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Douglas Preston , Lincoln Child
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19 Mar 2009 AGENT PENDERGAST

The New York Museum of Natural History receives their stolen gem collection back...ground down to dust. Diogenes, the psychotic killer who stole them in DANCE OF DEATH, is throwing down the gauntlet to both the city and to his brother, FBI Agent Pendergast, who is currently incarcerated in a maximum security prison.

To quell the PR nightmare of the gem fiasco, the museum decides to reopen the Tomb of Senef. An astounding Egyptian temple, it was a popular museum exhibit until the 1930s, when it was quietly closed. But when the tomb is unsealed in preparation for its gala reopening, the killings - and whispers of an ancient curse - begin again. And the catastrophic opening itself sets the stage for the final battle between the two brothers: an epic clash from which only one will emerge alive.


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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (19 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752882902
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752882901
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 328,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic fiction - another real page turner! 17 Nov 2006
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
As usual, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child confirm their great ability in writing cool, well-conceived page turners.

In this book in particular, a lot of details about some of the characters are unveiled, and the "Pendergast Trilogy" featuring Aloysius vs. Diogenes finally comes to an end... and what an end!

Apart from the praises for the writing style and action scenes, for the characters and the mood, another point I found particularly strong in this book was the obvious amount of research the authors did. I am Italian, and the small details, for example the streets of Florence, or the cuss exclamation of a Carabiniere, or even the cell number of a bus driver (which uses a correct prefix for an Italian cell phone, no fake "555" number) all prove that they really went into research for the book.

Also, the frequent sentences in Italian are correct and do make sense this time (unlike some of their previous books where the sentences were dictionary-translated and light-years from what a "real" Italian would say).

All in all, a fantastic book, definitely well worth it!

If you appreciate Preston and Child's novels, don't miss this one, with a single caveat: for maximum enjoyment you will need previous knowledge of facts and characters, so reading the other books (at the very least Brimstone and Dance of Death, ideally quite a few others) is *strongly* advised.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Final volume of the trilogy 20 Dec 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Final volume of the trilogy centered on Agent Pendergast, the Book of the Dead explains the relationship between Pendergast and his terrible brother Dionysius. Special Agent Pendergast is in federal prisons for murders he did not commit, the diamond collection of the NY Museum of Natural History is returned ground to powder, the museum reopens an ancient Egyptian tomb and curse seems to come back to life.

All of this has been carefully plotted and implemented by Pendergast's Machiavellian brother. Why and how Dionysius is so bent on destroying his brother are the core of the book. Carried along by fast-paced action and hints of the supernatural, the action is mainly centered in the New York Museum of Natural History. Filled with factoids about the museum, about ancient Egypt, about gemology and about psychology this is a satisfying end to the trilogy and opens the door to a whole other series!! Also, if you missed reading Tino Georgiou's masterpiece--The Fates, go and read it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that's not dead. 18 Aug 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a highly enjoyable book and exciting conclusion to a trilogy. One young? character certainly comes into her own here and looks to be the focus of the next book, Wheel of Darkness. Preston and Child are top rate writers of suspense. They are masters of writing highly descriptive paragraphs that don't bog down the flow of the narrative but rather intensifies the suspense. The cat and mouse chase in Florence was page turning stuff.
Poor New York Museum! How many strange occurences and deaths can the museum survive? Wheel of Darkness does look to take the setting far away from New York.
The word from the authors at the end was interesting: a nice way to summarise their novels so far and give a reminder of who appeared where. For instance, I had forgotten that Eli Glinn appeared in The Ice Limit. Keep turning the pages past the Wheel of Darkness sample to find a little addition by Corrie Swanson. And the website's real too! Does this mean that Corrie will get caught up in a future New York mystery along with Smithback, D'Agosta and friends?
Looking forward to more about Penderghast or any other interesting characters the duo can dream up.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 23 Jun 2006
Format:Hardcover
This is the third book in a triology which started with "Brimstone" and "Dance of Death", and sees the return of Agent A.X.L. Pendergast in the finale against his evil and even more intelligent brother, Diogenes. In the previous book it appeared that Diogenes had completed his "perfect" crime, but actually this was not the case - it was just the warm up for something much bigger and more sinister...

"Book of the Dead" was an absolutely, absolutely fantastic read, ranking amongst my all-time favourite books. Readers familiar with previous books by the authors will find all the usual ingredients: suspense, twists in the plot, humour, thoroughly researched subject matter etc, written in a manner that has you racing to the end.

For maximal enjoyment, I recommend that you read the previous books from which it directly follows (even before the start of the triology), beginning with:

Relic

Reliquary

Cabinet of Curiosities

Still Life With Crows

Brimstone

Dance of Death

Prior to reading this book, the best one in the series was "Still Life With Crows" which, despite the name, was an astonishingly good read. Well, "Book of the Dead" beats even that.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply brilliant!!! 10 Jan 2007
By Rena Ruadh VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
What a fantastic finale to a really great trilogy!! Since stumbling upon my first Preston/Child book, I have had the compulsion to buy and read all of them. They are 'unputdownable'! Of all the books, the Pendergast ones are the most enjoyable and, unlike a previous reviewer, I love the fact that many of them take place in the Museum! This gives the books a nice continuity and it is great to meet so many of the characters again. All that remains to be said is: Mr Preston, Mr Child - when is the next book appearing???
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
I really enjoyed this book another great fom th duo Preston/Child. I love the Prendergast books you get to know the characters and I like to read about their journies.
Published 4 months ago by Lorriane
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
These books take me on an amazing adventure and I completely leave the real world behind whilst the books are in my hands.
Published 9 months ago by NT007
5.0 out of 5 stars great story
great story have read a few books by this author.
First in a trilogy - nearly at the end of this book roll on the second
Published 12 months ago by Offical Distributor - JWP Limited
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful ending for a great triology
Very good book as always from these two. Great continuation from the "dance of death". Good ending too after a major roller coaster ride.
Published 12 months ago by Asela Senanayake
3.0 out of 5 stars "Draaaaag-thump. Draaaaag-thump." and "Du calme. Du calme."
Judging by the ancillary material published with this book, co-authors Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child are prolific and successful purveyors of popular pot boilers. Read more
Published on 18 Aug 2010 by L. E. Cantrell
2.0 out of 5 stars Need to read the others in the series first
This is not a stand alone book and makes not sense unless you have read the rest of the series. Unfortunately I had not read the rest of the series so am still none the wiser... Read more
Published on 11 Aug 2008 by Pickle
5.0 out of 5 stars Great ending to the trilogy
This was my favourite of the trilogy and a satisfying end to the plots involving Diogenes, Pendergast's brother. Read more
Published on 24 Mar 2008 by Glaucon
4.0 out of 5 stars Preston & Child do it again
The Book of the Dead is the final installment of the so called 'Diogenes trilogy'.

In my opinion it is the best of the three books and another very enjoyable read from... Read more
Published on 31 Dec 2007 by G. Peters
3.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy but fun
A slightly ramshackle plot and cheesy characters and dialogue somehow don't detract from the fun of this compulsive if forgettable read. Read more
Published on 8 Nov 2007 by Mr. Warren M. Fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars Best in a while
I first read The Relic 10 years ago and have enjoyed their books since. The trilogy makes the best read in some years and well worth waiting for. Read more
Published on 28 Mar 2007 by M. Allen
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