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Brimstone (Pendergast #5)

4.1 of 5 stars 4.10  ·  rating details  ·  18,666 ratings  ·  660 reviews
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.
ebook, 752 pages
Published August 1st 2004 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 2004)
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I had some thrills with this one, the 5th in a series of 12. A mysterious death of a hated Manhattan art critic is judged as caused by internal heating, and a cloven hoof print and bit of brimstone at the scene raise the specter of the Devil’s work. FBI agent Prendergast and police liaison Sergeant D’Agosta make a team similar to Holmes and Watson. The victim’s guests and telephone calls made the night of his death have overtones of a man who has made a pact with the Devil fearful of payback tim ...more
Dirk Grobbelaar

Review Revisited

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
O agente Pendergast e o sargento Vincent d'Agosta apaixonaram-me.

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
Andrew Sydlik
Fifth Pendergast book, first in the "Diogenes trilogy," although Pendergast's diabolical brother hardly appears in this at all, so I don't understand why it is lumped with the next 2 books. Anyway, it is pretty typical of the Pendergast series - fast-paced action, mysterious crimes, a blend of science and the spiritual.

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
Aug 11, 2008 John rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
Recommended to John by: Bookstore display
Shelves: not-recommended
OK, more popular genre fiction doing a very mediocre job of representing their genre.

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
There are so many twists and turns in this story. Nothing is as you'd expect. No lead leads you where you thought it would. What started as a strange murder with a supernatural touch turns into something even worse.

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
I picked this up for a pittance on sale, having read and enjoyed Relic and Reliquary many years back. I've not read the others in the series and only have dim memories of prior events.

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
This is the first book I've ready by Douglas Preston and I'm ready to read more. Agent Pendergast is quite a character, a little of James Bond, a little of David Copperfield, and little like a cat with nine lives - which all makes it that much more interesting to read on to discover how he's going to get out of all the scrapes he gets into! Spontaneous Human Combustion? The Devil? are two of the theories put out there when a body is discovered burnt although nothing else in the house has been to ...more
I'm honestly not sure what to say about this book. It was ok, I liked it more than the first Pendergast novel Relic. I just expected a better ending. For the most part I like the character Pendergast. He is the type of Agent that you want to follow because he has this James Bond style confidence, while is also not afraid to push the boundaries to get information he needs.

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
Probably my favorite of the Pendergast novels, since Pendergast and D'Agosta are reunited in their crime-solving efforts. The two characters are at their best when they are playing off of one another. In some ways the novel is reminiscent of Thomas Harris's Hannibal, however that's likely just because they share a setting in Florence, Italy. Overall, it's great fun, like all of Preston and Child's books, and the cliffhanger ending is quite a nasty one. It's also the beginning of their "Diogenes ...more
In Preston’s The Monster of Florence, he mentions working on a novel while living there, and I think this must be the one! It’s a really enjoyable mystery - and Florence itself is beautifully captured. The uncertain ending, though, makes me glad that I have started reading this book with a few of its sequels already published! I wouldn’t want to wait long to have some loose ends tied up! Apparently, this is the first book of a trilogy within the series, which is a rather interesting convention w ...more
Cindy Lynn
No one seems very sorry to hear that Jeremy Grove, an art critic with a vicious tongue, has been murdered...but they are all shaken by it. This is because of the way he is found, burned from the inside out, a borrowed cross melted into his skin, a hoof print burned into the floor of the attic room where he spent those last fatal moments, and the smell of sulfer hovering in the air.

FBI Special Agent Pendergast is reunited at the scene with Vincent D’Agosta, now "Sergeant." Soon another murder wit

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.
Hali Sowle
Another solid Pendergast novel from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Childs. This book reunites Pendergast and Vincent D'Acosta in search for a seemingly supernatural murderer. A man is murdered in a room in his locked, alarmed house in Southampton, NY. Vincent D'Acosta has returned from Canada leaving his not so lucrative career of writing crime procedurals behind him (along with his wife and son)but instead of being reinstated as a Lieutenant in the NYPD he's found a job as a Sargent with the South ...more
Jaime Contreras
Regardless of the fact that I have enjoyed the duo of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, I did not set any level of expectation when I started reading this novel. It was an entertaining read but it has one major and several minor problems. My major beef is the whole story line with the character Rev. Buck. It was silly and took away from the energy of the book. It should heve been left out. Other issues included: Captain Laura Hayward being wasted and serve no purpose except as a love interest f ...more
Kasia S.
Brimstone is the fifth fantastic read from the ingenious Preston and Child duo and it doesn't disappoint. I thought that the book was simply fantastic and extremely delectable, and the moment I finished it I felt a deep hunger to pounce on the next, if I had the sixth book in my possession I have no doubt that I would be unable to leave it alone. Meticulously researched, the novel travels from the streets of New York into the lush and romantic Italy, where Pendergast meets with a nemesis so gran ...more
João Carlos
O “Enxofre” foi a minha estreia literária com a dupla Douglas Preston e Lincoln Child – primeiro livro de uma trilogia intitulada Diogenes – a que se segue “A Dança da Morte” e “O Livro dos Mortos”.
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
Ward Bond

