A long-buried family secret resurfaces when one of Aloysius Pendergast's most implacable enemies shows up on his doorstep as a murdered corpse. The mystery has all the hallmarks of the perfect murder, save for an enigmatic clue: a piece of turquoise lodged in the stomach of the deceased. The gem leads Pendergast to an abandoned mine on the shore of California's desolate Salton Sea, which in turn propels him on a journey of discovery deep into his family's sinister past. But Pendergast learns there is more at work than a ghastly episode of family history: he is soon stalked by a subtle killer bent on vengeance over an ancient transgression. In short order, Pendergast is caught in a wickedly clever plot, which will leave him stricken in mind and body...and may well end with his death.
©2014 Douglas Preston (P)2014 Hachette Audio
"The best Pendergast book yet - a collision between past and present that will leave you breathless." (Lee Child - White Fire)
"Preston and Child have created a terrific mix of mystery and the unexpected that will keep you reading into the late hours of the night. They promise a great read and they have delivered." (Clive Cussler)
I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.
This novel opens with a surprise on Pendergast's doorstep. This novel explores the Pendergast tree and dig into his history. I liked this aspect. I like that Constance green is back in the picture. The whole series is a modern day Sherlock Holmes series of stories (with many different Watsons). Rene Auberjonis is the long time narrator and does an outstanding performance.
If you have not read any of these novels, you really have a great deal of work ahead of you. I love these novels because they are heavy on thrill and very light on blood and gore. I recommend you read this latest, more of the Pendergast story is always interesting.
I am a huge fan of this series and have enjoyed all the books, some more than others. However, this one is absolutely my new favorite. This story will be most meaningful for those of us who have read all the Pendergast novels and can keep track of the characters. The authors pull characters and events from the past into this story so well. I really enjoyed some of the "old characters" back again in a new adventure. Constance was wonderful. This story is full of the usual action, but very moving also, as Pendergast deals with facing death himself as well as the violent death of a family member. The relationship between Pendergast and Constance becomes clearer. The narrator, as always, was great. You will love this book and it will be especially meaningful for you if you know the characters. Now I have to wait for the next Pendergast novel! Hurry up guys!!
Totally addicted to Audible.
This book is much more like the Pendergast of old than either of the last two books. I had to go back to Two Graves and refresh my memory of the events that brought our beloved character to this point in his life. But it feels now like things are back on track to be good.
One does begin to wonder how many homicidal billionaires bent on exacting some sort of multi-generational revenge there can realistically be in the world - but of course, if you're a fan of P&C, you're probably pretty comfortable suspending disbelief so you can enjoy the spectacular ride.
As a fan since "The Relic," I found this story really satisfying - a deliciously twisty mystery that takes us from an abandoned resort town in California to the slums of Rio de Janeiro to the basement of the New York Museum of Natural History. And of course all the unusual suspects are here as well: irascible curators, intimidating Brazilian drug lords, exotic poisons, and clues that lead back into the Pendergast family's sinister past...
I've actually read positive reviews of this book by people who haven't read any of the previous entries in the Pendergast series, but it's hard to imagine reading this as a standalone - there are so many favorite characters from previous novels and references to earlier events. Those who have followed the many adventures of Pendergast will be thrilled, though - I certainly was. The best of this series in a long time!
Rene Auberjonois is, as always, marvelous.
I have been a consistent, possibly obsessed audiobook listener since 2003. My listening ranges from suspenseful mysteries to science and technology, but I return again and again to the unexpected depth and breadth of books which fall into the "Mysteries and Thrillers" category.
If you already love the Pendergast books this will knock your socks off. How these guys (Preston and Childs), can have rejuvenated this series so far into their ongoing story, is completely amazing and unexpected. Blue Labyrinth is rich and surprising and totally satisfying. Just read it.
Only because I enjoy listening as my eyes fail.
I enjoyed Constance being active in the story, but was disappointed some past characters were just given lip service.
Rene just seems to knock this and the other books in the series, out of the park.
No. It can't decide if it's a police procedural (a bad choice, because the authors know nothing whatever about police procedure or criminal law and everything they say about it is nonsense) or a thriller (also a bad choice, because it's not thrilling.)
I've listened to three-quarters of the book, and I am engaged enough to want to see how it ends, but just barely. In the broad outline, it's an interesting, complex mystery with several connected protagonists and plotlines. (Minor spoilers follow.) But the big elements are assembled to an incoherent mishmash. The protagonist is an independently-wealthy FBI agent with, apparently, no FBI duties but who still carries a badge and calls on law-enforcement resources as he wishes. The story relies on overused thriller elements, like the supercompetent villain with a burning thirst for revenge and abundant spies and henchmen, and an absurd sort of poison that could only be invented by someone ignorant of rudimentary chemistry or biology. The characters struggle to figure out some things that are completely obvious, but confidently reach other conclusions that require information that they don't have and which don't make sense anyway. (Psychic powers masquerading as mystic Tibetan meditation probably help with the latter.) This is my first foray into this series, and I won't try a second. As silly as it was, it would be even sillier if the protagonist had such bizarre adventures on a regular basis, which I assume is the case.
Rene Auberjonois does a decent job with a huge list of hard-to-distinguish characters.
I'm a fan of this series so I guess I'll always buy the latest instalment, but I feel like Preston & Child didn't put much effort into this one. Very predictable plot, totally implausible ending. Much of the scenes were straight out of other books & for the first time I found myself skipping forward.
Not a fair question, I have A Lot of audiobooks! Well over 500 just on Audible without counting the ones I have on CDs. I will say this one is probably in my top 100. If I had to get rid of most of my books this one would be a keeper - how's that?
The only other book I would even attempt to compare it to would be White Fire. Pendergast along with his family and friends are in a class all by themselves. You just don't find 100+ year old women who look like they're in their early 20s, or people who can meditate themselves back in time or, or, or... But the thing with this series is the way it is written the listener (me) never says it's too far fetched but buys into it. I think this says a lot about the authors.
This was sooo good in my opinion (we all have one!). I just want to know when Pendergast will stop being Constance's guardian and will admit that he loves her as well. I really thought that this would happen in this book, since she has told him of her feelings toward him. In the epilogue after all they went through... Oh well. Maybe one day or maybe not and the writers will just keep the readers wondering. Anyway, I thought it was a great story, I wish I didn't have to wait another WHOLE YEAR for another. Highly recommend this one, it is worth the credit.
I'm a fan of the series in general, but this one was repetitive and formulaic.
Some of the others earlier in the series were really interesting and built up the characters into multi-layered people (The Book of the Dead, Fever Dream) but the new characters introduced in this novel are not dynamic or multi-faceted.
Yes, he is always fantastic
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