A Tragic Disappearance
After a harrowing otherworldly confrontation on the shores of Exmouth, Massachusetts, Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast is missing, presumed dead.
A Shocking Return
Sick with grief, Pendergast's ward, Constance, retreats to her chambers beneath the family mansion at 891 Riverside Drive - only to be taken captive by a shadowy figure from the past.
An International Manhunt
Proctor, Pendergast's longtime bodyguard, springs to action, chasing Constance's kidnapper through cities, across oceans, and into wastelands unknown.
But in a World of Black and White, Nothing Is as It Seems
And by the time Proctor discovers the truth, a terrifying engine has stirred - and it may already be too late....
©2016 Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (P)2016 Hachette Audio
I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.
I am a very loyal fan of this series. The authors missed an excellent opportunity to take into a fresh direction. I thought Pendergast and Constance made an excellent team in the last novel. In this novel they are apart. Did Pendergast learn nothing on the boat? Did he learn nothing in the pursuit? Apparently not, so very unlike him. Too many things jelly-side down.
I really don't know what to feel. I am said that the strongest part of the novel was narration. This is a rare miss. Read because you have to.
Say something about yourself!
I have always enjoyed the Pendergast series. However, I have grown tired of the cliffhanger endings. I find that I frequently have to go back to the previous book in an effort to understand why all this "stuff" is happening to Pendergast or Constance and now Proctor. The cloudy convoluted plots and the referenced past deeds are tiring.
Just give Pendergast cases to show his brilliance and close the door (for Pendergast it is doors) on the past. Leave Constance and her son (and undoubtedly the child she will now be carrying) with the monks!!!
I have read or listened to every Pendergast book published. This is by far the biggest disappointment. It read more like a gothic novel then the older murder mystery Pendergast books. And the love story between Constance and Aloysius just skeeves me out! It also felt like the authors deliberately used $5 words to elevate the book above common language, not because it was crucial to the story or the characters. Also, is it absolutely necessary to go in to detail about their meals? I want the old Pendergast back where he's chasing down beasts in a museum or zombies from an ancient cult! Plus, no D'Agosta?? Very disappointed...
Too many unanswered questions. The ending was rushed in many ways. Despite the stories being fantastical in nature this one was not believable.
crazy rottie mom
P & C have written great stories about Agent A.X. L. Pendergast, but THIS IS NOT one of them. Please guys PLEASE, don't say you've run out of real story lines for this enigmatic character, if you have that's fine. but don't give us, your fans such sub par work..... even if you are forced to by contractual demands. It was so bad I returned it.
I keep hoping they will get back to the intriguing mysteries that they wrote in their first 10 books. After that, when the novels got into Pendergast's "family problems" they seem to have gone down hill and don't have the humor and excitement that they once had. Pendergast is actually becoming a bit tiresome and the twists and turns and multiple story lines are pretty tedious. I am a big fan of Preston and Child's but have been less than entertained by them lately.
He is always great and can do any kind of voice and accent very well.
Diogenes should have remained dead. Constance is getting somewhat boring and seems a real twit in this one.
I so enjoyed the earlier Pendergast books when the Special Agent was solving mysteries of a bizarre nature. The ones where he teamed up with D'Agosta, Margo Green, and the great comic relief of Smithback, Wren and Mime, etc were fun and interesting and I couldn't put them down until the end. Now, they just seem to go around and around in circles and the whole Pendergast family drama is tiresome and boring. I'm not sure I even want to finish this. I'm 3/4 of the way through and thinking I might just return it and not finish it. It just doesn't seem that it even keeps my interest. I would love to have Preston and Child get back to the format that they used in the earlier books where the sharpness of Pendergast and his great dry humor ("it's a bad habit, but I simply cannot help myself" ) were fun and refreshing. He no longer has the aura of mysticism and invincibility he had in the beginning, at least for me. He now just seems like a endless victim who keeps falling into traps. The only refreshing part in this book is that Proctor, the mysterious butler, gets to play a major part. Unfortunately, at least as far as I've listened, he just sort of gets lost. These guys are great writers, obviously, judging by their popularity and their massive following. Maybe they are reaching too hard these days?
I dislike the "Series of Unfortunate events" feeling this series has taken lately. I feel the action and suspense is watered down at the end with heart wrenching, unrealistic sadness. Would it kill them to end on a high note just once!?? Not to mention how they just walked away from all the mayhem committed by the brother. I'm beginning to think the authors are determined to torment this genius and never give him some kind of just general happy ending. I think this might be the first book in this series I never listen to again. I'm so disappointed!
Retired Engineer; living in Bend, OR . I enjoy listening to Audible books while I hike and bike in the great trails here.
Too many characters and separate actions. Final ending was rushed with many details missing of the active characters.
Just not enough good guy presences, 80% of the book was all about Diogenes and his multiple personalities.
Not worth that credit, and you will see for yourself what a dud this one is.
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