After his wife, Helen, is brazenly abducted before his eyes, Special Agent Pendergast furiously pursues the kidnappers, chasing them across the country and into Mexico. But then, things go terribly, tragically wrong; the kidnappers escape; and a shattered Pendergast retreats to his New York apartment and shuts out the world.
But when a string of bizarre murders erupts across several Manhattan hotels - perpetrated by a boy who seems to have an almost psychic ability to elude capture - NYPD Lieutenant D'Agosta asks his friend Pendergast for help. Reluctant at first, Pendergast soon discovers that the killings are a message from his wife's kidnappers. But why a message? And what does it mean?
When the kidnappers strike again at those closest to Pendergast, the FBI agent, filled anew with vengeful fury, sets out to track down and destroy those responsible. His journey takes him deep into the trackless forests of South America, where he ultimately finds himself face to face with an old evil that - rather than having been eradicated - is stirring anew... and with potentially world-altering consequences.
Confucius once said: "Before you embark on a journey of revenge, first dig two graves." Pendergast is about to learn the hard way just how true those words still ring.
©2012 Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child (P)2012 Hachette
I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.
Everyone you care about shows up in the conclusion of this riveting trilogy. From the first chapters, you are thrown left and right from one event to the next. You barely recover from a harrowing drop to only experience a jolt up then down as the plot spirals twists your emotional gut like a taffy puller. This Prendergast novel is far and away among the best. This is Lincoln and Child’s second trilogy within the Prendergast series. The first one, starting with Brimstone and ending with Book of the Dead, was fabulous. This trilogy, starting with Fever Dreams is even better -- you can believe it.
I give outstanding marks to Rene Auberjonis, the voice of series. His steady guiding tone makes the story seamless and enjoyable as always.
One of the best things about the Prendergast series is all of the characters are multi-dimensional. This trilogy humanizes Prendergast is a way that was badly needed. Good job authors in anticipating the needs from your audience. I have come to know these characters and enjoy seeing how they evolve. It’s hard to believe that the authors were able to get so much backstory into this action packed plot. I warn you, you won’t always get what you want, but as the song goes, you’ll get what you need. Two Graves a must, must, listen!
I love Preston & Child and have read everything they've written as a writing team, especially the Pendergast books. I so looked forward to this one! However, it seems to me that Pendergast is nearly on his last leg as a character. The story was OK but not nearly as engaging as the earlier books. Rene Auberjonois did a fine job as narrator.
I've been listening to Audible audiobooks since before audiobooks were popular. A fan of the Pendergast series and Dean Koontz.
I have never read the print version but I do applaud the performance by the ever-talented Rene Auberjonois. His talents in this rendention is purely eloquent.
If I told my favorite character I would be giving away the story....but the last name is Pendergast and you will be so surprised when I don't say its Eloisius.
This performance was absolutely fascinating. His voice characterizations drew you into a brilliantly written story line. The first couple of chapters are slow but by the 20th chapter, Preston and Child's drops a story line on you so dramatic, I hope you will be sitting in your seats when you hear it....ESPECIALLY if you are a Pendergast fan who has read all the books.
You won't be expecting it, neither will Pendergast...has he finally met his match?
This is a must and mandatory read for all Pendergast fans and even a good read for first time readers. Even if you have given up on the series, this one will bring you back and drop you off a cliff you didn't know was coming. A roller coaster ride with twists and turns that will lead you angry, excited, breathless, awe-struck and in tears.
Say something about yourself!
My first Preston/Child book hooked me hard. Together they were a machine cranking out thrillers that I thought I would never get enough of. Aloysius Pendergast immediately became a favorite when he was introduced--such a unique aristocratic hero--written so vividly that I would have recognized the albino-like polyglot if he happened to be gracefully walking down any street (or rather if he pulled up in one of his RR Silver Wraiths). So exotic and wonderful that I always wondered where the almost omnipotent agent could go from such a beginning. Who can possibly sustain such a level of mystery and magic when their super-human facade is chipped away a bit with each book? Those little glimpses into the enigmatic, but very human, Pendergast are what kept us coming back to see what new trick the Agent had up his impeccably tailored sleeve. I can't find fault with the writing style, still as smart as ever, but the fantabulous Pendergast seems to be a shadow of his former self. One or more of the 3 seems to be getting a little rusty or worn.
