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Fever Dream (Pendergast #10)

4.08  ·  Rating Details ·  22,964 Ratings  ·  1,296 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:
ebook, 409 pages
Published May 11th 2010 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2010)
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Dec 04, 2013 Caz rated it did not like it
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
Dec 08, 2015 Colleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, favorites
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
Nov 27, 2011 Andre Farant rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 20, 2014 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 19, 2014 Joseph rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 01, 2015 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Stacey Chancellor
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Brian Regan
May 20, 2010 Brian Regan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 13, 2016 Abby rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Things are certainly looking up for this series. We have Pendergast investigating the mysterious death of his wife Helen twelve years ago. We also have D'Agosta on the brink of death and Constance on trial for murder. Preston and Child are continuing to keep things fairly interesting with the storylines, though the wrap-up was a little less than desirable.
Dustin Manning
May 05, 2010 Dustin Manning rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!!!
Apr 18, 2015 Holly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The last half of this book was ridiculously boring.
I miss how exciting and interesting the earlier books in the series were. :/
Dec 08, 2011 Johnny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, thriller
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
Riju Ganguly
Jul 30, 2011 Riju Ganguly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 12, 2011 Ithlilian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, mystery
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
Dec 06, 2014 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ruthanne Davis
I have to confess, I have yet to read a Douglas Preston/Lincoln Child book about FBI agent Pendergast that I didn't thoroughly enjoy! This is a duo that manage to get better with each and every book they write together. I have not read any of their individual works, they've kept me too busy with this 15 book Pendergast series!

Aloyisious Pendergast has lost his wife in a horrible hunting accident in Africa. Okay, so that is sort of a spoiler...but don't bet on it! Revenge is on his mind but he ha
Rebecca (agirlirlblog, bekkilyn)
Though this book starts out in Africa 12 years before the current time, much of it takes place in Pendergast's home state of Louisiana as he and a friend set out to solve a new mystery related to his wife's death many years ago.

Naturally, there are some very strange things related to this case. Mysterious laboratories, people going insane, unusual illnesses, murder of course, and even some events concerning a lost or hidden painting by Audubon.

Because this case is so personal to Pendergast, he d
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
Sep 12, 2011 Mel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 16, 2016 Aaron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It all starts with a look back to 12 years earlier when Inspector Pendergast is on a trip to Africa with his wife Helen. She works in the field of medicine in an organization that is somewhat similar to Doctors without Borders. They are fully in love and their world seems filled with happiness. That all changes, though, when a local lion goes on a rampage, and she is killed in an attack while they are pursuing it. Not surprisingly, Pendergast is crushed by her loss.

Now, years later, he is at hom
Ori Fienberg
Just as I was once a fan of the original Sherlock Holmes novels, I love the character Preston & Child have created in Agent Pendergast. He's pretty much the ultimate in gentile bad-assery.

Most of the Pendergast novels traffic in cliffhangers and suspense. I'm rarely able to guess what twists and turns the plot will take, but that's not because they're random, but instead because it's well written. Reoccurring characters act according to their character and are not just tools in the action. A
Joe Murray
Jan 07, 2011 Joe Murray rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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,
May 22, 2010 Brooke rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, 2010
The cover of Fever Dream, the 10th novel featuring FBI Agent Pendergast, suggests that no introduction to the authors is needed. Their first names aren't listed anywhere: "Preston & Child" is all the information that is given.

I'm sure they can expect this book to stick at the top of the charts for a while, just like their previous books, but frankly I think it's the least deserving in the whole series. Yes, I even liked The Wheel of Darkness and Cemetery Dance better than this one, and those
Feb 24, 2013 Menion rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
What can I really say? It is another Special Agent Pendergast adventure, from two authors whose work is NEVER below the 'very good' level, and hits the 'outstanding' level the majority of the time. This is what you expect from the authors-a good mystery that you probably won't solve on your own, fast-paced writing, and enough twists to keep you reading late into the night. This one is over 500 pages, and I blew through it in two days. Overall, I will rank this one at the 4.5 star level. It is no ...more
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
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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 16 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 Book of the Dead (Pendergast, #7; Diogenes, #3)
  • The Wheel of Darkness (Pendergast, #8)
  • Cemetery Dance (Pendergast, #9)
  • Cold Vengeance (Pendergast, #11)

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