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Fever Dream (Pendergast #10)

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  19,993 ratings  ·  1,184 reviews

Yesterday, Special Agent Pendergast still mourned the loss of his beloved wife, Helen, who died in a tragic accident in Africa twelve years ago.

Today, he discovers she was murdered.

Tomorrow, he will learn her most guarded secrets, leaving him to wonder: Who was the woman I married? Why was she murdered? And, above all . . . Who murdered her?


Revenge is not sweet:
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published May 11th 2010 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2010)
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Fever Dream could have been a good book. The central premise -- that Pendergast finds out his dead wife was murdered, seeks revenge on her killers, and goes on to discover secrets she kept from him -- is intriguing, and there are a few good set-pieces, such as a car chase through a Louisiana swamp. And Preston & Child aren't terrible authors; I enjoyed the two Diogenes-featuring novels in this series, albeit only by ignoring a lot of extraneous words that were probably meant to sound clever. ...more
Ahhhh! Curse these authors! I was up past dawn reading this book, slept for a few hours, and after bolting awake, made some coffee and got back to reading. And I won't know the final end of this plot line until the next book, so will have to wait another year at least! Not really a spoiler so much, since the authors do this with like 90% of the Pendergast series.

Part of why these books are so clever and fiendishly addictive is because the reader kibitzes for most of it. I'm not going to reveal
If you want to get in the full spirit of this review the background music should be a Kidz Bop version of "Oops...I Did It Again".

1. First response: Outrageous, bloody, awful (& bloody awful too) but still somehow entertaining. The Audubon plot and bio-entrepreneurship elements are fascinating. Found myself realizing how fortunate I have been to be able to view Audubon's double elephant folio at the Cal Academy library.
2. Plot elements somehow couldn't be more ridiculous.
3. OTT Example: (v
Andre Farant
I have been following the Pendergast series of books since Relic, published in 1995. Since then, nine more books (with a tenth on the way) have been published featuring the clever and eccentric FBI agent. Like Arthur Conan Doyle before them, Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston have created in FBI Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast a character that elevates any plot in which he might feature and, similarly, enlivens the reading experience. There is more than a little dose of the Holmsian in Penderga ...more
Oct 15, 2011 Jean rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jean by: Lorraine
Yowsa! I really liked this book. Had me turning pages late into the night. Doug and Lincoln can be overly concerned at times with minute details in describing things or places, but man the action scenes really get your heart pumping! Well done Preston and Child! Can't wait for the next one, which has been ordered for me at my library! (Large Print)
Get set for the usual irritating tics one expects from this pair of talented and dangerously complacent writers, who either eschew or don’t have editors and, if you listen on CD, for René Auberjonois to be perfectly awful as a reader. His Africans sound Italian; his women sound like RuPaul; his southern crackers sound like someone trying to satirize an old Hee-Haw sketch. He doesn’t know—and his “director” apparently never told him—that the airport in Florida is pronounced Sarasota-BRAYdenton (n ...more
Pendergast searches for his wife's killer, unearthing another mystery along the way. The plot was interesting, as were the characters. Although the storyline will continue in the next two books of the series, this book was more of a stand-alone read, which I liked. Fast-paced and entertaining. I really enjoy these authors.
I gave this an extra star because I thought Agent Pendergast had about run his course in the Diogenes trilogy of this series of books and even in the last one, 'Cemetery Dance.'

However, even in those books of theirs where my interest wanes, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child write stories that you can't help but keep turning the page, reading just one more chapter. Any of these books are just plain fun to read, and people tend to forget that sometimes, reading just needs to be fun.

