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Pendergast ha simulado su propia muerte, para así poder luchar desde el anonimato contra su hermano Diógenes, un ser de inteligencia sobrehumana para perpetrar el mal. El detective Vincent D'Agosta, fiel compañero de Pendergast, recibe una carta «póstuma» de su amigo pidiéndole que se ocupe de ciertos asuntos, y, aún más importante, que ha de detener a Diógenes, quien ha aPendergast ha simulado su propia muerte, para así poder luchar desde el anonimato contra su hermano Diógenes, un ser de inteligencia sobrehumana para perpetrar el mal. El detective Vincent D'Agosta, fiel compañero de Pendergast, recibe una carta «póstuma» de su amigo pidiéndole que se ocupe de ciertos asuntos, y, aún más importante, que ha de detener a Diógenes, quien ha anunciado que cometerá un gran crimen dentro de una semana. Nadie sabe de qué se trata. Vincent intenta localizar a Diógenes, pero ha desaparecido. Luego empieza una serie de extraños asesinatos en Nueva York, y la única conexión entre ellos es que todas las víctimas eran amigos de Pendergast. Y aún peor: la policía encuentra pruebas contundentes que apuntan contra él como asesino. Pendergast deberá echar mano de toda su astucia y de la ayuda de sus amigos para capturar a Diógenes, tarea complicada y peligrosísima, antes de que él mismo sea detenido por la policía....

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La danza de la muerte Reviews

  • Dirk Grobbelaar
    2019-01-08 11:12

    The idea of an 'evil genius' Supervillain disappearing from the face of the earth to plot and scheme, and plan the ultimate crime, seems laughable, and stereotypical on so many levels, at first. The fact that he is the brother of the protagonist enhances this impression. The thing is, however, that there's nothing laughable about the way he goes about it. Dance of Death opens with a classroom discussion of The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot, during which an unflinchingly gruesome and disturbing death takes place. This enforces what we've already known since Brimstone - that this is going to be one hell of a wild ride.The events depicted here come as no great surprise. We've known about Diogenes and the Pendergast 'curse' (if you will) for some time now. We also know how it ends, don't we? I mean come on, this is an Agent Pendergast novel after all. Despite all this, the book remains an edgy and suspenseful read. It is obvious that it is only a bridging novel, and as such ends rather unsatisfying. It isn't really a cliffhanger as much as it is a lot of unfinished business. The Book of the Dead concludes the whole Diogenes story arc.Diogenes is, as many have noted, an over-the-top antagonist. Some reviewers were frustrated by his almost godlike abilities to confound the powers that be. But let's face it, to be a proper foil for Aloysius Pendergast you have to be somewhat able. It isn't often that Aloysius is given a run for his money, as he is here, and that adds a whole new dimension to his character. Also, in the process more mysteries are revealed (or at least hinted at) regarding the Pendergast family history.As always, Preston & Child manage to convey a deliciously Gothic vibe. It's modern day New York, but it drips with old school atmosphere. The only unfortunate thing is, we know who (or what) the villain is from the onset, which sets this novel apart from the rest of the series. There are still enough twists and thrills to keep fans satisfied, but I'm longing for a return to the likes of Relic, with its cool creature feature.

  • Matthew
    2019-01-09 10:16

    Keep the Pendergast coming! 5++++++ starsI cannot begin to even explain the goodness that is this book series. The story lines are creative and complex: it’s like watching the world’s most interesting puzzle being put together every time I read one of these. I am tempted to plow right through the whole series right now, but then I won’t have any left!If you like action-mysteries and you have not read any of these books, you are doing yourself a disservice! Be sure to read them in order, though. There is NO WAY you could fully enjoy this book if you do not have the full story from the previous entries. I fully expect all of you to immediately upon finishing reading this review to go out and get a copy of Relic!

  • Ginger
    2019-01-19 14:34

    Another great and exciting adventure with Pendergast and crew! The action was just nonstop in this book.Of course, this one ends with a cliffhanger. Looking forward to getting to the next book in the Diogenes series!

