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The Wheel of Darkness | [Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child]

The Wheel of Darkness

FBI Agent Pendergast has taken Constance on a whirlwind Grand Tour. They head to Tibet, where Pendergast intensively trained in martial arts and spiritual studies. At a remote monastery, they learn that a rare and dangerous artifact the monks have been guarding for generations has been stolen. Pendergast agrees to take up the search. The trail leads him and Constance to the maiden voyage of the Queen Victoria passenger liner - and to an Atlantic crossing fraught with terror.
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Publisher's Summary

FBI Agent Pendergast has taken Constance on a whirlwind Grand Tour, hoping to give her closure and a sense of the world that she's missed. They head to Tibet, where Pendergast intensively trained in martial arts and spiritual studies. At a remote monastery, they learn that a rare and dangerous artifact the monks have been guarding for generations has been mysteriously stolen. Pendergast agrees to take up the search.

The trail leads him and Constance to the maiden voyage of the Queen Victoria, the world's largest and most luxurious passenger liner - and to an Atlantic crossing fraught with terror.

Investigate more of Agent Pendergast's cases.

©2007 Splendide Mendax, Inc. and Lincoln Child; (P)2007 Hachette Audio

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    Henrik Herndon, VA, United States 09-01-07
    Henrik Herndon, VA, United States 09-01-07 Member Since 2005

    I'm an audiobook nerd living in Copenhagen, Denmark. At the time of writing, I'm approaching 400 audiobooks.

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    "Answer to two of the questions you might have ..."

    If you are an incarnated Preston/Child fan, you are most likely asking yourself: “Is it of the same quality as the Brimstone trilogy?”

    The short answer to this question is: Absolutely!

    It is yet another unputdownable page-turner from the dynamic Preston/Child duo – that seems to continue to write mega-hits together. In my opinion, they are much better together than when they write solo.

    If you listen to this book while commuting to work, please be advised that you will find yourself sitting in the parking lot to hear “just one more chapter” after you have arrived.

    This is how a thriller should be.

    Your second question might be: “What were they thinking, when they decided NOT to use Scott Brick as the narrator?” In that case, I have more good news: Rene Auberjonois does a tremendous job.

    I hope you will enjoy this audio book as much as I did.

    44 of 46 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin H Hudson Ormond Beach, FL United States 09-11-08
    Kevin H Hudson Ormond Beach, FL United States 09-11-08 Listener Since 2007
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    "Great story, fantastic storytelling"

    I agree with Jerry from Philly. I think fans of Lincoln and Child have come to expect, and appreciate, the bizarre story lines and eccentric characters in the Pendergast stories. This is a first-rate novel with all the twists, turns, surprises and cliffhangers expected from this type of novel. This is the first time I have experienced one of these books on audio, and Rene Auberjonois did an outstanding job of narration. His grasp of the Pendergast personality is amazing, his acting skills superb, and his mastery of the language of these novels without sounding pretentious makes for enjoyable listening. As much as I like reading these novels, I doubt I will ever again buy the hardback if Mr. Auberjonois is narrating. I am sorry I missed his previous readings. An outstanding audiobook! (Somebody who has actually listened to, or read, the book may want to edit the Publisher Summary.)

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Eva Gannon Chicago, Illinois, US 10-04-09
    Eva Gannon Chicago, Illinois, US 10-04-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Double Whammy"

    This book is a "two-fer"; a murder mystery wrapped in a disaster on the high seas. Both are developed with precision and detail. The plot moves like an Olympic sprinter! I couldn't wait to resume listening each time I had to stop. It took less than five days to finish, that's how good it is.

    Highly recommended.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy Richmond, VA, USA 12-08-08
    Timothy Richmond, VA, USA 12-08-08
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    "This one exciting..."

