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Cemetery Dance | [Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child]

Cemetery Dance

Captain Hayward leads the official homocide investigation, while Pendergast, D'Agosta, and Nora undertake a private quest for the truth. Their serpentine journey takes them into a part of Manhattan they never imagined could exist: a secretive and deadly hotbed of Obeah, the West Indian Zombii cult of sorcery and magic. And it is here they find their true peril is just beginning.
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Publisher's Summary

William Smithback, a New York Times reporter, and his wife Nora Kelly, a Museum of Natural History archeologist, are brutally attacked in their apartment on the Upper West side of Manhattan. Eyewitnesses claim and the security camera confirms the killer seen leaving the building was their strange, sinister neighbor - a man who, by all reports, was already dead.

Captain Hayward leads the official homocide investigation, while Pendergast, D'Agosta, and Nora undertake a private quest for the truth. Their serpentine journey takes them into a part of Manhattan they never imagined could exist: a secretive and deadly hotbed of Obeah, the West Indian Zombii cult of sorcery and magic. And it is here they find their true peril is just beginning.

©2009 Grand Central Publishing; (P)2009 Hachette

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    Amazon Customer the High Desert 05-14-09
    Amazon Customer the High Desert 05-14-09 Member Since 2005

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    "Another visit with the good Agent Pendergast"

    The authors do a great job of combining a lot of different elements in this thriller, and of course Rene' does an exceptional job of narration (not going to try spelling his last name, even though I now know how to say it, thanks to Audible). There is no shortage of action, and all of your favorite characters are there, except for Constance, who should be a mother very shortly, if not already. Zombies make their appearance, and the reporter Smithback is murdered early on, only to return as a zombie who kills another person in front of a crowd of watchers. Is the dead man really alive? Can he be rescued and cured?
    The best thing about audio books is their ability to make the miles fly by, and this book is just as entertaining as the rest of the Pendergast canon. When will we see unabridged versions of the remaining Preston-Child books?

    21 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Polly Philadelphia, PA, United States 03-27-13
    Polly Philadelphia, PA, United States 03-27-13 Member Since 2010

    An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.

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    "A Good but not Great Read"

    I can't imagine a "bad" Agent Pendergast book. This is worth reading. But it was not as gripping as some.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    G. House Sr. Sherborn, MA, United States 07-13-12
    G. House Sr. Sherborn, MA, United States 07-13-12 Member Since 2012

    I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.

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    "A Defiinte Pass -- Little redeeming value"

    This novel focuses on a story line that concerns itself with VooDoo and zombies mixed with a cult in Central Park. Some of our old friends Nora Kelly, Vincent D’Agosta, Captain Hayward and Bill Smithback are back but not Constance Green – apparently still hold up in Tibet having a baby. Within the first few pages they kill of a major character and you physically feel a tremendous loss to the entire series and to the novels to come. And do you want to know the reason they killed him off? Well it is so the wife of the murdered character can be spun off in another series! There are several small backstories that are introduced and fizzle and then get resolved that don’t add didly to the story. This novel was narrated by Rene Auberjonis; I felt the narration was not as good as the narration in the previous novels especially by Scott Brick et al. Finally, if you are an animal lover, just say no to this book. Taken together, I give this book a solid D+ – pass on it even if you are reading the series.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    John MelbourneAustralia 08-26-09
    John MelbourneAustralia 08-26-09 Member Since 2005
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    "A horrible story"

    This story was both incredible - that is, not believable, and horrible. It annoyed me so much that I did not finish listening to it.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Marie Tallahassee, FL, United States 08-02-09
    Marie Tallahassee, FL, United States 08-02-09 Member Since 2001
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    "Not their best, but still good"

