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A body is found in the attic of a fabulous Long Island estate. There is a hoofprint scorched into the floor, and the stench of sulfur chokes the air. When FBI Special Agent Pendergast investigates the gruesome crime, he discovers that thirty years ago four men conjured something unspeakable. Has the devil come to claim his due?

Customer Reviews:

  • Novels
    These two authors are fantastic. I can't recommend their books too highly. Fantastic read, all of them....more info
  • Good action ... only an OK story...
    Agent Pendergast is just too eccentric for my tastes, I guess. He seems to know everything about everything, has unbelievable luck, and I just can't be made to care about him. There are some nice twists and turns in the story, that keep you guessing.. but the ultimate 'cause' of some very interesting and bizzare deaths that appear to be Satan himself, was ultimately a real letdown for me. I felt like I was missing 'something' the entire story because I'd not read any of the previous Agent Pendergast stories... and there are lots of references that probably would have made a lot more sense to me (or that I'd care about) if I had... and Preston leaves you hanging at the end ridiculously just to set up another book. ...more info
  • Count Fosco - come on
    Besides being a very boring book that could easily have been done in half the pages, the authors make a really terrible decision to lift a character, Count Fosco, from the Victorian novel "Woman In White" and make him the villain. He could just as easily have been given another name, but this shows the lack of origanity of these two authors. SPOILER - anyone with a knowledge of microwaves can tell from the very first how the "mysterious" deaths occured. I will not go into detail about that but it is far from being a supernatural kind of death that would relate to "brimstone".

    So much of the book is contrived and silly that is seems the authors only used the situations to stretch the story needlessly.

    I purchased the "sequal" to this book at the same time I bought "Brimstone" and it is one book that will never be read after having seen what "Brimstone" is...more info
  • I'm Surprised After Reading the Reviews
    This is the usual fine job from these authors, but what really surprises me is that the paid reviewers (above) got everything right this time for a change and leave little more for anyone else to add. No one has mentioned that this book was conceived as the first of a trilogy. "Dance of Death) is number two in the series and the third (eagerly awaited by me) is not named or written yet. The subject of the trilogy is the fight - apparently to the death - between Pendergast and his "smarter" brother. In the course of the battle much will be revealed about Pendergast himself. I would not be surprised if this trilogy will be the last we hear from these characters - a pity. Meanwhile, enjoy Brimstone because you just don't find any books better than this...more info
  • Great seller!
    Couldn't be more happy with the service I received from this seller. Product was received on time and as described. Thank you....more info
  • A Surprisingly Religious Thriller from the Dynamic Duo
    When a man is found horrendously burned in a locked room reeking of sulfer with a cloven hoof print burned into the floor beside his bed, investigators are stymied. When news gets out that more bodies of prominent, wealthy citizens have been discovered under similar circumstances, the public reaches the obvious conclusion--Satan has come to earth and is killing off the most evil among us.

    Special Agent Pendergast appears on the scene to assist with the investigation, teaming up with his old pal Sergeant Vincent D'Agosta to track down the truth. Together Pendergast and D'Agosta travel from Northampton, New York to the Italian countryside in their quest to solve the mystery of the increasingly lengthy list of gruesome deaths. What they discover is shocking: the murdered men had known each other for many years, and more than two decades before they had joined together in a midnight ritual that may only now be coming back to haunt them. But are these deaths truly supernatural, or is there a sinister human plot at work?

    Pendergast and D'Agosta need to find the truth fast--before the growing panic in New York sets off a chain reaction that could lead to disaster. As thousands gather in Central Park to either welcome Satan or pray for his defeat, as modern prophets predict an impending apocalypse, as the clock ticks slowly toward crisis, it is up to these two investigators to find the truth before it is too late.

    This is the best book yet by Preston and Child. It is thoughtful, suspenseful, provocative, and for the most part excellently written. As in all their books, the authors' extensive research is easily apparent. Brimstone displays the best character work these authors have managed to date. In an interesting twist, one of the most enjoyable characters, Count Fosko, is "borrowed" from a book called The Woman in White by Victorian author Wilkie Collins, as admitted by the authors in a closing note. The book is also unexpectedly religious in theme. Although the primary religious figure is a preacher who turns out to have a messiah complex, the sermons he preaches prior to his downfall are fairly accurate and emotive from an Evangelical perspective.

