Art critic Jeremy Grove is found dead, his face frozen in a mask of terror. His body temperature is grotesquely high; he is discovered in a room barricaded from the inside; the smell of brimstone is everywhere... and the unmistakable imprint of a claw is burned into the wall. As more bodies are discovered - their only connection the bizarre but identical manner of death - the world begins to wonder if the Devil has, in fact, come to collect his due.
Teaming with Police Officer Vincent D'Agosta (The Relic), Agent Pendergast is determined to solve this case that appears to defy everything except supernatural logic.
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©2004 Douglas Preston (P)2011 Hachette
Another great read. Not the best one I've read of the series, but definitely worth the purchase. The latter books are better than the first ones I think. I had a hard time getting through Relic and don't think I even finished it, but I went ahead and bought the rest of the series and they got better and better. I listened to them out of order so I think I'll let some time pass and go back and listen to them in the proper order. If you liked the other ones, you'll like this one. And even if this isn't your genre - it is still a very interesting story and good read.
These authors have a wonderful way of tossing many stories into the air and managing to keep them all aloft. They do the same with their creatively crafted characters. We have the reappearance of some old friends in this one, along with some new and properly dastardly foes. Preston and Child have conjured up a great mystery that takes us into the darkest depths of ancient evils as we follow our heroes on their international pursuit of truth and justice.
A thick lawn, running water, and a tree to sit under. That's close to heaven!
I would have to put this book in the top ten of all I have listened to so far.
The plot kept me intrigued from the very start when Pendergast was introduced in tennis shorts to when he found Vincent and started to depend on him. This plot is unlike any I've listened to before in the way it runs two senerios at the same time.
When Pendergast acted as the decoy so his partner could escape.
Listened to Fever Dream first, and this one next. Maybe my expectations were too high, but did not enjoy Brimstone nearly as much. The plot was interesting, but not compelling and I did not like the ending.
Like action, adventures, war stories, militay happenings, historical readings-fiction/non-fic., & mysteries. Unabridged only! Reader IMPORT!
Well worth the listening even through some of dry parts. The ending is magnetic in its intensity --- one kept wishing only for the BEST...!
So looking forward to this book...so disappointed. It just rambled on and on and on and on...could have been good if cut in half. Reader was terrible...too full of himself. Too much inflection...needs to let the reader have his own opinions.
This has been a long time coming to Audible. This is the first part of the Diogenes trilogy. Its been five years since Reliquary, D'agosta is back and well if you have made it this far in the series I don't really need to try to sell you on it, sufficed to say your in for a hell of a ride. Only one book left unabridged Cabinet Of Curiosities, Audible the fans DEMAND it!
It's good to hear the old Pendergast back along with his old cronies. This was longer than all his others but well worth the listen. The narration was good and kept you wanting more. The only thing I didn't like about it was the plagerized dining room scene. It almost made me feel like I was reading Dan Brown. Other than that, it was a real page turner and made you wonder what Pendergast was going to come up with next. Not making his "butler" a major part of the book was genius. DeGasta and Hayward were absolutely where they should be. and did what fit into the book perfectly. I can't wait for the next in the series!!!!! In the meantime, don't miss this one!
Great writers. Great narrator. But while I was hoping this wouldn't be another episode of Scooby Doo for the literary guild, that's exactly what it was.
It's a spooky demon or the devil killing people! No, pull off his mask and it's actually the Kwazy Kount and his Microwave Ray Gun! And he would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for that meddling Pendergast.
Ok, I've read enough of these guys to know they would never actually introduce a real demon into a story, but a microwave ray gun? Really? That "heats from the inside-out" (okay, that's ALMOST true, depending on what you're heating) slowly enough to create bubbling agony but somehow magically avoids heat conduction or wave bouncing and cremates half a head and leaves the other half intact? If you're going to just make up a weapon out of thin air that isn't based on solid scientific grounds, be more creative than a microwave ray gun. Criminy. The writers hint at other possible causes of death, which would have been far more interesting... but you're stuck with the ray gun.
And there are whole chapters that are nothing but filler. I skipped past every chapter dealing with the story in the Post, and when I browsed them later, confirmed that I missed absolutely nothing.
Given all the above, I'm not sure why I enjoyed it so much, but I did.
A surreal series of supernatural-appearing murders is merely part of the appeal for this Pendergast/D'Agosta tale. This book is a worthy prelude to the Diogenes trilogy.
Another very credit-worthy addition to the Pendergast collection and also works well as a stand-alone novel for those new to Preston & Child.
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