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After his wife, Helen, is brazenly abducted before his eyes, Special Agent Pendergast furiously pursues the kidnappers, chasing them across the country and into Mexico. But then, things go terribly, tragically wrong; the kidnappers escape; and a shattered Pendergast retreats to his New York apartment and shuts out the world.

But when a string of bizarre murders erupts across several Manhattan hotels - perpetrated by a boy who seems to have an almost psychic ability to elude capture - NYPD Lieutenant D'Agosta asks his friend Pendergast for help. Reluctant at first, Pendergast soon discovers that the killings are a message from his wife's kidnappers. But why a message? And what does it mean?

When the kidnappers strike again at those closest to Pendergast, the FBI agent, filled anew with vengeful fury, sets out to track down and destroy those responsible. His journey takes him deep into the trackless forests of South America, where he ultimately finds himself face to face with an old evil that - rather than having been eradicated - is stirring anew... and with potentially world-altering consequences.

Confucius once said: "Before you embark on a journey of revenge, first dig two graves." Pendergast is about to learn the hard way just how true those words still ring.

©2012 Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child (P)2012 Hachette

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  • Telorast
  • KNOXVILLE, TN, United States
  • 12-15-12

Worth the wait

At last the skeins of the Helen trilogy come together. Here are some assorted impressions:

Two Graves verges on too much in one book. It definitely is not a stand-alone book, but needs the backdrop of Fever Dream and Cold Vengeance for completion. Someone who has not read those first books of the trilogy could follow the story but would miss much of the significance of relationships & events.

For those who have read Fever Dream and Cold Vengeance, I don't think it's a spoiler to mention that a major feature of Two Graves is an isolated Nazi organization/colony upholding WWII traditions. I bring up this plot device because I quickly became worried, as it has become hackneyed over the years & I was concerned that the book would degenerate into a worn-out tale. Should have relied on Lincoln/Child to put in new twists that avoid that pitfall.

It's impossible to become a complacent reader because Lincoln/Child have a history of killing off our old friends integral to several earlier books as well as likable new characters (innocent or not). As always, the only certainty is that Pendergast will be there at the end.

All the Pendergast books have side stories, but parts of this one wander a bit far from the overall story line (but maybe my memory is fuzzy on this point about the earlier books).

Although much becomes clear in Two Graves, there are enough loose ends to ensure that there's more Pendergast to come...

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Not their best work

What did you like best about Two Graves? What did you like least?

I liked the fact that they wrapped up some long standing loose ends in this book, however in very un-Preston & Child fashion there were several unnecessarily overly graphic areas where I actually stopped listening and even fast forwarded past them.

4 of 8 people found this review helpful

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I agree with P. Giorgio's review!

What made the experience of listening to Two Graves the most enjoyable?

Another installment in a much-appreciated series is always welcome.

Would you be willing to try another book from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child ? Why or why not?

I think I have read them all! So, I am invested in the next one. Would like to see one with the Cory character featured, in fact. She could be interesting with the Pendergast connection to add flavor.

What does Rene Auberjonois bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Characters are always more fully fleshed-out when you can hear them speak rather than having to create the voice in your head. I do like Rene, and this was a challenging book with so many characters. He did a great job.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, and I listened to it while I was doing some serious decluttering so I was able to listen to long stretches at a time. I skipped forward through the Brasil piece pretty fast...I think it would have played better in a movie, but was too long for listening. The pace seemed glacial for such an action part of the story.

Any additional comments?

If you are a fan, then you will read this whether or not it's the best in the series. In fact, I am now going to go back and re-listen to the rest of the series. I did find this rather like a sandwich made with tasty leftovers, though. A little D'Agosta, a spice of Caroline, a dollop of Cory, a layer of Helen (past her best-by date), and some lashings of Pendergast. His Japanese maid and his chauffeur/bodyguard were kind of like pickles, though. Interesting up to a point, but ultimately did not add much flavor.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Review of new Pendergast book

What did you love best about Two Graves?

It was incredibly imaginative. I would not have had a clue how some things would unfold.

What other book might you compare Two Graves to and why?

I don't have another book to compare it to. I've read all of the Preston/Child books and this is one of my favorites.

What about Rene Auberjonois’s performance did you like?

I like how he is consistent with the characters in each book read.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

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Any additional comments?

Really well done. Will definitely listen again and again. I can't wait for the next book!

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Pendergast is back! Good to see you again!

