Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in the museum's dark hallways and secret rooms....
Nora Kelly, a young archaeologist in Santa Fe, receives a letter written 16 years ago, yet mysteriously mailed only recently....
At 12, Gideon Crew witnessed his father, a world-class mathematician, accused of treason and gunned down....
The largest known meteorite has been discovered, entombed in the earth for millions of years on a frigid, desolate island off the southern tip of Chile....
Guy Carson, a brilliant scientist, discovers that his employers are tinkering with viruses and human DNA....
A centuries-old, cursed pirate's treasure, valued at over $2 billion, lies deep within the treacherous waters off the coast of Maine....
Former naval doctor Peter Crane is summoned to an oil platform in the North Atlantic to help diagnose a bizarre medical condition. But he learns that the real trouble lies far below....
What fire bolt from the galactic dark shattered the Earth eons ago, and now hides in that remote cleft in the southwest U.S. known as Tyrannosaur Canyon....
A theme park attracting 65,000 visitors daily, Utopia is a world on the cutting edge of technology...
An inexplicable explosion rocks the antiquities collection of a London museum and the race begins to determine how it happened, why it happened, and what it means....
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"Greetings from the dead," declares Maxwell Broadbent on the videotape he left behind after his mysterious disappearance....
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World-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a cryptic symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist....
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Captain Hayward leads the official homocide investigation, while Pendergast, D'Agosta, and Nora undertake a private quest for the truth. Their serpentine journey takes them into a part of Manhattan they never imagined could exist: a secretive and deadly hotbed of Obeah, the West Indian Zombii cult of sorcery and magic. And it is here they find their true peril is just beginning.
I liked the beginning of this book, however the graphic nature and shear sadness of the animal cruelty really turned me off. Be forewarned some content is hard to take.
29 of 32 people found this review helpful
Just awful. No shortage of adjectives and adverbs, but big shortage of compelling drama and action. It was trite and boring. I wish I had counted the number of times the words "shambling" and "pate" were repeated. I want my time back.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I pick up anything from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. I'm a fan, have read all their books, and am waiting for their next novel.
That said, I couldn't help but feel Messrs. Preston and Child were struggling to pull all the loose strings together on this one toward the end. I guess it still worked. But, I couldn't say it's "up there" with their other works.
Would I still have purchased it, knowing what I know? Yeah. But, then again, I'm a fan.
11 of 13 people found this review helpful
Could it be faster paced? Possibly. Could it be less gorey? Probably. Could it be more "up beat"? Perhaps. But then, it wouldn't be Pendergast. Add Rene Auberjonois and his New Orleans Southern aristocrat accent and prepare yourself for listening at it's best.
Haven't met Special Agent Pendergast? This is as good a place to start as any. You'll be glad you did.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
Don't give away major plot elements in your reviews!
It is very easy to write a review without ruining the book for others by giving away the major events.
Please try to be more considerate of others who have yet to read the book.
25 of 31 people found this review helpful
I am a huge fan of the Pendergast series. However, this novel and the one prior to it have not lived up to the quality of the other books in this series. I would give this one higher marks than "The Wheel of Darkness", but not much higher. Zombies? Really? It seems that Preston and Child have run out of ideas. The book did get somewhat better in the latter third of the novel, but not very good overall. The narration, however, was top-notch.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
Having once been a fan of the collaborations of Preston and Child, I have been increasingly disappointed by their latest efforts. This book followed a downward trend, that I hoped would have reversed direction. The story is rather predictable and never reaches the potential created by the opening scenes. The main characters, familiar from multiple adventures, have lost their shine and the storyline its ability to grab me by the collar and by doing so its ability to demand my attention. I am glad I was able to multitask while listening to the story rather than wasting my time reading it, which probably saves the book from an even lower rating. Most Preston and Child veterans will, I'm afraid, be disappointed. Those unfamiliar with their works should move down the shelf to their earlier, much more entertaining, works.
7 of 9 people found this review helpful
This book reaches out and grabs you and doesn't let go. An excellent summer read. Rene Auberjonois' narration is top-notch.
I wanted to find out how it would end, but I was sorry when it did.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
I have loved this series so far, but this is an extremely weak installment. Full of zombies and voodoo, the whole thing is just a mess.
I would only recommend this one for the die hard fan.
11 of 15 people found this review helpful
In this latest incarnation of the Pendergast saga, Preston and Child bring together the usual cast of characters wrapped up in a new adventure about Obeah, the West Indian Zombi cult and all things evil. The story starts off with a bang, but soon slows to an imperceptible crawl as the plot is sidetracked by blood, gore, animal sacrifice, and zombie silliness.
How many times can one read about suppurating sores, gobs of dribbling saliva, blood-imbued body parts, and lurching "man-thing" creatures. Well, apparently any number of times, because the same subplots are played out over and over again throughout the story. It becomes old real fast.
Even Pendergast is portrayed a little flat in this story. Where his once quirky esoteric knowledge of the unusual, clever put-downs, and spiffy rejoinders were charming, they are stale and annoying here. Even Lt. Vincent D'Agosta seems to have dropped a few IQ points and is rendered as an angry buffoon.
After listening to a few chapters in this book, you'll soon recognize "Still Life with Crows." It's the same story and the same monster, but not nearly as interesting the second time around.
Utimately, Pendergast fans will like this book, but for me, this book feels like a bridge to the next Pendergast novel -- the one where Constance Greene has her baby in Tibet, Aloysius resumes his relationship with Dr. Viola Maskelene, and Diogenes returns from the dead to match wits with his frater. It's unfortunate that we will all have to wait several years for the book that should have been.
8 of 12 people found this review helpful
Just like the good old books from before the Diogenes trilogy.
Surprises all through with a nice portion of karma at the end.
Where does Cemetery Dance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Not bad at all. I really enjoyed the Pendergast series so far as they are easy going and fun. and this one is no exception.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Cemetery Dance?
It's a bit of twister and is set back in New York with some of the series most memorable characters. Another good yarn so no spoilers here just get involved.
What about Rene Auberjonois’s performance did you like?
The impressions from reader Rene on the monster were brilliant. Well done.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The ending. Again it would spoil it if I told you.