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Brimstone (Pendergast #5)

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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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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
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Michael
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
Mark
Jan 03, 2015 Mark rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of brilliant adventure novels
Recommended to Mark by: fate
The best reason for rereading a good book is when you switch from a dog-eared paperback copy to a first edition hardcover copy, so I did just that.

The book begins with a crime scene that clearly shows that the devil has taken care of the victim. This of course tickles a certain FBI agents interest and when he finds a certain former NYPD lieutenant Vincent in the humbly job of police sergeant at the same scene life is good for Vincent who suddenly becomes a liaison for the local police department
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John
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
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Filipa
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
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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
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⊱ Irena ⊰
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
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Nina Ivanova
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Следпрочитно:
Това е книгата ми с най-ниска оценка от прочетените от поредицата досега и, признавам, вина за това има и фактът, че не четях подред. Не, не ми попречи толкова факта, че знаех какво става по-нататък. Ще обясня.
Романът започна страхотно, съвсем в стила на Пендъргаст. Д'Агоста винаги е бил един от любимците ми, затова приветствах и него. А самият случай беше разкошен от самото начало и ставаше по-добър глава след глава. Това е любимото ми в книгит
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Andy
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
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Alison
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
Chris
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
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Seth
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
Victoria
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
Natalie
There I am cruising along, loving this series and then I'm hit with this one. It was okay, but there were a couple things that made me very displeased.

1. Viola I hate her so much. Part of why I love Pendergast is that he is unaffiliated with any romances. Basically the same reasone I hate Irene Adler. Constance is not my favorite person either, but I can handle her. Viola, bleck.



It really put me out. Pendergast was not acting like Pendergast and it was disgusting.

2. Diogenes I can already tell
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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
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Cornerofmadness

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.
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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
Johnny
At first glance, Brimstone seems like it would be more fantasy than mystery. Readers of books by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child will immediately recognize the mixture of fantasy elements and mystery because the writing duo always seems to walk a tightrope (or would it be paces within an "unbroken circle") between the modern and the fantastic. To say that Pendergast (and I confess to reading the Pendergast mysteries out of sequence) defies credibility in the modern era as much as Sherlock Holm ...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
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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-

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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
Nakeesha
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
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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
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Stephen Holtman
In this installment of the Pendergast series,the weirdly wonderful special agent enlists the help of his old friend, D’agosta to help solve a slew of supposed insinerations by Satan himself. Once again the writers have done a fantastic job of bringing the caratchers, story and the whole world that the story takes place into life. You can read this and actually picture what is going on step by step. That, in my opinion, makes a truly amazing novel. I have to say that I was also thoroughly impress ...more
Benjamin Atkinson
Normally, I walk directly to the science fiction/fantasy section of any bookstore I enter. However, if it is a total loss, then I browse. I discovered that I have had an unfair bias for a long time against novels that feature a lead character that is always a detective, or a forensic this or that...The manager of my favorite book store suggested this and I am ever so grateful. Brimstone is no ordinary thriller. The lead character is an F.B.I. agent named Aloysius Pendegast and I dare say he is t ...more
Aaron
Special Agent Pendergast finds himself back home in New York for his next case, and this time it seems like the Devil himself is the murderer. Two bodies pop up, each seeming to have burned from the inside out with little-to-know damage to their extremities or anything near to the corpses. At each of the homes, there is a small clue (first a hoof print, then a demon-like face scorched into a wall) that would indicate something very dark is at work. Little seems to connect the victims at first.

Th
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Lucas Rodriguez
Los autores Douglas Preston y Lincoln Child han trabajado en equipo durante los últimos 13 años y han dado vida a 13 novelas juntos; todo un logro, ya que viven a 3000 kilómetros de dsitancia que los separa el uno del otro.
Uno de sus personajes más queridos y utilizados ha sido el culto e inteligente agente del FBI Aloysius Pendergast, quien en "La Mano del diablo" comienza una trama que continúa en "La danza de la muerte" y "El libro de los muertos".
En el libro que nos compete, el agente Pender
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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 14 books)
  • Relic (Pendergast, #1)
  • Reliquary (Pendergast, #2)
  • The Cabinet of Curiosities (Pendergast, #3)
  • Still Life With Crows (Pendergast, #4)
  • Dance of Death (Pendergast, #6; Diogenes, #2)
  • The Book of the Dead (Pendergast, #7; Diogenes, #3)
  • 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) The Book of the Dead (Pendergast, #7; Diogenes, #3) Still Life With Crows (Pendergast, #4)

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