Would you consider the audio edition of Two Graves to be better than the print version?

Narration and production are both excellent. Story is fast-paced.

What did you like best about this story?

I'm only about 60 minutes into the story, having just downloaded and started it last night. Sounds like it is classic Pendergast at his unique best. Can't wait to hear all the details and character development. Love this series. So sad when the books end.

Which scene was your favorite?

So far, the discussion about tailoring and ties. Also the very fast ride in the Mercedes, with the technical driving details. But like I said, I have just started the book. I'm sure there is much excitement ahead.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Wish I could. If I were on vacation at the beach, definitely, I would listen to it in one sitting. Alas, I do not have that kind of freedom or time right now.

Any additional comments?

Have been looking forward to this book and have read or listened to all the others, most more than once. Sounds like it is going to be as good as or better than the previous books. Keep up the good work, authors. Love your work. Great job! Thank you.

9 of 22 people found this review helpful

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  • Claudia
  • SARASOTA, FLORIDA, United States
  • 12-17-12

Another Winner

Would you listen to Two Graves again? Why?

Definitely, it is another great story

What other book might you compare Two Graves to and why?

Any of the other Pendergast novels (obviously) but other than these, I cannot think of another book or series to compare "Two Graves" to as I think the Pendergast series is unique

What three words best describe Rene Auberjonois’s performance?

Brilliant (1) and outstanding (2); especially his interpretation of Pendergast. However, I have given the performance only 3 stars due to the (in part) ghastly (3) pronunciation of the German lines. Hachette should be using (native) language advisors to avoid ruining a great book.That said, having listened to all the Pendergast novels, I cannot imagine a better narrator to perform these.

Any additional comments?

Looking forward to the next book in the series

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Time for Pendergast to retire?

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I would not recommend it, and certainly not for anyone who has been following this series.

What do you think your next listen will be?

The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connolly.. a Mickey Haller, and always look forward to this series.

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

Auboerjonois is amazing and in this instance his narration was the only thing I actually enjoyed about the audiobook. He is very natural in his ability to just slightly change inflection, accent, and tone to differentiate, even between male/female.

What character would you cut from Two Graves?

More than one, but in this case the whole storyline involving Dr. Felder and the young woman (so boring I don't recall her name). And more of Corey in the actual main part of the story instead of another insipid and unsatisfying side story....

Any additional comments?

All good things must come to an end, I suppose. After years of developing really great characters (D'Agostino, Nora, Viola, and Corey), it seems the authors have grown weary, and in turn became lazy and sloppy with all aspects of this book, plot, characters. It left me with the impression that the franchise of these books is more about profit, not craft. I have experienced this with other authors who wrote 20+ books in a series, ie Janet Evanavich, the Scarpetta series to name a couple.<br/><br/>I won't be buying anymore of this series.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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After "TWO GRAVES" You'll Never Garden Again EVER!

Would you listen to Two Graves again? Why?

"Two Graves" by Preston and Child is a wonderfully wicked novel that will leave any listener far from any digging utensils for quite some time. This long novel takes the listener on a mystery rollercoaster ride that will leave many fans looking at their garage or any neighbor carrying a gardening shovel in a entirely different way. Because charecter development is so deep, and Pendergasts' F.B.I. and personal veneer cracks so unexpectantly, any listener would have to be insane not to delight in, what I think is, P&C's, best novel of their careers. I would definitely listen to it again, especially because of the superb and wickedly delightful narration of Rene Auberjonois. He plays a huge part in this books success. He definitely brings this story to life.This new novel is so incredably complex that any P&C fan may need to listen to it more than once, if only to truly enjoy every delightful twist and turn. It is so thoroughly constructed that, despite the book's length, any new or old Preston and Child fan will delight in this convoluted and thought provoking mystery. It is so good that listening to the novel only once may not be enough for any fan. It is truly a wickedly delightful literary ride that many will remember for a very long time. A great listen.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great Story

Would you listen to Two Graves again? Why?

Yes, because it was read by a great talent

What did you like best about this story?

It was a story that none of us should ever forget. The story had a great message akin to the saying what goes around comes around

What about Rene Auberjonois’s performance did you like?

He has a great speaking voice

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

That you should dig two graves, if revenge is your motive.

Any additional comments?

no

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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I always enjoy their books.

Maybe a little far-fetched, but who knows?! I found the multiple story lines hard to follow, but caught myself up on the second listen. Overall a very enjoyable listen!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful