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Dance of Death: An Agent Pendergast Novel [Format Kindle]

Douglas Preston , Lincoln Child
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From Publishers Weekly

The always reliable team of Preston and Child revisit Special FBI Agent Aloysius Pendergast, last seen in 2004's Brimstone, and others from past bestsellers (Relic; The Cabinet of Curiosities) in this intriguing thriller set in and around New York City and the halls of the Museum of Natural History. Born a misanthropic loner but driven insane by seeing his parents burned alive when he was a teen, Aloysius's madman brother, Diogenes, has begun murdering Aloysius's friends. Aloysius begs old friend Lt. Vincent D'Agosta to help him defeat his brother, and Vincent does his best while the brothers spar and others die. There are a number of subplots, one involving an ATM robber and flasher known as the Dangler and another focusing on the museum's exhibition of sacred masks, but these fade away as the deadly duel between the brothers takes center stage. Think Sherlock Holmes locked in a death struggle with his smarter brother, Mycroft. Like Brimstone, this novel doesn't end so much as simply pause while the authors work on the next installment. While it's not as good as some of their earlier efforts, it's still pretty darn good.
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From AudioFile

In a follow-up to the Audie Award-winning BRIMSTONE, authors Preston and Child again team up with actor René Auberjonois on a story that stretches the boundaries of thriller fiction. Against the backdrop of New York's Museum of Natural History, Lieutenant Vincent D'Agosta and mysterious FBI Agent Aloysius Pendergast try to track down Pendergast's misanthropic brother, who is murdering Pendergast's acquaintances, one by one. Auberjonois puts carefully calculated emotion and intensity into all his characters--good or evil, flawed or seemingly superhuman--to a completely satisfying effect. At the close of this reading, the authors "interview" the fictional Agent Pendergast. S.E.S. © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 518 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : B000EGF0PA
  • Editeur : Orion (30 décembre 2010)
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Very Cool 23 août 2005
I got an advance copy! Which was very cool because it was signed by the authors. I must admit I cannot be an objective reviewer when it comes to this writing team, they are awesome! In Dance of Death FBI Special Agent, Aloysius Pendergast (from Brimstone, Cabinet of Curiosities) is back in action. He is up against his Evil, diabolical brother Diogenes, who is murdering Aloysius's friends, and framing the murders on Aloysius! Pendergast ends up on the run from the Feds while he tries to figure out a way to defeat his evil brother, who is always one step ahead of him.
This is typical Preston/Childs non-stop action with plenty of twists and turns. If I were to fault the book at all is it does not develop the historical/archeological/scientific plot typically found in earlier novels-which I always enjoy. New York City and the hall of the Museum of Natural History does play a role but this quickly fades in importance as the "dance of death" between the brothers plays out. The monumental struggle between the two brothers however-an epic fight between good and evil-is more than enough to carry the story. I also think the ending could have been a tad better, but it is also a great set up for the next book!
All in all this is another great Preston/Childs collaboration that fans will be pleased with (it is worth the hardback price). Oh yeah, if you like this type of thriller also check out "A Tourist in the Yucatan" Highly recommended for thriller/adventure/mystery fans!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 tantalizing 27 mars 2009
Par M. Jerome Milac VOIX VINE
Format:Poche|Achat vérifié
"All right everybody.
To me, this is one of my favorite. It's the sequel to the first of the Pendergast Trilogy named Brimstone, but far, far better and entertaining. In fact, I read it within 3 days, and it could have been 2 if I didn't have all those commitments :-).
You'll get to hate, one of the most evil foes named Diogenes.
A special treat. Go for it."
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 merci 14 novembre 2009
merci pour le livre que j'ai recu en bon etat et livraison rapide
je suis tres contente
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The world of Preston and Child in one book. 16 juin 2005
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In "Dance of Death" authors Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child have taken the logical step of something that has been occurring casually in their writing over the last three novels, they have pulled together all of their joint works (save "Riptide" which can be neither included nor excluded) into one cohesive universe. The primary characters, Bill Smithback, Nora Kelly, Margo Green, Laura Hayward, Vincent D'Agosta and of course Aloysius Pendergast, have all been featured prominently in past works, and while I haven't been much of a fan of this inbreeding of plot lines, I have to admit that it is carried of with a great deal of panache.

"Dance of Death" is a sequel to the previous "Brimstone", and likewise represents the latest in an arc concerning Pendergast that began with "The Cabinet of Curiosities" and continued in "Still Life With Crows". As such, this isn't the best book to start with these authors, as some sections will border on the incomprehensible to new readers. Dealing with a deadly grudge match between Pendergast and his brother Diogenes, "Dance of Death" cleverly sets up all of the previous Lincoln and Child novels as a training ground for the penultimate showdown between these two enigmatic geniuses, which will, at least as of this writing, find its denouement in next summer's book. Thus be forewarned, that "Dance of Death" ends in a cliffhanger. However, since it is obvious within the context of the book, and since the authors have been more than forthcoming about that fact, this is hardly a criticism.

