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Brimstone by Douglas Preston
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Feb 11, 15

really liked it
bookshelves: mystery-thriller, books-i-own
Read from February 01 to 07, 2011

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This is a fabulous series.

Brimstone is somewhat different from its predecessors. It's more Agatha Christie than Michael Crichton this time round. A little bit less horror; a little more mystery. The authors appear to be paying tribute to a number of literary classics and conventions in this novel. For one thing, one of the characters is lifted exactly out of The Woman in White. Aloysius Pendergast has always been decidedly Sherlock Holmes-like, but it's taken to the next level here, with Vincent D'Agosta acting out the Dr. Watson parts. Heck, I even detected a bit of Ian Fleming.

So, it's a bit of a mish-mash of sorts, but it's all good. In fact, it's really, really good. It's clear that the authors have been consciously trying to prevent the series from becoming too formulaic and predictable. Every novel brings a new dimension to the table and Brimstone is no exception. Think you can predict what's going on? Think again.

Some things have remained constant though, such as the thrills and suspense we have come to expect. Recalling Mbwun from Relic, the 'surgeon' from The Cabinet of Curiosities, and let's not even talk about the oh so atmospheric Still Life with Crows, I can't help but wonder when these guys are going to start running out of ideas, or variety. Fortunately, with Brimstone it hasn't happened yet.

Brimstone is the first in the Diogenes trilogy and we are fleetingly introduced to a creepy fellow (now you see him, now you don't) who may or may not be Pendergast's evil brother, Diogenes. As such, the novel ends on a bit of a cliffhanger. You'll want Dance of Death close at hand.

It's exciting stuff. I can't recommend this series enough.
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message 1: by An Odd1 (new)

An Odd1 Christie, Chrichton, Doyle, and Fleming! Fans of all, but not of cliff-hangers. Equivocating thanks for adding onto my To-Read shelf.

message 2: by Jess (new)

Jess Flinn The Woman in White character - YES. I know exactly what you mean. Nice link.

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