Like other reviewers, I miss Pendergast's strict adhereance to the old PC formula, and think his latest adventure took him out of focus and weakened the formula in which he shined. Two Graves seemed to waiver off course (with its multiple plots and chases) and stagger to an ending that didn't leave me very hungry for more. I prefer Pendergast cleverly and unconventionally solving a case instead of chasing down the villians. Maybe this is a case of: If pleasure remains, does it remain a pleasure? If you've followed the series you'll want the conclusion, but it wasn't a conclusion worthy of FBI Special Agent Aloysius Xingu Leng Pendergast - or Preston/Child. Unfortunately, it was only a mediocre conclusion that has become more of what I have been experiencing lately from the Preston/Child machine.
The Special Agent Pendergast series is character driven; he is a shadow of his former self in this book, and the character we've grown to love is largely absent until the last five minutes of the book. His motivation for this absence involves the back-story of his wife Helen. It's very hard to believe that Pendergast, as he's been constructed over the series, would be so blind to evidence generated by his own wife. His usual hyper-awareness seems totally absent for her; she is truly a blind spot, and yet it wasn't so in past books. This back-story provides the plot of the book, and Pendergast's motivation, and because we expect a lot more of him, it's disappointing.
This isn't one story line either. These other threads revolve around Constance, Corey and to a lesser extent, D'Agosta. They add nothing to Pendergast's mainline, and I wonder at their inclusion. Yes, it was interesting to fill in Constance's story, but unnecessary.
The main story is lackluster not only because Pendergast is out of character, but because the plot relies on grisly details in parts to move it along. There's a lot of stereotyping so that most of the characters are also one-dimensional.
Renee Auberjonois does an excellent job of narration. Without him, I'd have downgraded my overall rating to just two stars.
I hope that Preston/Child aren't making the same mistake made by Cornwell in the Scarpetta series. Eviscerating a popular character that has sold millions of books carries the risk that loyal readers will use their dollars in search of more deserving works. I've stopped reading Cornwell; I hope that won't be the case with the Pendergast series.
reading is pure joy
people who would rather go to the movie -- at least THAT would have special effects to dazzle .
idiotically cliched characters, bad dialogue, superhuman feats of endurance without any humor or class.
narrator was only thing kept me going but even he couldn't pace this writing very well -- all of it sensational (!!!)
boredom -- 13 year old boy's book.
thought these guys were good writers -- missing from this.
I've listened to all of the Pendergast stories and Rene Auberjonois does a good job reading this one, but the writing of Pendergast stories is going downhill, IMO. Too full of of old cliches' (what is "living rock?")
I am not sure who may enjoy it more. It seemed very disconnected.
no, I just think I need to read the discription better for future purchases.
it was not the performance that was the issue.
I love all the Pendergast series. That said, this was as if the authors dropped pages of characters all over the floor and swept them up together in a haphazard fashion. This was the last of the "Helen" series, which played out like a soap opera with evil twins and not really dead characters, unknown children appearing and disappearing, and characters from other novels seemed to just drop in for a cameo. A seriously overly dramatic Pendergast went against his own character here, as well, which isn't logical. In these novels we are always asked to suspend our sense of reality a bit, but we usually do it willingly. This was unwilling. And all the answers to all the characters' life questions were unceremoniously answered as though it were a rush to the grand finale of the series. I had figured it was just that until the very ending, which seemed to leave one tiny window cracked open for a sequel in this continuing series, which has continued true to form so far. It was almost a parody; but not quite. As it was these authors and Pendergast, it was worthwhile--just not their best by far.
It was a long and drawn out plot with few surprises.
Yes, I have read several of their books and have enjoyed them.
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