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 love the Pendergast series. Do not read this as your first book. It would be more confusing without the background from some previous books in the series. For those reviewers that seem to be intolerant of cliffhangers, then I suggest you avoid all trilogies and absolutely avoid Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series! And for our friend who thinks there is too much violence - this is the Mysteries and Thrillers genre - by definition they tend to have violence. So, if you like a series that continues to develop characters and storylines, and appreciate the genre, then I think you'll enjoy this book and the others in the series.
This is only the second Pendergast book I've listened too. I thought there was a good story but the book ended without a finale. Plus, it did seem to drag on... and on... and on. Obviously, you have to read/listen to the next in the series to (hopefully) get some answers. And, there was too much violence for my taste. And a lot of it didn't advance the story, or aid the main characters, it just seemed to be violence for violence sake.
Preston & Child are a good team but this went too far with the violence and didn't end the story.
I am a huge fan and this was the best of their books.
The timeline was very well done. A lot was covered and it kept me on the edge of my seat. I am not easily impressed. This is a winner.
The ending was amazing
I usually research books before purchasing, but I made a quick new release purchase this time. The narrating was a bit too dramatic for me (I'm being nice!) Worse yet, it's obviously part of a series with a cliffhanger ending. Since I don't plan to continue the series I guess I'll never know what happens to "X", but then, I find that I really don't care.
Audible listener who's grateful for a long commute!
"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').
what a waste - slow - boring and a waste of money .... title and description is the best of the book
Just when you think he's doomed, Pendergast surprises you! I love the writings of each of these authors on their own, but together they are a POWERHOUSE. When is the next one coming out?? I can't wait!
I actually read reviews prior to purchasing a book and knew, before I purchased it, that it was an installment. So knowing that, I approached the book knowing that there wouldn't be a a final resolution. That being said, I thought this was a wonderful read, I really like the characters. It is a very exciting, fast moving read with excellent narration. I was a little frustrated at first, feeling that the back and forth between Agent Pendergast and Judson Esterhazy a little silly, but the story solidified rapidly from there. I highly and recommend and enjoyed this book.
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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