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
In Cold Vengeance, FBI Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast sets aside his badge in order to pursue a personal vendetta against the man he believes is responsible for his wife’s murder. But it’s during his own brush with death Pendergast uncovers a startling secret: Helen is still alive.
This revelation sparks the agent’s perilous journey to discover the truth behind his wife’s orchestrated disappearance. From the Scottish Highlands to the steamy streets of New Orleans and finally back New York City, Pendergast’s search pits him against an ancient group determined to stop him from discovering the truth – no matter what the cost.
Cold Vengeance is, perhaps, the most personal story thus far in the Pendergast series. Although readers have been given glimpses of his humanity in earlier stories, this particular tale showcases the agent’s humanity as he desperately seeks answers regarding the loss and possible existence of his wife.
Set across the globe, the story takes many twists and turns as Pendergast unravels the mystery and, in the end, the reader is left with more questions than answers.
After hearing from the other reviewers that this installment resolved nothing and left a big cliff-hanger,.. I decided to wait until right before the next installment was available before listening to this one. I'm glad I did!
We're led on a long, wild chase through forest, bog and city throughout this installment. I was shocked that Pendergast failed so many times during this arc.. I'm just not use to him failing! But, it did make him a bit more human. Even if he is the most inconsiderate man to his friends! Generous, yes, inconsiderate, absolutely!! I felt really sorry for D'Agosta .. and was so proud of him and his loyalty to the friendship, in spite of Pendergast!
My emotions keep taking a thrill-ride in the ups and downs of this series. But once again.. once I started the book, I couldn't put it down until it was done.
Make sure you read this arc in order!
Yes, I'd recommend this book!
Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.
As a continuation of the storyline from Fever Dream, this book suffers from being in the middle of an apparent trilogy. Fever Dream started an interesting story that almost came to a conclusion, but left some unfinished business that was taken up in Cold Vengeange, but not finished here either. So this book doesn't stand well on its own - which is not necessarily a bad thing (witness the Harry Potter franchise), but the direction taken to continue the story is too far fetched and unbelievable. SO many close calls with unbelievable escapes, by the good guys and the bad guys, ultimately didn't enhance the tension so much as it strained the credibility. Pendergast, for all his apparent brilliance blunders into traps that he should have anticipated, and gets out of those traps through coincidences that are beyond belief (the sheep in the mire??). A healthy dose of D'Agosto and Haywood would have lent a welcome dose of reality to the story, but they were sadly left in the background (except for D'Agosto's own unrealistic escape from peril.). The melodrama quotient was way higher in this story than other Pendergast offerings I've read. I will probably still download the next episode (hopefully the final one) just to see it through to the end, but I hope it is better than this one.
I have been a fan of the Pendergast series. But, I have to say this is one of the best. It is absolutely riveting and I haven't even finished the book yet!.
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I have bought and read every book in this series and I love them all, this one included. I am a little pissed however with the ending, I shall say no more.
I do hope the next book follows very soon, I need a fix already./
Another wonderful, could not put it down book from my favorite duo. Exciting, suspenseful and wonderfully narrated.
Did Preston and Child write a complete book and the publisher said "No, we can make more money if we split it." Or, have these guys just decided to milk the Pendergast franchise for all its worth?
Even if this was a full book and not just half of one, it would be trite. All the old standby soap opera thrillers are there. Secret identical twin mix-ups, people back from the dead, our hero recovers quickly from mortal wounds, and Nazis! Really? Nazis? If you want to craft a believable conspiracy theory here in the twenty-teens you don't give them swastikas, German accents, and copies of Mein Kampf. They wear thousand dollar suits and sit in plush corporate offices. Turn on the news for-crying-out-loud.
Agent Pendergast: our relationship is over. It's not me it's you.
Great suspense and action but I will not be buying the next one...I do not trust the authors not to leave me dangling YET AGAIN...
This book is well written and has a very good plot but the ending is so terrible. It leaves you where you were at the beginning of the book and the character they were looking for dead. It is good reading but be prepared for an ending of " really"!!!! I would not recommend it for that reason.
Apparently Preston and Douglas either failed to meet their deadline or wanted to make more money as they only wrote half of the story. This is not a case of resolving one plot and leaving some open points for a sequel. This is stop in the middle. While the story is somewhat far fetched and convoluted, it does draw you in. Which is what makes the non-ending so frustrated. I was sure Audible was going to tell me that I had one more part to download. I was shocked when it said hope you enjoyed the book. Preston and Douglas - you owe me the rest of the the story for free.
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