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
These authors have a wonderful way of tossing many stories into the air and managing to keep them all aloft. They do the same with their creatively crafted characters. We have the reappearance of some old friends in this one, along with some new and properly dastardly foes. Preston and Child have conjured up a great mystery that takes us into the darkest depths of ancient evils as we follow our heroes on their international pursuit of truth and justice.
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.
Couldn't put it down. I liked the first four Pendargast novels very, very much, but this one really stands out!! Can't wait to read the rest of them!! Ok - that's was long enough - "Dance Of Death" here we go!!!🎯
The stories and background are great the main characters draw you in and keep you captivated. I highly recommend the series of books and look forward to finishing the series!
Scott brick out did himself narrating this novel the voices he chose for each character was perfect. his Italian accent and language was wonderful he made this book well worth the hear! I'm a big fan of Scott brick I would highly recommend this novel
Preston and Child are great storytellers and a great team, with the Pendergast series bring their best work for many reasons.
I don't get Scott Brick's high reputation and prolific (500-600 books?) body of work. He is by far the worst narrator I've ever heard, and I'm a prolific audiobook listener because of a lengthy commute. He mispronounces words, is inconsistent, and overly dramatic. I tried to give him zero stars, but Audible requires at least one to submit a review. I much prefer the narration style of René Auberjonois, whose perfect diction and obvious knowledge of his subject come through clearly. Regardless, a masterful series and a must-have for any fan of both modern and classic detective fiction.
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