  • Juli
    2019-01-20 14:35

    I have been a fan of Agent Pendergast ever since I read the first novel in this series in 1995 when it was first published. At the time, I remember I enjoyed Relic because Pendergast was awesomely different and the story thrillingly gruesome. Then life got extraordinarily busy for me....kids, a divorce, years as a single mom, remarriage, etc etc....you know...hard-core adulting....and I lost track of this series for a long time. Fast forward about 10 years....only one child left at home....and more time on my hands....I re-discovered my love of books a couple years ago. And I fondly remembered Pendergast. There are lot more books in the series now, so I'm enjoying catching up with what Preston & Childs have been up to since I've been away. :)My library offers most of the series on audiobook through OverDrive, so I listen off and on during the day. Pendergast solves some of his most thrilling cases while I'm driving the car, washing dishes or folding laundry. :) Dance of Death was an enjoyable listen! Agent Pendergast's insane brother Diogenes is seeking violent revenge against his sibling. Diogenes is systematically murdering everyone that Pendergast cares about. One at a time. In gruesome ways. He wants his brother to suffer. Pendergast knows that the killings aren't Diogenes main focus though. The deaths are just a smoke screen to keep Pendergast busy while Diogenes pulls off a crime he's been planning for more than 20 years. Can Pendergast save the people he loves the most....and still prevent Diogenes from succeeding with his criminal plans?The story was a bit melodramatic in places....and the criminally insane mastermind is a plot trope of long standing. But, I still found this story exciting, interesting and suspenseful. I was, however, incredibly disappointed to discover that this audiobook version is heavily abridged. At 6.5 hours, it is about 10 hours shorter than an unabridged version I looked up online. How can you glean 10 hours of narration time out of a Pendergast book and not have a tremendous effect on the story? I did enjoy this audio book.....but now I seriously wonder how much (and what) I missed by listening to an abridged version. Rene Auberjonois is an outstanding narrator. He gives Pendergast just the right tone and accent, in my opinion. His reading pace and tone is even and easy to understand. I have partial hearing loss and have no problem understanding Auberjoinois. The only thing that I didn't like about this version is the huge amount of story that must have been removed to whittle it down to 6.5 hours. (The fact that the company is called Hatchette Audio - and they axed out half of the book -- made me laugh) I am listening to another book in this series by the same company -- also abridged -- and then I'm going to go back to reading the novels rather than audio versions (unless unabridged). I want the full Pendergast.....not the axed version. I would give the Pendergast story a strong 4 star rating on its own merits. But I'm dipping my ranking down to 3 stars on this one....just because 10 hours missing from a story is a lot of missing narrative. Boo Hiss! (in honor of the slightly melodramatic storyline in this book). Dance of Death is book 8 in the Agent Pendergast series. It's the middle book in the trilogy within the series that centers around Diogenes. There are 16 books in the Pendergast series currently, with the 17th, City of Endless Night, coming out in January 2018. For more info on Preston & Childs, check out their author website here: https://www.prestonchild.com/ I'm going to listen to the last Diogenes book in abridged form since I've already started the audiobook.....but then going back to reading the novels for the rest of the series.

  • J.K. Grice
    2018-12-22 09:33

    What can I say? Another super offering from the dynamic duo!

  • Emma
    2018-12-28 09:12

    I didn't find this as good as the others in the series. The evil brother story line seemed a bit TOO far fetched to me. Having said that, it was still a good and action packed read. I see the next one continues the story line so I hope it wraps up more satisfactorily.

  • Sabarish waran
    2019-01-13 12:38

    Starting was good, writing was as usual intressting, but the ending got me disappointed by telling something very big crime Is going to happen and its another theft. Rather then making a perfect ending the author used it to continue the plot for another book.

  • Terry
    2019-01-14 14:34

    Another great Pendergast book by Preston/Child! I’ll try for a longer review shortly. Can’t wait to read the next one, and last in the Diogenes trilogy.

  • Jim C
    2019-01-02 13:25

    Another novel in the Agent Pendergast series. In this one, his brother is the villian and has a vendetta against the main character. This book held my interest thru the whole book. The action in this book has a nice pace and you find yourself anticipating the confrontation between the two brothers. I thought this book wasn't quite as dark as other ones in this series. The only problem with this book is a cliffhangar at the end. I enjoyed this book and I believe this one is definitely worth a read.

