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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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    J. Broadlands, VA, United States 05-31-09
    J. Broadlands, VA, United States 05-31-09
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    "Not for the faint of heart OR animal lovers"

    I liked the beginning of this book, however the graphic nature and shear sadness of the animal cruelty really turned me off. Be forewarned some content is hard to take.

    21 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    kent wissinger 06-10-09 Member Since 2001
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    "Here's a suggestion..."

    Don't give away major plot elements in your reviews!

    It is very easy to write a review without ruining the book for others by giving away the major events.

    Please try to be more considerate of others who have yet to read the book.

    18 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Chuck Arlington, TX, USA 06-18-09
    Chuck Arlington, TX, USA 06-18-09 Member Since 2001
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    "Pendergast in Manhattan with Zombies"

    Could it be faster paced? Possibly. Could it be less gorey? Probably. Could it be more "up beat"? Perhaps. But then, it wouldn't be Pendergast. Add Rene Auberjonois and his New Orleans Southern aristocrat accent and prepare yourself for listening at it's best.

    Haven't met Special Agent Pendergast? This is as good a place to start as any. You'll be glad you did.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mel Aclaro ANAHEIM, CA, United States 07-03-09
    Mel Aclaro ANAHEIM, CA, United States 07-03-09 Member Since 2008

    My wife says she can read me like an open book. Though she regrets not being able to shut me up the same way. :)

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    "Still a fan...but they struggled with this one."

    I pick up anything from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. I'm a fan, have read all their books, and am waiting for their next novel.

    That said, I couldn't help but feel Messrs. Preston and Child were struggling to pull all the loose strings together on this one toward the end. I guess it still worked. But, I couldn't say it's "up there" with their other works.

    Would I still have purchased it, knowing what I know? Yeah. But, then again, I'm a fan.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Audible Reader United States 06-14-09
    Audible Reader United States 06-14-09 Member Since 2005

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    "Disappointing"

    I am a huge fan of the Pendergast series. However, this novel and the one prior to it have not lived up to the quality of the other books in this series. I would give this one higher marks than "The Wheel of Darkness", but not much higher. Zombies? Really? It seems that Preston and Child have run out of ideas. The book did get somewhat better in the latter third of the novel, but not very good overall. The narration, however, was top-notch.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jouko Grafton, Wisconsin 07-21-09
    Jouko Grafton, Wisconsin 07-21-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Potential that is never reached"

    Having once been a fan of the collaborations of Preston and Child, I have been increasingly disappointed by their latest efforts. This book followed a downward trend, that I hoped would have reversed direction. The story is rather predictable and never reaches the potential created by the opening scenes. The main characters, familiar from multiple adventures, have lost their shine and the storyline its ability to grab me by the collar and by doing so its ability to demand my attention. I am glad I was able to multitask while listening to the story rather than wasting my time reading it, which probably saves the book from an even lower rating. Most Preston and Child veterans will, I'm afraid, be disappointed. Those unfamiliar with their works should move down the shelf to their earlier, much more entertaining, works.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Eva Gannon Chicago, Illinois, US 06-11-09
    Eva Gannon Chicago, Illinois, US 06-11-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Fantastic!"

    This book reaches out and grabs you and doesn't let go. An excellent summer read. Rene Auberjonois' narration is top-notch.

    I wanted to find out how it would end, but I was sorry when it did.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    William F Huntington, NY, USA 06-10-09
    William F Huntington, NY, USA 06-10-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Phoning It In"

    I don't think these two authors even tried on this one. Almost a painful listen unless regarding the story as a comedic satire of Zombie films. Sorry guys - you blew it on this one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John Glendale, AZ, USA 03-21-10
    John Glendale, AZ, USA 03-21-10 Member Since 2005
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    "We are going off the rails here..."

    I have loved this series so far, but this is an extremely weak installment. Full of zombies and voodoo, the whole thing is just a mess.

    I would only recommend this one for the die hard fan.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    William Stanhope, NJ, USA 01-26-10
    William Stanhope, NJ, USA 01-26-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Entertaining"

    While not up to the caliber of Cabinet of Curiousities or Brimstone this is a very entertaining book. The inclusion of NYC history added to the story.
    The narrator does a very good job.

    4 of 5 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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