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Cemetery Dance by Douglas Preston
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Feb 22, 2010

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I have been following the Preston-Child series on Aloysius Pendergast for quite some time now. Seems I have read almost a good majority of the books except Reliquary & Still Life With Crows (which I am still looking for). In a series devoted to Pendergast, this is the ninth book in the line.

The tale begins with one of the most well known characters in the Pendergast tales getting murdered and from then on moves to a Zombii cult, an illegal settlement,murder and general mayhem. One thing that adds on to the quick pace of the tale is the fact that none of the chapters are more than 6 pages long and there isn't a lot to ponder over. Compared to the other tales from the same stables, it is my gut feel that The Wheel of Darkness and Cemetary Dance were the weakest links in the chain. While the other tales were cliff hanger ones that kept me reading late into the night, these two were ones in which I could more or less predict the plot outline from miles off.

Pendergast's character too is not given much exploration in the tale as a whole, for it moves from one Zombii attack to another at a swift pace. The closing chapter has a reference wherein we learn that we have not heard the last of Pendergast's adventures and from the author's site i get to read that another work is in the offing for mid 2010. Well, that will be one to look out for.

I wouldn't much recommend this book. It would be much better to start off with Relic and work your way down to this....
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