So, on to this
Stacey Chancellor
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Nancy Oakes
Fever Dream is the tenth book of the Agent Pendergast series. In this installment, Pendergast is visiting one of his many homes, this time in New Orleans, and comes across some evidence regarding his wife Helen's death twelve years earlier. As it turns out, the evidence suggests to Pendergast that his wife's demise was not accidental as he'd thought all of this time, but a deliberate and cold-blooded murder. Pendergast realizes that he needs help and enlists the services of Vincent D'Agosta, a l ...more
Julie Smith (Knitting and Sundries)
This book starts out in Africa with Agent Pendergast and his beloved wife, Helen, on a mini-safari. A German photographer is killed by a lion at a nearby lodge, and Agent Pendergast is called to the scene.

Pendergast, Helen, and a native guide go through the stand of Fever trees to hunt the lion down, as Helen is herself a formidable force with a gun. When the lion attacks, both Pendergast and their guide are injured, and Helen is dragged off after shooting at the attacker and apparently missing
Brian Regan
In their latest novel about Agent Pendergast (their 10th??), Preston and Child return to form with a great page turner that stands well on its own while providing a great deal of background on the enigmatic FBI Agent. It begins with a flashback to the accidental death (by lion!) of Pendergast's wife, some 12 years earlier. Returning to the "now", the agent makes an unexpected discovery that completely changes his understanding of her death. What follows is a crazy roller-coaster ride involving J ...more
The last half of this book was ridiculously boring.
I miss how exciting and interesting the earlier books in the series were. :/
You know how you buy a bag of Chee-Tos? And you sit down, open the bag and absently eat a handful, and even as you're thinking, "Yeah, that was probably enough of that," your hand is already snaking back into the bag? And then the next thing you know the bag is completely empty and you're covered with orange dust and feeling vaguely ill? Yeah, these books have that effect on me.
Dustin Manning
Soo good. this one hearkened back to the first several books in the series. the relic, Cabinet, still life, the Diogenes trilogy! the good ones. I really enjoyed not being able to put it down. Now patience for the next Pendergast novel and the new Gideon series!!!
The major attribute I love about Fever Dream is that it shows us Pendergast at his most vulnerable. He's hunting the person or persons responsible for murdering his wife a decade before, and he is allowing his emotions to get the better of him; a trait that Pendergast does not normally possess. As an avid fan, it's hard to see Pendergast so emotional, especially since we're not used to seeing him display such feelings. This case hits closer to home than what he's used to and now it's a fight to ...more
Riju Ganguly
When the sordid saga of Pendergast family and sibling rivalry had seemed to come to an end with The Book of the Dead (Pendergast, Book 7), and the promises of a new beginning were made through Cemetery Dance (Pendergast, Bk 9), we, the inveterate lovers of Special Agent Pendergast had great expectations. But that book, while vastly superior to the so-called Pendergast-trilogy books and the frankly-pathetic The Wheel of Darkness (Special Agent Pendergast), was a huge disappointment because Pender ...more
After the horrendous last two Pendergast books by Preston and Child I was ready to give up the series for good. Thankfully, I didn't. Fever Dream reminded me why I love this series. After a string of 10 books I couldn't finish, I was starting to think I was just not in the mood for reading. It took a great book for me to realize that it wasn't reading I was against, just bad books, and Fever Dream is a great book.

Pendergast shows more emotion in Fever Dream than in any previous book in the serie
For a long time, the Pendergast novels teetered on the edge of the supernatural for me. That made many of the novels interesting as I tried to figure out non-supernatural explanations for those factors which seemed to be supernatural. On some occasions, Preston and Childs tantalized without offering any overt explanation. I liked that, too. There should always be room for some mystery in one’s mystery novels. Fever Dream doesn’t offer any hint of the supernatural. This one teeters on the verge o ...more
This is the latest of Preston & Child's Pendergast sagas. This time there is no paranormal influence on the outcome or happenings, just the wondrous skill of Pendergast himself. (Of course Constance Green does have a minor presence and her existence does bring many questions into play.)

