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FBI Agent Pendergast has taken Constance on a whirlwind Grand Tour, hoping to give her closure and a sense of the world that she's missed. They head to Tibet, where Pendergast intensively trained in martial arts and spiritual studies. At a remote monastery, they learn that a rare and dangerous artifact the monks have been guarding for generations has been mysteriously stolen. Pendergast agrees to take up the search.

The trail leads him and Constance to the maiden voyage of the Queen Victoria, the world's largest and most luxurious passenger liner - and to an Atlantic crossing fraught with terror.

Investigate more of Agent Pendergast's cases.
©2007 Splendide Mendax, Inc. and Lincoln Child (P)2007 Hachette Audio

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Double Whammy

This book is a "two-fer"; a murder mystery wrapped in a disaster on the high seas. Both are developed with precision and detail. The plot moves like an Olympic sprinter! I couldn't wait to resume listening each time I had to stop. It took less than five days to finish, that's how good it is.

Highly recommended.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Henrik
  • Herndon, VA, United States
  • 09-01-07

Answer to two of the questions you might have ...

If you are an incarnated Preston/Child fan, you are most likely asking yourself: “Is it of the same quality as the Brimstone trilogy?”

The short answer to this question is: Absolutely!

It is yet another unputdownable page-turner from the dynamic Preston/Child duo – that seems to continue to write mega-hits together. In my opinion, they are much better together than when they write solo.

If you listen to this book while commuting to work, please be advised that you will find yourself sitting in the parking lot to hear “just one more chapter” after you have arrived.

This is how a thriller should be.

Your second question might be: “What were they thinking, when they decided NOT to use Scott Brick as the narrator?” In that case, I have more good news: Rene Auberjonois does a tremendous job.

I hope you will enjoy this audio book as much as I did.

54 of 58 people found this review helpful

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  • Timothy
  • Richmond, VA, USA
  • 12-08-08

This one exciting...

I've been a fan of DP & LC since they came out with Relic and Mount Dragon, but have gotten a little bored with them. The Wheel of Darkness totally makes up for this and, even though the title doesn't make enough sense to me, I found the novel terrifying. Who doesn't want to see an evil Pendergast? Who didn't want to see more of our friend Constance? The plot gets a little hairy in regard to closure, but you've got to grant some credit for style-the evil force in this one is some serious charming bad mojo. As a side, I thought Rene A did a great job, but his female voices were a) a little manly for me and b) sounded mostly the same, although with a large expendible cast, who wouldn't say that? He's a good reader, you just have to give him some time and dedication.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Complex storyline

Similar to their other books, but it's more of a supernatural horror mystery than some. I enjoyed the Tibetian and the ocean liner settings because I have little to no experience with either. On top of the settings, you get to renew acquaintances with Pendergast and his ward. The storylines were unusual and I worried that I might not like the outcome so for me the suspense was great! I enjoyed the reader a lot.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Mel
  • Raleigh, NC, United States
  • 02-26-15

Not my favorite Pendergast story

Pendergast meets Poseidon Adventure !!! ..... I'm a big Pendergast fan but this one ranks down the list IMO. I just could not get into this one. Maybe I miss D'gosta and Nora and the rest of TeamPendegast ??

I was glad when it was over and I can move on to the next one.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Great story, fantastic storytelling

I agree with Jerry from Philly. I think fans of Lincoln and Child have come to expect, and appreciate, the bizarre story lines and eccentric characters in the Pendergast stories. This is a first-rate novel with all the twists, turns, surprises and cliffhangers expected from this type of novel. This is the first time I have experienced one of these books on audio, and Rene Auberjonois did an outstanding job of narration. His grasp of the Pendergast personality is amazing, his acting skills superb, and his mastery of the language of these novels without sounding pretentious makes for enjoyable listening. As much as I like reading these novels, I doubt I will ever again buy the hardback if Mr. Auberjonois is narrating. I am sorry I missed his previous readings. An outstanding audiobook! (Somebody who has actually listened to, or read, the book may want to edit the Publisher Summary.)

