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The Book of the Dead: An Agent Pendergast Novel (Agent Pendergast Series 7) Kindle Edition
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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.
"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:
Cabinet of Curiosities
Still Life With Crows
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic,have recommended it to friends and they have started to read them alsoPublished 16 months ago by Kennaugh
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 on 13 Dec. 2013 by Amazon Customer
These books take me on an amazing adventure and I completely leave the real world behind whilst the books are in my hands.Published on 28 Jun. 2013 by NT007
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
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 on 1 April 2013 by Asela Senanayake
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 morePublished on 18 Aug. 2010 by L. E. Cantrell
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