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Dance of Death | [Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child]

Dance of Death

Praised as a "ruthless descendant of Holmes", agent Pendergast has become one of crime fiction's most endearing characters. His greatest enemy is one who has stalked him all of his life, his cunning and diabolical brother Diogenes. And Diogenes has thrown down the gauntlet. Now, several of the people closest to Pendergast are viciously murdered, and Pendergast is framed for the deeds.
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Publisher's Summary

Praised as a "ruthless descendant of Holmes", agent Pendergast has become one of crime fiction's most endearing characters. His greatest enemy is one who has stalked him all of his life, his cunning and diabolical brother Diogenes. And Diogenes has thrown down the gauntlet. Now, several of the people closest to Pendergast are viciously murdered, and Pendergast is framed for the deeds. On the run from federal authorities, with only the help of his old friend NYPD Lieutenant Vincent D'Agosta, Pendergast must stop his brother. But how can he stop a man that is his intellectual equal, one who has had 20 years to plan the world's most horrendous crime?

©2005 Splendide Mendax, Inc. and Lincoln Child. All Rights Reserved.; (P)2005 Time Warner AudioBooks. All Rights Reserved.

What the Critics Say

"Intriguing thriller." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Frank San Diego, CA, USA 08-16-05
    Frank San Diego, CA, USA 08-16-05
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    "Dance of Death"

    This was my first one. And I wanted to stay in the car, listening to it. since downloaded two more and each just keeps getting better and better. I don't know what I will do when I have heard them all.

    You have to listen to this one.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Talia TULSA, OK, United States 03-11-13
    Talia TULSA, OK, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Diogenes is back and he has a score to settle"

    Dance of Death is a fast-paced thriller that never lets up and keeps the reader turning pages, so to speak.

    Pendergast is back, but this time his evil brother is out to finally extract his revenge on the FBI Agent. Targeting those close to Pendergast (friends and colleagues), the evil Diogenese embarks on a quest to methodically murder them while framing Pendergast and while planning on carrying out the "perfect" crime.

    I can't say more without giving away important plot points, but I will say "read this book!" You will not be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Carole Park, Australia 05-30-12
    Jan Carole Park, Australia 05-30-12 Listener Since 2006

    Love Books and listen while working out and on the way to and from work

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    "good for the abridged version"

    I was surprised that the story did not suffer to much being abridged. It's not as good as other Pendacast stories as its missing the more super natural accepts of other stories but its still very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Willetton, Australia 03-19-12
    John Willetton, Australia 03-19-12 Member Since 2010

    I'm a serious Audible Junkie, just can't get enough of this great company.

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    "Good listen"
    Would you try another book from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child and/or Rene Auberjonois?

    Yes, but I am a fan of A X L Pendergast.


    If you’ve listened to books by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child before, how does this one compare?

    A good listen, not the best, but not bad. Relic was my favourite.


    Have you listened to any of Rene Auberjonois’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Always consistently good.


    Could you see Dance of Death being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, Relic would be good though.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Kelly Melbourne, Australia 02-06-12
    J. Kelly Melbourne, Australia 02-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Not as good as Brimstone."
    Would you try another book from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child and/or Rene Auberjonois?

    Preston and Child, absolutely; Mr Auberjonois, maybe.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No favourite.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Rene Auberjonois?

    I'm undecided. Obviously if I wanted to listen to the book badly enough, I would tolerate
    Mr Auberjonois's delivery, but there are better narrators out there.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The story did hold my attention, but I felt it was let down a little by the narration. I understand Scott Brick is in high demand, but I thought he brought something special to other books I've read by the boys, especially Riptide, Ice Limit and Brimstone. Nevertheless, don't let the narration put you off this story; it's still a very good yarn.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    BJG Ellicott City, MD United States 03-22-10
    BJG Ellicott City, MD United States 03-22-10 Member Since 2008

    Baltimore book lover

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    "Odd little sub plot"

    This story started out strong. The main character's diobolical brother is planning the crime of a lifetime and our intreped heroes must stop him. Creative murders, taunting clues. Good stuff. Every once in a while, however, the story shifts to a debate about the fate of some native american masks at a museum. These two plots never intersect and it just feels like filler. I still think that seventy-five percent of the book is very good and the narrator does an excellent job as usual.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sherrie L. Redden Fairfax, VA United States 10-18-07
    Sherrie L. Redden Fairfax, VA United States 10-18-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Superb"

    I've been reading these guys since Relic. This was not a disappointment. I listened to it in two days.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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