  • kartik narayanan
    2019-01-09 10:12

    This is a run of the mill action thriller and quite unlike any other book in the series so far. There is zero creepiness, we know who the antagonist is right from the start and the story is your usual serial killer messes with good cop trope. So it is very different from your usual Pendergast storylines.There are tons of Sherlock Holmes references in this book (more so than usual). Agent Pendergast pulls a Reichenbach Falls at the end of Brimstone and, appropriately enough, comes back into an Empty House scenario. His brother is an amoral Moriarty mixed with Mycroft. And Pendergast has a faithful companion in D'Agosta.I found Dance of Death to be passable at best and meh at worst. The only thing keeping me interested now is to see the downfall of Diogenes.I have more reviews at my site Digital Amrit

  • Michael
    2018-12-24 16:19

    I was dissatisfied with this outing featuring FBI Agent Pendergast working with NYC Detective Dagosta to stop the fiendish plans of Pendergast’s twisted brother Diogenes. A “perfect crime” is promised on a certain date in the near future while along the way Pendergast is being tormented by the horrific murders of his close friends in various parts of the country. What is disappointing is how little success Pendergast has in stopping those murders. It was sad to see Pendergast so pressed against the wall with so few sparks of brilliant detection to outwit his foe. His quirky, erudite ways bring no source of joy in reading this tale. A significant section of the narrative deals with the opening of an exhibition of sacred Native American artifacts and the controversy surrounding the Tano Tribe’s demand to have their masks returned. Nothing is done to link this thread meaningfully to the plot. I read this second in a trilogy featuring Diogenes by itself. Obviously one must treat the three volumes as one long book to get any pleasure from them. But having our heroes know who the bad guy is all along undermines the usual satisfaction of experiencing Pendergast’s resolution of a mystery (e.g. I enjoyed that in Cabinet of Curiosities).

  • Jim
    2019-01-02 08:28

    I love these two authors, both together and as individual writers. They always put together a whopping good story.But, frankly their FBI Special Agent character Aloysius Pendergast is starting to wear a bit thin. He has always had a bit of unbelievability about him, but it is getting worse and worse. And now we have his evil brother, Diogenes, who is approaching godhood in his abilities to do evil things without being caught. And his whole reason for living is to torment his brother without killing him, for then he would have no reason for living.A bevy of repeating, normal characters are in this book and they are just fine. But the main characters exist on another plane and are able to do things way beyond a normal human being.As I said, these two main characters are really wearing thin...and there is one more book to go. If there is another book after this trilogy that features the Pendergast character, I won't be reading it.It gets three stars as the authors do keep the story moving.

  • Chris
    2018-12-25 08:37

    I love this series! Full review later.I think the series gets better as it adds to its own history. By book 7 we have come over 3,000 pages with these characters yet I feel like I am just getting to know Pendergast. He is the tip of the ice-berg with 90% below the surface type of guy, and a big part of that is his evil brother (not quite an evil twin, but close) and the dynamic of that relationship.Diogenes takes center stage in this one, eclipsing Special Agent Pendergast himself, and proves to be a very credible and diabolical villain and perfect counterweight to Pendergast's almost superhuman abilities. This is a battle of equals and the only result that matters is the utter destruction of the other. Much like Frankenstein's creature in Shelley, Diogenes seeks to destroy Pendergast, who he blames for his evil nature and for ruining his life (more about that later) and, like the creature, his destruction is to be achieved not with a bullet to the head of his brother (too easy) but by killing everyone he holds dear and leaving him alive to live with the pain. And a few worse things as well.Great second book in this trilogy. In fact, it set up the finale so well that I had to move a few books on the TBR pile around to start on Book of the Dead (#8) to find out what happens.As usual Dance of Death is full of thrilling action sequences, clever plot twists, and enough history and interesting background material to satisfy anyone who loves an intelligent thriller.

  • Lobstergirl
    2018-12-21 09:28

    A satisfying read, except for the typo "Harriman would have free reign..."AAARRRGGGHHH.Apparently no one rides horses anymore. This is a HORSE metaphor, not a royalty metaphor. But honestly, it's not as if we have more monarchs in the world than we do equestrians! FREE REIN. Give it to your horse today.

