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The Book of the Dead (Pendergast #7)

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  20,209 ratings  ·  742 reviews
The New York Museum of Natural History receives their pilfered 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 this brother, FBI Agent Pendergast, who is currently incarcerated in a maximum security prison for a crime he didn't commit.

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La Petite Américaine
Jul 07, 2008 La Petite Américaine rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
Oct 30, 2012 Donna rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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,
Aug 09, 2008 JoJo rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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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
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
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.
I just love the mix of history and thriller. Especially the museum history is fascinating. I'll try to get more of these.
Kasia S.
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
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
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


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.
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.
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
Colleen Toyama
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
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
Nicholas Lefevre
I needed a break from my reading of history and biographies so I returned to my old friend Aloysius Xingu L. Pendergast. There are now 14 novels that include or feature Agent Pendergast. I've read 12 of them. I haven't read the other two because, well, I just want to save them for another day. They're too much like popcorn for me. This time I read "Book of the Dead" and then read two more, Cold Vengeance and Two Graves, in quick succession. It's a guilty pleasure but a great pleasure. The novels ...more
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
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
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Spooky, chilling story, concluding the Diogenes trilogy. I liked how Preston & Child reeled in several characters from the previous books to assemble a team to go after Diogenes, the creepiest character you can think of. Constance Green's behavior was quite surprising in this book and I really enjoyed her part in the story.
Jenny Delandro
Agent Pendergast is in jail falsely accused of murder and there are dastardly deeds being executed by his brother. ..
but Aloysius is not the only brilliant mind in New York... and when his friends organise to break him out .... well, you will just have to read it to find out how that happens....

His brother, Diogenes spends years planning an evil plot centred around the museum and he also tries to break Constance, by gaining her trust then seducing her..
Twisting story threads spinning faster snd
If you like Special Agent Pendergast you will really enjoy this book. It has several stories running through it, which brings back characters from previous Pendergast capers, but you do not need to have read those books to enjoy this one. Everything you need to know about those characters and situations, are (briefly) restated at the appropriate time. The Book of the Dead weaves the various stories into one by the end of the book. There are the diamonds stolen from the New York Museum of Natural ...more
Things have been building to a climax over the last few books as Agent Aloysius Pendergast goes head to head with his brother Diogenes as the result of some mysterious past Event from their childhood. It is appropriate the book cover uses Set and Osiris from Ancient Egyptian mythology to represent the story because of this rift that i placing Pendergast and all his friends in danger.

As the book opens, readers find Pendergast in prison after he has been framed for a number of murders (of some of
THE BOOK OF THE DEAD is the climactic conclusion to what is loosely
referred to as the Pendergast Trilogy. As such, you would
expect to have to have read the previous two works in order to have
any idea of what is going on. No doubt much more could be gleaned
from the novel if you are an avid follower, but it can also be said
that Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child succeed in providing a book
that does not completely leave first-time readers in the dark. From
the get go, they weave in story elements and
Wow, great follow-up to Dance of the Dead. I would say most of the Pendergast series are stand alone and could be read in any order but these two should be read in order. First is Dance of the Dead which I did like but was short and at first I thought maybe the 2 books could be combined but upon now reading The Book of the Dead I don't believe that to be true.

Pendergast is in jail but a break out is planned. Meanwhile at the Museum a huge gala event is being planned around the opening of an anci
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Duncan Mandel

An FBI agent, rotting away in a high-security prison for a murder he did not commit...
His brilliant, psychotic brother, about to perpetrate a horrific crime...
A young woman with an extrodinary past, on th edge of a violent breakdown...
An ancient Egyptian tomb with an enigmatic curse, about to be unveiled at a celebrity-studded New York gala...
Memento Mori

From Publishers Weekly

Bestsellers Preston and Child have come up with another gripping, action-packed page-turner in this concluding volume 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 15 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)
Relic (Pendergast, #1) The Cabinet of Curiosities (Pendergast, #3) Reliquary (Pendergast, #2) Brimstone (Pendergast, #5; Diogenes, #1) Still Life With Crows (Pendergast, #4)

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