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The Book of the Dead: An Agent Pendergast Novel (Agent Pendergast Series 7) by [Preston, Douglas, Child, Lincoln]
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a thrilling, nail-biting adventurous journey (SOUTH WALES ARGUS)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 535 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (30 Dec. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004OBZNR6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
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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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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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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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If the purpose of fiction is to suspend your disbelief, then this book almost makes it. Unfortunately the background setting, yet again entrenched in the New York Museum is beginning to wear a little thin.

I very much approve of the technique of `bleed through' as Lincoln and Preston describe it, where characters are transferred from novel to novel, as this allows for extended development and thus deeper understanding of the psyche of the protagonists, but it is nonetheless time to move on and leave the dusty artefacts and shards behind.

That said, the novel is typical P and C with a finely plotted infrastructure, conflict between characters (D'Agosta and Hayward, Smithback and Kelly) and the usual schlock horror twist and turns as the museum once again spawns its beastly goings on. The fact that none of the characters seems to find this unusual is a little odd as I personally would have aspired to another vocation by now.

The authors pay deference to James Rollins by allowing Diogenes Pendergast to read one of his novels and there are plenty of references to previous encounters to make the loyal reader (me) feel smug about having religiously followed prequel to sequel.

All in all an easy and interesting read, but not, in my opinion, as original as Mount Dragon, as menacing and claustrophobic as Reliquary or as well paced as Thunderhead.
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OK, this has been a fun little series but I am ready for new characters and new plot lines! The only reason for this one seems to be tying up all the loose ends, don't get me wrong I enjoyed it and considered it a must read, as will anyone has read the earlier books, BUT I hope the battle between the bothers is now laid to rest. Good read but not up to the level of "Cabinet" or "Crows."
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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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