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The Wheel of Darkness: An Agent Pendergast Novel (Agent Pendergast Series Book 8) [Kindle Edition]

Douglas Preston , Lincoln Child
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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A breathtaking adventure from the hottest names in US thriller writing.



Perched like a black crow on a crag in the most hostile depths of the Himalayas stands a monastery. For a thousand years the monks have kept guard. Now their sanctum has been violated, the secret carried off. After a millennium of hiding from the world, the guardians of the treasure will have to turn to an outsider for help.



Luckily Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast is no stranger. Having trained body and mind in Tibet, he knows the land well. But neither he nor his ward, Constance, are prepared for the truth about what the monks have been protecting.



The pursuit of the stolen artefact takes Pendergast and Constance far from the snowy wastes, to where the largest-ever ocean liner is preparing for her maiden voyage. As Pendergast and Constance board, they know they are joined by a cargo of secrets and murderers. As the ship slips into the night, it becomes a deadly race to recover the secret of the monks, or blackness to threaten to fall not just over the ship, but the wider world...



A stunning dance of death and mystery, THE WHEEL OF DARKNESS takes the most unusual investigator around on his most thrilling mission yet...


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I just loved it . . . It's suddenly like Sherlock Holmes is having thumpingly good mysterious adventures in the present day with monsters and killers in exotic locales. (Life on Magrs)

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A breathtaking adventure from the hottest names in US thriller writing.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1391 KB
  • Print Length: 518 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1455584401
  • Publisher: Orion (30 Dec. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004JHY8XA
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #41,549 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just a bit too far-fetched 2 Aug. 2009
Format:Paperback
The story begins as Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast and his young side-kick, Constance Greene, climb a perilous Himalayan mountain path to an ancient Tibetan monastery where the monks need some help. Their inner sanctum has been violated and a dangerous treasure has been stolen. The artefact must be recovered before it wreaks havoc on the human race.

The trail takes the agents on a maiden voyage cruise aboard the world's newest, biggest ocean liner. The sophistication of the on-board automation both helps and hinders the pair. There are some strong personalities in this story, but the culprit has to be the weakest character. There are a lot of supernatural twists, but they are too transparent.

Reading this is quite frustrating, because I kept hearing myself say, "That could never happen that way, even in fantasy fiction." I like to be able to believe that there is the faintest possibility that some of the strange events could actually happen. I felt this way when I used to read Dennis Wheatley, and this book reminds me a lot of that style of writing; but, Wheatley out-classes Preston and Child by a long way, in my opinion.

Worth a read if you have the time on your hands.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful Yet... 17 Feb. 2009
Format:Hardcover
This was my first novel by these authors and I approached it with little anticipation and my cool approach was justified by the start which I found more than a little risible. I read about the author's acclaimed research. It appears they use an old atlas, in a hurry, at times - their brief travelogue of England is hilariously wrong.
So there I was, reading a sub-James Bond, badly written 'thriller', prepared to give it another chapter or two before giving up, when it suddenly metapmorphosed into quite an exciting horror story, still appallingly written but a book that I juist had to finish.
The story was more than a little far-fetched, I don't know that much about steering massive ocean going liners but I am pretty sure what the captain did with that boat was impossible! Also, I may have blinked and missed that sentence, but who was the serial killer?
So, dreadful literature, entertaining quick read and I'll probably read some more from the series.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A climax that sinks like the Titanic. 30 July 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
On a journey of discovery, FBI Agent Pendergast and his ward, Constance Green, enter a Tibetan monastery for enlightenment yet find the theft of a mysterious artifact that will have them traveling the globe once more to unravel a mystery. The trail leads them to the Britannia, the most luxurious ocean liner in the world about to make its maiden voyage from Britain, bound for New York. But there is a killer on board and madness so severe it could sink the ship in the middle of the freezing Atlantic.

