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Extraction (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Douglas Preston , Lincoln Child

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From #1 New York Times bestselling authors Preston & Child, an all-new short story featuring Agent Pendergast, available only as an ebook and audio download.

In New Orleans' French Quarter, the Tooth Fairy isn't a benevolent sprite who slips money under your pillow at night....he's a mysterious old recluse who must be appeased with teeth--lest he extract retribution. When young Diogenes Pendergast loses a tooth, however, his skeptical older brother Aloysius is determined to put the legend to the test...with dire consequences.

*Includes a special preview chapter of Preston & Child's new full-length novel TWO GRAVES, available December 11, 2012.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 609 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 30 pages
  • Editeur : Grand Central Publishing (16 octobre 2012)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00FOW9P0K
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 It all started with the pasta 16 octobre 2012
Par J. Chambers - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I've been a big fan of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child since Relic, their first book in the Aloysius Pendergast series. Together and individually, the two authors have written some of the most suspenseful stories of the past two decades. In the short story "Extraction," they turned back the clock to an earlier time when Aloysius and his younger brother Diogenes were kids growing up in New Orleans (the story takes place before the traumatic event that resulted in Diogenes' brain damage).

The story begins in modern times, where Aloysius, his ward Constance, and Monsieur Bertin, one of Aloysius's childhood tutors, are having dinner in Pendergast's Riverside Drive mansion. A disagreement over the proper way to cook pasta led to a flashback story that took place in New Orleans when Aloysius was nine years old, and his brother Diogenes was six. With their mother in the hospital and their father away on business, their Uncle Everett was staying with them. Diogenes has just lost a baby tooth. Most kids did the tooth-under-the-pillow thing and hoped the Tooth Fairy would be generous, but in the French Quarter of New Orleans, an old tradition overrode the Tooth Fairy. Legend said that if you didn't bring your tooth to a mysterious old recluse named Maurus Dufour on the next full moon, he would come and get you.

When Diogenes seemed determined to bundle his tooth off to Dufour, Aloysius attempted to intervene to disprove the legend. And that's where things began to go awry. As with most Pendergast stories, creepiness and mayhem ensued, and you just knew that the story wasn't going to have a happy ending for all.

"Extraction" was an engaging, suspenseful short story (about 300 Kindle locations). I think Preston and Child fans will enjoy the story, which serves to fill in another gap about Aloysius's and Diogenes' early relationship.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Al dente: "to the tooth" 17 octobre 2012
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Anyone who has read Preston & Child's "Pendergast" series knows two things. 1) Aloysius' brother Diogenes was a piece of work and not in a good way and 2) Diogenes has his own 3-book arc within the Pendergast series. Whomever has yet the read the series (refer to the back of the single for information about where to start each series), this book lite will go a long way to explaining some of the relationship "issues" between Aloysius and Diogenes.

Pendergast and his ward, Constance are entertaining an old friend of Pendergast's from New Orleans. On the menu is a pasta dish which is initially ruined because the pasta was boiled too soft - not "al dente" - literally meaning "to the tooth" in Italian. Well, the discussion of the best way to eat pasta segues into the telling of an incident between Aloysius and Diogenes regarding their beliefs in the Tooth Fairy.

$.99 might seem steep for such a short tale, but it is another piece to the puzzle whether or not you have read the other books.
18 internautes sur 20 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Can't Wait For The New Full-Length Pendergast Novel 17 octobre 2012
Par Pika-Steph - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I'm not going to say too much of substance in this review because, yes, the story is short, but it was absolutely worth the $1.00 I paid. I think that was the whole point of releasing this - to get you ready for the novel coming in December. Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast is in fine form and I'm sure our thirst for more will be more than satiated at the end of this year.
19 internautes sur 22 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
2.0 étoiles sur 5 Not one of their better efforts 18 octobre 2012
Par Alexicon - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I've been a fan of the Agent Pendergast novels so I thought, why not try this short story? It had (potentially) lots of things going for it, like Aloysius and Diogenes as kids, the French Quarter, and a mysterious tooth legend. Well, here's why not (attempting to keep spoilers at a minimum)

1) Poor framing. It's being related as a story from Pendergast to Constance, rather than as a flashback "in the moment" kind of writing. So it feels already one or two steps removed from the drama and immediacy as if it were a nine-year old Pendergast experiencing the story.

2) It's never resolved how Diogenes goes missing. I find that odd and frustrating. Was he kidnapped? Did he go out of his own volition in some crazy way?

3) The uncle's fate. Macabre, yes, but explained in a very unsatisfying way, why he "really" had to submit to that procedure.

4) The end of the story. It just stops. No follow up, no fallout, other than some adult-Pendergast handwringing.

I felt as though we didn't learn anything new, have any new twist of insight, or important backstory into the Pendergast family past life. I mean, we finally see their dad, and get only a watercolored portrait at best. So all in all, a disappointing effort.
6 internautes sur 6 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
2.0 étoiles sur 5 Disappointed 10 novembre 2012
Par Avid reader - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Usually I enjoy anything written by Preston/child but this was disappointing. It was way too short and seemed to be written in a hurry, like over lunch. It was not up to their usual work.I am still a fan and look forward. to the next Pentergast book.
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