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.
Suspence and the way the story is woven togeather
Other books in the series
The FBI Agent of course
Harry Turtledove fan
Twin sons for Pendergast? The is more of a Pendergast series more than ancillary characters.
Brilliant in story and narration. The way he grieves and how he enters the Nazi town is very good.
Two threaded stories that also welcomes back Carrie. You will enjoy the back a forth of all the characters. Great ending that makes you want to read the next in the series.
I love that the authors were able to bring back the past in a way that just wasn't completely absurd. The storyline was suspenseful and exciting and heartbreaking.
No spoilers, but Pendergast's emotions throughout the book helped me remember that he was a human being with actual feelings, and not just an FBI robot.
The narrator just has such a distinct elderly voice. He's terrible at accents, which came through very frequently in this book. I like to have narrators that make me forget I'm listening to someone read a book, and he's bad at that. His voice isn't displeasing, but when you have a wide range of characters, it's just not very fluid.
Voracious reader with a 70hr working week who rediscovered his passion for reading through Audible. Secretly in love with commutes!
I have been listening to the entire Pendergast Series up to now, starting with The Relic and am a great fan of AXP.
While the "Helen Trilogy" is clearly not up to the level of the other novels, both in character development, research, and apparent lack of entertainment value, Two Graves marks the low point of even the Helen Trilogy.
A flat story completely devoid of any literary highlights with predictable, much-abused stereotypes and zero character development does not make for good listening. What is next - Resurgent Japanese Samurai & Evil Russian Dictators? I only really enjoyed listening to the last chapter.
I am hoping that the authors will pick up the pieces in White Fire. Messrs Preston & Child, this book rates an F+ at best and is not worthy to be a AXP novel.
As a footnote, it is inconceivable to me that the authors can spend a year researching a novel with a fair amount of foreign language content, only to manage to get it wrong through sloppy research. This is eerily matched by Rene Auberjonois's clear lack of preparation by matching his atrocious pronunciation to the poor quality of Preston & Child's book.
The low-point of the Pendergast Series and best avoided at all costs, if only to help fill in the background on the Pendergast family saga.