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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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.
Just awful. No shortage of adjectives and adverbs, but big shortage of compelling drama and action. It was trite and boring. I wish I had counted the number of times the words "shambling" and "pate" were repeated. I want my time back.
My wife says she can read me like an open book. Though she regrets not being able to shut me up the same way. :)
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
This story was both incredible - that is, not believable, and horrible. It annoyed me so much that I did not finish listening to it.
Just like the good old books from before the Diogenes trilogy.
Surprises all through with a nice portion of karma at the end.
"To Rene; that's the best Zombie sound bite ever!"
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.
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.
The impressions from reader Rene on the monster were brilliant. Well done.
The ending. Again it would spoil it if I told you.
Found the book very difficult to get into. Is not very well written ,on a par with the Davinci Code.
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