  • Albert Riehle
    2018-12-29 10:29

    I feel as if I'm coming to the end of my rope, in regards to the Preston & Child, Pendergast Series. On one hand, there's a lot of good in every book. On the other...there's just so much bad. And with each ensuing book, I feel like I've lost the want and will to continue, a bit more.This is the second book in a row, as part of this series, that ends unfinished. If you can't tell a complete story in over 450 pages then you're doing a poor job of writing. And some will argue that the points of this particular case are wrapped up--and that is true--to an extent, though our hero, Agent Pendergast, once again, winds up in a precarious position to end the story and once again, it seems a bit contrived to me. I don't mind a series of books, even within a series, as this one is, but it's important to give the reader a little something. You can't just continue to stack up mystery after mystery without ever answering any of the questions a reader has--if you fail to answer a reader's question, without subjecting them to another installment, the book fails. This book left me of two minds. One part of me wants to read the next book to see how it all comes out. The other part of me has no faith in these authors that they will satisfactorily conclude the series and answer my questions, meaning the book will only serve to aggravate me further. It might not be such a big deal if the pace of the book was better. Unfortunately, I was at the halfway point of the book before it found it's stride. Until that point, I found myself skimming through unnecessary scene after unnecessary scene. I found myself groaning as I'd flip a page to see that I was going back to visit yet another character plucked from one of the previous books--characters that I didn't care for the first time around, in most cases. And the one I did actually like--Corrie Swanson--had only about 5 pages. I found myself rooting for all of these retread characters to get killed. The second half of the book rolled a bit better. The pace picked up. It was terrible getting to that point, but once it got there, the story was excellent. The back half was good enough, until the end, to make me want to read on...but I know I'll have to get through what seems to be the modus operandi of these writers, once again: I'll have to get through half a book that would be better if edited out and replaced with a summary of the events that were to take place. I'll, no doubt, be subjected to boring characters like Margo Green and Bill Smithback that I just don't care about. I'm also getting a bit tired of all these characters with super human intelligence. First Pendergast--who is still a poorly drawn character--and now his brother Diogenes, who is even smarter than Pendergast and, apparently, the world's most dangerous man. Then, just for fun, another amazingly smart character is introduced in this story, for a chapter, and then forgotten until the epilogue. I don't know. I'm frustrated. I'm frustrated that I put so much time into this book and here, at the end, I haven't witnessed the needle being pushed very far from where it was when I started. I feel like I could have read the final three or four chapters, along with the epilogue and skipped the rest without having missed anything important. I honestly don't even think I want to know how it all ends because I care--I just want to know because I've already put this much time into it. Anyway. Those are my thoughts. I wouldn't recommend this book. It's poorly edited and incomplete.

  • Kasia
    2018-12-28 14:16

    The intelligent and luxurious thriller with a signature twist is back! Each book from this series is like a jewel but I simply loved book six and again it proved that no one can write the way this talented duo does, Pendergast is my favorite literary character, so much that I wonder what he’d do in hard situations and I picked up on his way of thinking, obviously I’m not some zen master/FBI agent with an intense IQ with the tact of a monk and stealth of a ninja but still, he’s someone you can benefit from imitating in colorful situations and even everyday life. And similarly to those good old Jackie Chan movies, he gets his behind kicked because his quests are never flawless but the flaws take the reader’s breath away and they leave them gripping the pages, at least that’s at least how I read it… he’s good but he’s not invincible and man the hardships get tough and the chases and fights are honed sharp as a scalpel. There are a lot of books out there and I love reading so I’m always on the pursuit of the written word but these are a real treat and are at the top of my list, I recommend reading this series from book one, Relic… the rush of combined story layers is worth it, if this book sounds interesting and you never read it then please do, it’s like dessert through all the courses. The previous novel left me in cold sweat about the main character’s future, book six is no different but in another way – intrigued? Yeah so was I! Framed for murders of some of his closest friends, Pendergast is on the silent hunt, he can no longer work in sunlight like a vampire yet he has to clear his name and catch his dangerous brother who’s on a quest to bring him suffering and mystery with his twisted genius mind.I loved how each character had an interesting part in this story because all my favorites were back; Constance, Prior, Steinback, Nora Kelly, Margo Green, Hawthorne and of course D’Agosta, each one of those people felt like a pillar of strength in this part of the series, like a good meal the balance is about working in harmony to create a complex environment for the story to shine in and everyone was just great. Some nasty scares were thrown in and I was right about one thing, which is a huge spoiler but I was right about a certain person and their fate which made me feel even more connected to the series. This is part two of the Diogenes trilogy ( if its confusing then you can blame not reading it in order) inserted into the main series plot and it leaves you wanting to read more, major good and bad things happen and the future is both scary and enticing… fans of museums, murder mysteries, New York City at it’s finest and great stories that both entertain beyond the meaning of the word this is it, no spoilers from these lips read for yourself to see what happens – I only read the reviews after I read the book.