    The plot is pretty complex. In addition to the main investigation of the appalling deaths, the authors have thrown in a search for a priceless Stradivarius violin gone missing, two romances, some very interesting background information on Agent Pendergast (including his first name, Aloysius), and lots of discussions about art, literature, religion, culture (most notably Italian culture), and more. Through it all, the underlying tension never lets up, and the reader finishes the book feeling almost out of breath. The ending is a cliffhanger obviously intended to dovetail with the opening of the next book in what the authors have termed their "Pendergast Trilogy."

    Brimstone is also the most thoughtful book written by these authors, perhaps because of the prominence of religious themes and symbolism. In this, it is reminiscent of Dan Brown's work at times. In one chilling scene, a professor relates how his study of the "golden ratio" has revealed that many of humanity's most awful events (the biblical flood, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, the sack of Rome, the burning of London, the Holocaust, the September 11 attacks, etc.) relate to each other by date in a way that predicts the next major catastrophe should occur in 2004 (the publication date of the novel). In another pensive moment, Pendergast says, "The twentieth century showed us the evil face of physics. This century will show us the evil face of biology. This will be humanity's last century. . . . May God prove me wrong."

    Though I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it does have drawbacks. One problem is the fact that D'Agosta carries on a sexual relationship with Captain Laura Haywood, who last appeared in Reliquary, while still married to, albeit estranged from, his wife. One scene in particular contains needless and unfortunate descriptions of a sexual encounter between these two otherwise very likable characters. The detailed descriptions of gruesome death may be a sticking point for some readers as well.

    In a few instances the writing is a bit stilted, as when the authors set up the plot for the next book by having Pendergast receive a letter from his diabolical brother, informing him that the brother plans to commit an unspeakable crime very soon. Clearly, the next book will find Pendergast searching for his elusive brother and attempting to thwart his evil plan. Pendergast's unquestioned ability to get out of even the most seemingly hopeless situations by whatever means the authors can imagine (picking the lock on a pair of handcuffs with a needle drawn from the cuff of his shirt, for instance) is another example. But these minor hitches can be overlooked given the strength of the rest of the book.

    Overall, this book is excellent, and I look forward with great anticipation to the next novel by these authors....more info
  • The book that started my current obsession.
    This is the first book I read by these authors. It was gripping, gory, fascinating and exciting from the beginning to the end. I am now a huge fan of Special Agent Pendergast and his tea drinking, Rolls Royce riding, pale skin and hair containing stories. I cant wait to read more....more info
  • Brimstone
    I really can't say enough about the Pendergast series, and this of course is another excellent book. I am a fan of both Mr. Preston and Mr. Childs, and also a fan of both as individual authors as well. This book is fast paced and has many surprises. I have read it several times now and also listened to it as an audio book. I don't reccommend that though since I have not been able to find any unabridged in audio, and you don't want to miss a sentence! ...more info
  • Preston and Child do it again
    I absoultely loved the book Brimstone. I found that once I started it I couldn't put it down. Further, I was disappointed when it ended.

    I have read several books by these two authors and they always left me wanting more.

    I think they are exceptionally talented writers and always look forward to reading one of their books.

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  • Too much of a good thing
    The first volume of Preston and Childs' "Diogenes" trilogy is a tremendous read for the first 300 or so pages, then loses steam. The book is well-researched and many details fascinate, but too many characters, among them an ambitious reporter and a charismatic drifter-turned preacher, dilute the suspense and add nothing but length to the story. (I thought Preacher Buck was being set up as a character as important as Stephen King's Walking Dude, but his story was all buildup and no payoff.) As for Pendergast, he remains more of an amalgamation of tics and peccadillos than an actual character, but he is an entertaining fellow, with his courtly manner and ability to conjure more items out of his clothing than anyone since Harpo Marx, and he is very mch missed when the action shifts to the many minor characters.

    In the end, not the strongest Pendergast thriller, but a good read nonetheless, and it does make one want to pick up the next volume. Books like this make me wonder, though, what has happened to the art of writing tight, suspenseful 300- or 400-page novels? I have nothing against the concept of "getting my money's worth," but I do mind a 600-page story that could be better told as 400-pager. I also wonder if anyone now dares to edit such a successful duo.

