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
A very good continuation of the Helen story line, A fairly well paced story , good set up for continuation. well Narrated and a very good read.
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!
I kept thinking while listening to this that it was such a well-done, well-narrated book, and all the pieces were coming together. But the ending seemed downright manipulative, lazy, or both. Spoiler alert: just when everything is coming together, they fall apart at the end, so if you have been mesmerized by the great writing up to that point, your reward is being made to wait for some future book that may or may not be written. I felt like I had been fooled intentionally by the writers, likely in the interest of hoping I'd buy the next one. Cheap and unexpected trick that is not worthy of these writers. Auberjonois was fabulous.
Several plot lines unresolved - mysteries alluded to but never explanined, unnecessary characters with no relevance, and the whole thing leads to a climax which goes nowhere and resolves nothing. A complete insult to the reading public. I figure that some publisher got the idea of combining these two big name authers, and they hired some wantabee intern writers to hack the thing together. Beyond bad.
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The authors have a great franchise - headed by Special Agent Pendergast and a rich array of friends and villains. The authors are skilled at building back stories as well as turning over the supporting cast during the evolution of Pendergast's character. However, I did not feel the authors supplied enough satisfaction or clarity to this chapter of Pendergast's life. This sort of "to be continued" conclusion works better in weekly television than in an "every so often" book. I hope Preston & Child will continue to give Pendergast books enough support and attention.
I would have hoped for a stronger conclusion - one reflecting the title of the book - rather than leaving readers to hope for more satisfaction in the next installment.
Rene Auberjonois continues to master Special Agent Pendergast's voice - both its tone and pace - in a way that adds to his depth of character. In addition, he is skilled at portraying a wide range of male and female characters. Furthermore, Auberjonois does not over-act or cheapen those speaking with accents or in other languages. His mistake free, well paced performance was the highlight of this book.
Special Agent Pendergast continues to be one of the most interesting current fictional characters.
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.
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