For the first time in unabridged audio!
A small Kansas town has turned into a killing ground. Is it a serial killer, a man with the need to destroy? Or is it a darker force, a curse upon the land? Amid golden cornfields, FBI Special Agent Pendergast discovers evil in the blood of America's heart.
©2004 Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child (P)2011 Hachette Audio
"As usual, Preston and Child deftly mix the real and the surreal, creating an atmosphere in which everything, for reasons we can't quite nail down, seems a tad off-kilter. Call it creeping paranoia, perhaps, or the dreadful certainty that something awful is about to happen. Whatever you call it, it's a recipe for success." (Booklist)
Warning: Don't start listening to this book if you have anything else to do for the next 16 hours. It grabbed my attention right away, and I hated to pause it even to go to the bathroom or fix something to eat.
I could not even begin to guess what was going on until just before it was revealed. There were a lot of surprise twists, but there was no "cheating." In other words, there were a few times when I thought, "What the heck? I thought that...Oh! I see."
I loved the main character, Special Agent Pendergast. I have a fondness for protagonists who are unruffled and do what they have to do no matter what obstacles are thrown in their way.
I had never read anything by these authors before, but I will be looking for more. Scott Brick was excellent as always. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who likes edge-of-the-seat thrillers/mystery/detective stories.
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This had some truly nightmarish scenes and characters ... yet I listened on with fascination. Preston/Child have the ability to describe a scene such that you can clearly see it. The narration by Scott Brick was nuanced and wonderful. I surprised myself by loving each horrific moment and plot twist. My 4 vs 5 stars for the story was solely because some of the scenes had me heading for the Tums bottle.
The series continues to be propelled by the narration. You've grown accustomed to Pendergasts voice and mannerisms. It's easy to see his movements in one's minds eye.
The final chase through the underground caverns was a lot of fun. Turned it off a couple times to slow myself down and remind myself it was only a story.
Pendergast recreating a battle in his mind. Very entertaining.
other than suspense, not really.
If you're already hooked on the series, keep it going with this book. It won't let you down.
This book ranks high in the suspense genre and I'm glad to have discovered another strong series of detective serials. Scott Brick always elevates any story he reads so that may be a bias on my part but his presence tends to elevate the material in a big way.
The initial crimes and their set up was great but the star of the story is really the lead character, FBI agent Pendergast. Unique, odd and capable he reminded my of a serious more disturbed Monk. He is aided by another vivid character in the form of a misfit goth chick who craves adventure but doesn't know it. They were a great team.
Clearly Pendergast. He inhabits the character fully and you can tell he's having fun doing it.
No crying but there were some good surprises that made me smile.
This was my first Pendergast listen, and the plot had me right away. Pendergast seemed to me a fascinating blend of Jack Reacher and Jeremy Brett's deeply odd Sherlock Holmes. All the bad, incompetent, foolish characters were caricatures, you knew they were going to be brought low at the end. But the 3+ hour climax was a confusing mess. It went on so long with so many folks tearing around that it was impossible to visualize. Poor Scott Brick had to sustain a marathon edge of the seat narration which must have worn him out.
Think I'll get another Pendergast book at the library before spending more points.
Pendergrast is such on odd character with odd quirks and I warm to him more in every book. I had to go back and read the Cabinet of Curiosities as (it's not on audible in unabridged form and that's an unacceptable format for me) where we finally learn some of Pendergrast's back story. In this story we don't get more back story but you do get more of a sense of who he is. We also get a great story with great twists and turns. I just really love this series and I'm so glad that from here on out all the books are available on audible unabridged.
Scott Brick does a fine job as usual. He very rarely, if ever disappoints.
Later in the series they change to a different narrator and Rene Auberjonois takes over. I of course know his voice from TV and like it, but it takes more than a great voice and I'm looking forward to seeing if he can do it justice.
I love Pendergast's eccentricity. There's an amazing contrast between the small towns normalcy, and his striking weirdness. Even when there's not immediate nail biting action going on in the story, which there often is, you are entranced by the small town and Pendergast.
One of the coolest parts is... the whole story.
Scott Brick did an amazing job playing Pendergast. He makes him seem like the most sophisticated, but humble man in the world
Dude, gave me a love for suspense.
Just a geek girl enjoying her books anyway she can.
This is a great book with a great story. I love Pendergast. It was a great book in abridged format but unabridged is even better. I highly recommend the series and the authors both when writing together and by themselves. A great re-listen book.
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