Brimstone (Pendergast #5)
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
Este livro é o primeiro de uma trilogia que devo dizer me impressionou pela positiva, tanto pela história como pela mestria da escrita e ainda pelos carismáticos polícias.
Adorei o brilhantismo de Aloysius Pendergast, que por mais alhadas em que se metessem (ele e colega) estava sempre um passo à frente e avaliava todas as situações de um modo muito analítico, com extrema calma e sangue frio. Não recorre à violência a não ser em ú...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
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 loved this book because Pendergast and D'Agosta are working together almost the entire book. There is so much action when these two are concerned that the story is full of edge-of-the-seat moments. The danger they find themselves in is real. Unlike previous books, the story in Brim...more
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
This book is a good stand alone novel. Having only read the first Perdergast novel I was concerned that I would be lost. A fr...more
FBI Special Agent Pendergast is reunited at the scene with Vincent D’Agosta, now "Sergeant." Soon another murder wit...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
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
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 probably my least favorite -- not that it wasn't good, it just stretched a bit and almost became a spoof of itself. I had visions of Dr. Evil two-thirds of the way through: "No, I'm not going to kill you until I've sat you down and thoroughly told you the details of my evil plan. Then I'm going to put you in easily escapable situations, guarded by nameless henchmen, whi...more
I have tried several books by Messieurs Preston and Childe and have not come across a solo effoert that I've iked as well as their joint efforts. As a matter of fact there are some that psitively.....well, smel...more
A body is found in the attic of a fabulous Long Island estate.
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.
**From Publishers Weekly
Fans of cerebral action adventure novels know that, outside of Michael Crichton, no one delivers the goods like the vete...more
Well, until the final 100 pages or so. I dare not spoil it here, but I can't say I've ever put my palm on my forehead so many times in such a short period....more
In dit boek maken we voorzichtig kennis met de broer van special agent Pendergast, Diogenes.
In het boek nemen de schrijvers je mee naar het prachig beschreven Italie, wat zeker waarde toevoegd aan het verhaal.