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The Book of the Dead (Pendergast #7)

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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 extraordinary past, on the edge of a violent breakdown ... an ancient Egyptian tomb with an enigmatic curse, about to be unveiled at a celebrity-studded New York gala.
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Published May 30th 2006 by Hachette Audio (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
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Chris
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
Donna
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,
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JoJo
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
Irishcoda
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Johnny
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
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Paul
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: http://pwoodford.net/blog/?p=1314), 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
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Sophiene
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
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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
Alice
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

DNF

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 books...in the same way I didn't like that CSI had that recurring serial killer character throughout this whole 2011 seasson---I turn
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Dylan
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
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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
Cassie
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
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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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Paul
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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

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Michael
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
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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
Ellen
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'
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Donna
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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Julie
My first tragic flaw was treating this like a stand-alone novel. I had no idea the Pendergast mythology was so detailed and complex. I missed out on a few things, like how come they kept saying Constance was so old? that affected my ability to completely understand the novel. That being said, and still treating it as a stand-alone novel, I thought it was a little too long, and the ending was anticlimatic. Not feeling compelled to pick up another one.
Monica
I loved this book....it nicely wrapped up the Diogenes trio while leaving room at the end for more...if the authors are so inclined to devote another book to the Pendergast brothers. The return of some of my favorite characters in "Dance of Death" continues here...with all them nicely wrapped up at the end. Again...fluff reading...but lighthearded mystery action books don't get any better when you just want to escape into fiction.
Chris
This book is a fun read. It's essentially the finale of a trilogy within a series. The trilogy takes the series characters from Brimstone through Dance of Death to this book, and it should be read in that order. I've read this book twice (only the second time I've reread a book as an adult). It was the first book of the Pendergast series that I'd read and, despite not knowing many of the references to earlier events, I still enjoyed it. However, this second reading was much, much better having r ...more
Patricio
Cierre de la trilogía de Diogenes, en general es el libro que menos me ha gustado, el cliffhanger del final del segundo libro no se resuelve hasta pasado medio libro y la acción y trama transcurre de una forma muy lenta.

A destacar el personaje de Diogenes, que si hay alguna adaptación Mads Mikkelsen sería perfecto, y el personaje de Constance Greene.
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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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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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