Devastated by the discovery that his wife, Helen, was murdered, Special Agent Pendergast must have retribution. But revenge is not simple. As he stalks his wife's betrayers - a chase that takes him from the wild moors of Scotland to the bustling streets of New York City and the darkest bayous of Louisiana - he is also forced to dig further into Helen's past. And he is stunned to learn that Helen may have been a collaborator in her own murder.
Peeling back the layers of deception, Pendergast realizes that the conspiracy is deeper, goes back generations, and is more monstrous than he could have ever imagined - and everything he's believed, everything he's trusted, everything he's understood... may be a horrific lie.
©2011 Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child (P)2011 Hachette Audio
I agree with most others here. This was a great book. the old Pendergast is definitely back! Talk about dysfunctional families, he sure has one. This was a real page turner and kept me up until wee hours. I was Very disappointed with the ending. I know authors like to set up sequels but this was a bit much. What happened to Cory, and the butler (can't remember his name). I am anxiously waiting for the next to hear what happened. Are we going to have a new sleuth couple like Clive Cussler's new series? We'll just have to wait and see. Rene really brings the book to life and does an excellent job!
Not another cliffhanger!!! While I love this series and Agent Pendergast, I can't believe I have to wait till the next book again. The last wait was bad enough. I think I would recommend waiting till whenever the next book is out, listen to them at once and hope for some closure. The next book better be soon!! I gave this four stars not five because of the cliffhanger, AGAIN!
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"Cold Vengeance" is the second book in Preston & Child's 'Helen Trilogy.' The first is "Fever Dreams". While "Cold Vengeance" can stand on its own, I recommend listening to them in order. "Fever Dreams" is an intriguing story, and it gives the characters' actions in "Cold Vengeance" motivation and depth.
Some of my favorite Preston & Child characters are in this novel. I was glad to see the return of Corey Swanson, Pendergast's assistant in Medicine Creek,from "Still Life in Crows." Corey dresses and acts like a Lisbeth Salander ("The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"), but has an introspection Lisbeth lacks. Corey's now running a Pendergast fan site. The site's a slow load, but a cute attempt at a college student's fanzine.
Pendergast is desperately trying to find his wife, Helen Esterhazy Pendergast, who was burried years before, the victim of a lion attack on an African Safari. It sounds preposterous, but in these authors' hands, the premise is believable.
I was disappinted that the authors rely on a plot device that's been common for more than 70 years now. I expect a little more creativity from these authors, and that's why I've rated the story at a 3, not higher. Once again, though, I absolutely love the descriptions of places. That's part of what got me hooked on the Pendergast series - "Still Life With Crows" is eerie in its descrptions of Kansas. The descriptions in that book compare to these sense of place Stephen King gave "Salem's Lot."
There was one particular part of the story that I found jarring: Pendergast needed to find out what had happened to a particular individual - but I did not remember how he even knew the name, much less where to look for her. If it was earlier in the book, I missed it.
Rene Auberjonois gives a great performance. He tells the story, without intruding on it; and his character voices are consistent.
The only problem I've got now is that the third book in the trilogy doesn't come out until December 11, 2012. I'll watch for it, and buy it as soon as it's available - like I did when Steig Larsson's "The Girl Who Played with Fire" and then "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest" were published. I only hope that "Two Graves" is as exciting as the second book of Larsson's Millenium trilogy (I was bored by the political screed that was a majority of 'Hornet's Nest').
Agent P's story should have stopped with Still Life With Crows. He is not propagandist that one can really care about. He evidently can't be killed and in this book goes from a difficult recovery hampering him physically to seemingly back to full powers in a matter of a chapter or two. Preston and Child's books have fallen far and I have read them all. Don't bother with this. Don't care for the narrator either. If you want this type of thriller go try some Robert Crais.
Great story. finished it in 2 days. Just the two sayings. Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy! and Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!
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