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White Fire: Agent Pendergast, Book 13 | [Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child]

White Fire: Agent Pendergast, Book 13

Special Agent Pendergast arrives at an exclusive Colorado ski resort to rescue his protégée, Corrie Swanson, from serious trouble with the law. His sudden appearance coincides with the first attack of a murderous arsonist who - with brutal precision - begins burning down multimillion-dollar mansions with the families locked inside. After springing Corrie from jail, Pendergast learns she made a discovery while examining the bones of several miners who were killed 150 years earlier by a rogue grizzly bear.
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Publisher's Summary

Past and present collide in Preston and Child's most thrilling novel ever....

Special Agent Pendergast arrives at an exclusive Colorado ski resort to rescue his protégée, Corrie Swanson, from serious trouble with the law. His sudden appearance coincides with the first attack of a murderous arsonist who - with brutal precision - begins burning down multimillion-dollar mansions with the families locked inside. After springing Corrie from jail, Pendergast learns she made a discovery while examining the bones of several miners who were killed 150 years earlier by a rogue grizzly bear. Her finding is so astonishing that it, even more than the arsonist, threatens the resort's very existence.

Drawn deeper into the investigation, Pendergast uncovers a mysterious connection between the dead miners and a fabled, long-lost Sherlock Holmes story - one that might just offer the key to the modern day killings as well.

Now, with the ski resort snowed in and under savage attack - and Corrie's life suddenly in grave danger - Pendergast must solve the enigma of the past before the town of the present goes up in flames.

©2013 Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (P)2013 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

“Narrator René Auberjonois is perfection as he portrays the rip-roaring assortment of Preston and Child's over-the-top characters…Auberjonois's cool persona is ideal for the black-suited mystery-man Pendergast. As Corrie, he's a hard-headed 20-something who won't be bullied. A sadistic serial arsonist, a beleaguered sheriff, wizened miners, and "old money" interests give Auberjonois plenty of opportunities to dazzle.” (AudioFile)

"Sherlock Holmes fans will relish Preston and Child's 13th novel featuring eccentric FBI agent Aloysius Pendergast (after 2012's Two Graves), one of their best in this popular series...easily stands on its own with only passing references to Pendergast's complex backstory." (Publishers Weekly, Starred Review)

"Another highly entertaining and genuinely thrilling story from Preston & Child starring their romantic, faintly gothic, and always mysterious FBI agent, Aloysius Pendergast. As always the prose is elegant, replete with exquisite descriptions, and this time we're treated to dashes of historic characters Conan Doyle and Oscar Wilde, as well as a positively delicious serving of the great Sherlock Holmes. Through myriad shocks, surprises, twists and turns, the suspense never lets up. Great fun to the last page." (Anne Rice)

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    G. House Sr. Sherborn, MA, United States 11-12-13
    G. House Sr. Sherborn, MA, United States 11-12-13 Member Since 2012

    I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.

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    "A Grand Slam Tale of Terror"

    I have been hoping to learn more about Corrie Swanson. Remember, we met Corrie in Still Life with Crows (book 4). Back then she had an abusive mother and no future. Pendergast took her under his wing and placed her in boarding school. She has been in and out of novels ever since. In this novel she is grown and attending John Jay College and play the central role throughout the novel.

    Oscar Wilde and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (in the 1800s) setup the intrigue; and, before you even begin Chapter 1 you are hooked and titillated with some unknown ‘story of revulsion.’ Preston and Child perform their usual excellence in descriptive phase and dialog. I simply love the how they place you in the scene.

    This is book 13 of the series and comes after the latest trilogy 10-12 which was heart wrenching and left many issues unresolved. Rene Auberjonis narrates the novel in his usual excellence. He has been the voice of this series since book 8 and continues to deliver.

    This book is a must read. If you are new to the series, I encourage you to read Still Life with Crows first to get a good introduction to Corrie. Though you can jump straight to this novel because it does stand on its own. This is one of my most favorite series and I cannot recommend it more highly. For us Pendergast lovers, all I have to say is ‘He is back!’

    29 of 35 people found this review helpful
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    G.Monie Queens, NY, United States 11-13-13
    G.Monie Queens, NY, United States 11-13-13 Member Since 2011

    " I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.

