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The Book of the Dead (Pendergast #7)

4.13  ·  Rating Details ·  25,068 Ratings  ·  933 Reviews
Psychotic killer Diogenes faces down his incarcerated FBI agent brother, while the Museum of Natural History reopens a long-closed tomb exhibit, a decision that coincides with a series of murders and sparks rumours about an ancient curse.
Paperback, 531 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Orion (first published 2006)
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La Petite Américaine
Jul 04, 2008 La Petite Américaine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nicole / Smart People
I normally never buy NY Times bestsellers, as it's usually the morons of America that cause the shittiest books ever written to end up on this list. The Book of the Dead was an exception I made. This time American readers got it RIGHT! I just finished this book and I'm still reeling.

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
I am marking this 5 stars, but it is more like 4.5 stars.

I hate to take any stars from Preston and Child, but, while the book was great, I did not care for the climax very much. The story was an action packed resolution to the Diogenes trilogy in the same vein as the other Pendergast novels that I have come to know and love. I think where the book (and the climax) lost me as it almost felt rushed to resolve both the book and the trilogy.

I am currently reading The Count of Monte Cristo and I saw
Jul 11, 2007 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Suspense and mystery lovers
Shelves: mystery-suspense
One dreary December evening some years ago, I slogged in to my local Fred Meyer, stamping snow off my shoes, and encountered a tall, friendly, dapper gentlemen hawking paperback books near the door. He introduced himself as Douglas Preston and said the book, Relic, was being made into a movie. I thought, Yeah, sure. So why are you standing here in a deserted grocery store in Kennewick, Washington, on a night like this? I sort of felt sorry for the guy, so I bought the book.

About 24 hours later,
Jun 17, 2012 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you haven't read Preston & Child, you're really missing out on one of the best series of thrillers written, period. Forget James Patterson, folks, these guys know what they're doing and do it better than pretty much anyone. Why? Thorough, well-researched storylines, but not the type (i.e. Da Vinci Code) that bogs down the thrust of the storytelling. Oh yeah, and most of their novels feature one of the most compelling protagonists in modern fiction...Special Agent Pendergast. Many of their ...more
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Jul 01, 2010 Johnny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, thriller
Warning: I tend to enjoy books in a series more and more when I've developed a "relationship" with the characters. This may not be the best written book in the series, but it feels like it to me because it is so true to the characters.

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
Aug 09, 2008 JoJo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to JoJo by: found in bargain bin at borders
i found this book in the bargain bin at the borders where my sister works. the cover interested me and i asked my sister about it, and when she said that people asked her about it a lot, i bought it since with my discount it came to about $2. was a great book and i'm sorry i read it first because its the last book in a trilogy made by the two authors about their FBI protagonist, special agent pendergast. i highly suggest this book, its awesome and i rarely care much for mass market paperback thr ...more
Mike Moore
Remember those old movies that blended cartoons and live action? Like Who Framed Roger Rabbit or Cool World? This book reminded me of those, perhaps more the latter than the former.

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
Rebecca (agirlirlblog, bekkilyn)
This book is the last of the little trilogy within the Pendergast series that started with Brimstone and Dance of Death. While I was really looking forward to reading it, I started out a bit slow, first because I was in the middle of a different book when my library order came in, and I started playing Dishonored on my 360 and was trying to figure out what I was doing without dying too often.

