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White Fire [Anglais] [Poche]

Douglas Preston , Lincoln Child
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27 mai 2014
Past and present collide in Preston and Child's most thrilling novel ever . . .

WHITE FIRE

Special Agent Pendergast arrives at an exclusive Colorado ski resort to rescue his protégée, Corrie Swanson, from serious trouble with the law. His sudden appearance coincides with the first attack of a murderous arsonist who--with brutal precision--begins burning down multimillion-dollar mansions with the families locked inside. After springing Corrie from jail, Pendergast learns she made a discovery while examining the bones of several miners who were killed 150 years earlier by a rogue grizzly bear. Her finding is so astonishing that it, even more than the arsonist, threatens the resort's very existence.

Drawn deeper into the investigation, Pendergast uncovers a mysterious connection between the dead miners and a fabled, long-lost Sherlock Holmes story--one that might just offer the key to the modern day killings as well.

Now, with the ski resort snowed in and under savage attack--and Corrie's life suddenly in grave danger--Pendergast must solve the enigma of the past before the town of the present goes up in flames.

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Descriptions du produit

Revue de presse

"Sherlock Holmes fans will relish Preston and Child's 13th novel featuring eccentric FBI agent Aloysius Pendergast (after 2012's Two Graves), one of their best in this popular series...easily stands on its own with only passing references to Pendergast's complex backstory."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Another highly entertaining and genuinely thrilling story from Preston & Child starring their romantic, faintly gothic, and always mysterious FBI agent, Aloysius Pendergast. As always the prose is elegant, replete with exquisite descriptions, and this time we're treated to dashes of historic characters Conan Doyle and Oscar Wilde, as well as a positively delicious serving of the great Sherlock Holmes. Through myriad shocks, surprises, twists and turns, the suspense never lets up. Great fun to the last page."—Anne Rice


"A mile-a-minute thriller with a deeply entertaining plot and marvelous characters, in a setting that will chill your blood, and not only because it's 10 degrees below zero and covered with snow. My copy is full of crumbs because I couldn't put it down long enough to eat."—Diana Gabaldon


"WHITE FIRE is as incandescent as its title, a beautifully organized, tautly paced book that really did just yank me in and demand that I keep reading. I'm very grateful for the experience."—Peter Straub

"Preston and Child have created a terrific mix of mystery and the unexpected that will keep you reading into the late hours of the night. They promise a great read and they have delivered."—Clive Cussler

"The names Preston & Child on the cover of a book promise a unique reading experience unlike any other, and Two Graves delivers the high thrills one expects from the two masters...authors Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child have delivered another exceptional book....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."—The Washington Post on Two Graves

"Two Graves provides readers exactly what they would expect from a Preston and Child novel --- thrills, high adventure, treacherous plot twists and well-researched scientific intrigue. The story is never predictable, and Pendergast is a multi-layered personality who keeps you guessing throughout."—Bookreporter.com on Two Graves


"Pendergast--an always-black-clad pale blond polymath, gaunt yet physically deadly, an FBI agent operating without supervision or reprimand--lurks at the dark, sharp edge of crime fiction protagonists."—Kirkus Reviews

"Preston and Child continue their dominance of the thriller genre with stellar writing and twists that come at a furious pace. Others may try to write like them, but no one can come close. The best in the business deliver another winner."—RT Book Reviews on Cold Vengeance


"This is no dream; it's the authors' best book in years. Pendergast has to rein in his feelings to pay attention to the details, and it's fun to see the role reversal between him and the usually emotional D'Agosta. Not to be missed by either newcomers or die-hard fans."—Library Journal (starred review) for Fever Dream

Biographie de l'auteur

The thrillers of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child "stand head and shoulders above their rivals" (Publishers Weekly). 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. They are coauthors of the famed Pendergast series and their recent novels include Fever Dream, Cold Vengeance, Two Graves, and Gideon's Corpse. Preston's acclaimed nonfiction book, The Monster of Florence, is being made into a movie starring George Clooney. 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.PrestonChild.com. The authors welcome visitors to their alarmingly active Facebook page, where they post regularly.

