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
An excellent wrap-up to the so-called Helen trilogy by Preston and Child. There is so much packed into this novel that it would be impossible to write a good review without giving away some aspect of the plot. Suffice it to say that many story lines going all the way back to the Enoch Leng "Cabinet of Curiosities" book are tied up and explained. All of tho old characters are here - at least the ones who haven't been killed off in prior novels. And even one who ... Oops. Plus some new faces that had me saying, "Wait! Did I know these people??"
Rene Auberjonois simply IS the voice of A. Pendergast. His impeccable narration is the perfect complement to Preston/Childs' intricate plot and detailed writing.
A most enjoyable listen indeed.
Gripping, thrilling, exciting
Pendergast has been one of my favorite characters since the series beginning. He's calm, Southern, and brilliant.
Without giving away the plot, the escape scene from the island was awesome.
Yes! I couldn't stop. I listened to the entire book in two days.
it was all that you will like
I love the suspense, and description of everything
He brings alot of added expression that others do not which makes the book even better.
It kept me sitting on edge and wanting to keep reading it to the end.
I hated when I was finished reading it, I wanted it to go on, and on.
I am such a fan of Pendergast that he almost can do no wrong. This story was the kind of tight story with mysterious twists and turns I've come to expect. While there's always the milieu of the mysterious, though, a lot of things happened in the nick of time that tugged on my believability. Regardless of any possible perceived weaknesses, I still found myself making time to finish the story as quickly as possible.
He does his usual outstanding job of making the characters believable. I am always intrigued at the subtle voice changes that make each character distinct without seeming contrived or forced.
The family history of the Pendergast clan is verging on hard to follow. Plus, they keep dying off so I wonder how much longer that part of the story can continue, unless of course they're all semi-immortal like his ward! :-) I'd welcome a return to some more traditional crime settings with the non-family characters involved as in earlier novels.
Yes. Lots of twists and turns in the story. You never expected what was coming next.
Great Pendergast book.
The same as his others
No BS Money Guy
We get see a different side of Pendergast and it's a little scary. Story is little hard to believe and not quite as well thought out as rest of the series(personal opinion) so I went 4 stars. As always the narrator was awesome and the story caught me by surprise. I am sure revealing new and exciting character traits to such a well documented series is difficult. So Great Book Enjoy and if you say 5 stars...I probably would not argue!
I have been tough on two of my favorite writers for their last few efforts. They really upset me with their seeming lack of care for their customers and fans...especially with the last two books. However, there were quite a few moments while reading this book that I noted I had to come clean and give them kudos again. They redeemed themselves in many ways.
I do not need to go into detail as other reviewers will but suffice it to say that all of the characters in the series make an appearance, like a cast curtain call, many of them with their amazing stories completed. The primary story line, Pendergast's, is a satisfying roller-coaster ride with twists and turns that keep the pitch high. Exotic, interesting locales and a host of new, dark and interesting characters make it a satisfying journey.
If you are a fan of these two authors you can be assured that this effort is among their better work...not their best...but highly recommendable, finely crafted, entertaining and a wild ride.
The series narrator is above criticism and is among the best out there...
Did not read written.
If you are a reader of the two writers this story continues the search for Helen's killers.Once again they have Pendergast fighting for his life.
I believe that there were things that were unnecessary for the book and the story would be just as great with these details left out. These things did not add to the characters actions.
Great as always. I look for him when I am searching for new books to listen to
There were two times that the story was sad, I do not usually cry. There are times that you worry if he is going to get out of the situation, but then you think. The other story line with Constance is also a continuation from the previous book unbelievable!
I have read every book and and found this to be just as trilling and waiting to see what will happen as the story lines weave in and out.
This is no doubt the best Pendergast novel to date. Lots of action, twists and turns and many surprises. Don't pass this one up. 5 STARS
You don't want to put this book down if reading or if listening to Audible you won't want to turn it off.
Pendergast...Rene Auberjonois is fantastic with all the characters.
There were quite a few moving elements to the story but I will not name any in particular. I do not want to ruin any aspect of the story for other listeners or readers.
I hope Rene Auberjonois continues doing the Pendergast novels. He is great.
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!
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