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Preview — The Wheel of Darkness by Douglas Preston
The Wheel of Darkness (Pendergast #8)
This book is an insult to the rest of the series. I wonder if Preston and Child just got to the point where they said "I bet we can write any piece of garbage and put our names on it and put the name Pendergast in it and people will still love it"
Anyway, you could easily have written this book and rep ...more
Actually, this book is a departure from the usual behavior of Agent Pendergast. He actually becomes a victim of sorts in this book and it's interesting to see Pres ...more
And, for some odd, reptilian-brain reason, it worked, at least for me. A major theme involved Tibetan mysticism, which added a fun, exotic feel. I also enjoyed the fact that much of the action took place on an ocean ...more
From what I’ve read so far and in my own personal opinion, within Preston/Child’s series about FBI agent extraordinaire Aloysius Pendergast the books are either very good (like, for example, Still Life With Crows) or not good at all (Relic).
Interestingly enough, “The Wheel of Darkness” was a bit in between.
Maybe I should mention that I haven’t read “Brimstone”, “Dance of Death” or “The Book of the Dead” up until now, so Constance was a new character for me, but I li ...more
I am not new to Preston and Child's books, together or as a solo authors, but this one did not feel like it was written by the same guys that have written the many books that I love. As much as I have read by them, I have not yet read the entire Diogenes Trilogy, and maybe that is the problem. I thought I was reading the first book in that trilogy. After reading this book, I am not sure if I want to read the trilogy.
I did not like Pendergrast in this novel. I don't remember dislik ...more
I have never thrown out a book, until I read this. For long and long, it seemed Preston and Child wrote things that bordered on paranormal, but still had a logical explanation. They still held my inter ...more
But the story itself is what lacks the ability to hold interest. There is a monastery, there are monks. There are trusts made and broken. AXP takes off and l ...more
There are far fewer characters as well, though that's not ...more
This book reminded me of when I was in the navy. Storm tossed ship, stolen asian artifacts, hallucinations, gambling, smoke monsters, and a bunch of pretentious ship mates who were just asking to be murdered.
Like my last deployment, this book was pretty awful but had a few bright moments I will never forget. The part where Pendergast says screw it and comes up with a plan to save himself and let everyone else get murdered like an extra from Speed 2 actually h ...more
A luxury ocean liner on its maiden voyage across the North Atlantic, awash in wealth and decadence...
An ancient Tibetan box, its contents unknown, sealed with a terrifying warning...
An FBI agent destined to confront what he fears most--himself...
**From Publishers Weekly
In the exciting eighth supernatural thriller from bestsellers Preston and Child (after 2006's The Book of the Dead), FBI agent Aloysius Pendergast and his ward, Constance Greene, seek peace of mind at a remote Tibetan monaster...more
This continues the story of Agent Pendergast and Constance. This is part of a series but it can be a stand alone novel. In this novel Pendergast is trying to locate a stolen item that was in the protection of Buddhist monks. The search leads him to the high seas and onto a maiden voyage of an ocean liner.
This is probably the weakest novel of this series. I had no problem with the setting and the action sequences from this setting was well written. Part of the problem was t ...more
This time, he's on the trail of a murder who has stolen a rare Tibetan artifact. The monks of the monastery send Pendergast and Greene on this missio ...more