    Ah, but what use do Preston and Childs have for amateur critics, anyway? "There is no profession more ignoble than that of the critic," someone (a monk!) says early on. At the end of the novel Preacher Buck sits in his jail cell contemplating a tray of inedible prison food: "The sheer banality of it made him sick." Spoken like a true critic!
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  • Pretty Darn Good....
    It took me just a short while to read this book. I usually shy away from the ones that are 700 plus pages but I liked their previous books and decided to dive in and give it a try. I was not disappointed at all. I tend to stay away from trilogy type books too but this is way different. I will definatly keep going with this one. These guys are my second favorite authors next to Steve Berry. I am looking forward to the next 2 in this series. Go ahead and dive in and enjoy. Just remember...It IS Fiction....more info
  • A Thrilling & Gritty Suspense
    A shocking murder has occurred in Southampton, and Sergeant Vincent D'Agosta doesn't expect to do more than wrap yellow crime tape around the scene. Washed up and down on his luck, the last person D'Agosta expects to see is the FBI agent who has alternately mystified and awed him.

    Special Agent Pendergast pulls D'Agosta under his wing and launches into the investigation of the so-called devil killings. Rich, eccentric men are found burned--from the inside out, and the devil's hoof prints are found at one scene.

    The mystery deepens as D'Agosta and Pendergast weave their way through high society, religious fanaticism, and Italian hillsides. Will the answers they find be worth the sacrifices they must make, or will the secrets be too terrible to behold?

    In this innovative detective novel, Preston and Child not only lure the reader deeper into their tale, they grab hold and don't let go until the last page. Even then, they keep the reader on a short leash in anticipation of the next installment.

    With intricate plot twists that keep readers guessing, the writing is polished with the air of experience and passion. The characters are full of life; each has a distinctive--if enigmatic--past, agenda, and personality.

    There is one subplot that seems to be unnecessary, but this may be addressed in the next two titles of this series.

    This is a thrilling, gritty suspense, which will appeal to fans of the genre.

    Reviewed by Christina Wantz Fixemer
    6/5/2006...more info
  • Fantastic
    Doug Preston & Lincoln Child are fantastic writers.
    I own and have read all of their books.
    Exceptional mystery and suspense with high tech information thrown in.
    I recomend all of their books....more info
  • Despite it all, Pendergast is thankfully still on fire
    (No major spoilers)

    If Brimstone will be your first Agent Pendergast novel and you're intimidated by its length and/or negative reviews, wait to read it after you've experienced Relic, Reliquary, Cabinet of Curiosities and Still Life with Crows. Doing that just might save you from misjudging and missing out on a fantastic series of novels with a wonderful connecting network of characters.

    I first listened to Brimstone on cd, so the tedious length was lost on me. Looking at the novel, however, does bring out the wordiness that should be cut back for a cleaner read. There are truly some cons to be noted for this book. Though this is a technicality, I have major gripes with the language of not only Brimstone, but all the earlier Pendergast novels. There is often repeated use of exactly the same descriptive words within a page or two, sometimes even in the same sentence; too many -ly adverbs that underestimate the reader; too much beating over the head with Pendergast's personality. He's my favorite character and one of my favorite literary heroes, but even I get tired of hearing, from 10 different perspectives, about his unnerving gaze, slim fingers and mellifluous voice. Even a new reader will appreciate his awesomeness without it being overdescribed in each book.

    Specific to Brimstone, I felt the raunchy scene was out of place. Also, the preacher preached way too much. Lengthy sermons were forced on the reader through him when there are better ways to show his fanaticism. On the other hand, though his sidestory was unrelated to the "real" plot, it stayed true to the multi-dimensional element of all the Pendergast novels.

    About the borrowing of the Count, the authors make a clear statement about their motives for that action in their Aside.

    As for pros, I found the confusion of the case intruiging rather than daunting. There are a lot of false leads that're followed helter-skelter up until the true confrontation is realized, but as this is a mystery, a straight beeline to the end would be pointless. I was also relieved that the mysterious elements of the murders were not glibly attributed to their appearances, which would have been cheap and disappointing. The authors' continued attitude of realistically explaining strange events is great when they could have went the easy way and shrugged it all off to the supernatural. There was nothing particularly unreasonable or ridiculous about any of the chases/escapes/conclusions in this book (maybe only at the end, though it depends how it's explained in the next novel. "Cabinet," while delivering a larger adrenaline rush, had more too-perfect results than Brimstone did.)

