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Douglas Preston , Lincoln Child , Rene Auberjonois
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May 12 2009
Pendergast--the world's most enigmatic FBI Special Agent--returns to New York City to investigate a murderous cult.

William Smithback, a New York Times reporter, and his wife Nora Kelly, a Museum of Natural History archaeologist, are brutally attacked in their apartment on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Eyewitnesses claim, and the security camera confirms, that the assailant was their strange, sinister neighbor--a man who, by all reports, was already dead and buried weeks earlier. While Captain Laura Hayward leads the official investigation, Pendergast and Lieutenant Vincent D'Agosta undertake their own private--and decidedly unorthodox--quest for the truth. Their serpentine journey takes them to an enclave of Manhattan they never imagined could exist: a secretive, reclusive cult of Obeah and vodou which no outsiders have ever survived.
--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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"[A] suspenseful tale of urban terror...this taut page-turner can only add to the authors' growing fan base."—Publishers Weekly

"A page-turner...plenty of action and a cast of truly odd characters...thoroughly enjoyable."—Times Record News

"A top-notch action packed, high-octane thriller that takes the reader on an incredible literary roller-coaster ride... enough unexpected plot twists and turns to satisfy even the most jaded reader. With narrow escapes galore...This book offers compelling, page-turning, tense suspense."—Lansing State Journal --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

About the Author

The thrillers of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child "stand head and shoulders above their rivals" (Publishers Weekly). Preston and Child's Relic and The Cabinet of Curiosities were chosen by readers in a National Public Radio poll as being among the one hundred greatest thrillers ever written, and Relic was made into a number-one box office hit movie. They are coauthors of the famed Pendergast series and their recent novels include Fever Dream, Cold Vengeance, Two Graves, and Gideon's Corpse. Preston's acclaimed nonfiction book, The Monster of Florence, is being made into a movie starring George Clooney. Lincoln Child is a former book editor who has published five novels of his own, including the huge bestseller Deep Storm.
Readers can sign up for The Pendergast File, a monthly "strangely entertaining note" from the authors, at their website, www.PrestonChild.com. The authors welcome visitors to their alarmingly active Facebook page, where they post regularly. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable, "light" book July 6 2010
By Marz
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I purchased this book on a whim and found it very enjoyable. This is the first book I read by these authors. I found that I quickly cared about the characters and I was surprised at how pleasantly creepy some passages were. The book is well written but it's a quick read and definitely a light entertainment piece. A few things bothered me about the story (I won't give any spoilers)- pretty much the usual horror/suspense film issues, when you wonder how it could possibly be difficult for a character to escape this or that danger. The ending is also disappointing because it feels a little rushed, especially when explaining what had been going on all along. Let's just say it doesn't exactly make sense given the descriptions. I found that these few flaws didn't prevent me from enjoying this imaginative and suspenseful story but more irritable readers might disagree. It captivates the imagination and keeps you wondering if the supernatural is truly at work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pendergast is back... Aug. 3 2009
By Luanne Ollivier #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
The successful writing duo of Preston and Child is back with the 9th novel in the Pendergast series.

Pendergast is an enigmatic FBI agent with a seemingly unending store of knowledge, skills and talents. He ends up investigating (or seeking out) "X-File" types of cases. There is a cadre of recurring characters, including Detective Vinnie D'Agosta, journalist William Smithback, his archaeologist wife Nora and Wren - a researcher who seems to live in the bowels of The New York Public Library.

In Cemetery Dance, one of these recurring characters is killed. According to eyewitnesses the killer was someone who was declared dead ten days ago....

Preston and Child novels are plot driven, usually involving otherworldly elements. They are great suspense/thriller reads. But it is the character of Pendergast that people talk about the most when you mention this writing duo. His mysterious ways and endless abilities are great fun, reminding me somewhat of Sherlock Holmes. The locales chosen for their novels are fascinating as well. I have especially enjoyed the New York ones - I would love to see The New York Museum of Natural History. (the site of their first collaboration 'Relic' - also made into a movie)

I listened to this latest offering in audio format. I was halfway through the first disc by the time I realized who the reader was - Rene Auberjonois. Who? He has numerous film and television credits, but the one I remembered his voice from was his role as Odo on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. He has read seven of the Pendergast books and I soon forgot Odo. The different characters are easily identified by voice changes and inflections. The suspense of the book is easily heard and projected through his reading.

I have read all the previous books in this series, but I'm really getting hooked on audio books and may just listen to the next one as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More horror than suspense thriller! July 4 2009
William Smithback, investigative reporter from the New York Times, and Nora Kelly, an anthropologist from the New York Museum of Natural History are celebrating their first anniversary in their Manhattan apartment when Smithback is attacked, brutally stabbed and murdered.

The open and shut evidence - multiple eyewitness accounts, including several neighbours, the apartment doorman and even Nora Kelly, a survivor of the attack, plus unequivocal video tape surveillance evidence from the apartment's security cameras - make the conviction of Colin Fearing, an out of work British actor, a slam-dunk done deal as soon as he is captured by Laura Hayward, the homicide investigator in charge of the case. Unfortunately, FBI Special Agent Pendergast and his NYPD sidekick, Lt Vincent D'Agosta, working somewhat outside of the normal investigative procedures, soon discover that all is not quite as clear cut it seems. Fearing is dead and buried, having drowned in the Hudson River two weeks earlier.

In order to verify his death, Pendergast and D'Agosta immediately apply for an exhumation order for Fearing's body. Not only do they discover that Fearing's body is missing but it has been replaced by a bizarre fetish that seems to have its origins in Obeah, a shamanistic religion with similarities to Voodoo or Santeria frequently associated with both benign and, sometimes, much darker malign magic.

With the NYPD's hopes for a quick conclusion having disappeared with the morning mist on the Hudson River, Pendergast's investigations lead down much darker avenues. The CEO of a software database firm who had sent threatening letters to Smithback as a result of a disturbing article that he wrote for the Times, comes under investigation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Turning the Pages Review Feb. 13 2012
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I am starting to get to the 'enough is enough' point with the Pendergast novels. This is book nine in the series and it was too over-the-top.

Generally, I am pretty open to just about anything, including the un-dead (aka. Zombies) but this book just had too much of everything. The story was about 100 pages too long, had WAY too much detail in areas that didn't require it, areas that weren't important to the overall outcome of the story and it didn't have enough details in the areas that, I felt, deserved it. Also, I felt like the story was too jumpy... just when I was getting into a particular character/part of the story, it would flip to a different part and I would have to get into THAT part again. Ugg... sometimes that can be annoying!

However, for all the negative, there were some good parts... I really did enjoy the climax scenes in the book. The fight/the rescue, all great!! It became a page turner as the book neared the end and as a result, I will be adding book 10 to my 'to-be-read' list.

Overall, if you have read the books in this series, you will probably want to pick this one up as well but if you haven't, your life will go on without adding this one to your bookshelf!
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