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Brimstone: Pendergast, Book 5 | [Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child]

Brimstone: Pendergast, Book 5

Art critic Jeremy Grove is found dead, his face frozen in a mask of terror. His body temperature is grotesquely high; he is discovered in a room barricaded from the inside; the smell of brimstone is everywhere... and the unmistakable imprint of a claw is burned into the wall. As more bodies are discovered - their only connection the bizarre but identical manner of death - the world begins to wonder if the Devil has, in fact, come to collect his due.
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Art critic Jeremy Grove is found dead, his face frozen in a mask of terror. His body temperature is grotesquely high; he is discovered in a room barricaded from the inside; the smell of brimstone is everywhere... and the unmistakable imprint of a claw is burned into the wall. As more bodies are discovered - their only connection the bizarre but identical manner of death - the world begins to wonder if the Devil has, in fact, come to collect his due.

Teaming with Police Officer Vincent D'Agosta (The Relic), Agent Pendergast is determined to solve this case that appears to defy everything except supernatural logic.

Prolong the suspense: listen to another Pendergast novel.

©2004 Douglas Preston (P)2011 Hachette

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    Lannette Ajo, AZ, United States 05-20-12
    Lannette Ajo, AZ, United States 05-20-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Simply another great Pendergast novel."

    Another great read. Not the best one I've read of the series, but definitely worth the purchase. The latter books are better than the first ones I think. I had a hard time getting through Relic and don't think I even finished it, but I went ahead and bought the rest of the series and they got better and better. I listened to them out of order so I think I'll let some time pass and go back and listen to them in the proper order. If you liked the other ones, you'll like this one. And even if this isn't your genre - it is still a very interesting story and good read.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Colorado Springs, CO, United States 12-16-12
    Gary Colorado Springs, CO, United States 12-16-12 Member Since 2010

    Give me water to swim and surf in. That with a glass of white wine and the sun. That's heaven.

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    "Be very aware of Pendergast"
    Where does Brimstone rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would have to put this book in the top ten of all I have listened to so far.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot kept me intrigued from the very start when Pendergast was introduced in tennis shorts to when he found Vincent and started to depend on him. This plot is unlike any I've listened to before in the way it runs two senerios at the same time.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Pendergast


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Pendergast acted as the decoy so his partner could escape.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Columbus, OH, United States 10-12-12
    Carol Columbus, OH, United States 10-12-12 Member Since 2008
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    "A little disappointing"

    Listened to Fever Dream first, and this one next. Maybe my expectations were too high, but did not enjoy Brimstone nearly as much. The plot was interesting, but not compelling and I did not like the ending.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis Seattle, WA, United States 08-27-12
    Dennis Seattle, WA, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2004

    Like action, adventures, war stories, militay happenings, historical readings-fiction, & mysteries. Unabridged only! Reader IMPORT!

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    "Very good and for the most part captivating!"

    Well worth the listening even through some of dry parts. The ending is magnetic in its intensity --- one kept wishing only for the BEST...!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Valerie O Los Angeles, CA 04-10-14
    Valerie O Los Angeles, CA 04-10-14 Member Since 2010

    EyeSpyIBuy

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    "choose carefully , i did not like this narrator !"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I think this series is not as enjoyable as it could be by this constant changing of narrators. I found this narrator not at all what i had become used to in the previous ones as the voice of pendergast. So much so i won't listen to anymore than he reads i'll head right back to a hardcover !


    Would you be willing to try another book from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child ? Why or why not?

    yes i want to read them all, but i will now always listen to a sample first , this one was really tough to get thru


    What didn’t you like about Scott Brick’s performance?

    i just didn't think he had the voice of pendergast , the relic , defined the voice of narration for me, i think it makes the series very very choppy


    Could you see Brimstone being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    no its not for me


    Any additional comments?

    i would really ask the authors to think about what they are doing, the storylines are already not linear, so when you combine different narrators, i just think its a kiss of death,
    i mean i really don't like the changing, and I won't purchase another one without listening to the sample first, i almost returned this book it was that bad to me

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffery T. Harris HAMDEN, CT, United States 07-01-13
    Jeffery T. Harris HAMDEN, CT, United States 07-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Another Solid Pendergast Story"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I was glad to have D'Agosta back. He is one of my favorite characters outside of Pendergast in this series. He has some smarts, some attitude, and is a loyal friend to Pendergast. For me, it is tough not to like him and root for him.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to many books narrated by Scott Brick. As usual, he was up to the task and did not take away from the story in any way. The thing I like about Scott Brick is he isn't amazing or ground-breaking: he is consistent and enjoyable to listen to. He doesn't distract from the story with over the top voices but also adds just enough to each character's dialogue to entertain and really bring you into the story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did listen to this book in large chunks, usually a couple hours at a time. It was definitely something that I wanted to keep going on with.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bob North Lauderdale, FL, United States 12-30-11
    Bob North Lauderdale, FL, United States 12-30-11
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    "Wow, don't be hesitant about using a credit here"

    It's good to hear the old Pendergast back along with his old cronies. This was longer than all his others but well worth the listen. The narration was good and kept you wanting more. The only thing I didn't like about it was the plagerized dining room scene. It almost made me feel like I was reading Dan Brown. Other than that, it was a real page turner and made you wonder what Pendergast was going to come up with next. Not making his "butler" a major part of the book was genius. DeGasta and Hayward were absolutely where they should be. and did what fit into the book perfectly. I can't wait for the next in the series!!!!! In the meantime, don't miss this one!

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    12-19-11
    12-19-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Finally!"

    This has been a long time coming to Audible. This is the first part of the Diogenes trilogy. Its been five years since Reliquary, D'agosta is back and well if you have made it this far in the series I don't really need to try to sell you on it, sufficed to say your in for a hell of a ride. Only one book left unabridged Cabinet Of Curiosities, Audible the fans DEMAND it!

    13 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Rip van Winkle CA 08-18-12
    Rip van Winkle CA 08-18-12 Member Since 2001

    Sleep junkie

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    "Disappointed (but I hope not disenchanted) fan"
    What would have made Brimstone better?

    If I had not blown a credit on it.


    What was most disappointing about Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child ???s story?

    I am a big fan of Preston and Child and I LOVE Pendergast. I love suspense and spookiness. I love horror and am glad to suspend my disbelief. But this story was just this side of ridiculous. Talk about much ado about nothing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last one, because the book was finally over. (Yes, I kept reading, hoping it was going to get better.)


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointed; some anger -- many times I just wanted the story to get on with it, but no-o-o, just more blah, blah, blah. Also, since when is Pendergast an action hero? Of course he has always been able to take care of himself and others, too, but really, this thing goes too far with the muscles and guns. The thing that is so great about Pendergast is his intelligence and creativity.


    Any additional comments?

    The story rambled on and on with far too much time spent on the minutia of the scenery during chases (of which there were far too many) and other uninteresting situations (could have done without the Hayward part of the story completely). Seemed so padded out, like they had this fairly preposterous idea, but thought they could make something of it, wrote an outline and then padded and padded and padded.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Karen chandler, AZ, United States 05-28-14
    Karen chandler, AZ, United States 05-28-14 Member Since 2008
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    "its like they are real people."
    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    I expect his voice with each book.. I can almost see Pendergast..


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    it was difficult at times to turn it off and save for later


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Gripping and performed brilliantly!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It's good.


    What other book might you compare Brimstone to, and why?

    Not sure I'd compare it.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Well as a fan of Scott's work this was great job. I enjoy his over the top enthusiasm and would recommend both writers for the technological style. I also tend to refund audiobooks not read by Scott - sad but true.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Stupid question


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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