  • Natalie
    2019-01-21 09:35

    NOOOOOOOOOOO!I could feel it coming in book 5 and now here it is. I'm so frustrated with this story. I really am. I've been loving Pendergast so much, but I can't stand this. It's so obvious where this whole story is going and I hate it. I don't like knowing the end at the beginning, especially when the end is so full of crap. So I'm mad.Really, really, really, mad. And just a little bit heartbroken.I haven't quite decided what I'll do. I kept trying to read it but I was too frustrated. I made it to page 110. I'm considering my options. Possibly I'll skip ahead to book 8, but something in me rebels against skipping books. Le sigh. For now, I'm shelving this. (April 9, 2015)

  • Shannon
    2019-01-17 11:38

    This was the 2nd book in the Pendergast Trilogy. I've read the 3rd as well, and since I read them out of order it was interesting b/c I knew kind of what would happen. They are great books, highly intelligent. But, read them in order.

  • Nancy Baker
    2019-01-03 10:25

    I've been reading quite a few mysteries lately so my son loaned me this book. I've also been plagued with fatigue in the past 2 months, therefore sleep takes precedents over reading so it took me a while to get through this story. This story was co-authored and both authors did a flawless job in creating an appetizing story and meshing writing styles. It was well written and I was pulled in during the first chapter. The story revolves around a policeman and an FBI agent (who at the beginning of the story is presumed dead). A series of strange (and I do mean strange) and unusual deaths occur that at first seem unrelated until you put all of the puzzle pieces on the same table and you begin to see an interlocking pattern. Each chapter dealt with a different person or place and it soon felt like a high-stake cat and mouse game. It was a thrilling ride but my disappointment came when I realized this was a series and I apparently started in the middle. I like my books to have a beginning and an end and while the truth behind the mystery unfolded (somewhat), I didn't get that finale I like in a story and it left me in the lurch waiting for the next book. I guess that is what a series book is supposed to do -- make you want to continue with the characters and their plight, but I don't like to hang with the same story line too long.

  • Rade
    2019-01-12 16:17

    I am not sure how long I could keep reading these books if Pendergast keeps pulling all these magic tricks out of his sleeve that keep him alive, make him vanish when cornered, gets him information, or simply keep telling me that he is a walking encyclopedia of knowledge that will have an answer to any question that is presented to him. This time he is going against his brother, another walking miracle of human intelligence. While it sounds fun, the execution was not a particularly fun one. Again, this is due to Pendergast knowing EVERYTHING ahead of time, giving him enough time to prepare and cover his tracks. He is like a walking Superman with no powers but an arsenal of knowledge and resources that he might as well be a bad guy in sheep's clothing - a bad guy who sleeps on stacks on hundred dollar bills. Seriously, at one point he offered 1 million for info as if it was $100 bucks. Not a big fan of this one but I will probably keep reading as these are mostly quick and fun reads. R.S

  • Rob Thompson
    2019-01-12 11:33

    Dance of Death is the sixth book in the Special Agent Pendergast series. Also, this novel is the second book in the Diogenes trilogy. The first book is Brimstone, released in 2004, and the last book is The Book of the Dead, released in 2006.(view spoiler)[The book follows FBI Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast. Tagging along with him is his sidekick, Lieutenant Vincent D'Agosta. Pendergast was last seen at the end of the previous novel, Brimstone. In that he was buried alive behind a brick wall in Castel Fosco. His estranged brother, Diogenes, rescues him and nurses him back to health. But this is not a true act of kindness. Diogenes has a dark agenda and needs his brother alive to carry out his nefarious plans.Pendergast's ward Constance Greene requests Vincent D'Agosta's presence for a very important meeting. D'Agosta is shown a letter written many months before by Pendergast about his brother Diogenes. In the letter, Pendergast writes that he does not know of Diogenes's whereabouts, but does in fact know one thing—a date, January 28. D'Agosta presumes that this will be the date of Diogenes's greatest crime. Having been hated by and hating his family, Diogenes obviously cannot be trusted. (hide spoiler)]Dance of Death may be a bit more melodramatic than the other books in the series. It features chases, a jewel heist, a kidnapping, and Aloysius’s total entanglement in the web that Diogenes spun. The plot is tightly and intricately woven. And manages to keep up the action while still introducing us to new facets of familiar characters. There are still enough twists and thrills to keep new readers and fans satisfied. Highly recommended.