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    "Pendergast, Back on the Case, After his "Tangent""

    I am a huge fan of A.X. Pendergast ever since 'The Relic' where I don't think anyone was sure that his character was going to be continued into a series. The last few books have all been written about his ex-wife & are classified as the 'Helen Trilogy', the books were by no means 'Bad' but I was not impressed by the quality nor the tangent these books threw our usually implacable A.X.P. into a world of shadow conspiracies, getting man-handled by 'uncouth brigands', killing more than a dozen people single-handed on a large yacht, & the questions unanswered after the 'Helen Books' were done. I'd like give my opinion that our Sherlock Holmes like character of A.X.P. is getting back to 'past form' & using his ultimate hero 'Afoot'. The eccentric detective with his unconventional methods, unique persona, & unlimited resources behind his obsessions to solve crimes.

    I don't want to give away too much with this book but there are more than just one story arc & although I read some reviews from people lucky enough to get the book early there were a couple reviews that mentioned how Corrie stole the spotlight from him. I clearly do not think so! I can confidently say that before this book I liked her character as a supporting character but after reading this book I did not feel the same. She was the anti-establishment type personality in 'Still Life with Crows' & even in her other candid appearances in the books after, but I found her character growth showing her in a negative light. I'm not getting too specific but although she might have aged, her maturity level & lack of 'classy behavior' have not... & I don't mean she needed to be comparable to or as worldly achieved as a character like A.X.P. but I don't see how it would be possible for her to overshadow him in any book. This book reminded me of one of my favorite books which ironically is 'Still Life with Crows'. After that the 'Diogenes Trilogy' was also fantastic & the books that were released in between that time & leading to the 'Helen Trilogy', tended to range from satisfactory to slightly above average.

    In this book there is even a reference to Conan Doyle & Sherlock Holmes himself & are worked into the story. Although I was able to guess what was to happen at the end about halfway thru, which is not something I could have done with past books, the story brought the 'old school' persona of A.X. Pendergast back to the front & I am looking forward to the next story P&C write regarding A.X.P. He is back to his old ways of putting self-entitled people back in place with a sharp tongue that's laced with honey & sarcasm, his enigmatic ways of breaking down a crime scene, along with his ability to banter & return salvo's with any antagonist. I really hope they don't make a spin-off with Corrie's character because as alluded to, they didn't "work together' the same way they did in Medicine Creek but both have arcs that cross at different points. Corrie is DEF. no 'Lt. D'Agosta' lol, but she's young & still has time to develop into a better supporting character that I felt P&C took away way too early with Smithback's demise.

    I tried not to reveal much in this review because with certain mysteries or crime series I believe u need to read it all & figure out if u liked or disliked it without giving away too much of the plot, its not the same as reviewing other genre's. I focused more on the characters & they're current persona's in this book compared to the past & the overall plot undertones for the protagonist(s). Renee is always a great narrator for the Pendergast books & he doesn't disappoint here, I truly think that if anyone thought the A.X.P. books were straying a bit off the 'norm' in the past, P&C have brought it much closer to the 'roots' again. Its worth strapping on ur snowshoes & take a trip to Colorado.

    14 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Jacqueline Denver, CO, USA 11-19-13
    Jacqueline Denver, CO, USA 11-19-13

    Say something about yourself!

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    "A story within a story - - - -"

    I recommend listening to Still Life With Crows before this novel, as it gives the necessary back story for Corrie Swanson-- other than that, this could work as a stand alone novel.

    Most of this novel takes place in Roaring Fork, Colorado (Aspen-like exclusive mountain resort.) Ms. Corrie Swanson takes the spotlight, now a student at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She is on a mission to write a thesis on some grisly deaths (murders?) which happened in the town decades ago. The deaths are supposedly revealed in a long lost Sherlock Holmes story which was never published.

    As Corrie tries to investigate by examining the bones of the long dead victims, she is met with resistance from the town leaders, and must be rescued once again by Pendergast. He arrives in town with his usual flair, and then stays on to make sure things don't go awry. At the same time, a serial arsonist has started burning down the mansions surrounding the main square, leaving the owners inside. It is a particularly horrible crime, as the bodies reveal what terror they must have gone through.

    Overall a pretty decent story--however, I didn't find the character of Corrie very enjoyable in this one. She has continued on with her defiant, immature nature which came out in her first appearance in Still Life With Crows --but in that story she was a teenager. Hopefully Preston and Child will give her more depth if she is to continue as a character in future novels with Pendergast.