Forget the obvious parallels with the Titanic, this is a story that offers so much yet fails to deliver. The plot is good, for the most part, and the characters are engaging (which is something the writing tandem of Preston and Child have a unique gift of achieving) but the climax of the novel falls flat on its face. In particular, the supernatural entity simply has no place in the book and it seems has been added as a convenient way of finding a simple solution to a major problem. Pendergast is a solid character once more, although he is starting to wear on the nerves a bit after so many novels. How can one man's luck hold this long? Constance Green doesn't offer much to the story either, other than the ability to aid the investigation by infiltrating the ship's cleaning staff. In fact, the ship's officers, in particular LeSeur and Kemper, add more to the novel than our two main heroes.

The writing is, as always, captivating, and the writers have absolutely no problems dragging the reader into a story and holding them there. The descriptions and insight to the characters and their lives and involvement in the proceedings never fail to enthrall the reader. These series of Pendergast novels do seem to be on a worrying trend of diminishing standards, however. Hopefully the slope isn't too slippery, allowing the remaining books in this series to grab a foothold and not deteriorate too much.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Nature of Sequels 22 Nov. 2008
Format:Paperback
I give this one 4 stars, but maybe 3.5 would be better. I'll give it 4 because of the strength of the series in general - and because of the sub-plot I discuss below. However, this book has definitely got me thinking about the sustainability of sequels or a series. If I had picked this book up and read it by itself I would have been reasonably pleased by an interesting and fun story. I enjoyed the "Diogenes Trilogy" quite a bit and have put "Brimstone" on my list of books to try. So while this book continued that story on, and while the characters developed in a way that is almost must-read if you're a fan of the Pendergast novels, this book doesn't really bring anything new to the party. It has lost the dark, creepy Gothic feel and atmosphere of previous books. Call it "Pendergast Light". I did like the sub-plot involving Commodore Cutter and Capt Carol Mason who were very real to me and locked in a battle between youth and age, male and female where who was right and who was wrong was never clear during the plot and left me thinking after the book had finished - more so than the main plot. And maybe that tells you what you need to know. After the Diogenes trilogy the authors would have had to pull an even bigger rabbit out of their hat to keep things going and that doesn't happen here. I think the villain is particularly weak. It will be interesting to see where the story goes from here, although that is foreshadowed in this book. If the authors return to what worked in previous books, can they raise the bar, or will it just be "Pendergast V"...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, not up to usual standard.
Oh dear, what a shame.

I've read almost all of the Agent Pendergast series & really enjoyed them but this book is just not in the same league. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Denise Pritchard
5.0 out of 5 stars ... reader of fiction in this genre so he really enjoyed the book
My hubby is an avid reader of fiction in this genre so he really enjoyed the book.
Published 7 months ago by mikado
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good. Condition
Published 10 months ago by j sadler
5.0 out of 5 stars Brill
I love these books definatley worth a read have been hooked on these ever since I read Relic. Brill Brill Brill!!
Published on 12 Jun. 2013 by Jac
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining romp, disappoining ending
Something has been stolen from a Tibetan monastery and Pendergast along with Constance Greene must track it down. Read more
Published on 5 July 2010 by N. Pearce
3.0 out of 5 stars Wheel of 'Meh'
I can see what Lincoln & Preston were trying to do with this novel.
They needed to get a different backdrop / setting than the New York History Museum. Read more
Published on 9 Sept. 2008 by wilco121
1.0 out of 5 stars From Tibet to the Grand Banks
I normally look out for Sp Agt Pendergast books by these authors but I think that they have come to the end with this one. Read more
Published on 25 April 2008 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, if a little far fetched
I have a soft spot for Pendergast (the FBI agent hero of the book) and his semi-mystical slant on life and detection. Read more
Published on 7 April 2008 by Glaucon
4.0 out of 5 stars New slant to ancient discovery genre
My second PC book. I had given this type of book a rest as all the stories were too similar from all the variuos authors out there. Read more
Published on 26 Mar. 2008 by Mr. JJ Gale
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