    Overall, the action scenes in Brimstone are still excellent and like the other novels, continue to keep me on edge in a way that no other mystery or adventure novel has done to date. For making me unable to stop listening late into the night, even with my multiple complaints, I give my high rating for this book. I'm looking forward to the next, not so lengthy novel....more info
  • Best of the Trilogy
    I loved this book so much that I could hardly wait to read the next two books in the trilogy; in fact, I didn't get enough sleep on work nights as I kept telling myself, "I'll read just one more chapter and then put it down, just one more..." and an hour later, I'd finally put it down as my eyes were too droopy to keep them open.

    Agent Pendergast is the new Sherlock Holmes. Lt. D'Agosta, as his unofficial partner, is colorful and makes a realistic character counterpoint to the unusual talents and superior intellect of Pendergast. These guys have a lot of courage and it's interesting to see to what lengths they are willing to go to catch the villain.


    I did guess who the villain was before the end, but the twists and turns of the plot and the pacing were handled skillfully. It had an amazing ending that left me eager to read the next book.

    What I especially appreciate about the writing style of the partnership of Preston and Child is that they give you just what you need to know about the villain to move the plot forward. I am tired of novels that revel in revealing the evil thought processes of the antagonist: I don't like evil, so I don't want those type of thoughts in my mind as I read. I want to see evil overcome, not wallow in it. I know that a lot of persons disagree with me, as some of these types of novels are very popular, but I will not read them....more info
  • Brimstone Seller Review
    Great condition. Arrived well before the final delivery date. Binding is in very good condition, no water damage, and untorn dust jacket as well. May refer to seller again for future books....more info
  • If a protagonist has no way out
    I always looked forward to the next novel of Preston & Child, but this one was dissapointing. The mysteries are to obvious except for the motivation of the evil genius. Furthermore integration of a bored wealthy bonvivant, an illegal weapon deal, James Bond like production plants, intrusions in deserted factories and ancient italian nobility is simply too much; even for Preston and Child. Up till now i liked the twisting of technological fiction, reality, crime and some elements of horror as a good read. But this is overdone and sometimes even "unwanted" funny. I think it is always a problem to create a hyper-super hero like Pendergast, because he has no way to develop. Consequently the setting must become more and more absurd and unbelievable. ...more info
  • A disappointment
    I really enjoyed still life with crows and Cabinet of Curiosities, but this novel got downright dull and boring by the middle AND I thought the characterization of Agent Pendergast was even off a bit. I started skimming during the Florence section and to the end. this novel was a definite clunker in the series. I have begun Dance of Death and it is off to a good start... so I have higher hopes for it and will review it when I'm done......more info
  • Used To Write Much Better Than This - Not Their Best..!
    Preston & Child have put out some memorable books in the past (Relic, Reliquary, IceLimit were all excellent!). However, they managed to fail miserably in their last 3 books - even though they had a very interesting character, Pendergast, to work with.

    BRIMSTONE only barely managed to hold my interest: the plot was stretched-out (the price of sequelization), the villains were obvious and all style, no substance. The side stories were but page-stuffing, they added nothing to the story or the characters' development - whereas, (the partial) catharsis came in the most predictable way possible!!

    This is another example of a story diluted to blandness, in order to milk the cash-cow until it bleeds...Disappointed. Again.
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  • Should sell a lot more books than they do!
    I am an avid reader of all types of fiction and have been reading the books of Preston and Child since I picked up a copy of Relic several years ago. I was hooked and have since read everything these guys have written. I find it hard to beleive that more people don't buy their books or know about their work. Maybe they just need a new publicist but as far as I am concerned they are on my 'must read' list. From Relic through Brimstone Preston and Child do not disappoint. Great reads that mix a bit of the supernatural with reality that keep you turning pages until early in the morning. Brimstone continues the development of Agent Pendergast. I am looking forward to the next Preston/Child work. If you like suspense and occult type thrillers the Books of Preston and Child are a must. I would recommend you start with their earlier work and read those first. Although not necessary, they help to understand Agent Pendergast. I have yet to be disappointed in any of their works. They simply are in a genre of their own. Their books should be on everyone's bestseller list. Pick up any one of their books and you will be hooked....more info
  • Pendergast strikes again!
    I enjoy the style that Preston & Childs use for the Pendergast books (and their other books as well). It is chilling and scary without being over-the-top.

