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
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.
Highly disappointed that this was only half of a book. There was no warning that this was the case. I've read every book that Preston-Child ever wrote, and this was as if a ghost writer produced it. Pendergast didn't come across as the "Holmes" of this story.
Author, rabid Audible listener.
Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child bring back the ever popular Pendergast for another wild ride as he searches for the secrets of his wife's death.
While I've always loved the Pendergast stories, most focused on terrorizing the poor sods who entered the Museum of Natural History in New York. Fever Dream, released in 2010 started a whole new plot and started the series in what I think is a great new direction.
Pendergast's past, his family and people that support him have always been a bit of a mystery. In Fever Dream, we are thrust into Pendergast's past relationship with his wife, her horrific death and the realization her death may have been planned. This book was action-packed and instead of focusing on the characters surrounding Pendergast it instead focused on Pendergast himself.
The end of Fever Dream felt more like a sad ending with the possibility of a cliffhanger. With Gideon's Sword I wondered if Preston and Child gave up on one of my favorite characters. It was with absolute pleasure that I saw Cold Vengeance show up on the home page of Audible.com.
With the release of Cold Vengeance, we pick up where Pendergast left off. The story focuses on Pendergast's tenacious attempts to learn what happened to his wife while risking his life at every turn. This is a dark book with some new characters and some very surprising plot twists with others. The book is fast-paced and shows a more fallible side of Pendergast we rarely see.
If you have not read a Pendergast novel in the past, I would not recommend you start here. There are many characters, plots and past stories that come together in this book and they are not explained. Naturally, it would be best to pick up this series from the beginning but at least start with Fever Dream before Cold Vengeance. To get a real sense of character and learn how all this ties together you might start with the Diogenes Trilogy.
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