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.
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.
I teach High School Theater and Fine Arts and still have hair! I am phenomenal!
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
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.
Really enjoy listening to these books sure am glad I was introduced to Audible. Best dollar I've ever spent.
These two authors never let me down they're always great stories and I enjoyed this one as much as any I recommend it especially if you're a Pendergast fan. I actually felt sorry for him there for awhile but as always the greatness of the character pulled himself up and became the ol' FBI agent I'm used to.
Highly recommend this book to you, know you'll enjoy it.
If you are interested in more than 2-3 story lines per book and you had time to follow all the items going on. You have to concentrate on this book to know what is going on.
Too many story lines and jumping all over the place. Hard to comprehend at which point you were in the original story, even though they were all tied.
story lines were interesting, but no break between them.
Different reader maybe that broke the story lines apart, so that you know which end was up.