It is worth noting that as with other recent Preston and Child novels, "Dance of Death" drifts away from the early science and story driven novels, and derives more of its tension from character development. While this may disappoint some, it actually works quite well as the authors are now drawing on eight previous books, and as such they are capturing the themes and drama found in those prior works. There's a little bit of "Relic", a dash of "Thunderhead", a portion of "The Ice Limit", so on and so forth. As Pendergast and his faithful Lieutenant D'Agosta are pulled ever deeper into Diogenes murderous plan, more than a few pieces snap satisfyingly into place. At the same time the characters are used in unpredictable ways, so each new plot twist feels just a little more puzzling because of that. Literally up to the last page Preston and Child throw one change-up after another at the reader.

In fact, the ending is one of the high points of the book, and speaks to a strong element that pervades the text, namely the fallibility of Pendergast. "In Dance of Death" he is plainly surpassed by his brother, and his need to rely on friends makes him a much more compelling and human character than the polymath superman he has often become; a character which sadly verged on self caricature. How this relates to the conclusion, and without offering any spoilers, is basically this: if you are going to end a book with a cliffhanger, make it a really good, really unexpected one that opens up avenues that were hinted at, but that are only plain in retrospect.

My one complaint is that the same tying together of different novels that makes "Dance of Death" so successful has also made the authors too clever for their own good. It is one thing to use a neat bit of story-telling to link seemingly unrelated events, but quite another to riddle the book with self-referential tidbits and mundane inside jokes. In fact, some of the jokes step on their own toes as they reference the sequel to a book they wrote whose characters appear in this novel. It's unnecessary, really distracting, and I frankly wish they would cut it out.

That complaint aside, "Dance of Death" is a brisk thriller that so nicely ties together what one might call the Preston/Child Mythos, it's almost impossible not to enjoy. While definitely not for a newcomer, fans will be impressed by the quality of the writing (which improves with each book, the authors clearly take their craft seriously) and the numerous twists and turns. I also appreciate the signal that this novel sends: that once the Pendergast arc is completed, the authors will branch back out into new stories; something which is necessitated by the engaging confluence of characters and stories. As such, it feels like both the end and the beginning, which is certainly appropriate for the second book in a trilogy.

Jake Mohlman
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Pendergast is back!!! 15 juillet 2005
Par Colin P. Lindsey - Publié sur
First of all, I am a confirmed addict of this series, and warned my girlfriend when this book came out I would be ignoring her for a few days! If you haven't indulged in a Pendergast novel before, then I highly recommend you go back to the beginning ("Relic") and start working your way forward. You will love it! Cabinet of Curiosities and Still Life with Crows are two of my favorite books ever and I would happily recommend them to any and everyone. In fact, I do recommend them all the time, and have received many thanks for it. All the books in the series are entertaining, are some are indeed extraordinary, riveting, compelling, and leave you gnashing your teeth waiting for the next one. They are absolutely worth reading.

Agent Pendergast is titularly an FBI agent but his ties with that organizations seem very loose indeed since he seems to wander the country with no partner, investigate whatever he wants, and doesn't appear to report in to anyone. He is a wonderfully interesting, intelligent, and resourceful character who is independently wealthy from a family inheritance. He is in many ways a modern Sherlock Holmes, and like Mr. Holmes he comes saddled with his own Moriarty, in this case his younger brother, Diogenes. The Cain and Abel parallel is obvious throughout this book, and it works well to create an accelerating tension.

The story line has been leading up to the conflict with his brother Diogenes for some time as Pendergast has agonized about him in previous novels and warned friends that his brother, whom no one has had contact with since his supposed "death" twenty years earlier, has an evil plot afoot to commit the perfect crime, one which will affect the whole world. It is in this novel, Dance of Death, that his brother makes his move. Pendergast and his brother contest back and forth throughout this novel. It is wonderful fun, with some extremely tense scenes and developments that do catch you by surprise.