    In this prequel to "Book of the Dead," Vincent and Pendergast must stop a murder who kills in such a way as to make it appear that it is the work of the devil. Additionally, Pendergast has received a message from his long-long brother - Diogenes - that he will strike in January (the results of this are listed in the previously mentioned sequel to this book). There is a fascinating cast of characters and the book takes them from Southampton to NYC to Italy. Highly recommended....more info
  • Pendergast is back
    Vincent D'Agosta, former NYPD, is back from a brief stint writing crime fiction in Canada and is miserable working for the Southampton Police. But a mysterious and high profile death that appears to be the work of the devil brings FBI Agent Pendergast to Long Island and brings hope to D'Agosta's career. The duo, back together again, must deal with political pressures, high society suspects, and possibly even satan himself to solve the first and two successive murders. When the clues take them to Italy the stakes get higher and every step more and more dangerous.

    Fun characters and an intriguing plot make this first in a trilogy an entertaining start. The authors do a nice job of incorporating characters from prior books into this short series. It is a murder mystery with quite a bit of historical detail reminisent of Davinci Code. The book is not quite as fast paced as Davinci, and drags a bit in the middle, but ends with a decent clifhanger that will have the reader reaching for book two. Overall a suspensful thriller and a good start to a Pendergast trilogy....more info
  • Another great thriller from Preston and Child
    I was fully satisfied with this book. It may not have been as great as The Cabinet of Curiosities, Relic, or Thunderhead, but I absolutely love Preston and Child's writing, and this is no exception to great work....more info
  • Terrific read!
    I enjoy the style that Preston & Childs use for the Pendergast books (and their other books as well). It is chilling and scary without being over-the-top.

    In this prequel to "Book of the Dead," Vincent and Pendergast must stop a murder who kills in such a way as to make it appear that it is the work of the devil. Additionally, Pendergast has received a message from his long-long brother - Diogenes - that he will strike in January (the results of this are listed in the previously mentioned sequel to this book). There is a fascinating cast of characters and the book takes them from Southampton to NYC to Italy. Highly recommended....more info
  • traditional formula with excellent results
    In the footsteps of all traditional good guy- bad guy stories, comes Brimstone. Our Sherlock Holmes-type hero is FBI agent Pendergast, complete with his astute (though slightly vulgar by comparison) sidekick Watson, played by cop Vincent D'agosta. After a bizarre murder in a very upscale neighborhood, Pendergast and D'agosta are reunited and begin to work together to find the culprit of this devilish crime. A man found burned from the inside out, in a locked room, with furniture placed against the door. A cloven hoofprint burned into the floor. After a second murder occurs in New York in the same manner, crowds begin to form, proclaiming the end of days, the devil collecting his due, and so forth.

    Although this mystery has all the formulaic components, it is saved and elevated by excellent character development, delicious scenery, a truly original method of murder, as well as motive. Each book i read by this duo shows their increasing mastery of pace and language. Originally, i read Relic and was sorely dissapointed by a novice effort. However, they are only improving, and i have already picked up Dance of Death, so that i could jump right into it as soon as i finished Brimstone. This is a terrific summer read, but maybe to good to take on vacation. That is, if you want to leave your reading chair....more info
  • Just Right
    The book as an 1890's feel to it but is set in the present. The case the hero investigates has a preternatural aura but the hero (almost a superhero) and his more ordinary side kick attack it as an ingenious crime and not the work of the devil. This is the first Prendergast novel I've read and I enjoyed it. There are details that really resonated with me, Prendergast has what looks like an abandoned mansion in Harlem that is picture perfect on the inside. It's just a cool idea that someone would do that (only in a novel, I don't think it would work in real life). Such quirks scattered throughout the book just make the whole thing more interesting. Near superheros and near perfect bad guys make the book a fun read....more info
  • Writing Going Downhill
    I enjoyed The Relic so I picked this paperback up. Suffice to say these two authors never came across a cliche they did not embrace. I'm at about page 125 and I'm afraid I have to let it go and it takes a lot for me to not finish a book. Brimstone really feels like it was phoned in. Hackneyed main characters and supporting characters even for genre fiction. The writing is heavy handed (must we refer to "D'Agosta's old Italian grandfater?" I think "D'Agosta's grandfather" would suffice. There is also an odd combination of hostility towards the wealthy and juvenile adoration of the wealthy, depending on which character. Speaking of hostility, they seem to have it in for doormen, security guards, taxi drivers, and particularly critics. I can understand the latter, I would not be surprised if this book has been ripped by critics. But all in all I cannot stand the lack of originality: Pendergast lives at the Dakota? There are so many great old buildings in NYC, hasn't the Dakota been strip mined enough? And I can't stand the cliched characters. Gee, D'Agosta is walking near Columbia and hears two academics arguing about "some guy named Hegel." This writing is embarassing on so many levels. People don't process things like that. If you don't know Hegel it would not even register as a name. Butlers that say "And the gentleman will follow me?" Is this book an utter fantasy? And the door people at the NYAC? They are just about the nicest staff at any private club. It's not SoHo house after all. I feel like I need a highlighter to continue reading this book, every page I find 1 or 2 items that piss me off. How many more pages until I come across a Polish housekeeper referring to her boss as "The Mister?" I can't take another minute. And it's America, baby, so I don't have to. ...more info
  • Brilliant!
    Although it could have been shorter, the story, the characters and the writing were wonderful.

