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The Wheel of Darkness by Douglas Preston
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Jul 28, 11

The book starts off well enough..gathering momentum as the characters get on to the ocean liner and things start to heat up with grotesque murders and suicides. Pendergast and Constance play their bit well until the 'apparition' arrives. After that, the book begins to lose its way. It starts to feel that the authors (yeah, there are two!!) want to put so much stuff into one single story. So you have the monks of Tibet, a scary painting, ocean liners and opulence, murders, gambling, FBI style forensic analysis, all interspersed with yogic meditation. Following the story is fine until you get to the end. Then it's all downhill from there. The climax slumps in a hodge podge arrangement of words. (Wonder if the editor dozed off, too) If you're going to read it, you need to brace yourself mentally to picture the scenarios in your head. Believe me, that can take quite a chunk out of you....

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