I have been reading the Pendergast novels since the beginning, and I am sorry to say that they have been declining steadily over the years. However, this one took a nose dive. I have not read such a ridiculous story line since my childhood. It was a true "Jump the Shark" tale. After this story, I do not think I will not be following the adventures of Special Agent Pendergast any more.
Love a great mystery and suspenseful novel.
There were some portions of this story that were left off. It was like there were three different stories going on at the same time and two of them never connected.
FBI Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast's world is turned upside down when his wife, Helen, thought to be long dead, suddenly reappears - very much alive; however only moments after being reunited with her, she is kidnapped and Pendergast must race across the country and against time to save her. But Helen's kidnapping is only the opening move of an intricate plot that includes a serial killer loose in New York City whose agenda seems directly tied to the agent and the discovery of a long-hidden sect of Nazi soldiers in Brazil, intent on rebuilding the Third Reich and completing its World War II mission of global domination.
As he struggles to find answers in these increasingly complex cases, Pendergast soon discovers Helen kept many things hidden from her - revelations that will change his life forever.
Two Graves is a fast-paced story that does an excellent job balancing the several plots woven throughout the pages. Long-time readers will be excited to see the return of Corrie Swanson, and the authors finally bring closure to the reasons behind Constance Greene's incarceration at Mount Mercy Hospital for the Criminally Insane. All the familiar favorites return for this globe-trotting adventure, including a few who haven't been seen in quite some time, and new faces are introduced - two in particular who will directly influence Pendergast's future adventures.
As always, the reader is suspected to suspend disbelief at Pendergast's remarkable abilities - some bordering on the supernatural - but all in all, this was a terrific book that long-time readers will find satisfaction in as they join their favorite FBI agent on another remarkable adventure.
This was a great listen and kept you going on several levels. Some say that the characters were a bit shallow. But if you have read all of the Preston and Child's Book each book builds on each character. We get to know a lot more of Constance so you know there will be more upcoming books because of new characters introduced.
Rene is easy and great to listen to and does justice to each character.
It is my favorite of late.
I hated that Helen died, but the addition of two sons of the same category as he and Diogenes to Pendergast's life was ingenious. I also loved the character of Tristram and yes, even Alban. It takes us through Pendergast's highest and lowest moments ultimately showing us that survival is always to be sought for the good of those besides oneself. And I feel that even though 'Tristram' means sadness, it is through this very sadness that love will eventually come to Pendergast's shattered heart.
Aloyisius, of course, then Tristram. I must also say, the conquering of Dukchuck by Felder was a great scene. I will not buy an audiobook not narrated by Rene' Auberjonois.. His voice captures the mellifluous New Orleans accent of Pendergast as I have imagined it since I read Relic when it came out.
When Helen died, I felt Pendergast's pain. I also felt his dying of the soul,the sadness of Ms. Ishimura, the benevolence of Proctor despite his 'job' and the hurt of Viola. I despised Fisher, which was as it should be considering his character.
I highly recommend this book and heartily guarantee you will enjoy the performance of Rene' Auberjonois.
I love Lincoln & Child stories but seems from previous books that Helen was really dead after the lion adventure. Then here she is again. Also thought Diogenes was long gone, but here he is again. But all in all it was a decent story.
This is my own personal take on this one. Pendergast becomes the focal point in the beginning and into the book. I love the stories where Pendergast appears just in time to assist Vinny. Its always so mysterious. And bit by bit you put some of the the pieces together. I rather not have all the secrets revealed so this wasn't my favorite. I look forwad to Pendergast appearing unexpectedly.
I think Rene Auberjonois is just right for the spooky stories. He seems to have Pendergast down.
Yes! Rene Auberjenois brings the Douglas and Preston books to life. He is an absolutely fabulous reader.
HIs pacing, diction, his personal tone, his emphasis. He is the best reader I've ever heard and I listen to many audiobooks.
" I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.
I had to read this book after cold vengeance, but its not as good as I thought it would be, perhaps I overhyped myself.... BUT.... I want the old Pendergast back, the unflappable, intolerant of those in power who choose to be rude, solving cases no one else can, & slowly revealing his unknown back ground.... you know the basics but it seems you learn something new with each book but its slowed a bit, 'Still life with crows' was great & it introduced a cool younger character but with all the different characters I've been a little disappointed since the Diogenes series, the killing of Smithback... its struggled a bit.
I'd love to get back to the Pendergast we know, he had some great highlights in cold vengeance but not enough to fix with two graves... He needs to be teaching everyone how its done & hopefully now that his wife is settled, Diogenes? is forgotten, characters died & are now past us, lets get a book back to his FBI/Serial killer hunting. Rene is so much better then Brick, Brick is a good narrator but he can't talk New Orleans... not that I know much about it, I'm from NY, but he gives the silky, honey, tone that he's known for. I'm looking forward to a good rebound book
This is the third book in the Helen Pendergast trilogy. Usually, in a good trilogy the 1st and 3rd books are the best, with the 2nd acting as a bridge between the two. I liked both of first two books but this last one, Two Graves, was really disappointing and not at all what I've come to expect from these authors. The main storyline was very scattered and too far fetched even for a Pendergast book. The side stories had little or no bearing to the main story. The Constance Greene side story made some sense but the girl (whose name is escaping me, which should tell you something) and her father? What was the point of that. I think it's also a bit lame to have Constance pining for Pendergast. That is just lazy in my opinion.
Thinking about it now it's almost as if the authors felt they had more than just the Helen story to tie up so they decided to throw all the loose ends they had in this last book to finish things off.
This is the only Pendergast book I've ever had a negative review for so I sincerely hope there will be more to come to redeem the series.
Note on the narrator, Rene Auberjonois did an excellent job. I'd definitely read more read by him.
It was good, and exactly what I expect from a Pendergast novel. But probably ranks close to the middle in terms of all-time favorite listens.
Pendergast finally becomes human. We see him struggle with death, even to the point of despair. At last the reader has a mode in which they feel connected to Pendergast as a fellow human. He goes through each level of grief, even taking out his revenge before finally assuming his role again as the calm, cool, collected, austere, and intelligent Pendergast we've come to love.
Pendergast creating in his mind a conversation with his wife to reveal one of the books secrets.
This book was worth the wait. There was effort and thought placed into the storyline. However, the Nazi angle does detract a bit for me. But as readers, that angle has been prevalent in several of the previous books. So it wasn't a surprise.