Dance of Death (Pendergast, #6; Diogenes, #2)
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Dance of Death (Pendergast #6)

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Two brothers.
One a top FBI agent.
The other a brilliant, twisted criminal.

An undying hatred between them.

Now, a perfect crime.

And the ultimate challenge:
Stop me if you can...
Paperback, 580 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by Warner Books (first published August 23rd 1999)
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Dirk Grobbelaar
The idea of an 'evil genius' Supervillain disappearing from the face of the earth to plot and scheme, and plan the ultimate crime, seems laughable, and stereotypical on so many levels, at first. The fact that he is the brother of the protagonist enhances this impression. The thing is, however, that there's nothing laughable about the way he goes about it.

Dance of Death opens with a classroom discussion of The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot, during which an unflinchingly gruesome and disturbing death...more
Michael
I was dissatisfied with this outing featuring FBI Agent Pendergast working with NYC Detective Dagosta to stop the fiendish plans of Pendergast’s twisted brother Diogenes. A “perfect crime” is promised on a certain date in the near future while along the way Pendergast is being tormented by the horrific murders of his close friends in various parts of the country. What is disappointing is how little success Pendergast has in stopping those murders. It was sad to see Pendergast so pressed against...more
Jim
I love these two authors, both together and as individual writers. They always put together a whopping good story.

But, frankly their FBI Special Agent character Aloysius Pendergast is starting to wear a bit thin. He has always had a bit of unbelievability about him, but it is getting worse and worse.

And now we have his evil brother, Diogenes, who is approaching godhood in his abilities to do evil things without being caught. And his whole reason for living is to torment his brother without kill...more
Shannon
This was the 2nd book in the Pendergast Trilogy. I've read the 3rd as well, and since I read them out of order it was interesting b/c I knew kind of what would happen. They are great books, highly intelligent. But, read them in order.
Kasia S.
The intelligent and luxurious thriller with a signature twist is back! Each book from this series is like a jewel but I simply loved book six and again it proved that no one can write the way this talented duo does, Pendergast is my favorite literary character, so much that I wonder what he’d do in hard situations and I picked up on his way of thinking, obviously I’m not some zen master/FBI agent with an intense IQ with the tact of a monk and stealth of a ninja but still, he’s someone you can be...more
Cassie
This is definitely a better book in the Diogenes trilogy. Where Brimstone only teased with a few glimpses and mentions of Diogenes, this one made him integral. I really love the Pendergast and D'Agosta pairing but especially in this book. It was the first time I really felt that D'Agosta wasn't just running after Pendergast asking what the hell was going on, he had to spend the first part working things out by himself.

I absolutely loved this storyline! Brimstone sets up the penultimate showdown...more
Kate
Not quite up to Preston/Child's usual standards, this book was a continuation of BRIMSTONE and the prequel to BOOK OF THE DEAD. While I don't mind continuing plots like this, ordinarily, this book FELT like a setup for the next in many ways - the characters acted at odds to their usual depictions, and the scenarios felt quite forced. I can ordinarily figure out where a Preston/Child novel is going well before it gets there, but the entire setup this time just felt...trite and forced.

Beyond that,...more
Albert Riehle
I feel as if I'm coming to the end of my rope, in regards to the Preston & Child, Pendergast Series. On one hand, there's a lot of good in every book. On the other...there's just so much bad. And with each ensuing book, I feel like I've lost the want and will to continue, a bit more.

This is the second book in a row, as part of this series, that ends unfinished. If you can't tell a complete story in over 450 pages then you're doing a poor job of writing. And some will argue that the points of...more
Hali Sowle
The middle book in the Diogenes sub-trilogy of the series doesn't have any of the supernatural elements of the other books in the series, rather it is a straight forward mystery, police procedural novel and perhaps the best book of the entire series. The book opens with D'Acosta, Constance and those close to Pendergast trying to come to grips with his death. Constance summons D'Acosta to Pendergast's home to give him a letter that was left for him asking D'Acosta to stop Pendergast's brother Dio...more
Nancy Oakes
Aside from being #2 in the Diogenes Trilogy, Dance of Death is #6 in the Agent Pendergast series.

The story goes something like this (briefly and absolutely NO spoilers) -- AND note: if you have not read Brimstone yet, stop reading this!



