" 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.
all the twists and turns
yes, I have listen to all of the Pendergast stories, Rene makes the characters come alive,
people who would rather go to the movie -- at least THAT would have special effects to dazzle .
idiotically cliched characters, bad dialogue, superhuman feats of endurance without any humor or class.
narrator was only thing kept me going but even he couldn't pace this writing very well -- all of it sensational (!!!)
boredom -- 13 year old boy's book.
thought these guys were good writers -- missing from this.
Rene Auberjonois is a great actor and reader for this book series. Special Agent Pendergast is back on another personal investigation of some unrealistically strange and evil bad guy. Not any less realistic than the bad guy who burned people up with a microwave gun, fun for fans of the series, not sure someone who has never read or listened to a Pendergast story would like this book.
Pendergast # (2013 addition to this mystery series)
Impeccable narration by René Auberjunois could not overcome my disappointment at this implausible, fragmented, and frustrating "visit" with Special Agent Pendergast. Three or four separate plots--and I do mean separate--never connected the characters we usually enjoy as an ensemble. Pendergast was in South America, Corey Swanson was in Kansas, Constance Green was following her own story line, and NYPD Detective Vincent D'Agosta was mere window-dressing. None of the plots overlapped or worked together, yet none was strong enough to stand alone. They are not improved by being bound together in one volume.
I usually enjoy suspending disbelief, at least a little bit, when going on an adventure with Pendergast. But the main plot, focusing on him, was a deadly combination of "timeworn" and "ridiculous."
Pendergast remains one of my favorite continuing characters, and I will most likely read the next novel as soon as it's available. By then I hope the bitter taste of this one will have dissipated.
Yes I would recommend this book. If you like the the series this is a good one.
I different side of Pendergast and very good villeins
Yes. The weaving of the story in these novels is so complex that another listen to the entire trilogy is a must. It is imperative to listen in order.
When Pendergast is standing on the stones with his son but doesn't pull the trigger yet...and when the full story of Constance Green is revealed. There are so many that I can't sort through them all.
Yes. I listened to him in Fever Dreams and Cold Vengeance. He is a superb narrator.
I had extreme reactions but sometimes I wanted to strangle Vincent and other times Pendergast himself. Preston and Child are an amazing duo.
Bring on more Pendergast!