The Book of the Dead (Pendergast #7)
His brilliant, psychotic brother, about to perpetrate a horrific crime.
A young woman with an extraordinary past, on the edge of a violent breakdown.
An ancient Egyptian tomb about to be unveiled at a celebrity-studded New York gala, an enigmatic curse released.
This book is the way a thriller/myster should be written. It's full of complex, well-developed characters, it has an evil genius (part Hannibal Lecter, part Sideshow Bob) conspiring to ruin lives, a cooped-up myst...more
About 24 hours later,...more
I think information on the Lincoln - Child books are becoming confusing. I read this about two years ago, but do not recall Detective Pendergast, being mentioned anywhere in the storyline. I am not a fan of the Pendergast series, which is written solely by, I believe Child. However, when the two of them get together,...it's always a...more
I admit that as much as I love their books, the Diogenes trilogy are my least favorites because I don't like having to put up with the same killer through three books...in the same way I didn't like that CSI had that recurring serial killer character throughout this whole 2011 seasson---I turn...more
Raise your hand if you really think a detective can be as near-omniscient as Sherlock Holmes. Uh huh! I didn’t think so. Now, that being said, if you still enjoy suspending your disbelief enough to enjoy the improbable mastery of minutiae that Arthur Conan Doyle as...more
The book starts with promise, presenting some compelling scenes and introducing some believable characters. Than we're introduced to the villain and the hero, two ridiculous cartoons striding through a world of normals. The plot quickly spins out of the realm of the remotely plausible, as the cartoons seem to infect...more
At the New York Museum of Natural History, a generous benefactor has donated 10 million dollars to reopen the...more
If you like a great escape story, this is the one for you. Pendergast is locked up in prison, awaiting trial. And as we might guess, if anyone has a hope of getting out of an inescapable prison, it's Pendergast.
Diogenes has multiple plans of insidious evil, including against Margo Greene
D'agosta is trying to juggle loyalty and love.
Hayward can't quite put the Pendergast case to rest, no longer satisfied with how neatly (too neatly) all the evidence h...more
I enjoyed a lot of the backstory revealed in this book, although there were a few sections (paricularly involving Constance and Diogenes) where I felt some more editing wo...more
Diogenes is definitely a psychopath but he comes off simultaneously as a little more homicidal and a little less insane in this book. I liked how Preston and Child let us into his psyche for an extended period. He still intrigues me...
Constance has a bigger role in this book. I really think she's a love her or...more
En effet, plusieurs employés sombrent dans la folie et assassinent leurs collègues.
Pendant ce temps, avec l’aide de ses amis D’Agosta et Constance, Pendergast parvient à s’échapper de prison. Très vite, il comprend que le responsable des meurtres n’est autre que Diogène, son propre frère.
Le soir de l’ou...more
I think it says something about this book that I still enjoyed it, despite my lack of knowledge ab...more
'a thrilling, nail-biting adventurous journey' (_SOUTH WALES ARGUS_ )Product Description
The New York Museum of Natural History receives their stolen gem collection back...ground down to dust. Diogenes, the psychotic killer who stole them in DANCE OF DEATH, is throwing down the gauntlet to both the city and to his brother, FBI Agent Pendergast, who is currently incarcerated in a maximum security prison. To quell the PR nightmare of the gem fiasco, the museum decides to reopen the Tomb
"Book of the Dead" is fast paced and action packed but relies heavily on relationships developed in previous novels. Events happen quickly with little or no set up. The characters suffer little or no consequences when they break the law, and plot lines are tied up with an abrupt "Oh, never mind."
"Book of the Dead is simplistic to put it mildly, perhaps due to laziness on the part of the authors. Wh...more
this was so spectacular but the end was RAGE INDUCING. not only was I denied an absolutely fascinating, enthralling and tense final confrontation between two brothers, but (view spoiler)[the death was horribly quick and at the hands of a character that I honestly couldn't care less about (hide spoiler)]. I was already upset that Pendergast and Diogenes never had a serious conversation outside of when they "spoke" at th...more
All of this has been carefully plotted and implemented by Pendergast's Machiavellian brother. Why and...more
When I finally got to see Pendergast, I was NOT disappointed. In this book, readers gained a lot of insight into his character - what make...more
I like these reads they are fast paced and entertaining, but for the first time I found myself jerked out of the story by repeated plot devices and predictability of the narrative. For exampl...more
There are 2 authors and it does feel like the story is coming from 2 directions. However, it does come together nicely...so it works!
This is from a series and "The Book Of The Dead" is book 6 or 7? in the series it was the first one I had rea...more