  • Hali Sowle
    2019-01-05 16:35

    The middle book in the Diogenes sub-trilogy of the series doesn't have any of the supernatural elements of the other books in the series, rather it is a straight forward mystery, police procedural novel and perhaps the best book of the entire series. The book opens with D'Acosta, Constance and those close to Pendergast trying to come to grips with his death. Constance summons D'Acosta to Pendergast's home to give him a letter that was left for him asking D'Acosta to stop Pendergast's brother Diogenes plan from being executed, a plan that Pendergast feels will be as monstrous as his brother is evil. What follows is gripping and hard to put down as (this is not a spoiler since there are obviously books that follow in the series) Pendergast reveals he is still alive, saved from certain death by his brother who doesn't want Pendergast to die until the plan he has put into motion is finished, a plan that includes killing any and all people close to Pendergast in gruesome ways. We follow Pendergast and D'Acosta as they try to avoid a closing police dragnet and yet try to stay ahead of the twisted, brillliant Diogenes and prevent another murder. The book was engrossing with twists and turns that I never would have guessed and kept me turning the pages way to late into the night. Even though it ended in another cliff hanger (it was well telegraphed that it would) it was a cliff hanger with closure (and the fact I had the final book in the sub-trilogy waiting made it easier to bear).

  • Janice
    2018-12-26 15:23

    I really must get going on this series. I had forgotten how much I've enjoyed Agent Pendergast and the adventures he gets caught up in. This latest adventure involving his brother Diogenes as his nemesis, has me turning the pages. I will be reading the third book in the sub-series soon, like this month. I want to know how it turns out. Sure, some of it's a bit over the top. Some of the situations are too contrived and not realistic, but I'm not looking for realism in this series. I'm just looking for a fun story.

  • Kate
    2019-01-20 16:35

    Not quite up to Preston/Child's usual standards, this book was a continuation of BRIMSTONE and the prequel to BOOK OF THE DEAD. While I don't mind continuing plots like this, ordinarily, this book FELT like a setup for the next in many ways - the characters acted at odds to their usual depictions, and the scenarios felt quite forced. I can ordinarily figure out where a Preston/Child novel is going well before it gets there, but the entire setup this time just felt...trite and forced.Beyond that, the two major questions that have come up in the last few books in the series - regarding Diogenes's motivations and the nature/origins of Constance - were only hinted at. Irritatingly. Go right ahead, talk about how this is an "unfathomable mystery" or how things aren't what they appear, but at least throw us a bone regarding what said mystery is going to turn out to be, to keep us hooked and thinking about it before the next book. Don't simply mention the great mystery again and again while pointedly refusing to actually DISCUSS it. That's just maddening.The prose was, thankfully, up to the usual snappy standards of this duo - the references come fast and thick, the writing and pacing are taut without being too simplistic or didactic, and the tension builds nicely. But that was about all that was up to the team's usual standards here - the plot was hackneyed and too telegraphed, the scenarios too outlandish (and for a duo known for writing about malevolent genetic oddities, that's saying something), and the characters acted at odds with their usual habits and deportment.Let's not get into the fact that women, apparently, are always referred to by their first names, while men are referred to by their surnames. Laura Hayward is referred to both ways, but usually called "Laura" - a commentary on how women in power are perceived? I found it interesting that she was called Hayward when in her official capacity, but Margo Green was never called "Green," even though she was now a powerful personage, the editor of a top-ranked magazine. Hm. Meanwhile, even the lowliest of male characters was always referred to by his surname by the authors. Don't get me wrong, I love Preston/Child and I'll certainly read BOOK OF THE DEAD, but their work is starting to lose me, at least in the Diogenes trilogy.