But then I got a few chapters in and couldn't stop reading! All sorts of suspenseful things were going on
Feb 05, 2011 Paul rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I enjoyed Douglas Preston's recent best-selling sci-fi thriller, Impact (also reviewed here on Facebook), but did not much like this one, a bit of airport trash he co-wrote with Lincoln Child. It's not as bad as Ted Bell's Spy (reviewed here:, but it's pretty bad all the same. My biggest problem? The Book of the Dead is one of a series of novels, with a cast of characters introduced (and presumably more fully developed) in earlier novels. Unfortunately, though ...more
Dirk Grobbelaar
Well, I guess the magnificent run of Pendergast novels couldn't last forever. This was a good book, but I felt cheated. The Tomb of Senef with its colourful history and its macabre 'curse' offered so many real opportunities. In the end, when The Event was revealed, the whole thing just fell flat. Also, I wasn't too impressed with the wrap-up of the whole Diogenes sequence. What's this? Is this the same Diogenes who was so masterfully powerful in Dance of Death (Pendergast, #6)? I don't want to r ...more
Mar 25, 2015 Abby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: would-read-again
I always love picking up a Pendergast novel for when I want a fun and quick detective story. The finale of the Diogenes trilogy within the series didn't fail. Seriously though, with all the things that happen at that museum, you'd think they'd have shut down new programs by now. Your sense of reality definitely has to be suspended for this one but it's a fun ride.
Dec 08, 2008 Sophiene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
I just love the mix of history and thriller. Especially the museum history is fascinating. I'll try to get more of these.
Mar 31, 2010 Kasia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I feel like all my reviews for the Pendergast series are starting to sound the same, I'm gushing as if in love about how fantastic the books are but its still true, this story is phenomenal and it makes you want to read another and another, this could easily have thirty volumes and I would still want to read them all, as usual this book reads smooth as silk while the action cuts like a knife.

The Book of The Dead is the standard great stuff that one would expect from the insightful and intelligen
Scott  Breslove
Another possible 3.5er. I actually really enjoyed this book, possibly more than the last, but am too haunted by one problem to actually up the rating. When all is said and done, this book had all the excitement of the series, and tied up a lot of loose ends from the previous Diogenes books, while also leaving a few open ends, or at least one big one.
My big problem here is how the Hugo Menzies problem from Dance of Death was never solved. Supposedly, if I remember correctly, they were looking fo
Jul 19, 2013 Alice rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If you can get past the plot, which is utterly preposterous, this is a pretty good action read. I found myself flipping past the criminal mastermind's rantings because after awhile, they get boring. I also I fail to see what help it is when he quotes things in French (got that), Italian (can guess at that), Russian (nope), and Greek (nope again), and then does not provide translations. Maybe the point is to let the author impress his readers. That got boring too. My interest picked up when the t ...more
Ruth Turner
Apr 07, 2013 Ruth Turner rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned


Audiobook - Narrated by Scott Brick - Not one of my favourite narrators

I've had 3 attempts to listen to this book, without success.

I persevered because of all the excellent reviews it received, but in the end I just gave up.

One of the reasons I may not have liked it is that it was narrated by Scott Brick, whose voice tends to put me to sleep.

I'll give it another try sometime in the future, but it will be the paperback or ebook edition.
John Beta
Oct 27, 2016 John Beta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy the reliable thriller-mystery, with a dash of horror read in between my other readings. However, I should have read Brimstone and Dance of Death first. Shame on me for not reading more reviews and blogs on this. I was still entertained by the clever Agent Pendergast and his cohorts. I'll be back to read more by the Preston/Child team soon.
Drawn to the cover, I picked this book up at a book sale & I'm so glad I did. I loved it! If I'd taken this on relaxing vacation, I jjust know it would have taken only days to finish. It was a quick and engaging read. I will definitely be going back to read this series from the beginning.
Monty desai
Apr 17, 2017 Carol rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I did not care for this book at all. There are too many subplots-- 1) the opening of an Egyptian tomb at the NY Natural History Museum is plagued by murders, 2) a clever prison breakout, 3) a weird young lady living in a sumptuous mansion in New York, 4) two brothers, one good, one evil and each gifted in his own way, are connected by a traumatic event that occurred when they were little boys. All of the disconnected subplots and the sheer volume of characters left me thinking I needed to take n ...more
Feb 02, 2011 Dylan rated it liked it
The Book of the Dead, by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child – Book Review

