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The Book of the Dead Audiobook

The Book of the Dead

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Publisher's Summary

The New York Museum of Natural History receives their pilfered gem collection back, ground down to dust. Diogenes, the psychotic killer who stole them in Dance of Death, is throwing down the gauntlet to both the city and to his brother, FBI Agent Pendergast, who is currently incarcerated in a maximum security prison.

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.

©2006 Splendide Mendax, Inc. and Lincoln Child. All Rights Reserved.; (P)2006 Time Warner AudioBooks. All Rights Reserved

What the Critics Say

"Another gripping, action-packed page-turner...with a tantalizing, ominous twist at the end." (Publishers Weekly)

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    P. Giorgio Illinois 02-08-13
    P. Giorgio Illinois 02-08-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Pendergast2 (squared)"

    Only three stars because of the somewhat silly scenes. There is a ridiculous jail break, a ridiculous explanation for Diogenes' breakdown and an even more ridiculous across-the-globe chase by a very unlikely pursuer.

    However: This is an AX Pendergast novel and that alone recommends it. The above borderline inanities would only be suffered by a true fan. For a first time reader of the series, there is little to no explanation of some of the characters, their histories or their roles in this current episode. Like another reviewer, I regret that the thin white duke makes a late appearance, and one that stretches credulity too far. In the end, there is the requisite chase seen, this one up and down a mountain. The settings bring us back to Italy. We ride trains, visit convents, and traipse the wine country.

    There is a disturbing sequence, one that reaches a degree of discomfort I have not encountered in these books thus far. There is a letter left in the aftermath of a devilish seduction. The letter is so heartbreaking, so grievous and so daring (to have put such things in words), that this character's words on the final page of the book, are sadly inevitable. In fact, this final statement made by a normally marginal character, invites a foreshadowing of future prestidigitation and charade among the regular players.

    As in all P&C books, there is are lessons to be taught to the reader. We learn some history, a lot of geography, a little neuroscience and a healthy dose of chemistry. The books are veritable fonts of trivia.

    By far, in all the scenes in the book, the planning and execution of the two "escapes" are the centerpieces. One precedes the other by very little time, and both are choreographed to deliver the same kinds of messages: The police (except for D'Agosta) are stupid, city government is stupid, academics are passably intelligent but failures outside their area of brilliance. Only Pendergast and D'Agosta -- and some of the help AXP employs -- are able to save the world. That's a superhero for you, or a Christ figure, or maybe a myth.

    My usual 4 star rating is reduced for being a little silly and a little too long getting AXP into the action and the crossing the line of good taste in the deception visited upon the most innocent of all the characters.

    Do not skip this book if you are a fan and are reading the Diogenes trilogy, but do not start your journey into the world of P&C and AXP with this tome; it might drive you insane.

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    Jayne McLaughlin Silver City, NM 02-08-13
    Jayne McLaughlin Silver City, NM 02-08-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Another good one!"
    Would you listen to The Book of the Dead again? Why?

    This is a key book in the series, and it ties a lot of things together.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Book of the Dead?

    The prison sequences were vivid.


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

    No


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    Nancy F. Sierra Foothills, Northern CA 12-29-12
    Nancy F. Sierra Foothills, Northern CA 12-29-12 Member Since 2007

    Live on edge of National Forest with lake, birds & wild animals. No more perfect place to indulge life-long love of reading.

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    "Very Satisfying"

    I truly didn't want this trilogy to end. And PLEASE NOTE: this is a trilogy and should be read in order.

    The first book had wondrously quirky characters, and a hint of the dark supernatural that often resides in Preston/Child's books. And it had an intriguing cliff hanger ending that caused me to immediately download book 2. Book 2 had lots of action and a building suspense, all featuring a nemesis that (finally) was truly worthy of our hero. And yes, it had one of those cliff hanger endings that immediately launched me into book 3.

    This is my review of book 3: All the story lines and open questions (with one caveat) were very satisfyingly tied off. The world became "right" again and we were definitely headed toward a well rounded ending -- until, yes, there was one more cliff hanger. This one won't cause this reader/listener to immediately immerse herself in the next book. But it will leave an open question that will want to be resolved the next time I delve into the delicious world that belongs to Pendergast and his fascinating circle of friends.

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    julia SARASOTA, FL, United States 12-12-12
    julia SARASOTA, FL, United States 12-12-12 Member Since 2013

    Me? ....... Capable of many moods, and enjoying a vast range of literature. Incapable of uploading a picture and realized none of the Avatars are ......appropriate. That pretty much "tells" it all.

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    "WOW! MEET THE PENDERGASTS"

    Great listen! Preston & Childs made me feel like an invisible part of each Chapter. I finally understand the feelings of both brothers from their early years. So much history in the Pendergast line. I listened to this out of sequence, but, is a great performance by itself and talk about a "cliff hanger!" WOW! Plot was excellent. Lots of tense moments. If you are good at figuring out who is who I think this one might surprise you and I didn't figure out the mysterious "who" that we all were looking for. Good writing. The museum/temple scene is a real nail bitter. I highly recommend this intense listen to everyone, especially for any of us Pendergast "groupies"

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    Stephanie Montreal, Quebec, Canada 12-01-12
    Stephanie Montreal, Quebec, Canada 12-01-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Agree with reviewer 'Pendergast lite'"

    this book did not hold my interest. i read after it's predecessor in the series. seemed like fluffy filler and not very intellectually engaging. preferred fever dream and dance of death much better.

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    Gatambwa Dublin, Ireland 11-19-12
    Gatambwa Dublin, Ireland 11-19-12
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    "The ending to the trilogy is here....."

    The story line is good. It is not as fast paced as the previous two but it is still very good with suspense. It is good to see that Ms. Green actually plays a greater role in this story and she will pleasantly surprise you. Must listen to finish the Diogenes story.

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    Anne Auckland, New Zealand 11-03-12
    Anne Auckland, New Zealand 11-03-12 Member Since 2016
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    "A tumultuous ride that keeps you engaged"
    What did you love best about The Book of the Dead?

    I've been enjoying the characters created in the Pendergast series and the Book of the Dead, complete in itself, cleverly brings threads through from a number of the others, keeps you engaged and wondering how everything is going to fit together.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Pendergast, of course, as he is the hero, capable, enigmatic, caring in a distant sort of way.


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

    Not sure.


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

    Yes, it is very well put together.


    Any additional comments?

    This series of books is slightly wierd (from my perspective). Some of the characters swear quite a bit, but the main characters don't so much. The wierd storylines are also woven with some interesting information indicating that some considerable research undergirds the themes.

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    Bill 10-29-12
    Bill 10-29-12
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    "Another great story from Preston and Child"
    Would you listen to The Book of the Dead again? Why?

    Story flows from crisis to crisis but you are never in the dark for long...nor do you ever want to be left in the dark.


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    Cayce Atlanta, GA, United States 10-29-12
    Cayce Atlanta, GA, United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Nice one"

    While definitely a follow up to Dance of Death, this book does bring us a measure of completion on the story of Pendergast and Diogenes. I really like these books and have listened to them back to back. This one started a little slow for me, but didn't disappoint as I moved to the meat of it.

    This is not a standalone book if you really want to have a good sense of what's going on.

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    Janels 09-28-12
    Janels 09-28-12
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    "Great Pendergast, but more of a bit part here"

    Any Pendergast novel is worth the read, and especially when narrated by Scott Brick. Things do get a bit fantastic, and continue to stretch the limits of belief; but the characters are always solid, and the premises fascinating. However, I prefer the novels where he plays a more central role more of the time. Nevertheless, a great read.

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