Book 3 in the series. In an ancient tunnel underneath New York City a charnel house is discovered. Inside are 36 bodies all murdered and mutilated more than a century ago. While FBI agent Pendergast investigates the old crimes, identical killings start to terrorize the city. The nightmare has begun. Again.
©2012 Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (P)2012 Hachette Audio
I listen to a bit of everything. Mostly Fantasy and paranormal romance with my wife. Along with mysteries/thrillers, even some sci-fi.
I really liked the fact that this where Pendergast came into his own and he became the protagonist of the series. It was interesting to get more of the story on some of the other recurring characters in the series and a few sneak peaks as to what is to come. I think my least favorite part of this book was the narration and I think the dream sequence lasted a little too long.
Pendergast because we really got to see and experience how he works and comes to his conclusions.
Scott Brick or Rene Auberjonois. This guy used too monotone a voice to really deliver a good performance. He grew on me over the course of the story, but it still wasn't all that good.
A direct follow-up, no, but the series does continue on with more of Pendergast's adventures with his friends.
If you like the mysteries, this book stands on its own, and is a great starting point for the character, but it's a better read than audio book due to the narrator.
I thought this book was a great story as well as a tour de force of the imagination. The images were vivid and luxurious - I loved it. I only have one complaint - there were several passage the narrator read twice. What the heck? Annoying and something I haven't had happen before.
I really enjoyed learning a little more about who Pendergast is and where he came from. His origins are still mysterious and I'm guessing more will be revealed over time. I found there was a nice balance of a focus on the individual story as well as some development of Pendergast as a character.
My favorite was O'Shannessy. Although he was somehow the only NYPD officer who had some common sense, I enjoyed his quick retorts and sense of humor. He was probably the only NYPD character that you could really like so perhaps I was cornered into it but gladly so.
I'm not sure what it was, but I wasn't a huge fan. He was not bad by any means, but he wasn't amazing. Books like these need a strong narrator, which the first two in the series had. This performance on it's own is good but compared to the first two it feel short.
A few others mentioned it but thought I would too. The editing in this book is poor. There were at least 5 occasions were a line was repeated. It often came at times where there was a long character narrative which really threw me off. I can forgive one or two, but it is a little frustrating to have half a dozen in there.
Yes listening to the series
I listened to the first two books and enjoyed the characters and their development. I felt the first two novels were told from Margo's perspective. Lt DiCosta was a great sidekick to Pendergast but they are left out of book three. Further the plot becomes very challenging to believe.
There is a lot of fluff in the story that really bogs it down. The authors need an editor. I skipped all the sections not relevant to the main story line and that helped some.
I had a hard time getting through this book. I've enjoyed several others in this series (I started with book #5, read four in a row then returned to start at the beginning) and they have been quite good. The other books were "can't put down" but I had to force myself to stick with this one. The wandering time travel meditation confused me and I had to go back and listen to it again. It was odd. Even Pendergast was not his fabulous self.
On the positive side, the writing style is excellent. I also like the descriptions - as gruesome as some may be. The locales are described well also.
The production of the audiobook may have contributed to some of my disappointment with this book. This narrator was not the best but, worse that that, sections of text were repeated a number of times throughout the book. Usually just a sentence or two but it was extremely irritating. It's unfair to the author to butcher the book this way.
I have listened to the Pendergast series three times now and I still love it, in fact I think I'll listen to it for a fourth time!
I like the Pendergast series. I liked the narration better in Relic and Reliquary, but this guy is still good. Although a great story, it wasn't as suspenseful as Relic and Reliquary.
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