However.....I did give this book four stars rather than five. I also feel conflicted about it because this is an excellent book and I devoured it in two days, skipping work to do so, and I did not want to put it down until I finished it. Based on my actions I know it really deserves the five stars. My reservation is simply that I did not find it quite as completely riveting as Cabinet and Still Life. Those novels had a sense of foreboding and menace, crimes baffling and incomprehensible to local police, villains so complex no one even knew what or who they were, and they engendered a spooky fear of the dark and of odd places that just aren't present in this book. I wish Amazon had a special sixth star that I could go back and give the other novels so I could in good conscience give this one the 5 stars it probably deserves. I did love this book (which is how Amazon quantifies five stars) I just didn't love it quite as much as some of their earlier ones. But don't let my quibbling spoil your read. It is still a completely fun and gripping book that will make you ignore your friends, family, pets and other loved ones and leave you waiting in quiet desperation for your next fix. Enjoy!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Dance of Death proves as nimble as the rest of the series 15 septembre 2006
Par Ric Wasley - Publié sur
I absolutely enjoyed Dance of Death. As a matter of fact this entire series has been great and Preston and Child have really created a winning combination in both their writing and the characters of Pendergast and D'Agosta. The pairing of two unlikely detective partners, one a tough talking, no nonsense NY PD cop, Lieutenant Vincent D'Agosta and the mysterious but urbane FBI Agent Aloysius Pendergast make the perfect 'odd couple'. Together they continue to solve quirky mysteries laced with menace and terror. I particularly liked Dance of Death because for this one the authors have chosen to bring the long lost brother of Pendergast into the picture as the most menacing villain yet. Diogenes is almost like Pendergasts alter ego, brilliant but evil. In the hands of lesser authors, the evil brother villain could become a caricature of 'the evil twin'. But Child and Preston have pulled it off masterfully, giving the fiendishly devious tortures and Catch 22 situations he puts his despised brother in, just the right amount believability. They somehow manage to walk the fine line between a believable psychopath and a comic book villain.

This is a fun novel for anyone who likes suspense, terror and smart classy detective work with characters who jump out of the page at you.

I heartily recommend this book and the entire series.

Ric Wasley
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A high-octane, edge-of-your-seat thriller! 16 juin 2005
Par DanD - Publié sur
Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast has been freed from his tomb inside an Italian castle (let's face it, we all knew he wasn't dead). However, he and his friend, NYPD Lieutenant Vincent D'Agosta, have no time for celebration. For Pendergast must face an evil that has haunted him for years, and which has now arisen to take its vengeance: his long-lost (and thoroughly evil) brother, Diogenes.

Diogenes is no ordinary criminal; he is, in fact, quite possibly the only person smarter and more cunning than Pendergast himself. And he is bent on destroying Pendergast, by murdering friends old and new, and framing the FBI agent. But Diogenes's twisted brilliance does not end there. For behind his crimes lies a motive so unthinkable, so inhuman, that it can only come to one outcome: death.

"Dance of Death" is one of the fastest-paced thrillers I have read in a long time. Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child continue their well-researched, exhillerating brand of suspense featuring the popular Special Agent Pendergast. An added bonus for longtime Preston/Child fans: the return of characters such as Margo Green and Bill Smithback (both from the duo's first novel, "Relic"), Nora Kelly (from "Thunderhead"), and Laura Hayward (from "Reliquary" and "Brimstone"), plus the occasional mention of minor characters from other previous novels.

But "Dance of Death" is more than just another Pendergast novel. It serves almost as the second act in a three-act play (with "Brimstone" being the first act). It tidies up just enough to leave the reader satisfied, while leaving enough questions unanswered to ensure that those who read this novel will rush out and get the next one. Of course, Preston/Child fans will do that anyway, because they know that with this duo, you get nothing less than the best. Want proof? Here's "Dance of Death," the perfect book to keep you awake all night.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 The Perils of Pendergast 25 août 2005
Par Antigone Walsh - Publié sur
I was one of the many eagerly awaiting this sequel to Brimstone. When last seen, Special Agent Pendergast was entombed with rescue dubious. But he's back and trying to thwart his evil brother Diogenes. Diogenes, dubbed the most evil man in the world, is dispatching Pendergast's friends and acquaintances (many of whom apeared in earlier novels) and framing Pendergast himself.

While certainly a fun read, this novel is diappointing on a number of levels. First, Pendergast, a Renaissance McGyver, seems to have lost his touch. He is scattered and while he rallies his sidekick Vince D'Agosta, they spend most of their time racing around, evading the police and failing to capture Diogenes. He has D'Agosta leave his live-in love, another police officer for her protection when later he admits that she was never in any danger.The appearance of the putative girlfriend is confusing--Pendergast always presented as asexual, perhaps with a bit more of a feminine side than is usually exhibited by the FBI. The subplots about diamonds, Indian relics and an ATM robber provide marginal entertainment value.

Diogenes,himself, is a disappointment. An intellectual nasty who previously threatened something that even he thought was terrible, really did not distinguish himself as a rogue among rogues.

This book is certainly worth reading. However, if you are new to the series, it would be helpful to start with one of the earlier novels so you can fully appreciate the characters and their backgrounds.
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