In the last installment by these two authors, Brimstone (which was also amazing, thank you very much!), we last left our hero, Agent Aloysius Pendergast walled up in a room of the castle belonging to the positively evil Count Fosco, left for dead. But -- he's back...more
Lisa
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Victoria
Even though this is sort of the “filler” novel in this trilogy in the middle of the Pendergast series, I think it may just be my favorite one yet in the series overall! It is certainly exciting - definitely an “edge-of-your-seat” read! The plot takes some shocking turns and it ends leaving you anxious for the conclusion in The Book of the Dead.

Like Still Life With Crows, the authors include a little inside joke with their shameless plug for their standalone novel, The Ice Limit. This kind of su...more
Casey
This book is about second chances for me. I became interested in this series because Anne Rice said how much she enjoyed the books. I have a thing about reading series in order, so I began with Relic. BLERGH! I wrote a bitchy review about it, made my point.

I was going to give up. Then I found this one: an FBI agent trying to outmaneuver his serial killer brother. Sounds like some good cheezzze. And it was! And guess what? I read it out of order...I am so proud of me (double points: 6th book in...more
Lee
The second in the "Diogenes Trilogy", I feel was better than the first.
Now, don't get me wrong Brimstone was another fantastic addition to the Pendergast series.....but, this one rocked.
How do you stop a twisted madman who tells you he's going to pull off the perfect crime? When that twisted individual is your brother that's hated your guts all his life. As well read, well educated as Pendergast himself, he finds himself hunting Diogenes, that could be his evil twin.
The Book of the Dead, book t...more
Quinn
A well written thriller novel. I really enjoy the FBI Agent Pendergast Novels. In this novel Agent Pendergast is on the trail of the worlds most dangerous serial killer, who just so happens to be his younger brother. Pendergast's brother leaves a path of death and destruction with plenty of plot twists and turns.

I would recommend minimally reading "Brimstone" before reading this novel because it is the second in a series. One of the many reasons I like these novels is because they use several r...more
Maegan
Ok...I LOVED this book! I gave it 4 stars because I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. I think this is just the beginning to Pendergast's creepy family and all that surrounds it. This book answers so many questions while raising so many more! I really have enjoyed the books in this series that could be stand alones (relic, still life with crows), but what is great about the way they write pendergast is that you have the best of both worlds, a person can enjoy the stand alone books or yo...more
Andi
It's really important to read these books in order, because each one has major spoilers for the ones before.

The enigmatic Special Agent Pendergast is forced to confront an aspect of his past that he had hoped to put behind him, and in doing so, the lives of everyone he touches will be changed forever.

A supercharged thriller with a villain who is truly the equal of our ferociously intelligent protagonist, but bereft of any fragment of moral scruples -- and therefore Pendergast is either forced t...more
Duncan Mandel

Two brothers.
One a top FBI agent.
The other a brilliant, twisted criminal.

An undying hatred between them.

Now, a perfect crime.

And the ultimate challenge:
Stop me if you can...

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From Publishers Weekly

The always reliable team of Preston and Child revisit Special FBI Agent Aloysius Pendergast, last seen in 2004's Brimstone, and others from past bestsellers (Relic; The Cabinet of Curiosities) in this intriguing thriller set in and around New York City and the halls of the Museum of Natural Histo

...more
Ingrid Hansen
Jeg fik endelig taget mig sammen til at læse bogen af de to herrer Douglas Preston og Lincoln Child som jeg har haft liggen i x-antal år på min bogreol som paperback. Fandt først for sent ud af at det var bog 6 i Aloysious Pendergast serien og bog 1 Diogenes serien.

Det var et irritations moment gennem hele bogen da der bliver refereret til gamle sager og personer fra de foregående bøger.