Détails sur le produit

  • Poche: 512 pages
  • Editeur : Vision (27 mai 2014)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 1455525847
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455525843
  • Dimensions du produit: 19 x 10,7 x 2,8 cm
  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 3.5 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (4 commentaires client)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Passionnant 16 janvier 2014
Par BrigitteW
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Preston et Child nous ont encore une fois concocté un petit bijou de suspense et de terreur.
Jamais déçue par mes deux auteurs préférés, je suis toujours triste de refermer le livre des aventures de Pendergast.
J'espère que Preston et Child continueront à le faire vivre encore pour de nouvelles péripéties et des enquêtes passionnantes.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Du mercure sous la neige 17 avril 2014
Par victoria
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J'avais tellement entendu de bien des livres de Preston & Child que je me suis précipitée pour charger ce livre lorsqu'il a été (brièvement) gratuit.
Je viens de le terminer et, si la première moitié a été passionnante, la suite n'a pas rempli le contrat et j'avoue avoir sauté pas mal de pages.
Toute l'histoire et notamment le personnage de Pendergast soi-disant du FBI (ce pauvre Edgar J doit se retourner dans sa tombe) me semble totalement invraisemblable et plus à sa place dans un livre de sorciers et de démons type Harry Potter qui n'est pas ma tasse de thé.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 white fire is cold 5 juillet 2014
Par Tolya
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..cold and boring. The plot seemed interesting and oriiginal at first but the developmentbecomes quickly incredibly boring and unbeleivable. The main character is a flat 'n stupid girl, you cannot understand her connection to the FBI agent (I guess you have tor read the other books by the same authors to do so); the FBI agent is hardly human and his luck in the investigation just unbeleivable. the end is quite predictable. Not a good mystery book
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 great 22 mai 2014
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mant thanks very happy with the purchase, I will continue to make purchases from this seller. very happy with product
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Enjoyable enough, but an uneven effort 14 novembre 2013
Par Armando Santiago - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I am a big fan of the series, I did like the book, and I read it more or less fast. But at times it was disappointing.
As for the things I did like:

A) In my opinion, the Pendergast series works best in stories dealing with the macabre, as opposed too relying too much on action based narrative, and in that sense this book delivers.

B) The exchanges between Doyle and Wilde are, quite simply delightful.

C) Pendergast has a chance to display his ability to totally subdue pompous arrogant jerks in his usual fashion.

D) This book interweaves not one, nor two, but three mysteries, in effective fashion.

E) I like that continuity is respected. In one on other level, we are reminded of the fact Pendergast is still dealing with the ramifications of past events, and that other interesting characters inhabit this universe.

F) We are gifted with a fake bonus Sherlock Holmes story, that was authentic enough, that really took me back.

What I did not like:

A) This is really disappointing, and in my opinion, this by itself costs the book one star. The resolution of the whole affair relies on the old fashion escape route of having one of the main characters acting like a complete idiot.

B) I don't know if this is my own fault or not, but ever since reading Roger Ebert's principle of the unnecessary character (or however he used to call it), I have become more likely to guess who the mystery bad guy is. I guess that the authors could do a bit more of an effort to disguise those characters.

C) And well, the book is short. I think the premise was strong enough that it deserved a more intricate story.

All in all, fans should buy the book of course, but new readers should find some of his earlier stand alone efforts, too really appreciate what a good Pendergast novel is about.
61 internautes sur 69 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 I didn't just read it, I devoured it. 6 novembre 2013
Par Shane - AFR - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I must admit that I don't usually stray too far away from my usual genre of science fiction, but on occasion I will be tempted to find a book that can break up the monotony. Typically I stray to books like Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt adventures, but I will also see what the combo of Preston and Child have come up with in their ongoing Pendergast series. When offered the chance to once again visit that realm, I jumped at it and quickly found that the story they have written in White Fire is one of the best Pendergast novels to date.

