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The Wheel of Darkness by Douglas Preston
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Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child are great at writing thrilling mysteries with strange twists and solutions. The brilliant thing is that what seems to be supernatural or magic is always in illusion created through science or psychology. The formula creates a deep thrill ride into a very real world. All of that is lost with this installment into the adventures of FBI agent Pendergast.

Wheel of Darkness follows agent Pendergast as he deals with the fallout from the previous book The Book of the Dead. The setup for this book is a brilliant one for a story teller. The brilliant and unstoppable Pendergast has found himself the victory over his greatest enemy while still finding defeat as well as the loss of all he had. Instead of exploiting this position however Douglas and Preston seem to run out of ideas and fall into the trap they had been avoiding for so long, making the solution to the mystery magic.

The frustrating part about this story is that there is still great character and suspense till you find out what is happening. Once the issues behind the mystery are revealed one feels cheated, especially if they have followed the series up till this point. The brilliance of the mystery is stripped away so that a magical beast and spiritual hoopla can step in.

It is disappointing to see a great series lose its footing after one of its best stories has been told.
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