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Blue Labyrinth Hardcover – Nov 11 2014

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (Nov. 11 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455525898
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455525898
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.8 x 23.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #70,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Fast-moving, sophisticated and bursting with surprises... If you're willing to surrender to Preston and Child's fiendish imaginations, you might devour the Pendergast books the way kids do Halloween candy...There's nothing else like them."―The Washington Post

"Preston and Child have the ability to blend contemporary forensic thrillers with a dose of Dickensian/Sherlock Holmes-era atmosphere. Add a villain to a vendetta that has spanned generations and a cast of characters that readers will find emotionally satisfying, and the end result is another best-seller for the duo."―Associated Press

"Preston & Child once again bring A.X.L. Pendergast to life and offer up a host of thrills, heart-pumping action, and an intricate plot that pits a vengeful killer against (still) the most interesting character in fiction."―Suspense Magazine

"Quirky and compelling."―San Francisco Bee

"Those who have grown to love Agent Pendergast will not be disappointed in the newest installment of his series by Preston and Child. The sharp wit and secretive demeanor of Pendergast are both amusing and mystifying to readers, and the plot unfolds in twists that will keep readers guessing right up to the end."―RT Reviews

"A complete winner...pure reading joy...I loved, loved, LOVED this book...Grab this one immediately-and be prepared to put your life on hold as you devour it."―GimmeThatBook.com

"In a single word, WOW...A must read...Trust me, you will not be disappointed."―StefansBookShelf.com

"It's a fun, frantic, can't-put-down-read that will undoubtedly go over well with fans both casual and dedicated."―Beauty In Ruins

"Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast is back in his most personal and dangerous case yet. While many authors may slack off over time with series characters, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child do just the opposite...Whether a longtime fan or a newcomer, this installment will have you on the edge of your seat."―Florida Times-Union

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. In addition to his novels, Preston writes about archaeology for the New Yorker and Smithsonian magazines. 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.


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By Jeffrey Swystun TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on Dec 4 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Amazing to think this is number 14 in the series. I have read all, as well as, each individual effort from this writing team. Sadly, this latest effort signals that FBI Agent Pendergast and ensemble cast are running out of steam. There have been a couple of dips along the way which is no surprise. Preston and Child have had to reset the overall narrative a couple of times but have always bounced back.

Blue Labyrinth was neither a reset or strong entry, it was a melange of all that had come before. So, in short, the series has become repetitious and tired. I am shocked to say that for the first time, I would have been okay if Aloysious perished (and not fake perished to return again). Conan Doyle grew tired of Holmes and knew when to hang it up. Given Preston and Child have borrowed liberally and creatively from his works, one hopes that they take that lead as well.
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Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child never cease to amaze me! Just when I think they can't top their previous work, they offer up a heaping helping of kick-ass adventure that slaps you upside the head with its originality! I've read every book they've ever written together and I want more...more...more! As an Anglophile, I appreciate the English language in all its forms and I especially enjoy learning new words, whether current or obscure; Preston/Child's books are the only ones that oblige me to use the dictionary function on my Kindle e-Reader! If you like non-stop action, edgy and interesting characters, imaginative plot lines and stories that challenge your grey matter, look no further; you'll find all that, and more, in this book!
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Fun, up to the usual high standard, looking forward to the rest of it
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By Marablaise TOP 500 REVIEWER on Oct. 21 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
The book starts off with a bang! The murdered corpse of an enemy shows up on the doorstep to Agent Aloysius Pendergast's home and later on during the autopsy a turquoise is found in the stomach of the deceased. This stone will lead Pendergast on a hunt to find the killer of his enemy and this killer is out for revenge that will put Pendergast life in danger!

It's action from the start, just the way I like it. It's great to read another excellent book by Preston & Child about Agent Pendergast. I miss Corrie Swanson in this story, but she had a prominent role in the last book so I shouldn't pout. It was good to have Vincent D'Agosta and Margo Green helping Pendergast in this book. Constance Greene is also lending a hand, which is a good thing because of her knowledge of the Pendergast family history and Pendergast will need all help he can get!

Someone in the Pendergast family caused something years ago that affects present time and now Aloysius Pendergast has to fight for his life and his friends must do their utmost to save his life.

It's a great book. Very enjoyable and forward driven all the time. I didn't like it as much as the last book White Fire, but as I stated above, I just adore Corrie Swanson, I have since the first time I read Still Life with Crows one of the best books in the series. But anyway, it's still a really, really good book!

4.5 stars

Btw: I'm still waiting for Hollywood make movies about Agent Pendergast with Paul Bettany in the title role! I need a remake of The Relic with Agent Pendergast in it!
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In true Preston and Child fashion, Blue Labyrinth starts off with a bang, when the bound, dead body of Agent Pendergast’s most ruthless and manipulative enemy is left on his doorstep. This singular shocking incident sets into motion a dangerous cat and mouse game between Aloysius and a mastermind killer bent on exacting vengeance on the entire Pendergast family, uncovering an ugly and disturbing, long buried family secret.

Agent Pendergast’s friend, Lieutenant Vincent D’Agosta is back at the Museum of Natural History, investigating the murder of one of its technicians, who had been helping a visiting scholar with research on the skeletal bones of a Museum specimen. When an irregularity in the bone evidence uncovers an old mystery, D’Agosta turns to his old friend Margo Green to help him solve this conundrum. Could these bones somehow be connected to Pendergast’s investigation? Has Pendergast finally met his match?

It’s always difficult reviewing Preston and Child’s novels without revealing spoilers, so all I’ll say is that Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child have done it again; they have created a gripping, fast paced, exciting, heart palpitation inducing thriller. Agent Pendergast is back in full force and back to his old tricks. What I particularly like with Blue Labyrinth is that the authors have come full circle, revisiting characters and places that figured prominently in their first novels, Relic and Reliquary. As a huge fan of this series, this was just an awesome nod to those of us who have followed and loved these stories and characters over the years.

Now that I’m up to date with the series, I can’t wait for Crimson Shore, the latest installment in the series, which will be released in November.
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With their 14th entry in the Special Agent Pendergast saga, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child not only get their hero back to his prime, but they get the story back to basics. Blue Labyrinth is an extraordinarily strong entry in the series, and exactly what fans have been asking for, especially after last year's White Fire, in which Pendergast was just a supporting character.

It's impossible to write a typical review of this without getting into serious spoiler territory, so I thought I'd do something different and offer up the top 5 reasons that fans need to read Blue Labyrinth:

1. Pendergast is back - back at the forefront, back to his old ways, and back on top of his game. There's no question our hero has fallen on some hard times in recent books, but having spent much of the last book recuperating, he's once again the cunning man of thought and action that we've come to admire.

2. Vincent, Margot, and the New York Museum of Natural History are back - in an awesome wink to the fans, Preston & Child not only bring back the heroes of Relic and Reliquary, but they take us back to where it all began. It's not just a cheap cameo or token appearance either. Both have a role to play, and they follow up on how Margot has coped with the memories and the fears.

3. Pendergast is forced to be human - and he's as arrogant, irritable, and selfish as you'd expect. The cover blurb already tells you he's 'stricken in mind and body' so it's no spoiler to say he suffers a great deal in this book, but that means we get to see him lash out, express his emotions, and be honest with Constance about his feelings. The vulgar encounter over a Swiss parking ticket is worth the price of admission alone.

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