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Publisher's Summary

Praised as a "ruthless descendant of Holmes", agent Pendergast has become one of crime fiction's most endearing characters. His greatest enemy is one who has stalked him all of his life, his cunning and diabolical brother Diogenes. And Diogenes has thrown down the gauntlet. Now, several of the people closest to Pendergast are viciously murdered, and Pendergast is framed for the deeds. On the run from federal authorities, with only the help of his old friend NYPD Lieutenant Vincent D'Agosta, Pendergast must stop his brother. But how can he stop a man that is his intellectual equal, one who has had 20 years to plan the world's most horrendous crime?
©2005 Splendide Mendax, Inc. and Lincoln Child. All Rights Reserved. (P)2005 Time Warner AudioBooks. All Rights Reserved.

Critic Reviews

"Intriguing thriller." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Frank
  • San Diego, CA, USA
  • 08-16-05

Dance of Death

This was my first one. And I wanted to stay in the car, listening to it. since downloaded two more and each just keeps getting better and better. I don't know what I will do when I have heard them all.

You have to listen to this one.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • John
  • Willetton, Australia
  • 03-19-12

Good listen

Would you try another book from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child and/or Rene Auberjonois?

Yes, but I am a fan of A X L Pendergast.

If you’ve listened to books by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child before, how does this one compare?

A good listen, not the best, but not bad. Relic was my favourite.

Have you listened to any of Rene Auberjonois’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Always consistently good.

Could you see Dance of Death being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No, Relic would be good though.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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As expected!

It’s hard to go wrong with the Pendergast series and this was no exception. I like Rene Auberjonois, too. He does a good job. Very recommended.

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  • Talia
  • TULSA, OK, United States
  • 03-11-13

Diogenes is back and he has a score to settle

Dance of Death is a fast-paced thriller that never lets up and keeps the reader turning pages, so to speak.

Pendergast is back, but this time his evil brother is out to finally extract his revenge on the FBI Agent. Targeting those close to Pendergast (friends and colleagues), the evil Diogenese embarks on a quest to methodically murder them while framing Pendergast and while planning on carrying out the "perfect" crime.

I can't say more without giving away important plot points, but I will say "read this book!" You will not be disappointed.

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  • Jan
  • Carole Park, Australia
  • 05-30-12

good for the abridged version

I was surprised that the story did not suffer to much being abridged. It's not as good as other Pendacast stories as its missing the more super natural accepts of other stories but its still very good.

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  • J. Kelly
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • 02-06-12

Not as good as Brimstone.

Would you try another book from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child and/or Rene Auberjonois?

Preston and Child, absolutely; Mr Auberjonois, maybe.

Who was your favorite character and why?

No favourite.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Rene Auberjonois?

I'm undecided. Obviously if I wanted to listen to the book badly enough, I would tolerate
Mr Auberjonois's delivery, but there are better narrators out there.

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

No.

Any additional comments?

The story did hold my attention, but I felt it was let down a little by the narration. I understand Scott Brick is in high demand, but I thought he brought something special to other books I've read by the boys, especially Riptide, Ice Limit and Brimstone. Nevertheless, don't let the narration put you off this story; it's still a very good yarn.

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  • BJG
  • Ellicott City, MD United States
  • 03-22-10

Odd little sub plot

This story started out strong. The main character's diobolical brother is planning the crime of a lifetime and our intreped heroes must stop him. Creative murders, taunting clues. Good stuff. Every once in a while, however, the story shifts to a debate about the fate of some native american masks at a museum. These two plots never intersect and it just feels like filler. I still think that seventy-five percent of the book is very good and the narrator does an excellent job as usual.

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Superb

I've been reading these guys since Relic. This was not a disappointment. I listened to it in two days.

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  • Stephen Amos
  • 09-07-16

Abridged! New reader! Why oh why?

Big question: why an abridged version only and why a change of reader?

I am a big fan of the adventures of Agent Penderghast and have enjoyed the previous audio versions, all unabridged and read by the same narrator. Until now. why?

I'm not sure if the story was just ordinary or if it was let down by the fact it is an abridged version with loads of detail missing. I'm not sure if this was the reason it took longer to listen to than it did the others even though they are 10 hours longer. Was it because it seemed rushed? Was it because the reader was, well, boring?

Also, having the great John Lee introduce the book, only illustrated what we were missing.

I had to listen to this to continue the series but it was a chore, an anomaly in the series which usually is excellent entertainment. Hopefully the rest with revert back to the way it started.






4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • JB
  • 01-29-18

better!

This story evenin better second time around - these books are surely going to be enduring classics in their genre ( what IS their genre? Pendergast seem to tick so many boxes, to satisfy on so many different levels.....)

Whatever, wherever, these are stories to revisit - surely the mark of works destined to be classics.

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  • Mr. M. Edwards
  • 01-17-18

An unabridged shame.

A fantastic introduction to another member of the Penderghast family.
Solidly plotted and mysterious.
However, the required level of menace and atmosphere is missing due to the fast clip that the book moves at.
This is obviously one of the issues with an unabridged book - we get the plot and story but lose the slowburn.
The abridging is fantastically done - bar for the atmosphere it's difficult to know what has been removed.
Recommended, but keep in mind the above points.
Looking forward to the next!

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  • Huntingspider
  • 07-19-17

Tip top read.

Very good read. Highly recommended. Try to read in order from Relic onwards. Looking forward to the next installment.