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.
Hi, Phil here i love "reading" books this way. I joined several years ago but just started really "reading" the last 1 1/2 yrs.
That's how irritating the story is. The behavior of the people involved is at times totally unbelievable. No real life person would ever react the way some of the characters act in this book. I'm being vague because I don't want to drop any spoilers. Suffice to say you know how exasperating Pendegast can be at times. Take it up 20 notches and it's a wonder that the readers don't launch a drone attack on him!
Maybe the plot is believable but by the time the good agent and the tired nazis are through with you, who cares!
I am a BIG Preston and Child's fan and have been listened to many of their audiobooks. It was a very good book (as usual) and I love Rene Auberjonois' voice.
The plot and the storyline!!!
Love it!!! I like Mr. Auberjonois as an actor so I can help but to love the way he narrates these books.
I would recommend the series as this book cannot really stand alone. Pendergast is a very complex character and in this story, I believe, there has to be some background to support the entire story.
I do not want to give away the plot but Pendergast finds out the psychopath in the family really shocked me.
I have listened to several Pendergast novels and he is by far THE Pendergast character. He has portrayed him just as I would imagine this character would be like in real life. Every reader has put a Southern accent for Pendergast, naturally, but Rene Auberjonois I think has the character set to a T.
Yes, the moment was when Pendergast finds out about the nameless boy...anymore and the story is given away.
I loved this book. I wasn't familiar with the author but found this to be exciting and one who kept me guessing.
Great read. I love the stories and the intrigue that Pendergast always seems to find himself ensconced within.