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Book of the Dead (Pendergast #7)

4.1 of 5 stars 4.10  ·  rating details  ·  19,006 ratings  ·  705 reviews
FBI agent Pendergast and his demonic brother, Diogenes, continue the savage tango begun in Dance of Death. Diogenes returns the stolen gem collection of the New York Museum of Natural History, but this hoard of priceless jewels has been reduced to mounds of powdery dust. To neutralize the bad PR, the museum reopens the Tomb of Senef, an ancient Egyptian temple that has rem ...more
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Published November 27th 2006 by Findaway World, LLC (first published 2006)
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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
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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
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 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.
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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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
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

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
Brandon Cooper
If there's anything I've learned from this series, it is to never attend an opening gala at a natural history museum. Apparently, the likelihood of something terrible happening is about 1:1.

In all fairness, though, the authors do their best when they're at the museum, exploring its cavernous interior and dark corners. While they stick with the Diogenes angle as much as possible, I admit I was most interested in the sillier "Mummy's Curse" stuff; that's more or less what attracted people to Relic
Matthew James
It is the slower moments amidst the fact-paced break neck path that the characters travel down toward the denouement of the Diogenes trilogy, the dramatic irony, when we as the reader know and see the antagonist playing his cards while the main characters remain blind, that make this book a gut-wrenching thriller. Preston and Child avoid most of the pitfalls of cliche that could have developed in this cross-genre work, combining detective thriller, prison escape, and international chase into an ...more
Apr 07, 2014 Ellen rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who already like this series
Shelves: gave-away
Decent action/mystery/thriller; don't think I'll be reading this one again.

Some thoughts in no particular order:

I didn't know until after reading that this is #7 in a series; it was totally readable despite that. There was a little bit of "this is three utterly unconnected plotlines wandering around each other" in the beginning, but they joined up soon enough.

The writing style was totally unremarkable and unobtrusive from my perspective, which is meant as a positive thing--when I notice someone'
Wow. This was SO not what I expected! I have no idea how this book ended up in my queue b/c there was no excerpt to whet your appetite. It was exactly as the Goodreads description...brief to the point of nonexistent.

I read a couple of reviews from Goodreads readers & decided I would dive in. So glad I did. This was an excellent read. I wish I'd known to read Dance of Death first. I'm starting that one as soon as I can get my hands on it.

It was twisty & the ending was truly unpredictable
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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)
  • 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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