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Dance of Death: Pendergast, Book 6 | [Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child]

Dance of Death: Pendergast, Book 6

Two brothers. One, top FBI Agent Aloysius Pendergast. The other, Diogenes, a brilliant and twisted criminal. An undying hatred between them. Now, a perfect crime. And the ultimate challenge: Stop me if you can.
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Two brothers. One, top FBI Agent Aloysius Pendergast. The other, Diogenes, a brilliant and twisted criminal. An undying hatred between them. Now, a perfect crime. And the ultimate challenge: Stop me if you can.

©2005 Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (P)2012 Hachette Audio

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    Nancy St Charles, MO, United States 10-26-12
    Nancy St Charles, MO, United States 10-26-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent story!"

    I've been listening to all of the Pendergast series, at least those that Audible have, in order. I must say that this was my favorite so far!

    Preston and Child are maturing as writers and this book is outstanding! I could not stop listening! There is a very apparent similarity to Doyle's Sherlock Holmes series. There is our main hero, with many of the same characteristics of Holmes: intelligence, being misunderstood (due to his lack of communication), loyalty, his own brand of justice, sacrifice, kind of larger than life.. And we have Watson (though, our side-kick here is more competent).. Now, we're introduced to the story's arch-villian: "the most dangerous man in the world." More characters parallel.. but, are so much more human and vivid! We can identify with the characters and their failings. The story and plot are terrific, but the characters and their interactions, and the thrill-ride of action makes this story stand out as one of the best!

    I've really enjoyed Mr. Brick as the narrator in these stories. He is even able to distinguish between 2 men with similar accents without being confusing. Perhaps, he's not as proficient with the English lady's voice, but it doesn't distract from the story.

    All in all, this is an excellent thrill ride from end to end and I would highly recommend it to any wanting a great detective-pursuing-the-bad-guy type of book!

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    D. WARD Midlothian, Virginia United States 11-26-12
    D. WARD Midlothian, Virginia United States 11-26-12 Member Since 2009

    Diana bookworm

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    "Getting to know Pendergast"
    If you could sum up Dance of Death in three words, what would they be?

    Suspenseful, original, satisfying


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dance of Death?

    I don't want to give away any of the terrific story line, but the reader really gets to know some of Pendergast's history and mysteries.


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

    Oh yes, Ive listened to numerous book narrated by Scott Brick. I enjoy his style and his representation of Pendergast.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I couldn't put it down


    Any additional comments?

    This one came with a short story ' Extraction' that focused on something that was alluded to in 'Dance of Death'. While listening to many of the Pendergas books the reader is tantalized by an incident referred to in Pendergast and his brother's history. 'Extraction' is an amazing, imaginative clarifying story that gives the reader a satisfying understanding of what happened when the boys were young. I have always wanted to know more about the true origin of the hate that Diogenes has for Pendergas. This delivers....

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Amy COLUMBIA, MO, United States 03-28-13
    Amy COLUMBIA, MO, United States 03-28-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Best of the series."

    If you must choose one in this series, choose this one. Preston and Child have really hit their stride by this novel. Characters are well-developed, they have mastered the art of foreshadowing, and the narrator is pitch-perfect. I've almost forgotten I listened to him read Atlas Shrugged (skip that one). Of course, at the end, you'll want to rush into the next one, but it's a delicious temptation you will want to give into. Just don't finish in the early morning hours, unless you have a 24-hour bookstore, or can download the next from Audible immediately. Heck, just do it near the end. Then you'll be a fan, and you'll be reading them all.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Polly Philadelphia, PA, United States 03-05-13
    Polly Philadelphia, PA, United States 03-05-13 Member Since 2010

    An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.

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    "another good one"

    The bad brother theme works well in this novel; not as scary as I'd like it to be, but still a very good book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gatambwa Dublin, Ireland 11-17-12
    Gatambwa Dublin, Ireland 11-17-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Truly Truly incredible!!!!!"

    This a must listen first and foremost after listening to Book 5. This is a part 2 of a trilogy and so far is truly amazing. It is a really good story and the twists are clever. I really enjoyed this book. One of the best I have listened to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bob North Lauderdale, FL, United States 11-11-12
    Bob North Lauderdale, FL, United States 11-11-12
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    "Outstanding - Both brothers are alive!"

    Thought Diogenes was dead? Nope! This is the best book of the series. I've said that before but Preston and Child just keep getting better and better. This book reads very well and is not one you will figure out half way through. I found it very difficult to put down and finished it in two days. The ending wasn't at all what I expected and can't wait for the next one to be released. You don't have to start with this one but it would help if you had some background on the characters.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Indianapolis, IN, United States 11-21-12
    Michael Indianapolis, IN, United States 11-21-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Preston & Child do it again"
    Would you listen to Dance of Death again? Why?

    YES! Every book in this series just keeps getting better. The Pendergast character is so complex and ever changing. Look forward to the next weird situation he will get involved with next.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Pendergast is one of my all-time favorite characters. These books would make a fantastic movie along the lines of Robert Downey Jr's Sherlock Holmes movies. Pendergast and his tailored suits with all the tools and gadgets he pulls out of various pockets and hidden places. He is so strange and peculiar and yet very loyal and caring.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Brick does them all so well. I thought he would have a hard time separating Pendergast from his brother, Diogenes, in this book - but I thought he handled it well.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffery T. Harris HAMDEN, CT, United States 08-05-13
    Jeffery T. Harris HAMDEN, CT, United States 08-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Aloysius vs. Diogenes"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this book to a friend. This book summarizes what I love about the entire Pendergast series: suspenseful, exciting, well-written, well-narrated, and just an enjoyable experience.


    What other book might you compare Dance of Death to and why?

    I'd compare these two the rest of the Pendergast stories with a very personal twist to it.


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

    Scott Brick, as usual, nails it. His performance of the last few Pendergast books have been spot on and, as a good narrator does, greatly enhances the experience of the listener.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Dance of Death: the Deadly Tango of Two Brothers


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    Kairiin Montreal, Quebec, Canada 04-24-13
    Kairiin Montreal, Quebec, Canada 04-24-13 Member Since 2007
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    "My Favourite (so far)"

    This is the book I've been waiting for - one where we get to know our protagonist a bit more intimately. I'm glad to see the veil is being lifted.

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    Nicholas SANTA FE, NM, United States 03-04-13
    Nicholas SANTA FE, NM, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Starting to get repetitive"
    If you could sum up Dance of Death in three words, what would they be?

    Familiar, Fun, Mystery


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The Character of Pendergast, finally meets his match with his brother which is amazing. The part that gets repetitive is that this story still follows the same story. It is a good addition for those who are familiar with the Pendergast universe but it is starting to get old.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Loved the performance by Scott Brick. He is one of my favorites, without him I don't think these books would be as good.


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