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
Knowing these characters from the previous novels, nothing they did was out of character. Their characters continue to gain depth. Their were a few times that I think Pendergast's character was just too over the top to be credible, but it still worked.
I cant wait for the next book.
Scott Brick really brings the story to life. His narration is just shy of incredible.
If this book were film, the tag line would be Devil's Play.
If you are enjoying this series for its most twisted, intricate windings, this one is great fun!!! Its long, stretches believability as far as you can possibly stretch, and even has a fun side plot going on. Loved it!
New grandpa. Married 35 great years. Drink Batch 19,Tsing Tao, and Bohemia. Read Card, King, Hobb, Sawyer, Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction.
YOU GOT QUITE A SENSE OF THEATRE
This is the fifth book in the series, but it is okay to start here. They bring back some characters from previous books, but it is not like they do much character development. Most of the people in the book are there to be straight guys to Pendergast.
Even if you don't like the story there are some interesting facts about Alfred Noble, Italy and spontaneous human combustion. The Noble story was especially good. I liked this book better then the previous two. Relic is still the best of the group.
A statement was made by a character that he does not read books written today because of the sex and violence, he would just read his bible. I have heard this before. The old testament is full of sex and violence.
VEGAS AND L.A. WERE MERELY A SIDE SHOW TO NEW YORK.
Another small town and small town people take a hit in this book. At least the whole book was not a put down and they kind of apologized for saying it, but still said it.
This book had a real made for TV movie feel to it.
I am not a fan of Brick, but he does a fine job in this one. Matter of fact he is perfect for the writing style of these two guys.
A surreal series of supernatural-appearing murders is merely part of the appeal for this Pendergast/D'Agosta tale. This book is a worthy prelude to the Diogenes trilogy.
Another very credit-worthy addition to the Pendergast collection and also works well as a stand-alone novel for those new to Preston & Child.
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.
Didn't like to see my hero, Pendergast, "die".
When the Count gets his comeuppance.
LOVE Scott Brick!
Oregon Forester, audio book addict
Once again an engaging well researched and fast paced book. I haven't been reading the series in order of publishing but it's worked just fine, each book stands well on it's own including Brimstone. This book brings you right to the edge of your seat and holds you there white knuckled for hours. The ending is gratifying and leaves the reader wanting another tale of Agent Pendergast.
Only Still Life With Crows affected me more -- but on a personal and emotional level. Brimstone was good for many other reasons. Lots of terrific "what ifs," the always intelligent vocabulary, equal amounts of suspense and exclamations of "of course..." -- a little supernatural, but always human!
AXP and D'Agosta are not cut from any other cloth. Sure, there are the ridiculously convenient lucky breaks and Hand-of-God sort of things, but so what? The gracious nod to Wilkie Collins and Poe enlarged the other literary, musical, cultural and geography references making this an immersive experience.
This one differed (for the better) from some of the series for NOT including long, somewhat-boring chases in caves and tunnels. The chases occur above ground. Still there is enough going on beneath castles and mansions so that when you come up for air, the whole thing stays with you.
It's a feel good and a breath-holder. I read this out of order, so I knew the future effects and consequences this book would set up. But even knowing what was coming, the story and its pacing were so good, it did not matter.
Loved "Buck," and the authors' delicate handling of his well-intentioned but misled efforts. That character and his story border on political-religious "preaching." So subtly handled, the message and the warnings are kind and clear.
If there is a theme in all of this, that applies to every character, including AXPm it might be:
Get thee behind me, Ego!
I am someone who enjoys audible books very much now that they exist. As a young student (real young) I can remember a teacher telling me how books can transport people to different places & open up a whole new world. This is how listening to audible books make me feel. Now if I can just stop falling asleep while listening to them at night I would be fine. Ha ha
The mystery that never seemed to stop. Hidden plots & secrets well kept. Villians galore.
The ending where I am still waiting to see how some of it turns out, & find out if Pendergast still lives? And talk about what goes around comes around.....Man.
I JUST LOVE HIS NARRATION. Great job on the Count. he can easily flip from one character to another while still keeping his audience enthrolled. And that ain't easy to do. Most people cannot even keep their own character believable in conversation.
Yes, but give me a break, I have to get some sleep sometime.
i want to go on record & say Preston & Child & Brick really spoil their book audience! Seriously. I don't know why it is but readers seem to have an expectation about books & of authors, or plots, etc. It is like the movies have gotten, no one wants to see a movie unless it is bigger, better & more explosive than the last. And then they feel free to criticise what does not come up to their expectations. I think there is something wrong with this picture. I don't think a publisher or author can ever know for sure what a reader wants. I know, I know that is why they have reviews, but even that doesn't explain why readers can get the opinions they come up with. Maybe their hair do didn't look right or they were having an off day or their scrambled eggs tasted good one day & not the next. So you should know that I appreciate your candor in allowing both good & not so good reviews to be published, but I do lean on the majority of votes.
Anyway I want to thank the authors for their footnote about mentioning the best mystery book ever written - "The Woman in White." published around 1860 (sorry folks, look up the author because if I leave this menu I may lose everything I have written). Preston & Child confessed & sort of half heartedly apologized for slightly borrowing the character of "Count Fusco." Ingenious! When in America, Italy, England or France do like they do. Of course I had to buy & listen to this particular book too & the critics were absolutely right! It is the best mystery book ever written.
If your readers ever do decide to read or listen to this book they will undoubtedly realize how vast the English language actually is & how this author used this to his highest ability. However, this just might drive some of the avid readers insane. Today a person cannot wait for a sentence to end. Oh well, what a surprise! At least any critical reviews today can never come back on either this wonderful mystery book or the author, however patience is required. The votes are in & counted. And in the book Brimsone the Count is wonderfully resurrected as a major player once again. Way to go guys!
Preston and Child bring their characters to life in the most interesting way. Their interaction really moves the story along, and involves the reader.
The finding of each of the bodies almost makes your hair stand on end.
The scenes(s) at the Italian castle are memorable for their descriptiveness and action.
I personally prefer Rene Aborjonois to Scott Brick as a reader for this series. Aborjonois brings the character of Pendergrast to life better in my opinion.
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