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-

Scott Rhee
The writing team of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child is hit or miss with me. I enjoyed "Relic" but I didn't enjoy the sequel "Reliquary". "Brimstone" is apparently a part of series featuring NYPD detective D'Agosta (of the "Relic" series) and a wise-cracking older FBI agent named Pendergast. I haven't read the books in this series, but I think I may have to. "Brimstone" is a fun, clever, and creepy murder mystery with a supernatural element. Lots of weird and unnatural things are going on in, i ...more
Fred Forbes
I picked up "White Fire" for a beach read and enjoyed the Pendargast character so when I stumbled across this old paperback decided to give the series another shot. The mystery in this one is a good deal more complex and "out there" but it is fun following the twists and turns. I've read some reviews which criticize the "minister in Central Park" as extraneous but I actually enjoyed that part, especially the resolution of the "problem". A bit long for a mystery thriller, but fun enough one hardl ...more
Like this book, love Pendergast, and generally read all these authors' books in about two days. They are just great fun.

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
Mike (the Paladin)
I wasn't sure whether to go with a 3 or a 4 on this one. It starts with a great creepy feel and they maintain it well. The book loses ground somewhat during the "chase" and ending but not enough for me to gig it baddly. I think you'll enjoy this especially if you've liked the predecessors.

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
Daniel Rudge
Another in the series of FBI Special Agent Pendergast, I think this will be my final book in this series. Whereas earlier books focused more on horror, this one ends up being a detective novel without the supernatural twist. As such, it rates as only an average detective novel. While you begin the novel thinking that Pendergast and his sidekick D'Agosto will butting heads with the devil, this soon proves false. So what is the reason? Let's try Spontaneous Human Combustion for awhile. Still doesn ...more
Duncan Mandel

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

Semmi különös, csak a szokásos minőség, amit a Pendergast-sorozat képvisel. Kissé szebben megfogalmazva: ideális kikapcsolódás! Immár az ötödik kötet, melyben a szerzőpáros valami misztikummal áthatott történettel szórakoztatja olvasóközönségét, de persze a lényeg valahol máshol lakozik, ez a más pedig egy rendkívül szerencsésre megálmodott főhős-páros: a különleges ügynök Pendergast és D'Agosta hadnagy. Érdekes, hogy a két fickó karaktere valójában jól bevált receptet ismételget; Pendergast aff ...more
Brandon Cooper
After a formulaic entry for the fourth in the series, I was happy to see where this one was headed: More mystery, more conspiracy, all of the things I really want out of a series like this. So what if many of the characters are still a bit too "B-movie"? It's all about the atmosphere and the action, and in those categories, Brimstone delivers.

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.
What can ya say about the undertaker looking James Bond, that happens to be an FBI agent, instead of working for Her Majesty's Secret Service. Which of course he could tell you in detail the history of that secret service also. A fantastic thriller, with the wonderful unique character of Pendergast leading the way.
This thriller took my breath away. Preston and Child are master storytellers, and they're at the top of their game here. The way they weave their tale and build suspense in matchless. The first--and I think the best--book in the Diogenes Pendergast trilogy, which is simply not to be missed.
Laura Ruetz
What do you do when the devil is after you? When the devil comes to take his due, can you escape your fate? This is the puzzle that faces the people in this book and Special Agent Pendergast, along with another familiar face, D'Agosta, is on the case. Is the devil really killing people, calling in their IOU's for their souls or is there a reasonable explanation for the horrible deaths and apparently supernatural nature of the case. The books is excellent, with the attention to detail that really ...more
Heidi Peemen
Oct 16, 2011 Heidi Peemen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: marlies wols boel
Het eerste boek in de diogenes trhilogy.
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.
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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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