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
Great writers. Great narrator. But while I was hoping this wouldn't be another episode of Scooby Doo for the literary guild, that's exactly what it was.
It's a spooky demon or the devil killing people! No, pull off his mask and it's actually the Kwazy Kount and his Microwave Ray Gun! And he would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for that meddling Pendergast.
Ok, I've read enough of these guys to know they would never actually introduce a real demon into a story, but a microwave ray gun? Really? That "heats from the inside-out" (okay, that's ALMOST true, depending on what you're heating) slowly enough to create bubbling agony but somehow magically avoids heat conduction or wave bouncing and cremates half a head and leaves the other half intact? If you're going to just make up a weapon out of thin air that isn't based on solid scientific grounds, be more creative than a microwave ray gun. Criminy. The writers hint at other possible causes of death, which would have been far more interesting... but you're stuck with the ray gun.
And there are whole chapters that are nothing but filler. I skipped past every chapter dealing with the story in the Post, and when I browsed them later, confirmed that I missed absolutely nothing.
Given all the above, I'm not sure why I enjoyed it so much, but I did.
I don't know why the Pendergast novels aren't movies yet... Preston and Child have created a character whose closest equal is Holmes. From Relic to Cold Vengeance, there is not a better thriller series going . As for the listen, Scott Brick is the man. He is the best storyteller out there.
The building of the plot. Just adds layer after layer. Great pace!!
Brings the characters and action to life.
Highly Recommended !!
Gripping, suspenseful story
The character building that Preston and Child do is fantastic. You really feel the depth of them.
The chase scene where they are being chased by the assassin towards the monastery. The reader, Scott Brick, did an astounding job on it (and it was well written, which helps).
The development of the Reverend's character was particularly moving. They crafted him and built him into such a powerful character. You can see some of the same things that actually happened during the Occupy Wall Street protests. But this book was written 7-8 years before the protests.
Please produce the rest of the Preston/Child library unabridged. As I have already done, I will snatch them up as soon as they come available. I love this series and Mr. Brick's narration of it.
good story line. well written,pleasure to listen to.
it kept me interested.
the end, when the villain got "his".
I hadn't read this and was hoping the unabridged audio book would come out and it was worth the wait. Scott Brick does a great job narrating the story and this one fills in the gaps from the rest if you haven't read the books, some very important. Great story. As usual, great twists and turns from Preston and Child. Great book - get it if you haven't (or even if you have) read it.
Clinical treatment and research awareness. Sci-fi to Science to Maximim PC/parenting. How to best network HDMA? 70% SciFi-thrillers-30% science
I have rarely had an unexceptional book from these two. They deliver another hit with a good twist. 5/5
The plot and Pendergast's antics kept me wondering what would happen next.
His narration fits the story and keeps the story moving.
I always enjoy this series and love listening to it on my iPod on the train.Hope they keep coming.
a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.
Book five in a series currently containing eleven books...and the quality of writing is such that reading out of order may fill in gaps but does not detract from the story at hand. Plus I really like the genteel southern gentleman depicted in the character of pendergast. He its an FBI agent I would like to meet and know.
I had read a book from a new series this pair of authors is starting. It was not on par with this series, and I was concerned their quality was waning. This book reversed that concern.
The story was well thought out and did not disappoint. Very suspenseful and gotta love Scott Brick for a wonderful narration. I can't wait to listen to the rest of the Pendergast series.
I enjoy audio more because I can listen while I work.
The discovery of the villain.
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