    I've been a fan of DP & LC since they came out with Relic and Mount Dragon, but have gotten a little bored with them. The Wheel of Darkness totally makes up for this and, even though the title doesn't make enough sense to me, I found the novel terrifying. Who doesn't want to see an evil Pendergast? Who didn't want to see more of our friend Constance? The plot gets a little hairy in regard to closure, but you've got to grant some credit for style-the evil force in this one is some serious charming bad mojo. As a side, I thought Rene A did a great job, but his female voices were a) a little manly for me and b) sounded mostly the same, although with a large expendible cast, who wouldn't say that? He's a good reader, you just have to give him some time and dedication.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Wallen Danderyd, Sweden 09-02-08
    Wallen Danderyd, Sweden 09-02-08 Member Since 2003
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    "Exiting"

    Preston and Child do it again! These writers create a good story out of almost nothing and they pursue the adventure to an exciting end. You don't want to put it away until you have heard the end of it, but when you reach the end, you soon forget it. This is good supense for the time being, but not great literature (but that was to be expected, wasn't it?).

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy New Mexico 11-16-07
    Kathy New Mexico 11-16-07 Member Since 2007

    Kathy

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    "Complex storyline"

    Similar to their other books, but it's more of a supernatural horror mystery than some. I enjoyed the Tibetian and the ocean liner settings because I have little to no experience with either. On top of the settings, you get to renew acquaintances with Pendergast and his ward. The storylines were unusual and I worried that I might not like the outcome so for me the suspense was great! I enjoyed the reader a lot.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Valencia, CA, United States 12-16-07
    Jeff Valencia, CA, United States 12-16-07 Member Since 2004
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    "Agent Pendergast Friend For Life"

    Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child are the writing team of the century. If you have yet to read any of their collaborative works, your in for a real treat. They take the reader to the ends of the earth in vivid Technicolor style writing.

    If your new to the Agent Pendergast series start with “The Dance Of Death” then “The Book of The Dead” and finish with“ “The Wheel of Darkness” to complete this unbelievable 35 hours of bone chilling, edges of your seat entertainment that you will not soon forget. Pendergast along with other colorful characters will become your friends for life and even if you take a break between novels each book picks up where the other leaves off.

    Thank you Douglas and Lincoln for helping me get thru the day, and allowing me to lose myself and travel with you, wherever you decide to go.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    BillNapoli 09-07-07
    BillNapoli 09-07-07 Member Since 2001
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    "Awesome!"

    This book takes all of the overused words and phrases that critics use to describe great books and breathes new life and meaning into them: awesome, page-turner, action-packed, unique,imaginative, mind-blowing, couldn't put it down, two-thumbs up, not-to-be-missed. . .well, you get the idea. In short, this book is fantastic!!! So is the narrator! Over the years, Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston have consistently enthralled me with their great stories--this one though, I think, is their best. After finishing this book, I realized that I now consider these two to be my all-time favorite writers--topping my other perennial favorite authors such as Clive Cussler, Issac Asimov, David Baldacci, Jeffery Deaver, James Patterson, and John Ludlum, to name a few. DON'T MISS LISTENING TO THIS AUDIBLE BOOK!

    19 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    William Bowdoinham, ME, USA 12-08-07
    William Bowdoinham, ME, USA 12-08-07 Member Since 2007
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    "The best yet!"

    This is the best in the series. You see the human side of agent Pendergast. He is not the wall of all knowing steel he has been in previous books. I cannot wait for the next book to come out. I wish Audible had a program where they would alert subscribers of new additions of their favorite authors. Preston and Child would be on the top of my list. Bravo to you both!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Peter 10-30-07
    Peter 10-30-07 Member Since 2006
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    "What a Rollercoaster!"

    The hero is just too good (as is the heroine), the baddies are particulrly bad and the story is just a little too bizarre. I also found the reader a bit hard to take at the start. But with all that negativism, (I clearly need to meditate and get back to my innerself) I have to admit that I listened right to the end and that once into it, I mostly enjoyed the trip into Tibet, the wild sea journey and the moral overtones about our decaying society.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    "Pendergast"

    Another wonder filled book by the duo, twist, turns and drama on every page

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