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The Book of the Dead | [Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child]

The Book of the Dead

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.
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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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    V.A. Eustis, FL, United States 01-03-08
    V.A. Eustis, FL, United States 01-03-08 Member Since 2004

    Travel is essential, snowboarding a need. I love speed: cars, motorcycles, boards. Food is more than a requirement; on the best days it's a supreme indulgence.

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    "Not bad"

    Although a bit predictable and formulaic, it's still an enjoyable 'read'. I might suggest, however, you read Dance of Death before reading this one. It gives you a good base for the characters.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    J. Bliss Philadelphia PA 09-29-06
    J. Bliss Philadelphia PA 09-29-06 Member Since 2002
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    "Out of Order"

    Like other readers, I was unaware of this being the third in a series until I had finished it, and was advised in the epilog of the best order to read these. I am reading #2 at this moment, and while I know where it goes in the future, it is still good to fill in the blanks. Very well written.
    An advisor in the initial book summary would steer readers to have these poresented in a more complete manner.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Alex AUSTIN, TX, United States 06-17-06
    Alex AUSTIN, TX, United States 06-17-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Perfect follow-up! A+++"

    Months ago I listened to previous book, "Dance of Death" and found it intriguing and suspenseful. This book gives you an extremely rare opportunity to know the villain's alter-ego way before the characters even catch a whiff. The villain is uniquely twisted individual! Brick does a masterful job with these characters. A satisfying read ... make sure you read the other one first. A tiny complaint that the last portion of the book could have been more tighter.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    B. Lingerfelt 06-27-06
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    "Pendergast Lite"

    This is not a bad book, but as a devoted follower of all the Pendergast books I was a bit disappointed. The story was solid enough, the narration terrific, but I was surprised to find that I was almost at the end of the first of two parts before Agent Pendergast made his first appearance. His appearances were brief, also. Most of the story goes on without him, focusing instead on his evil brother. This was my biggest problem with the book. Pendergast is the very soul of this series of books, and to have him appear so little and so late was a peculiar decision, in my opinion. Were this a television show, it would be the one shot when the leading actor was sick, or in a contract dispute with the producers. My second reservation is that I think the author(s) are "jumping the shark" by focusing so much on Pendergast and his family. I preferred the earlier books, where he was the mysterious outsider, appearing out of nowhere with keen insights and esoteric knowledge which flustered those who opposed him. There isn't much mystery left regarding the man himself, unfortunately. I hope that in future works the authors take a step back and allow him to disappear into the shadows again, to reappear in some creepy town where no one knows him, and where the evil he faces is truly unknown, both to him, and the reader.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Joanna SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States 01-09-10
    Joanna SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States 01-09-10 Member Since 2007

    Used to read classic lit for pleasure of well-written prose. Now, with MS, it's thrillers, courtroom/police dramas, and adventure to escape!

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    "Great!"

    I really enjoyed this book from beginning to end. It kept me wanting more all the way through, and I often had trouble putting it down, so-to-speak. Scott Brick gave a great narration to this book, and I highly recommend it. I would, however, suggest reading The Dance of Death first to really enjoy this book. This book literally picks up right where Dance of Death leaves off, and while the former was not as entertaining, it is pretty necessary to completely understand all of the nuances of this plot. Preston/Child did not, in my opinion, make this a "stand alone" book. At any rate, this is a great listen! Enjoy!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    William Bowdoinham, ME, USA 08-05-07
    William Bowdoinham, ME, USA 08-05-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Yes it that good!"

    The perfect setting for the perfect mystery…no…thriller. A dusty museum, something staking the workers and add to the mix sibling rivalry. Yea, this is the basis for a good listen and Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child delivers. This was my first “FBI Agent Pendergast” book. I liked it so much I am going back to the beginning of the series. Yes it that good!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Goodyear, AZ, USA 06-18-07
    Rebecca Goodyear, AZ, USA 06-18-07
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    "Left me hanging... again!!"

    I love, LOVE this book. It was a fantastic "read" - the revelation about how the Pendergast brothers became so polarized was satisfying and made Agent Pendergast a little more human. I was very happy to see Constance come into her own. Watching her character develope and learning more about her inner workings was great.

    So much is resolved in this book, you are almost afraid that like any good story it has no where left to go. So not true. In the end, although I had predicted at least part of this ending, I was left wanting more.

    This is by far Pendergasts most personal and revealing novel. He truly becomes a human being in this story. I really hope the authors continue the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    DMHVetSurveyor Western Wisconsin 06-11-06
    DMHVetSurveyor Western Wisconsin 06-11-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Good read!"

    This was my first title from this author. I was a little lost with the scene changes at first, then I was OK about 1/3 of the way through. By half way I was enjoying the style quite well. I will read another from these guys. I'm also a Brick fan and he did great as usual.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Polly Philadelphia, PA, United States 03-04-13
    Polly Philadelphia, PA, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2010

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

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    "always a great read"

    The Preston-Childs series starring Agent Pengergast hasn't let me down yet. I recommend them strongly - starting at book 1 and moving forward.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    G. House Sr. Sherborn, MA, United States 07-13-12
    G. House Sr. Sherborn, MA, United States 07-13-12 Member Since 2012

    I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.

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    "Fantasic Conclusion to the Trilogy"

    This is the third book of the trilogy in which Diogenes Pendergast seeks revenge for the pain inflicted on him at childhood by his FBI brother. Digogenes is a character you love to hate and in this installment he sinks to new and lower levels of deceit and depravity. There are many turns and the unraveling of the story is performed artfully. All of the cast from previous novels make an appearance in this novel and so there is a great deal of backstory development. I loved this novel and Scott Brick did a masterful job narrating. The Pendergast series suffers from inconsistently written novels. Just when you are about to say, forget it, I don’t want to listen to another, they pull out a story like this one. I wish they could just consistently deliver – but in this novel they did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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