
Clinical treatment and research awareness. Sci-fi to Science to Maximim PC/parenting. How to best network HDMA? 70% SciFi-thrillers-30% science
I have rarely had an unexceptional book from these two. They deliver another hit with a good twist. 5/5
The plot and Pendergast's antics kept me wondering what would happen next.
His narration fits the story and keeps the story moving.
I always enjoy this series and love listening to it on my iPod on the train.Hope they keep coming.
It sounded like this would be a good story, but I finally gave up because the language was so trashy. I wish there was ratings for books like for movies so I could avoid foul language. Really wasted my money on this one.
a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.
Book five in a series currently containing eleven books...and the quality of writing is such that reading out of order may fill in gaps but does not detract from the story at hand. Plus I really like the genteel southern gentleman depicted in the character of pendergast. He its an FBI agent I would like to meet and know.
I had read a book from a new series this pair of authors is starting. It was not on par with this series, and I was concerned their quality was waning. This book reversed that concern.