When the kidnappers strike again at those closest to Pendergast, the FBI agent, filled anew with vengeful fury, sets out to track down and destroy those responsible. His journey takes him deep into the trackless forests of South America, where he ultimately finds himself face to face with an old evil that-rather than having been eradicated-is stirring anew Confucius once said: "Before you embark on a journey of revenge, first dig two graves.
Preston and Child's Relic and The Cabinet of Curiosities were chosen by readers in a National Public Radio poll as being among the one hundred greatest thrillers ever written, and Relic was made into a number-one box office hit movie.
In addition to his novels, Preston writes about archaeology for the New Yorker and Smithsonian magazines. Lincoln Child is a former book editor who has published five novels of his own, including the huge bestseller Deep Storm. Readers can sign up for The Pendergast File, a monthly "strangely entertaining note" from the authors, at their website, www.
The authors welcome visitors to their alarmingly active Facebook page, where they post regularly. The gothic atmosphere that oozes from the pages of Two Graves will envelop the reader in a totally unique experience The mystery tantalizes, and the shocks throughout the narrative are like bolts of lightning. Fans will love the conclusion to the trilogy, and newcomers will seek out the authors' earlier titles. The story is never predictable, and Pendergast is a multi-layered personality who keeps you guessing throughout. Two Graves is never predictable and full of secrets that will please long-time fans and readers of thriller novels alike!
Late Victorian London. When James Miller, the most respectable of Scottish businessmen, is pulled, dead, from the Thames, his daughter is drawn into an investigation which reveals a whole world of secrets and corruption. The Darkwater Bride combines the genres of the Victorian mystery thriller with the equally classic Victorian mode of the ghostly tale. Concerned that technology is about to chase mythological creatures out into the open how long can Sasquatch stay hidden from Google maps?
While the League hopes to hold on to secrecy for a little bit longer, they're preparing for the worst in terms of human reactions.
A Cold Vengeance, An Agent Pendergast Novel by Douglas Preston | | Booktopia
They need a plan, so they look to Mystic Bayou, a tiny town hidden in the swamp where humans and supernatural residents have been living in harmony for generations. An inexplicable explosion rocks the antiquities collection of a London museum and the race begins to determine how it happened, why it happened, and what it means. Lady Kara Kensington's family paid a high price in money and blood to found the gallery that now lies in ruins.
Her search for answers leads Kara and her friend Safia al-Maaz, the gallery's curator, into a world they never dreamed existed. Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world.
And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.
A Cold Vengeance
Devastated by the discovery that his wife, Helen, was murdered, Special Agent Pendergast must have retribution. But revenge is not simple. As he stalks his wife's betrayers - a chase that takes him from the wild moors of Scotland to the bustling streets of New York City and the darkest bayous of Louisiana - he is also forced to dig further into Helen's past. And he is stunned to learn that Helen may have been a collaborator in her own murder.
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Peeling back the layers of deception, Pendergast realizes that the conspiracy is deeper, goes back generations, and is more monstrous than he could have ever imagined - and everything he's believed, everything he's trusted, everything he's understood The second of the three Prendergast books, Cold Vengeance is a powerfully written thriller.
It does not rely on technology or gimmicks but on good old fashion thrill, suspense and plot twists. In continuation from the first, Pendergast is still trying to find out who killed his wife, or was she killed. All of the twists and turns are very much worth it.
Yet, Preston and Child still provide enough closure to satisfy. The work has plot, depth, villainy, conflict and it is hard to put down. This book reintroduces an old friend, Corrie Swanson, from a previous thriller -- Still Life with Crows.
That novel was weak, Corrie being the only bright spot. It was good to see her back in this novel. This is the second trilogy of the Pendergast series. The first was excellent and the second trilogy is better than the first. I suggest you read the series. This is the second installment of the Helen Pendergast saga. It is a good story but I hope this series ends with "Two Graves"? This is particularly so, as the series seems to require reading all 3 books so far to get the gist of what's going on.
Other references to earlier novels are also included but not required reading. What began as an enjoyable multi--book story is now evolving into an undergraduate course on Pendergast, that requires juggling much information, and with no end in sight. On the upside, Rene Auberjonois does a terrific job with portraying Pendergast, a complicated hero with a multitude of skills, as well as the other myriad characters who come and go in this novel and series.
On the downside, the authors' effort to portray Pendergast's love for his elusive wife Helen was clumsy and amateurish. Gazing together upon a "buttery moon" was one of many cringe-inducing scenes that showed the authors are far better at writing fast-paced thrillers with subtle twists than syrupy teenage romances.
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Bottom line: Still a good read, but let's hope a satisfying conclusion is not too far over the horizon. I love the Pendergast series.
Do not read this as your first book. It would be more confusing without the background from some previous books in the series. For those reviewers that seem to be intolerant of cliffhangers, then I suggest you avoid all trilogies and absolutely avoid Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series!
And for our friend who thinks there is too much violence - this is the Mysteries and Thrillers genre - by definition they tend to have violence. So, if you like a series that continues to develop characters and storylines, and appreciate the genre, then I think you'll enjoy this book and the others in the series. This is the eleventh Pendergast novel, the second of the 'Helen Pendergast' arc. Aloysius X. Pendergast is an albino F. His lineage is as dark and checkered as the mysteries he deftly runs to ground.
He solves cases. Never mind that his methods are often incorrigible. His tenaciousness makes him a priceless ally and a disastrous enemy.
Review: Cold Vengeance by Preston & Child
His exploits have moved me from the edge of my seat to exclaiming uncontrollably in front of strangers to my embarrassment. Pendergast is doubtlessly the most exciting character in modern fiction. If you think this is the conclusion to the authors' LAST unfinished story, don't be fooled. This is even more unfinished than the last one. In essence, absolutely nothing gets resolved, nothing really 'happens. When they come out with the next 'installment,' I will be sure NOT to buy it until I read someone else's review saying that the whole Helen-death-mystery has come to the end it should have come to in the last book.
Shoot, I might not even buy it then!