The third and final book in the trilogy of novels by award winning novelists Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, picks up where the previous book – Dance of Death – leaves off. FBI Special Agent Pendergast is in Hekmoor, a high security prison, framed for murders he did not commit. Those murders were carried out by Pendergast’s diabolical brother Diogenes who has now gone into hiding. Having stolen priceless jewels from the
J. Else
I found this book at my library book store. The cover interested me, and since it was $2, I bought it. I'm sorry I read it first because it’s the last book in a trilogy. Good suspense, mystery, and surprise throughout it, but not always fully explained. I thought everything was overall fleshed out, I never understood the character of Constance. Her “mysterious past” was never fully brought out. Everything else I felt comfortable with and was brought up to speed on. The main characters had a stro ...more
Feb 17, 2008 Paul rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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May 17, 2014 Michael rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I found many elements in the storyline to be so unbelievable, that it was impossible to enjoy the rest of the book. One of these elements--and the most major one--is the idea that a high-tech hologram-and-light-show presentation can be built from scratch in less than 6 weeks. It is also never explained whether the holograms of the grave robbers are recordings of actors, or are computer animated. Either way, since I have a background in computer animation and film, it takes MUCH longer to do a sh ...more
Colleen Toyama
May 31, 2011 Colleen Toyama rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was happy to discover Douglas Preston and Lincoln Childs because now I have a whole new series of books to read. I'm about halfway through their books and loved every one of them so far.

Spoilers below...

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 the same way I didn't like that CSI had that recurring serial killer character throughout this whole 2011 seasson---I turn
Jan 22, 2010 Cassie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Book of the Dead is the gripping conclusion to the trilogy. The beginning was a bit slow after the exciting finish of the last book but picked up quickly once the story started moving.

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
Oct 22, 2015 Ria rated it it was amazing
A fast paced thrilling adventure with a hint of the supernatural thrown in.
When a theft at the museum involving diamonds needs to be hushed up and deflected the museum suggests opening up a lost tomb exhibit called the Tomb of Senef with a grant from a mysterious benefactor in order to save the museum's reputation.
But things are not as they seem, when opened during the 30s the exhibit caused nothing but problems beast attacks, murders and other sinister goings on and this time too is plagued by
Sep 06, 2016 Danut rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Asa se scrie un roman de aventuri si suspans.
Nu credeam ca o sa gasesc o serie de 15 carti, care sa imi poata tine treze interesul si curiozitatea fata de soarta personajelor si fata de evenimentele in care sunt implicate, dincolo de primele 3-4 volume.
Volumul 7, poate ca nu este superior celorlalte 6, dar cu siguranta nu scade sub nivelul lor.

Misterul din jurul mormantului egiptean (pe langa faptul ca are tenta supranaturala, desi esti convins 100% ca nu e... dar totusi e atat de supranatural)
Jul 31, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Book of the Dead picks up where The Dance of Death left off and also concludes the unofficial Diogenes trilogy. I was not disappointed with how it ended, and I sure did enjoy the journey to the end of it.

All of the characters from the previous books in the series were present, with the exception of maybe some who didn't make it from the prior book. Some of the characters appeared in different roles which led them to interact with characters they had no prior contact with.

The main event in t
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Douglas Preston was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1956, and grew up in the deadly boring suburb of Wellesley. Following a distinguished career at a private nursery school--he was almost immediately expelled--he attended public schools and the Cambridge School of Weston. Notable events in his early life included the loss of a fingertip at the age of three to a bicycle; the loss of his two fr ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Pendergast (1 - 10 of 17 books)
  • Relic (Pendergast, #1)
  • Reliquary (Pendergast, #2)
  • The Cabinet of Curiosities (Pendergast, #3)
  • Still Life With Crows (Pendergast, #4)
  • Brimstone (Pendergast, #5; Diogenes, #1)
  • Dance of Death (Pendergast, #6; Diogenes, #2)
  • The Wheel of Darkness (Pendergast, #8)
  • Cemetery Dance (Pendergast, #9)
  • Fever Dream (Pendergast, #10)
  • Cold Vengeance (Pendergast, #11)

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