I love all the Pendergast series. That said, this was as if the authors dropped pages of characters all over the floor and swept them up together in a haphazard fashion. This was the last of the "Helen" series, which played out like a soap opera with evil twins and not really dead characters, unknown children appearing and disappearing, and characters from other novels seemed to just drop in for a cameo. A seriously overly dramatic Pendergast went against his own character here, as well, which isn't logical. In these novels we are always asked to suspend our sense of reality a bit, but we usually do it willingly. This was unwilling. And all the answers to all the characters' life questions were unceremoniously answered as though it were a rush to the grand finale of the series. I had figured it was just that until the very ending, which seemed to leave one tiny window cracked open for a sequel in this continuing series, which has continued true to form so far. It was almost a parody; but not quite. As it was these authors and Pendergast, it was worthwhile--just not their best by far.
It was a long and drawn out plot with few surprises.
Yes, I have read several of their books and have enjoyed them.
I have listened to the entire Pendergast Series, one right after the other, and I have really not enjoyed this "Helen" trilogy. Is it just me or are these getting more violent? My penchant for murder mysteries usually means that the stories will carry some level of violence, but these last few have made me physically cringe. And Pendergast comes across not as a bit unusual, but like a cold-blooded, thoughtless killer. I miss my D'Agosta. I hate the fact that he acts like a little puppy trailing behind and begging for the attentions of Hayward. I miss the all-knowing mysteriousness of Pendergast. I liked that his wife was dead and that was all we knew. I can't go back and un-listen to it...but I almost wish I could.
I've read every book in this series and have loved every one of them. This is the only book in the series that really needs preparation before tackling it. All the books in the series stand by themselves and this on will as well. However to to make complete sense, you really need to have read the entire series. It brings all the major/minor players and what has gone on in their lives that has brought them to this point. Ig Audible had a 10 point scale, this would be the one that rates it. DON;T MISS IT!
The truth of the matter is that, if you are a fan of the series, you will listen to this book regardless...but it's definitely not up to the level of the first few (It IS better than Cold Vengeance, which wasn't even a full story). If you expect early Pendergast, you will be disappointed by the unrelated story lines that seem to be included in the book "just because," by the series of new characters that appear and are disposed off for no good reason, and by some of the ridiculous coincidences (i.e. a volcano that's about to erupt at precisely the right moment).
That said, if you download it like you would download the season finale of a TV series, you won't be disappointed. It is entertaining -- but definitely not great.
Another great Preston Child creation . Kept me at the edge of my seat. several plots occurring throughout , yet seemingly come together in a grand finale. Can't wait to see what happens next!
With this book, the authors finally jumped the shark while nuking the fridge for good measure. The opening section feels completely disconnected to the rest of the book, like the authors rushed through concluding the events set in motion in the last book because they were in the way of another story they wanted. But that story...just too much, pushes believability too far. Worst book in the series so far.
Preston and Child have found a way to have a common core of characters and really build on them. After the murder of Helen Agent Pendergast falls apart. He is contemplating suicide but just can't bring himself to do it quite yet. D'Agosta is worried about his friend but is in the middle of a big case professionally. Once the case makes a bizarre turn D'Agosta knows the Pendergast can step in and help. While all of this is going on Corrie Swanson reunites with her father who happens to be wanted a bank robbery. She is taking the skills she has been developing helping Pendergast to try to figure out who framed her father. Dr. Felder spends time hunting down sketches from an artist who sketched Constance back in the 1880's. His searches to validate the woman who he has come to love have been a trying subplot throughout the story also.When Pendergast finds out that he has twin sons and they have been in Novo Godoi' a Nazi village in Brazil. He goes through everything to try to save his sons. This story was a little more over the top than some of the Pendergast stories, but after 9 books I guess sometimes things get a little out of control.