    D'Agosta, a New York Cop (Lieutenant)turned writer turned South Hampton Detective (Sergeant) is on the case of a horrific murder. Enters Agent Pendergast/FBI/Genius who studies unusual or supernatural murders. As the plot develops, we see a series of bizarre murders that appear to be supernatural in nature, and a host of other interesting and colorful characters. We have bad guys, contract killers, satanist, religious zealots, beautiful pale women, strong female captains, ex-wives, and villians. We have picturesque landscapes and a intricately woven tale, that ends up not being so supernatural at all. Even the epilogue leaves you with questions and it does not appear to be out of the realm of possibility for the characters to return. I would suggest that you get this on audio tape so that if you are like me, and have traffic, you can listen to the tale while driving. And if all else fails, read it, the old fashion way. ...more info
  • Brimstone is blistering!
    No one seems very sorry to hear that Jeremy Grove, an art critic with a vicious tongue, has been murdered...but they are all shaken by it. This is because of the way he is found, burned from the inside out, a borrowed cross melted into his skin, a hoof print burned into the floor of the attic room where he spent those last fatal moments, and the smell of sulfer hovering in the air.

    FBI Special Agent Pendergast is reunited at the scene with Vincent D'Agosta, now "Sergeant." Soon another murder with a similar modus operandi will bring in another old face from the past, Laura Hayward...and ask a question: Is the devil really coming back, Faust like, and claiming these people's souls, or is someone using this as a clever cover-up for a much bigger plan?

    Brilliantly paced, Brimstone is one of those books that you have a hard time putting down. One of the suspects we concentrate on, Bullard, definitely has some shifty plans in the works, involving a weapons deal with a foreign power, adding an extra dimension of action to the subplot. As always, there's enough of the uncanny in these stories to make you wonder, really, if perhaps this will be the book where, indeed, there is no logical explanation for what is happening.

    Ever since the Cabinet of Curiosities, Preston and Childs have been focusing a bit more on Pendergast, bringing out a back story about his family...a family full of madmen and evil genius. In Still Life With Crows, we get an idea that something, or someone, was found in the house that Pendergast ends up inheriting, and in this book we meet her: Constance, a young woman that Pendergast's uncle kept youthful through an elixir that he invented. This becomes important as the book goes on...we learn more about Pendergast, a little more about his family, and are introduced to the idea of a brother who is a creature of such evil that he gives even Pendergast nightmares, all things that seem to be leading up to the next book.

    It is also fun to see what has happened to past characters. We find that Laura Haywood has become a Captain, that D'Agosta quit the force to attempt a writing career. I always love it when you can find threads of history through a series, things that you don't need to know to understand what's going on, but things that as you read through the book gives it a feeling of cohesiveness. Preston/Child's characters are so interesting that you actually care and want to know what's going on in their lives. Especially the ever mysterious Agent Pendergast. Throughout the series, they've given information on this man in tiny pieces...finding out his first name is a big surprise. Agent Pendergast gets my award as one of the top most fascinating characters in mystery fiction, or fiction, period -- always well prepared, always a gentleman and there is very little that takes him by surprise. ...more info
  • Pendergast saga
    Well done murder mystery in the fashion of Sir Conan Doyle. I enjoy this genre very much as it allows escapism from travails of a busy and frustrating day. the characters are alive with description, the action just enough, and the solution to the mystery fascinating.

    great read.
    lsg...more info