Men på trods af dette og de gentagende referencer så er historien og handlingen faktisk rigtig god. Der er fa...more
Jaksen
Love this book. Love that Preston/Child are so prolific and still writing. This book was crazy wild, with so many twists and turns it was dizzying. Thing with this series are the highs and lows I experience when reading - if you love this kind of story, this is a visceral read. I feel sick when bad things happen to a fav. character. I need a drink when everyone is totally going the wrong way in a wrong-headed manner. I love it when they triumph, but know omg what stones are Preston/Child going t...more
Brandon Cooper
After an almost unrelated fourth entry and a disappointing fifth entry filled with Bond-like villains and terrible contrivances, P&C apparently decided to root themselves a little more firmly to the ground this time around. Overall, the effect is a little less laughable, and as always I am pleased to see a more human Pendergast. More prominent too is the supposed namesake of this trilogy, who barely even figured into the plot of Brimstone. The authors were smart to distinguish him just enoug...more
Zoltán
Már a Pendergast-ciklus előző kötete (Kénköves pokol) sem okozott csalódást, de ez a mostani történet még annál is jobb. Egyébként az a furcsa, hogy miközben a főbb szereplők ugyanazok maradnak, nemcsak a sztori, hanem a karakterek is folytonos változáson mennek keresztül. Ettől lesz megunhatatlan ez a regénysorozat. Az előző kötetben (melynek egy mellékszálából bomlik ki jelen könyv fő bonyodalma) a szerzőpáros nagy súlyt fektetett a misztikum látszatának fenntartására; a csata nem annyira a fe...more
Mark
The second book of a trilogy, Preston & Child provide us a fast-paced plot in which Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast returns following his supposed death at the end of "Brimstone." Still in hiding, Pendergast must enlist the help of his friends while still protecting them again a plot to kill everyone close to the Agent. Aloysius, a member of very wealthy New Orleans family, uses his Southern charm, ineffable politeness and unerring intellect, to help him anticipate and out maneuver danger...more
Patricio
Es el segundo libro de la trilogía de Diogenes dentro de toda la saga de Pendergast.

Exceptuando una cosa del libro que hizo que me indignase mucho, el resto me ha gustado muchísimo. No hay tantos elementos esotéricos como en las anteriores novelas pero sí que tiene bastante acción.

El que hayan salido personajes de todos los anteriores libros me ha encantado.
Benjie Obera
This may be one of the longest I've read but very much worth it. It's really unexpected that Agent Pendergasts has to take the blame for Diogenes' evil plots but that just made the next book all too exciting. I'm just hoping that the relationships that were torn apart be mended and the truth be revealed next. This is absolute genius!
Jeff French
I'm a big fan of this series. Only one of the novels thus far has disappointed me, and, thankfully, this wasn't it. The gist of the plot is that Pendergast's evil brother, Diogenes, is back and planning the perfect crime. It seems he intends to kill off Pendergast's friends and acquaintances. He plays cat and mouse with his brother, teasing him with clues. While this has been done before in numerous books and movies, the plot never seems worn thin. Many familiar faces return in this book; D'Agos...more
Shanynn
This was actually the first book I ever read by these amazing writers. Each of their novels can be read as stand alones but this book is best with the other 2 in the Diogenes Trilogy (this is the 2nd in the trilogy). Reading this book made me want to learn more about Agent Pendergast and his evil brother. As I said , this was the first book of theirs I ever read and what started my obsession with the Pendergast Series. Very detailed , you can tell they did extensive research beforehand. This boo...more
Drew
You have to just let the story take you over and then ride the wave to its eventual conclusion (an ever-sharper cliff to hang on though it might be). As with any Great Villain, you can nitpick their plan and find the holes - but it's more fun, I think, to realize that the holes are irrelevant: it's the game that's where the fun lies. And this one is truly a race - not necessarily to save the day but simply to survive. It's disturbing, in a sense, to see Pendergast on the back foot - and shocking...more
Laura Ruetz
We have met Pendergast and heard tidbits of his brother, now we get to meet him. In this book, we find Pendergast and D'Agosta teaming up with Laura Hayward to solve a series of crimes, only the crimes are all pointing to Pendergast. Pendergast knows his brother is out to commit the perfect crime but with so little to go on, and the net closing in not on his brother, but on him, time is running out. Holy cow, that's all I have to say. This is non-stop and you almost want to shout at the book to...more
Bogdan
шестое детище пары авторов, посвященное агенту пендергасту, в корне меняющее ситуацию, разворачивающуюся в этом нью-йорке, представленном авторами и направляющее повествование по иному пути, чем предыдущие романы. неизменной остается величина и громада музея, где сходятся пути героев и персонажей; музея, громоздящегося над безднами подземелий, которые выглядывают из «подкладки» романа, как хтоническая оборотная сторона мира, поддерживающая инфернальность тона предыдущего романа.

естественно, зде...more
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