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Best Pendergast So Far

I really enjoyed listening to this book. It was a little bit mysticism, a little bit police procedural, a little bit disaster movie. I started listening last night and finished this afternoon. I put off buying this book because the publisher's review made is sound sort of frivolous and societyish but that was misleading. There weren't any boring parts and I didn't want to stop listening. If I had been reading the book I'm sure I would have read until it was finished last night. Sometimes I get frustrated because Audible books are so much slower than when I read and my mind can drift. In this case I was sorry to have it end so soon.

Rene Auberjonois (now I know how to pronounce his name) did an excellent job of narration. I could distinguish voices, and I wasn't put off when he did female voices. He has a nice smooth voice that was pleasing to listen to and easy to understand.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Cayce
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 10-29-12

Hard to maintain the velocity...

I love the Pendergast books and I applaud them for their creativity in moving the series to different locals to keep it fresh, but this one didn't quite reach the level for me that others in the series have. It was entertaining, but felt like a side trip from everything we've gone through with Pendergast to date. There are a few important bits that move the story forward, but mostly it's a standalone story.

I know everyone doesn't agree, but after listening to Scott Brick's Pendergast, Rene Auberjonois was a disappointment. It appears I should get used to it, because he seems to be narrating the books now, but it's just not the same for me.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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This book takes all of the overused words and phrases that critics use to describe great books and breathes new life and meaning into them: awesome, page-turner, action-packed, unique,imaginative, mind-blowing, couldn't put it down, two-thumbs up, not-to-be-missed. . .well, you get the idea. In short, this book is fantastic!!! So is the narrator! Over the years, Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston have consistently enthralled me with their great stories--this one though, I think, is their best. After finishing this book, I realized that I now consider these two to be my all-time favorite writers--topping my other perennial favorite authors such as Clive Cussler, Issac Asimov, David Baldacci, Jeffery Deaver, James Patterson, and John Ludlum, to name a few. DON'T MISS LISTENING TO THIS AUDIBLE BOOK!

22 of 25 people found this review helpful

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Least Favorite of the Series Thus Far

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Some of the characters just didn't fit for me. Preston and Child generally make very believable and intriguing characters although this was not the case for me with The Wheel of Darkness. It also felt that one recurring character, who I won't name to avoid spoiling anything from previous books, seemed to have some personality changes that just did not fit with the character established in previous books. Again, where consistency was the norm, The Wheel of Darkness felt quite abnormal for me.

Would you recommend The Wheel of Darkness to your friends? Why or why not?

I'd only recommend it for friends that are fans of this series. I'm not one who can listen to random books throughout a series but have to listen to them all in order. So personally I couldn't skip over it although I think some people might be able to.

Did Rene Auberjonois do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

I actually thought a few of the characters sounds pretty close and having spent the last few books in the series listening to Scott Brick, there is a difference between the two narrators and I prefer Scott Brick. My bias likely sways my feelings on Rene Auberjonois but others that loved Brick's narrations with this series as I did may feel like this performance was not up to par.

Did The Wheel of Darkness inspire you to do anything?

It inspired me to grab the next book in the series hoping it is better than this one.

Any additional comments?

If you enjoy the Pendergast series, I'd say you are safe to give this one a go. Besides, out of the many books in the series, there are just some you are bound to not enjoy as much as others. For me, The Wheel of Darkness was one of those I did not like as much, but not enough to deter me away from continuing on with this series.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Mr. M. Edwards
  • 02-19-18

A return to form

Much better than the Diogenes trilogy.
A good threat, Pendergast detecting and a nice link to current (as it was then) theory.
Also no museum!

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  • Knitting nut
  • 01-25-15

Not an advert for cross Atlantic sailing

Well up-to standard. I have listened to other books by these authors and Rene Auberjinois is the best narrator. His voice adds just that extra touch of spookiness. Looking forward to the next in the series

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  • Martin
  • 05-07-11


Another wonder filled book by the duo, twist, turns and drama on every page