Two Graves Audio CD – Audiobook, 30 Jul 2013
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"Pendergast--an always-black-clad pale blond polymath, gaunt yet physically deadly, an FBI agent operating without supervision or reprimand-lurks at the dark, sharp edge of crime fiction protagonists."--Kirkus Reviews
"TWO GRAVES provides readers exactly what they would expect from a Preston and Child novel --- thrills, high adventure, treacherous plot twists and well-researched scientific intrigue. The story is never predictable, and Pendergast is a multi-layered personality who keeps you guessing throughout."--Bookreporter.com
"The names Preston & Child on the cover of a book promise a unique reading experience unlike any other, and Two Graves delivers the high thrills one expects from the two masters...authors Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child have delivered another exceptional book....Fans will love the conclusion to the trilogy, and newcomers will seek out the authors' earlier titles."--The Washington Post
"Preston and Child's high-adrenaline 12th thriller featuring maverick FBI agent Aloysius Pendergast wraps up the trilogy that began with 2010's Fever Dream and continued with 2011's Cold Vengeance with a bang...[an] intelligent suspense novel."--Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
NEW YORK TIMES bestselling authors return with another page-turning adventure thriller. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Product description
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It would be difficult to argue, however, that the book is badly written - it isn't. It keeps up its pace, and it keeps the reader occupied. However, it does make the fundamental mistake (identified by Diana Wynne-Jones) of setting up for yet another novel, outside of the trilogy. This isn't the way novels should end - the reader is not simply a cash-cow, to be milked in the next novel they publish, which continues the themes of the last one, rather the reader is a partner with the writer(s), making the novel work.
Where I have a bigger problem, however, is the way in which this type of novel seems to perpetuate the myth of American exceptionalism and its view that it is the policeman of the world. Such a worldview allows American characters to illegally enter other countries bearing firearms, to shoot (and kill) anyone they please without response from the local authorities. Or, when the local authorities do complain, everything is smoothed over because the protagonist is an American. This type of plotting becomes rather tedious after a while, not just because it requires the reader to suspend disbelief, but because it also requires the reader to accept a gross misrepresentation of how foreign relations really work. It has to be said that Preston and Child have tried to avoid some of the more blatant ways of doing this, but they still fall into the trap of allowing Pendergast's American citizenship to be the key that opens all locks.
However, the pace after a great start seems to stutter a little bit and never quite get back again. There are some pretty dark thoughts occurring in this book especially with Pendergast himself and its an interesting turn of character.
At the same time, Corrie Swanson gets her own sub-plot whilst Dr Felder sets out for the truth regarding Constance. Whilst all three stories are good in their own rights, the authors keen to give each plenty of time may have actually helped slow down the gripping nature of each one due to the stop-start the reader goes through.
I still recommend this book and especially the entire trilogy (Two Graves, Fever Dream, Cold Vengeance).
Hoping for more of the same from Preston & Child in the future.
It resolves almost everything but sadly, and I suppose predictably leaves the ending wide open for the next book and in my view, some of the sub plots rather unfinished although you could argue they have been , but it is a stretch.
A good book with, at last, some vulnerability and fragility to our eponymous hero which whilst welcome, diminishes his god like status
and hey, it is not real anyway.
The story starts at a hefty pace where Cold Vengeance: An Agent Pendergast Novel left the readers breathless: With the bloody abduction of Helen, Agent Pendergast's wife. Who was ufficially murdered by a lion 12 years ago... So everyone - me included - was waiting what would follow after this oh so well constructed cliffhanger!
As I said before, the pace ist set: It will be a race against the time...
Pendergast - almost all on his own - has to dig deep into his bag of tricks.
And all this to the whole benefit of the readers who follow his tour de force more than one time choking for air! Action time at its best, until the very end - the very tragic outcome in the desert of Sonora, Mexico. A sinister punch right below the waistline of our good Agent!
And a grave will be dug...
Then Pendergast gets lost - for himself, his friends like Vince d'Agosta, Laura Hathaway, Miss Kyoko, Corrie Swanson, Lady Viola from Italy...
And thinks heavily about the sense of his further stay in this earthly hell.
He looses totally his prospective validation of the future.
Until - yes until Vince D'agosta faces the genial (Ex?-) Agent with a new "player in town" - a serial killer of the worst kind. Of that I-am-invincible styling.
Working out on his victims and leaving apperently withour any shame literally bits and pieces and prints and comments behind.
As if to use the old Ripper word: Catch me if You can!
But the plot is much more intricated than it yet seems. Connie Swanson pestered a very wasp's nest, disturbing the covenant - Den Bund, a obviously neo (?) nazistic movement operating right on American grounds. Followed and desperate she goes into hiding, only to find herself with the obligation to help a person for a long time estranged to her. Only to expose herself to much more sinister dangers ...
On another level Dr Felder, the psychatrist is heavily obsessed to solve all the mysteries that surround the ancestry and life of Constance. He is also going to dig deep into the history of a mediocre painter who has obviously made paintings of a very young child resembling amazingly to our Constance. And is willing to pay dearly for informations he is trying to get from an apparently old spinster.
But it will be Constance at last to finally reveal her past to us all...
The killer hunt - fired up by his late wife's greatest secret - takes our hero Pendergast into the jungles of Brazil where - beneath other nationalities - also the Germans have large settlements, one of them called Nova Godòi. From the near town of Alsdorf on the Rio Itajai-Açu, where he seeks an ally in local Colonel Souza, our man Aloysius ventures himself into an adventurous place where "everybody sees Nazis". And once angain he dips deep into his basket full of his own magic to clear some of the fog that wafts over a mysterious lake.
And will find one of the worst experiments with gene tecnology humanity has ever brooded on for at least three generations from the concentration camps of World War II in to the deep rain forests of Brazil.
And it has come the time for the so-called "roll-out" - wharever that should be... The biggest of the rascals depicts his visions about like that:
>> "Es zittern die morschen Knochen, Der Welt vor dem grossen Krieg,
Wir haben den Schrecken gebrochen, Fuer uns war's ein grosser Sieg.
Wir werden weiter marschieren, wenn alles in Scherben faellt,
Denn heute gehoert uns Deutschland, Und morgen die ganze Welt!" <<
The new Nazis only brought some big, fat miscalculations into their final equation: That blood is always thicker than water.
And that there are forces You simply cannot calculate - like Mother Nature in her rage - turning herself on abominations which men try to (mis-)create abusing her name!
So - "Before You embark a journey of revenge, dig two graves" - said Confucius, and the authors at the very beginning of this astonishing book.
But who at the very end will come to rest in them - that is what You readers will have to discover by Yourselves...
This is a perfect read for friends and lovers of the "old" Preston/Child books.
Those where Action - that with a fat A - and research about history and science are equally and masterly distribuited.
A previous read of the eleventh book Cold Vengeance: An Agent Pendergast Novel may give You a brighter insight of the former storyline.
But this book is as good as a stand-alone, too, just because of its wits and twists and... - but afterwards You surely will want to buy the two former books, Nr 10 Fever Dream (Agent Pendergast) and 11, too
Just to know ALL about this "Der Bund" thing!
Do it - and You surely won't regret it!
* The title of my review is a tribute to the title of the book by Ira Levin from the far 1976, made into a film 1978 featuring Gregory Peck as Dr Mengele...
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