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
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.
It was the Pendergast novels that got me into audiobooks (and Audible.com) in the first place, and this one was as good as the others (if not better than some).
It had me guessing the entire time, and I struggled to figure out the answer to the mystery. I found the Wheel of Darkness to be a bit of a stretch as to what could legitimately happen, but I think the evil behind this novel has a degree of legitimacy to it.
However, and it was a subtle mention by Pendergast later in the novel that tipped me, the rationale and reason behind what was happening came togther in my head.
This novel has left me (as all the others have) waiting for the next installment (nice cliffhanger on this one), and wait patiently I will.
I adore Pendergast and the various characters in their series as well as enjoy the flavor of New Orleans. I thoroughly enjoyed The Wheel of Darkness which was a bit unusual with its mysticism. But Cemetery Dance was even more out there with the additional religious tones and zombies. And something just wasn't clicking here. Somehow, I just was never able to suspend belief. Gentlemen, don't quit but please do something different with your plots.
R. Auberjonois did a lovely job of narrating and the story moved along well enough. I don't regret buying the book. My husband enjoyed the printed version so I don't think you will regret it but I don't think you will be saying, "Boy, this was TERRIFIC!"
I have listened to all of the Pendergast books available and this was a real disappointment. I thoroughly enjoyed them all until this one. Did their writing get much worse or was I not realizing how bad the others were? I may not be able to bring myself to try the next one. The dialog was random, the plot ridiculous, the characters nonsensical, and Pendergast barely a detective.
If you love Sherlock Homes you will love Agent Pendergrass, the writing is tight and stong. The voices carry you away. Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child are the best.
Techno-Thrillers, Jack Reacher, Mitch Rapp fan!
Made the mistake of buying this without checking reviews. Most of their previous joint tomes have been excellent; this one got too close to the edge and fell off the cliff. Gave up after about 3 hours of hoping this was really not a zombii story.
Narration was very good but cannot recommend the book
Get TERMINAL FREEZE or DEEP STORM instead *****
I enjoyed this book so much I have listen to it five times while working outside in my yard. I wear ear protectors cuting my grass. I kept waiting for something to happen next outstanding book
This was a great listen!! I really liked this book a lot. The odd is just on the edges and very suspensful throughout.
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