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.
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©2004 Douglas Preston (P)2011 Hachette
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!
Brimstone was just great from beginning to end. The clues found at crime scenes were just mind boggling. I don't like the Pendergast novels that stray too far from reality, so I was hesitant for a while about the clues that were found. However, I stuck with it and it got so much better. Definitely a lot of twists and turns I never would have suspected.
Scott Brick has narrated a few of the Pendergast novels, and Rene Auberjonois does the others. I can't stand Rene Auberjonois as a narrator. Scott Brick makes you forget he's one guy reading an audiobook. He performs, as opposed to Auberjonois, who just recites.
I have literally a few thousand audible books, I have Parkinson's, always an avid reader. I tend toward horror, paranormal, love Vampires .
I really started out enjoying this book. And it was a great book ,but not on par with others in the series. The characters were strange, which I expect. The story was just mostly ridiculous. More of and Agatha Christie type template. The narrator is Scott Brick very good as usual.
Could easily have been abridged. Many unnecessary details, extended car chases, gory details. Characters, however, although stereotypical, are interesting and amusing.
I'm not sure what possessed the authors to cast as their villain one of the most colorful characters in one of the more beloved novels of Victorian literature. It means that anyone even mildly versed in the works of Poe, Wilkie Collins, and Dickens will figure out who done it within the first two chapters. Too bad, given the highly entertaining characters.
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 !
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
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
no its not for me
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
I commute 2 hours daily and could never do it without audio books. No one comes close to Audible's selection and features.
Way too long with hardly any action. I quit listening to this, but I did put it back in after listening to a different book. Hope it ends finally.
I do like the pendergast series, but this is disappointing.
Too long, no action
I'm still planning on more Pendergast novels
I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.
This novel has added complexities to the main character and built the backstory of the minor characters. In a great thriller series, the backstories are as important of as the plot in any one specific novel. As you get attached to the lesser players, backstory development cements your commitment to overall series. This is why Brimstone was very good and a pleasant change from the last, lackluster installment.
The plot was far more believable in this installment. You did not have to suspend your judgment of the reality or physics at all. Also, the foreshadowing of the ultimate conclusion was not obvious until you listened to the last word.
Scott brick brings a voice to Pendergast that is believable. I enjoy listening to his melodic performance.
I don't want to spoil it, but there is a moment between d'Gosta and Hayward -- well, listen to it yourself.
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