Pendergast's wife died 12 years ago (who knew he had been married!). Now he accidentally discovers she was actually murdered. Then his obsessive search begins to find and punish the murderer(s). He involves fr
Kaat V
OK, nul sterren is nog teveel, maar anders dacht u misschien dat ik vergeten was het boek raten. Dit was ronduit een slecht boek. Les voor mezelf : er zijn wel meer auteurs met de naam Child en deze Child heeft niets te maken met Lee Child ! Ik heb mij dus laten misleiden. Het genre is immers hetzelfde.
Dit boek is een doorslagje van een slechte B-film, het mag een wonder heten dat iemand dat ooit heeft laten vertalen. Aanvankelijk dacht ik nog dat het bij wijze van grap was, maar nee, het hele
Benjamin Thomas
The tenth novel in the Pendergast series is also the first in the so-called “Helen” trilogy, a set of three books delving into the complex plot and history of Agent Pendergast’s wife Helen. It seems Helen and Pendergast were married some 12 years before but only for a short time before she was mauled to death by a rare red-maned lion while on African safari. Now, twelve years later the eccentric and brilliant FBI Special Agent Pendegast stumbles across an obscure clue telling him that his wife’s ...more
C.M. Apolant
It is incredible how, at the tenth book in this series, I not only find each new installment brings something new, fresh and original to the table, this dynamic duo of authors has made me fall in love with Agent Pendergast all over again. Or even harder than before, if that is even possible.

Through a hypothyroid haze, which usually makes reading or concentrating on anything for more than two point five seconds an impossibility, this book could not be pried out of my hands for any enticement - i
I'm glad to see that the Agent Pendergast books seem to be getting back on track. This was another enjoyable story in the series. I loved that we get to see more of Pendergast's past and it was kind of strange to think of him as being married at some point. I wish we could have seen more of the interaction between he and his wife but it still gave him a more human side as he tried to figure out why his wife was murdered. I'm glad that D'Agosta also played a large part in this story as it's alway ...more
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Joe Murray
Enigmatic FBI Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast is back and in top form in this blood-pumping thriller, Fever Dream, from prolific writing team Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.

This atmospheric novel starts out in Musalangu, Zambia, 12 years in the past, where Pendergast is relaxing with his beautiful wife, Helen. We enter the story just as our happy couple embark on the adventure that will leave Helen dead in a most brutal fashion.

Fast forward to present day Louisiana, at the old family home,
Ah, the Pendergast series...honestly, once you start this series, you simply cannot stop reading them. These are finish-in-a-day books for me, and that means going without sleep. Some I have liked more than others; although in retrospect I liked this one less than some of the others (#9 is a standout), this still gave us plenty to work with. I loved all the parts about his late wife, Helen, and I'm itching to read the sequel once it comes out in paperback.

Essentially, these are archaeological/h
Joe Nowak
In this novel, Agent Pendergast of the FBI discovers that the tragic accident that caused his wife's death 12 years ago was not an accident but murder. When Pendergast ets on a case, he never gets off. This time he is truly motivated.

For those that have not met the man, Pendergast is not your typical FBI agent. He is a loose canon with the manners and speech patterns of someone from the antebellum south. Nearly all the members of his family have the nasty habit of going quite insane at some stag
Wayne Wilson
From the first page to the last I am held in the grip of these two story tellers. Once again revisiting Agent Pendergast I am reminded again of how much I love this series. I think this latest is right up there with the very best of the Pendergast series.

The narration is fantastic (I listened to the book). The plot line is very tricky. At least 3 times I was sure our hero was going to die but the authors decided to keep him around for at least one more book. They left us hanging at the end with
Suspense Magazine
From Africa to the bayous of Louisiana, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child bring readers along on a riveting and harrowing ride. Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast’s wife Helen is killed by a vicious lion in Africa. It isn’t until twelve years later Pendergast finds proof that his wife’s death was no accident. Pendergast elicits the assistance of his old friend Lieutenant Vincent D’Agosta to aid him in the hunt for his wife’s killer. Their investigation leads them to wonder just who Helen Esterhaz ...more
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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)
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  • Cold Vengeance (Pendergast, #11)

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