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Devastated by the discovery that his wife, Helen, was murdered, Special Agent Pendergast must have retribution. But revenge is not simple. As he stalks his wife's betrayers - a chase that takes him from the wild moors of Scotland to the bustling streets of New York City and the darkest bayous of Louisiana - he is also forced to dig further into Helen's past. And he is stunned to learn that Helen may have been a collaborator in her own murder.

Peeling back the layers of deception, Pendergast realizes that the conspiracy is deeper, goes back generations, and is more monstrous than he could have ever imagined - and everything he's believed, everything he's trusted, everything he's understood... may be a horrific lie.

©2011 Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child (P)2011 Hachette Audio

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Horrible!

Disjointed, preposterous plot, laughable dialogue and unlikeable characters. Perhaps the worst audio book I've bought to date.

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Cold Vengeance

This book was action filled, suspensful, and exciting until the end. The ending was very weak. It left one hanging in the air as though the author had run out of paper.

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  • Kevin
  • Moreland Hills, OH, United States
  • 08-31-11

Seriously?

I started reading Preston and Child before anyone ever heard of them and told all my friends they should read the early work from these authors because I believed it was a new genre worth exploring, especially in titles such as Riptide, Thunderhead or even Ice Limit or Mount Dragon. Then when they created Pendergast I thought they had created an unique new character in American fiction. With Relic, Cabinet of Curiosities and perhaps the best, Still Life with Crows I grew to love the Special Agent Pendergast character. But alas...the drivel turned out here is just stupid. Sorry guys...I was your biggest supporter. I don't think I even care anymore what happens to Helen. This book is contrived, full of cliche's, easy to see through and very predictable. The characters have these "light bulbs" go off and I am thinking , "really, you are so devious and evil and you didn't think of this?" I was almost laughing at times at the incredulity of it all. Come on you two. If this is the best you can do with such a great character as Pendergast perhaps it is time to retire the poor guy. He deserves a better legacy than you are giving him. Go back and reread your early work Mr. Preston and Mr. Child and perhaps you will see what I mean. But I think you already know. I hated writing this because I was so happy you two made it as writers. You deserved it. But we, your loyal readers did not deserve this and neither did poor Aloysius Pendergast.

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Another Great Pendergast Story

Thoroughly enjoyed the latest Pendergast story. I want more, hope the continuation will be out soon. Rene does a great job! He brings everyone to life.

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Still in love with Pendergast

My dear Vincent. How I loved hearing those words again! Rene Auberjonois is quickly becoming one of my favorite narrators. I can't explain why I enjoy this series so much. Some things I see coming, but others are a complete surprise. This latest installment had me listening to it nearly straight through. Finished it off in less than 2 days. If you've followed the series then like me, you'll still be more than a bit in love with Pendergast!

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  • Joan
  • saskatoon, sk, Canada
  • 08-26-11

A little disappointing

I have read or listened to all of the pendergast books. I was excited to see another one but disappointed. It felt a little glib and not real. The ending also left us hanging. I do not enjoy when authors set themselves up that obviously for a sequel.

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OK, when does the next book come out??????

Great read! If you have enjoyed the previous in the series, you really will enjoy this book... I'm hanging on by my fingernails.

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  • Adam
  • moreno valley, california, United States
  • 08-23-11

Cold Plotlines

If your a huge fan of the series you'll enjoy following the characters again, but this book is very frustrating because nothing is really accomplished in it. It's all just set-up for the 3rd book. Some interesting things happen, but sense its not set up like the classic Penderghast novels, with a serial killer on the other end, it comes of as a lot of information with very little pay-off. Hopefully the 3rd book of this series will have a bit more heat to it.

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  • Firefly
  • Umatilla, FL United States
  • 08-22-11

Cold Vengeance

A grave disappointment! I have always enjoyed the Preston - Child books, but this one was not worth reading.

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Disappointed

What a disappointing book! I was looking forward to more holmes like sleuthing and all I get is a convoluted unbelievable story. The first half of the book is Pendergast getting out fought and out smarted at every turn?! Half way through I shut off the book and no longer care what happens to Pendergast. Preston/Child you have disappointed me greatly.