To quell the PR nightmare of the gem fiasco, the museum decides to reopen the Tomb of Senef. An astounding Egyptian temple, it was a popular museum exhibit until the 1930s, when it was quietly closed. But when the tomb is unsealed in preparation for its gala reopening, the killings, and whispers of an ancient curse, begin again. And the catastrophic opening itself sets the stage for the final battle between the two brothers: an epic clash from which only one will emerge alive.
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"Another gripping, action-packed page-turner...with a tantalizing, ominous twist at the end." (Publishers Weekly)
My interests run to psychology, popular science, history, world literature, and occasionally something fun like Jasper Fforde. It seems like the only free time I have for reading these days is when I'm in the car so I am extremely grateful for audio books. I started off reading just the contemporary stuff that I was determined not to clutter up my already stuffed bookcases with. And now audio is probably 90% of my "reading" matter.
I don't read much genre fiction, and I can't even remember I stumbled across this book, but it was a lot of fun. The authors have brought together so many cliches: brilliant opposing siblings, suppressed childhood trauma, Southern Gothic motifs, and probably other elements that more experienced mystery/thriller readers will have no trouble identifying. But it doesn't come across as a muddled collection of cliches. The authors approach this with an energy and a spirit of overwhelming enthusiasm. Someday I may even pick up another one of their books.
Yes, I would recommend this book to some friends, and not others. For the people that I think like this type of suspense novel, then I would say that I highly recommend it.
Pendergast, of course! He is somewhat like an intellectual James Bond, an intriguing character, always capable of coming up with surprises right up through the last chapter of the last book. I'm sure there will be another book in the "Diogenes" series, and I hope it will be soon.
In my opinion, Scott Brick is possibly the best overall narrator out there. I have produced videos for the past twenty five years, and have sought out and directed more narrators than I can count. The first time I heard Scott Brick read in a sample for a book, I did a mental double take. Wow! The first thing that came to mind was that I wished I could have retained Scott Brick to do the voiceover for some of my programs.I just shake my head in bewilderment at the bad reviews this narrator gets at times. Naturally, the match between an individual program and any particular actor is very selective, and Scott Brick wouldn't be my choice for every book on the shelf. But what he does, he does beautifully. I think the Pendergast series is a perfect fit, and Brick's narration contributed a lot to keeping me fully engaged for the many, many hours it took to finish all three books.
I don't remember any moment that sticks out, since the the story line(s) seem to supply a steady stream of gripping moments.
This is the last book (so far) in a three book series the authors call "The Diogenes Trilogy." I don't think it's necessary to read the preceding books to enjoy any of the three individually, but I would most recommend starting with the first one, "Brimstone," then moving on to the second book "Dance of Death" before reading "Book of the Dead."I also suggest going to the Preston and Child Official Website where you can find a complete list of novels with the Pendergast character in chronological order, including the "Diogenes Trilogy." I guess I can say this here, because they are all available on Audible.
Well I hate to repeat myself but ANother great book by Child and Preston . If you like mystery .. If you like horror ... if you like history ... If you like a M%@*&$F*&@ING badass you will love Pendergast
I think I am one of the very few people who truly dislike Scott Brick's narration. I deliberately avoid books when he is reading, although sometimes I just can't avoid it when the book is one I really want to hear. I don't like his quavery voice when the story gets exciting, sad or scary.
Other than that I really enjoy the Pendergast series of books, I'm almost done with all of them. They're not the best books I've ever read, but are really very entertaining and worth the credits.
All the characters are well done. Easy to follow this and other Preston and Child books
Good voice for characters. I use books when working our so reading is out of the question.
Looking for the next book from these authors.
Avid listener, fiction and non-fiction.
I have enjoyed most of the Pendergast stories, and this final is one of the best. They are set apart from other thrillers by the in-depth, descriptive background and thought processes of the characters that make them believable.
The psychotic brother, Diogenes is very scary. He lurks in the back of the mind as the story progresses. The revealed origin of his psychotic behavior in this book is so detailed it made the hair rise on my arms and I had to stop, wondering if I could really listen to the rest. Brother and FBI Agent Aloysius Pendergast is further revealed as the caring, intelligent, deep thinking individual that everyone would like to know.
The complex plot, descriptive scenery, and compelling story made me wish the book was longer. I recommend reading earlier books Relic, Brimstone and Dance of Death - they set the stage for Book of the Dead. I look forward to more books from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.
Like other readers, I came on the third book in the trilogy without being aware of the other two so it took me some time to get into the characters and the plot threads.
Even without the investment of the Prendergast series, the novel stands by itself and is compelling reading BUT (and it is a huge BUT), some of the plot devices defied credibility, being heavily reliant on implausible technological brilliance, predictive human behaviour and just sheer out and out coincidence. Character development never rises above the superficial and I was unsure whether I was supposed to feel empathy with the protagonist Prendergast (I had no idea he was the protagonist until half way through the book). I feel no desire to go back and read any of the other books.
I enjoy this series so much. The listener really needs to listen to this trilogy in order starting with Brimstone, Dance of Death, then this one. The others (e.g., Cabinet of Curiosities, Still Life with Crows) can be read anytime, but these three must be done in order to really understand the plot. I got used to Rene Auberjonois in the earlier books and it's hard to shift gears to Scott Brick (whom I like and did an able job), but I thought Auberjonois really shined in his rendition. Glad to see he's back in the newly released Wheel of Darkness.
Okay..so the end got a little long winded and hokey - forget that....the entire book was like a fabulous dinner and Scott Brick like a rare wine...the combination made for a tremendous thriller, a great read and when it ended I felt sad to let it go.
This book is a FIVE (but Scott Brick must be a TEN!)
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