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Publisher's Summary

Past and present collide as Special Agent Pendergast uncovers mysterious connections between a string of 19th-century bear attacks in a Colorado mining town, a fabled, long-lost Sherlock Holmes story, and a deadly present-day arsonist.

In 1876, in a mining camp called Roaring Fork in the Colorado Rockies, 11 miners were killed by a rogue grizzly bear. Corrie Swanson has arranged to examine the miners' remains. When she makes a shocking discovery, town leaders try to stop her from exposing their community's dark and bloody past.

Just as Special Agent Pendergast of the FBI arrives to rescue his protege, the town comes under siege by a murderous arsonist who - with brutal precision - begins burning down multimillion-dollar mansions with the families locked inside. Drawn deeper into the investigation, Pendergast discovers a long-lost Sherlock Holmes story that may be the key to solving both the mystery of the long-dead miners and the modern-day killings as well.

Now, with the ski resort snowed in and under savage attack - and Corrie's life suddenly in grave danger - Pendergast must solve the enigma of the past before the town of the present goes up in flames.

©2013 Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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What's with the music?

What's with the music and sound effects in the background of the narration? Annoying as all hell! The story was okay, yet far fetched and unbelievable. The characters boring. Just can't get past the sounds behind the narrator! Painful to listen to.

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PR

Story & narrator were good, but the background music and sound effects were very annoying and distracting. Book would have been much better without it.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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<br /> Twist and turn

Once again they done the Beautiful job and twists and turns of the book that was Superb

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  • jm
  • 04-01-18

This is the most ridiculous novel

A reboot of Sherlock Holmes characters is totally “riiiidicoussss” Ghastly even beastly!!! The story in its particulars is ghastly!!’

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Great story but background music very distracting

The Pendergast series is one of my favorites. I have everyone. Unfortunately, the background music does not enhance but drowns out the narrators voice.

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Music is bad and very distracting.

I could not finish the book due to the bad music in the background. Even with my hearing aids, I had trouble understanding what was said. I will ask for my money back and refuse to listen to any book recorded with background noise. Please don't record books with any background sound.

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Turn off the music and sound effects !

I love the Pendergast series but found the music and sound effects to be so distracting and annoying. Please do not continue!

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Amazing story, booktrack added a perfect addition!

I was already hooked on the Pendergast series, and now that I've discovered the "booktrack" option, I'm even more excited to start another. Please do more booktrack books soon!!

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Perfect Escape with a Holmesian Twist

AXL Pendergrast is back with a new tale, this one set high in the Rockies, and in the past of Merry Old England with Arthur Conan Doyle and Oscar Wilde, with a newly found account of Sherlock and advice from Oscar:
"In Reading gaol by Reading town There is a pit of shame, And in it lies a wretched man Eaten by teeth of flame, In burning winding-sheet he lies, And his grave has got no name. And there, till Christ call forth the dead, In silence let him lie: No need to waste the foolish tear, Or heave the windy sigh: The man had killed the thing he loved, And so he had to die."

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It's not a new story it's just a new title

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

I really enjoyed the Pendergast series but this was not an original book. They just pulled items from previous stories and threw them in

What could Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Come up with some original stories don't keep regurgitating

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator is great what is distracting is the music and sound effects. At times it's hard to hear the story

What character would you cut from White Fire?

No stories require characters to be cut

Any additional comments?

I was so upset with this on her original book I asked for my money back