Edward Hahn, February 4, 2014 (view all comments by Edward Hahn)
The "Pendergast" series by Preston and Child is one of my so-called guilty pleasures. I don't usually read books in this genre but I was grabbed by the first one I picked up, "Still Life with Crows" and have read all of them since. This volume is the last in the "Diogenes Trilogy", Diogenes being Pendergast's evil brother. What a ride!
As this story opens FBI Agent Pendergast is in prison for a crime he did not commit, framed by his brother Diogenes. Pendergast manages to escape and return to the NY Museum of Natural History, where an Egyptian exhibit is being opened, so that he can thwart Diogenes evil scheme to discredit the museum and kill lots of people in the process. Pendergast also needs to re-capture the respect of his ward Constance Greene whose mind has been poisoned by Diogenes. There are other sub-plots all seamlessly woven into the story.
The narrative pulls the reader through the book in such a way that one hopes the story could go on forever. While it would be a good idea to read the "Diogenes" series in order, nevertheless this volume can stand alone. I highly recommend this book and all the others by these two authors.
skfurlotte, August 9, 2007 (view all comments by skfurlotte)
Anyone lucky enough to pick up a novel by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child is in for a great treat. Book of the Dead is the third book in a trilogy featuring Agent Pendergast - surely one of the most unusual FBI agents in fiction. The book is fast paced and I stayed up most of one night to finish it. Read it - it is the best!
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Bestsellers Preston and Child have come up with another gripping, action-packed page-turner in this concluding volume to a trilogy pitting their Holmesian hero, FBI agent Aloysius Pendergast, against his Mycroft-turned-Moriarty — his younger brother, Diogenes. Picking up shortly after the events of 2005's Dance of Death, the book opens with the arrival of a package of fine dust at the Museum of Natural History; Diogenes has returned the diamonds he stole earlier. Meanwhile, Aloysius is in prison, having been framed for a number of murders. As his friends plot to spring him, his adversary lays the groundwork for a crowning criminal achievement. A mysterious benefactor funds the restoration of an ancient Egyptian tomb at the museum, but the work is beset by the mayhem Preston and Child's readers have come to expect — gory murders and suggestions of the supernatural. This entry, tying up many loose ends from its predecessors, is less likely to work as well for first-time readers, but followers of Aloysius Pendergast's previous exploits will find it a satisfying read with a tantalizing, ominous twist at the end. 10-city author tour. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
by Kirkus Reviews,
"Brazenly convoluted, swift-going....[A] really good show. Fast, punchy and relentlessly action-packed."
by Library Journal,
"Preston and Child's Pendergast series...ends in grand style with this intense and shocking conclusion....Preston and Child have truly saved the best for last. Every story thread thrills, and the novel seems too short, despite the large page count."
by Entertainment Weekly,
"[A] sprawling finale....Fortunately, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child toil like a pharaoh's slaves to build action set pieces so ingenious we forget how contrived they are. (Grade: B)"
"[Preston and Child] propel the story forward with great skill and without ever leaving readers with a shred of disinterest or boredom. This is not merely quality writing, this is quality storytelling."
Continuing the breathtaking story begun in the New York Times bestseller Dance of Death, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child present the ultimate showdown between good and evil — set against the backdrop of an ancient Egyptian curse.
An FBI agent, rotting away in a high-security prison for a murder he did not commit...
His brilliant, psychotic brother, about to perpetrate a horrific crime...
A young woman with an extrodinary past, on th edge of a violent breakdown...
An ancient Egyptian tomb with an enigmatic curse, about to be unveiled at a celebrity-studded New York gala...
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