Book of the Dead (Pendergast #7)
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 ...more
About 24 hours later, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The Book of The Dead is the standard great stuff that one would expect from the insightful and intelligen ...more
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.
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 books...in the same way I didn't like that CSI had that recurring serial killer character throughout this whole 2011 seasson---I turn ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...
Bestsellers Preston and Child have come up with another gripping, action-packed page-turner in this concluding volume t...more
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 ...more
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' ...more
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 ...more
|Ask Preston &...: Diogenes||13||27||Sep 05, 2014 06:56AM|
|Denoument reminiscent of...? (spoilers)||2||19||Jul 28, 2014 09:43AM|
|Series Authors||2||42||Oct 02, 2012 10:02AM|
|Ask Preston &...: Interesting historical connection to Pendergast||65||73||Oct 23, 2011 06:16PM|