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
Writing the brilliantly eccentric FBI Agent Pentergast would seem to be difficult to me, but Preston & Child bring him to vibrant life once again! With his evil brother gone--or is he? An amazing twist to the complicated web of deceit and betrayal that will give the series years of more material and keep all of us readers glued to our seats!
I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.
I love the Prendergast mysteries. They're not probable or sensible. They're largely character driven. They wouldn't be quite so wonderful if the characters weren't so marvelous. They're complicated, difficult, odd and very very interesting.
This tied up a number of story lines, about his wife, about his ward. I wouldn't call it great literature. but it was a lot of fun.
Oh yes it was fun and it the style of these two authors I love.
When Pendagast one of my most beloved characters discovered he has a son. I was floored and happy for him!
Oh Rene is incredible, with his years of experience as a well seasoned actor he really helps make this book a huge winner. Hope they use Rene more.
Yes when Dr. Felder (?spelling) realised he was in love with Constance, I had suspected as much but you all know how men can be, stupid about love! LOL!
I am never disappointed by Preston and Child I love their stuff. I am a 55 year old female, married 38 years, with children and grandchildren and I am an elected official in my county. I love the way their books take me out of my everyday life into adventure, fun and sometimes scary stuff!
Never enough books
Yes, the plot is intricate and twisting. It was so complicated and I was so interested in finding out what would happen next. I am sure I missed things
Kept me on the edge of my seat. Couldn't put it down.
Twins, one for living and one for parts! Only in a Pendergast novel and this is only one segment. Great book as always.
I have been reading through the series and this review covers my thoughts on the series.
First, both narrators did a great job. My personal preference is to have one narrator for a series, but reality is that these are two great narrators.
Second, I have found the whole series great. I read comments that the series is losing its luster. I couldn't disagree more. The character development and intrigue moves forward through each book.
Third, If I were to knock anything with this last book ** Spoiler Alert ** the plot goes so close to some other books/movies. I also find it interesting to tie in a similar situation for Pendagrast that he had with his brother now his son. I will be interested in seeing how this character develops.
I look forward to the next book.
Very exciting book, never a dull moment. Rene Auberjonois is as always great. Was little upset with how book 2 ended but book 3 was well worth the wait. Many loose ends were tied up and one left dangling, probably the best loose end. Oh, yes, oh yes. I see another book in the offing. Would recommend this book.
Yes, it did. I true roller coaster ride...don't really want to reveal more then that, since I don't want to spoil the book for anyone. All I will say, I couldn't stop listening, it was so exciting.
I love Agent Pendergast but this time there is a twist that made it even more interesting and I can see a follow up story coming soon. Pendergast finally finds an adversary of his level...
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The Pendergast saga continues. Some loose ends are wrapped up, other situations are expanded, and new characters are introduced. The Helen, Constance, and Corey strands are developed, Aloysius nearly commits suicide, poor Proctor (sp?) is thrashed more than once, and D’Agosta makes a contribution. New characters are introduced and, I hope, will turn up in future episodes.
This is another fun contribution from the Preston-Child duo.
Rene Auberjonois gives another impeccable performance.
I am an avid recorded book listener. I work at at elementary school, have 2 high schoolers and have very little time to sit and read. This is a great book fix for the perpetual motion in our lives we live these days.
Loved the story, love the narrator and love the authors. What were they thinking when changing narrators in a series. I felt I was reading about all new characters. Not as enjoyable as I was straining to reconnect to history.
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