Brimstone (Pendergast #5)
There is a claw print scorched into the wall, and the stench of sulfur chokes the air.
When FBI Special Agent Pendergast investigates the gruesome crime, he discovers that thirty years ago four men conjured something unspeakable.
Has the devil come to claim his due?
Some things can't be undone.
The plot is fairly ridiculous, with a potential involvement of the devil rapidly becoming obviously not satanic in nature, though still remaining pretty out-there in terms of ludicrousness. The motivation seems so unlikely that you have to laugh: they really went to all that trouble for that..? There's an entirely...more
Agent Pendergast returns in a new suspense thriller from New York Times bestselling authors Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.
Art critic Jeremy Grove is found dead, his face frozen in a mask of terror. His body temperature is grotesquely high; he is discovered in a room barricaded from the inside; the smell of brimstone is everywhere...and the unmistakable imprint of a claw is burned into the wall. As more bodies are discovered--their only connection the bizarre but identical manner of death-
This is a fabulous series.
Brimstone is somewhat different from its predecessors. It's more Agatha Christie than Michael Crichton this time round. A little bit less horror; a little more mystery. The authors appear to be paying tribute to a number of literary classics and conventions in this novel. For one thing, one of the characters is lifted exactly out of The Woman in White. Aloysius Pendergast has always been decidedly Sherlock Holmes-like, but it's taken to the next level h...more
Child and Preston must have a fan at the local independent bookstore because several of these McNuggets of entertainment are on their recommended shelf. After reading a few of them, I'm not sure why.
Two dimensional comic book characters (and not in a good way), over-wrought plots, unbelievable exploits, yadda yadda.
Probably the most fundamental criticism I can make regards their craft. They consistently tell us...more
I like the complexity of the mystery and Pendergast's eccentricities, which remind me of Poe's detective stories. However, some of the narrative seems unnecessary, such as the sec...more
Also, by the end of the novel I started to believe that...more
As with all of the Preston/Childs books I've read, this book could have been at least half as long as it was. At a whopping 700+ pages, chopping out half the book would still leave a decent-sized, and much more...more
If you like thrillers or mysteries you'll love this one. Here's what Barnes and Noble has on it:
Art critic Jeremy Grove is found dead, his face frozen in...more
As in most series, some are great. They’re what bring you to the series in the first place. Some are good but not that memorable and some just are bad. This was one of the great ones in this series.
Grove, a wealthy man, has died in the most bizarre way, burnt from the inside out with a cloven hoof burned into the flooring. D’Agosta, former NYPD and former character of other novels, is now on the Southampton PD after a failed career as a crime novelist. Grove happens to die in his jurisdiction....more
Unfortunately, as the book progressed, the supernatural mystery deteriorated into action novel with thriller elements and slice-of-life miscellany, like sitting in cafes and discussing art. Pendergast is The Hero, together with unexplained tricks and aces out o...more
The book started off promising, a body is found and it looks like something possibly supernatural killed the person. Hints at the devil having possibly killed the person are made and the cops are stumped as to how it was done. It was interesting reading about the murder because it did make me start to think how the murder could have...more
But this one was great; the mystery was original, tightly plotted, and featured a great main character: Special Agent Pendergast, a Southern gentleman version of Sherlock Holmes.
Unfortunately, like Sherlock, Pendergast was accompanied by
This particular book is the fifth in the series, but the first in the informal Diogenes trilogy. As with most of Preston and Child's novels in this series, there is some kind of gruesome murder that brings...more
I don't usually read thrillers, but I was idly looking through a bookshelf, and I picked this one up and discovered that the authors had lifted Wilkie Collins's wonderful character Count Fosco wholesale into the 21st century, and used him as a charac...more
O início do livro é verdadeiramente sensacional: Numa esplêndida propriedade com uma imensa mansão é encontrado morto o odiado crítico de arte Jeremy Grove, cujo corpo está “cozinhado” de dentro para fora, ainda fumegante, com um intenso e desagradável cheiro a enxofre, uma cruz marcada na pele e a ma...more
Vincent D'agosta returns to help agent Pendergast investigate a series of unusual deaths that appear to be the work of Lucifer, where the victims seem to have traded their soul's for fortune and glory.
The story is interesting and takes a few unexpected turns while Pendergast h...more