Good story. Love cliff hangers. Anxious to start the next in series. Scott Brick is the best narrator EVER!
The narration, by Scott Brick, is the key to this series, along with Pendergast himself, of course. Mr. Brick does a superb job with the voice of the Pendergast brothers, especially. He also makes the new Evonovich series come to life, and adds that special something to all of his work!
This book is one of the best in the series, in my opinion. It is fast paced, with twist and turns in every direction.
As I said previously, Mr. Brick is one of my favorite Narrators. Every performance is magnificent, and he truly "makes" any book.
If time permitted, I would have loved to listen to this book in one sitting.
YES! Every book in this series just keeps getting better. The Pendergast character is so complex and ever changing. Look forward to the next weird situation he will get involved with next.
Pendergast is one of my all-time favorite characters. These books would make a fantastic movie along the lines of Robert Downey Jr's Sherlock Holmes movies. Pendergast and his tailored suits with all the tools and gadgets he pulls out of various pockets and hidden places. He is so strange and peculiar and yet very loyal and caring.
Brick does them all so well. I thought he would have a hard time separating Pendergast from his brother, Diogenes, in this book - but I thought he handled it well.
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Note: This is book two in a triology. To achieve maximum enjoyment and effect it's quite important to read them in sequence.
* Lots of action -- interesting and fast moving, but missing the jaw clenching action of the first book. Still great, just pales a little in comparison.
* All the essential murder-mystery archetypes are present: A brilliant and highly ethical hero; A sidekick who is fiercely loyal and brave; A beautiful damsel in very dire circumstances; and finally, A nemesis truly worthy of the main character -- worthy in intellect and mettle -- and as evil as our hero is good.
* And given that this is book 2 of a triology: a true, knuckle-biting, cliff-hanger ending.
I'm thoroughly hooked. I must read installment 3 immediately.
I read the original three Pendergast series books in paperback and have been listening to the remaining books on audible. Preston and Child did a great job improving the depth of Pendergast. As a New Orleans native, I find the references to New Orleans sprinkled throughout the series to be great.
Only downside to this book and a few others in the series is the choice of voice actor. All do great as narrators, but the voices used for some characters don't match what's created by the authors. Overall, highly recommend this book and all be others in the Pendergast series.
Pendergast is a Southern Gentleman's version of Sherlock Holmes. This book series has kept me on the edge of my seat. It's kept me guessing. I didn't think I would like the Pendergast character. My first impression was that he was a rich snob. He is, but not because he has money. He doesn't like to deal with stupidity. No matter what one's social status is, Pendergast respects intelligence. I recommend this series of books to anyone that enjoys Sherlock Holmes.