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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
Douglas Preston, a regular contributor to The New Yorker, worked for the American Museum of Natural History. He is an expert horseman who has ridden thousands of miles across the West.
Lincoln Child is a former book editor and systems analyst who has published numerous novels and anthologies.
http://www.prestonchild.com. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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!
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.
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.Read more ›
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As the ninth book that I have read several times, it still doesn't level up to the earlier novels. Although Pendergast is in the novel, much is written from D'Agosta's perspective. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Danielsmom
Very happy I was able to get this book in the series.....now I can read the series in order. Thanks.Published 11 months ago by Kelaine Kerry Kozak