    I am a Pendergast fan and have enjoyed this series of novels by Preston & Child. For me, this latest novel harkened back to the earlier novels, which were more traditional horror than the later more mystical novels such as Wheel of Death. I don't want to be a spoiler, but I will say that the ending is neatly worked out, a bit surprising for me and disappointing given my taste in horror. Then again, maybe the ending is more horrific given its grounding in real possibilities. I was hesitant to purchase this edition because of some of the reviews, so I'm glad that I ignored them. With a character as rich, attractive, and intriguing as Pendergast, it's best to take the plunge and make up one's own mind. Rene Auberjonois's performance was not as stellar as others I have heard, but the worst was only that sometimes the characters sounded a bit alike, especially in the more intense dialogue. The narrative is a bit tired, as some reviewers have complained: how many times should a character's voice be described as "melodious"? So perhaps the authors got a bit sloppy, but it was a long wait for this novel and I'm glad it finally came out. And they did take some risks with the characters. Again, not everyone will be happy about this, but it's that risk-taking that kept me listening, wanting to get through to the end and understand why it happened. A good novel doesn't always make you feel good. A good novel provokes, and this one provoked me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tedd United States 06-10-09
    Tedd United States 06-10-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Scooby doo for adults"

    The characters and the narration in these books are alone worth the price. I always have to chuckle a little at the Scooby Doo-like endings. One would be best advised not to expect terribly much in this area and simply enjoy the read for what it is. Great fun, engaging plot, characters and off beat themes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bob North Lauderdale, FL, United States 05-26-09
    Bob North Lauderdale, FL, United States 05-26-09
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    "I Loved it!"

    Yes, I am a true Pendergast fan. There were parts where Pendergast did not come through with some of the kind of things we expect from him. However in the end I felt it was well thought and played out. I can't wait for the next installment and see what they are going to do with Constance and the baby.

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    jennifer los gatos, CA, United States 05-19-09
    jennifer los gatos, CA, United States 05-19-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Pendergast, Vodou, and Zombies, Oh My!"

    In this latest incarnation of the Pendergast saga, Preston and Child bring together the usual cast of characters wrapped up in a new adventure about Obeah, the West Indian Zombi cult and all things evil. The story starts off with a bang, but soon slows to an imperceptible crawl as the plot is sidetracked by blood, gore, animal sacrifice, and zombie silliness.

    How many times can one read about suppurating sores, gobs of dribbling saliva, blood-imbued body parts, and lurching "man-thing" creatures. Well, apparently any number of times, because the same subplots are played out over and over again throughout the story. It becomes old real fast.

    Even Pendergast is portrayed a little flat in this story. Where his once quirky esoteric knowledge of the unusual, clever put-downs, and spiffy rejoinders were charming, they are stale and annoying here. Even Lt. Vincent D'Agosta seems to have dropped a few IQ points and is rendered as an angry buffoon.

    After listening to a few chapters in this book, you'll soon recognize "Still Life with Crows." It's the same story and the same monster, but not nearly as interesting the second time around.

    Utimately, Pendergast fans will like this book, but for me, this book feels like a bridge to the next Pendergast novel -- the one where Constance Greene has her baby in Tibet, Aloysius resumes his relationship with Dr. Viola Maskelene, and Diogenes returns from the dead to match wits with his frater. It's unfortunate that we will all have to wait several years for the book that should have been.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Share Faerber St. Louis, MO, US 05-29-10
    Share Faerber St. Louis, MO, US 05-29-10 Member Since 2004
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    "good but not great"

    This book is good enough that I had to finish it but I really object to guys writing books about smart women acting like compete idiots. If a zombie is coming across the room at you you don't just stand there and wait for it to come kill you!
    If you are locked in a room and the zombie is outside and can't get to you, you don't go out and chase it when it moves away from the door! Smart women don't do these things. Not even stupid women would do these things! And that was not all of the stpiditiy of these women! I strenuously object!

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Shamrock, TX, United States 06-10-09
    Lee Shamrock, TX, United States 06-10-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Disappointed"

    I found the book childishly written and tedious.The storyline was totally unbelieveable. We all know that voodoo is unreal. For fiction this is stepping way out on a limb.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "To Rene; that's the best Zombie sound bite ever!"
    Where does Cemetery Dance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not bad at all. I really enjoyed the Pendergast series so far as they are easy going and fun. and this one is no exception.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cemetery Dance?

    It's a bit of twister and is set back in New York with some of the series most memorable characters. Another good yarn so no spoilers here just get involved.


    What about Rene Auberjonois’s performance did you like?

    The impressions from reader Rene on the monster were brilliant. Well done.


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

    The ending. Again it would spoil it if I told you.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David
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    "poor"

    Found the book very difficult to get into. Is not very well written ,on a par with the Davinci Code.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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