Synopses & Reviews
FBI Special Agent Pendergast is taking a break from work to take Constance on a whirlwind Grand Tour, hoping to give her closure and a sense of the world that she's missed. They head to Tibet, where Pendergast intensively trained in martial arts and spiritual studies. At a remote monastery, they learn that a rare and dangerous artifact the monks have been guarding for generations has been mysteriously stolen. As a favor, Pendergast agrees to track and recover the relic. A twisting trail of bloodshed leads Pendergast and Constance to the maiden voyage of the Britannia, the world's largest and most luxurious ocean liner and to an Atlantic crossing fraught with terror.
"In the exciting eighth supernatural thriller from bestsellers Preston and Child (after 2006's The Book of the Dead), FBI agent Aloysius Pendergast and his ward, Constance Greene, seek peace of mind at a remote Tibetan monastery, only to fall into yet another perilous, potentially earthshaking assignment. The monastery's abbot asks them to recover a stolen relic, the cryptic Agozyen, which could, in the wrong hands, wipe out humanity. The pair follow the trail to a luxury cruise ship, where a series of brutal murders suggests the relics evil spirit might already have been invoked. Fans of earlier books focused on a thinly disguised American Museum of Natural History may find less at stake among the new cast of secondary characters, but the fate of Constance, who claims to have aborted the child of Pendergast's villainous younger brother, remains a potent subplot. While not as frightening as others in the series, this entry still shows why the authors stand head and shoulders above their rivals in this subgenre." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child's rousing mash-up of high-tech thrills and occult esoterica is aided by Pendergast's droll, retro charm; his idea of trash talk is calling someone an 'ill-mannered cur.' (Grade: A-)" Entertainment Weekly
"Preston and Child get back to delivering massive thrills on a big-budget canvas, weaving strong aspects of horror and mystery into the mix....So far, this is the year's best thriller." Bookgasm
"[A]n absorbing story....There are some rather tedious, overlong scenes set on an ocean liner, but if you are willing to stick with this 400 page novel to the last sentence, you will not be disappointed." Horror.com
A luxury ocean liner on its maiden voyage across the North Atlantic, awash in wealth and decadence...
An ancient Tibetan box, its contents unknown, sealed with a terrifying warning...
An FBI agent destined to confront what he fears most--himself...
About the Author
Douglas Preston is the co-author with Lincoln Child of the famed Pendergast series of novels, including such bestselling titles as The Book of the Dead
and The Wheel of Darkness
, as well as The Relic
, which was made into a number one box office hit movie. His solo novels include Jennie
, made into a movie by Disney, and New York Times
bestseller Tyrannosaur Canyon
Lincoln Child is a former book editor and systems analyst who has published numerous anthologies of ghost stories and supernatural tales.