  • Cassie
    2018-12-29 14:20

    This is definitely a better book in the Diogenes trilogy. Where Brimstone only teased with a few glimpses and mentions of Diogenes, this one made him integral. I really love the Pendergast and D'Agosta pairing but especially in this book. It was the first time I really felt that D'Agosta wasn't just running after Pendergast asking what the hell was going on, he had to spend the first part working things out by himself. I absolutely loved this storyline! Brimstone sets up the penultimate showdown between Aloysius and Diogenes, two enigmatic geniuses and brothers.One of the most notable aspects of this book is the tension from character development. Aloysius is fallible in this novel, surpassed by Diogenes, and needs to rely on D'Agosta much more than before - and is more compelling because of it. Diogenes threw down the gauntlet and Aloysius spends most of this book scrambling to keep up. Diogenes is chillingly brilliant, so brilliant he's crossed over into insanity. For this book, Preston and Child pulled together most of their joint works into one cohesive universe and that worked really well. I did find the outright references to some of their earlier novels (Relic, Reliquary and Thunderhead) wore thin pretty quickly. It was unnecessary and distracting.I liked Constance Green even less in this book but she still has that certain odd appeal, something about her makes me wonder.I really liked Diogenes. He intrigued me, his world intrigued me. I wanted to know what goes on inside his head. Quite simply, I wanted to know more about him, and that surprised me considering he's a homicidal psychopath!Like the first book in the trilogy, this one left me with burning questions. The ending is a great cliffhanger!

  • Radhika
    2018-12-28 13:16

    If there were a wish-I-hadn't-wasted-time-on-this-book shelf, then that's where I'd shelf this waste of paper. Grrrr. This book illustrates one of my pet peeves so clearly. I hate it when authors keep you going on the promise of the most astounding secret about a protagonist that will be revealed and then end the book in preparation for the sequel. This is literary laziness and cheating the reader to keep them going with a false promise. The authors don't have enough material to write a good tale in this book other than to throw in a lot of gimmicky escapades each of which is not perfect but which the reader is willing to follow along in the hopes of the childhood incident that set up the two brothers as enemies and affected them psychologically. Each time someone (Eli Glinn or Diogenes or Constance, for instance) or something interesting (the "fourth" psychological interrogation technique) is introduced, it is built up with weasel and peacock terms but never is anything meaningful, always implied at, ever truly revealed. All the authors seem to want to talk about is the sophistication of their main protagonists. And the worst insult of all, to end the book after forcing the reader to read through to the set up for a sequel without revealing one interesting thing in the whole story. I am determined to never pick up another book by the same authors ever because people who promise yarns to come are not story-tellers, merely wind-bags.

  • matteo
    2019-01-13 08:35

    Just when I thought I was out... Preston and Child pull me back in.Apparently a long break between reading books 5 and 6 was what I needed. This book flew by. The characters were interesting again (and it was a pseudo reunion from earlier books, although some old friends showed up only to get killed off). The ridiculousness of the previous book was somewhat left behind. Maybe the books that are set in New York City and involve the museum and the underground are just naturally better. This book, like the previous one, is more of a cliffhanger than earlier ones in the series, so I'll move on to the next book eventually.

  • Leah
    2019-01-17 15:15

    Unfinishable: I only have a certain amount of book-reading time left in my life and I cannot waste it reading the kind of authors who make tongue-in-cheek references to their own earlier work as written by a recurring character. It's a tiny step away from actually putting themselves in the book as bit part characters, á la Clive Cussler.

  • Nina
    2018-12-23 11:21

    En malta odottaa, miten Pendergastille ja Diogeneelle vielä käy.Neljä tähteä. Onneksi on seuraava osa heti käsillä.

  • Annette
    2018-12-26 14:16

    Absolutely awesome. Agent Pendergast goes toe to toe with his twisted brother Diogenes. Pendergast returns from the dead only to be confronted by Diogenes with a challenge., "Stop me if you can". Diogenes starts to kill off Pendergast's friends and sets him up to take the blame. With the ever faithful Lt. D'agosta helping him, Pendergast must stop his brother before he commits the perfect crime. But can he save his friends and himself? This may be Pendergast's greatest challenge.