    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    David O. Valentin Oceanside, CA 11-25-13
    David O. Valentin Oceanside, CA 11-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Not Dissappointed"
    Where does White Fire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    White Fire is one of the top Pendergast stories. It's twists and turns kept me enthralled.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the inclusion of the real life character Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The shifts from past to present created an interesting twist to the story.


    What about Rene Auberjonois’s performance did you like?

    I really enjoy Rene Auberjonois performances. I missed him in other Pendergast stories. He does Pendergast very well.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Probably not. This book requires attention to details. So the brain needs a break from time to time. Not a negative, though. I did finish it very quickly.


    Any additional comments?

    If you haven't read the entire Pendergast series, I highly recommend it.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Venatries 11-26-13 Member Since 2010

    There are few things better than a good story well told!

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    "Perfect 'Round the Campfire Tale"
    Would you consider the audio edition of White Fire to be better than the print version?

    Maybe so. I do not have the print version but Rene Auberjonois' reading is so spot-on it brings something extra to the Pendergast tales.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, it never lagged. A very enjoyable combination of suspense, mystery and action.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    R. Dubrow Great Falls, VA 12-26-14
    R. Dubrow Great Falls, VA 12-26-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Is this the best Pendergast Story?"
    What made the experience of listening to White Fire the most enjoyable?

    So many things; the current day plot weaving in a Sherlock Holmes storyline, excellent characters, and the Colorado mountain setting. I read a number of the Pendergast plot summaries and wanted to read one that got him out of NYC. Glad I chose this one!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    One thing I liked is how the storyline was moved along separately by the two main characters


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Sherlock Holmes story in a story


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really, it was great from beginning till end.


    Any additional comments?

    Give a great narrator an awesome story and step back. I read the Blue Laybrinth recently, but I think this one was better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa 12-11-14
    Lisa 12-11-14 Member Since 2012
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    "not the best in the series"

    slow story line, drags in places. Thought this might be the end to the series, so was not a great end for Penderghast. looking forward to him coming back with fire in his soul, cause he really lacked the energy I expect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    bartay98 HOUSTON, TX, United States 10-21-14
    bartay98 HOUSTON, TX, United States 10-21-14 Member Since 2006
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    "As authors,they are slipping!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, I could have written this, and I can't write. I could figure what was happening before it was revealed. Very few surprises. They are loosing me as a reader. This was not my first disappointment in one of their later books. Their plots seem to be getting weaker.
    I have read many earlier books and loves them.


    Has White Fire turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not sure


    What does Rene Auberjonois bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I like his voice and style.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No way.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't like it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Bowie, MD, United States 09-05-14
    Linda Bowie, MD, United States 09-05-14 Member Since 2011

    Amazon Fan

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    "Pendergast Solves Another One"

    I liked this book and this story but it took me a while to get into it. The main character was Cory, Pendergast's waif, from another book. I found Cory annoying and pretty self-centered but she is only 19 so guess that goes with the territory. (Too long ago for me to remember.) She gets into a bit of a mess, solves the mystery, but has trouble getting it done. Pendergast to the rescue after much angst and traveling to London to confer with a renowned Sherlock Holmes expert. Yes, there is even reference to an unpublished Sherlock Holmes story. The book picks up speed midway through and by the end,you want it to continue. I am always impressed with the detail and complexity of the writing of Preston & Child and this book demonstrates their skill. I like the Pendergast series and so do others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    allope Virginia 09-02-14
    allope Virginia 09-02-14
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    "Great Pendergast Book and narrator!"
    If you could sum up White Fire in three words, what would they be?

    Bad A** Pendergast!


    What other book might you compare White Fire to and why?

    Every series has its hit or miss. This one is a definite hit!


    What about Rene Auberjonois’s performance did you like?

    Who can go wrong with Clayton Endicotte III or Odo?? Rene A. is not only a great actor but and engaging narrator. Does a great job of voicing the various characters. When I read a Pendergast novel, Auberjonois's voice is what I hear in my head when Pendergast has his lines....


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Almost did....


    Any additional comments?

    Even if this is your first Pendergast novel and you don't know the background of the recurring characters, this book in general as well as this audio reading will inspire you to explore the series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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