Without spoiling the book, a habit I take seriously in my reviews, I will try to give a generalized summary of what the potential reader will find within. The book follows the budding career of a young student bent on proving herself in not only the eyes of her peers, but in the eyes of her mentor as well - Pendergast. After hearing of a remarkable mystery surrounding the recently exhumed remains of mine workers, she sets out to solve a centuries old mystery that points to a horrendous animal with the taste for human flesh. As her quest for answers progresses, she finds that the town she is working in presents its own dangers, and the towns people are not to kind to her investigation.

Consumed by her work she takes incredible risks, risks that come back to haunt her later. But when all seems lost a mysterious FBI agent comes to the rescue and helps to push her investigation on. Meanwhile in the town, acts of savage murder send shock waves through affluent residents, and an overwhelmed sheriff calls on the help of our trusted law enforcement officer. As the investigations near their end, the dominoes set up by Preston and Child begin to fall and all is revealed in stunning ways.

In the beginning of the book Preston and Child speak to a meeting that two authors once partook in. In this meeting a sentence is told that best sums up my feelings for this book. The quote is "I didn't just read it, I devoured it." and that is how I felt reading along. I felt a connection to the characters, and rooted them on as the story progressed. And as the last few pages hit my eyes I was quite satisfied in how the story reached it finale.

Preston and Child have managed to create another hit, and anyone who is a fan of Pendergast will no doubt have fun with his portrayal here. My suggestion, pick this one up and watch as the past and the future meet in an unbelievably action packed, compelling tale.

Good read.

So why the four stars instead of five? Well, my only complaint, and a small one at that, is that Pendergast seemed very distant in this book. The first half of the book kept him at arms length, and his personality took quite a long time to evolve. But by the second half he came around and really pushed the story forward in a way only he can.

*I received this book in ARC in exchange for an honest review.

+ If you have plot questions not answered in my review feel free to ask them in the comments section.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Most Delicious Pendergast Tale Yet 15 novembre 2013
Par Maxine McLister - Publié sur Amazon.com
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White Fire opens with a prologue set in London in 1889. Oscar Wilde tells Arthur Conan Doyle a story he had heard in America so horrible that Doyle immediately feels compelled to leave.

In the present, Corrie, Pendergast’s young protégé and Criminology student has stumbled upon the perfect tale for her thesis. Roaring Fork, an uber-rich ski resort in Colorado, has moved a century-old graveyard to make way for a new development. Among the uncovered bones are those of some miners which appear to have been eaten by a grizzly. However, Corrie may have bitten off more than she can chew as her investigation takes her in some rather unanticipated directions which soon land her in jail. In desperation, she contacts Pendergast for help. He arrives in the town just as the first of a series of brutal arsonist attacks occurs. Soon, it becomes apparent to Pendergast that these crimes are linked to the attacks against the miners a century earlier and, with a winter storm setting in, things are about to get much, much worse.

White Fire has to be one of the best, most kick-ass, certainly the most delicious edition to the Pendergast series yet. For anyone who believes that the series was losing its edge, this will definitely revive your faith in it and, for anyone who has never read the series, White Fire will definitely whet your appetite for more.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Decent plot, but need attention to details. 5 janvier 2014
Par Daniel Fink - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
While I enjoyed the premise and most of the plot, the excessive suspension of belief and lack of attention to details left a bad impression. While I am used to suspending belief in some of the previous Preston & Child books, but this one dealt with non-supernatural events so there should be little suspension required. As a resident of the Rocky Mountains (and very familiar with 'Roaring Fork'), the final sequences were very inaccurate, bordering on ludicrous (specifics below).

**Spoilers alert**

The town of Roaring Fork is obviously Aspen. The authors use real place names otherwise (Basalt, Leadville, etc), so why not call it Aspen? And Mt. Elbert is not visible from Aspen/Roaring Fork.

The Matchless Mine is in Leadville, not Aspen/Roaring Fork.

Rattlesnakes are rarely seen above 9,000 feet in Colorado, it is too cold. And if someone comes across a den of hibernating rattlesnakes, they are unable to go from hibernating to very active. They are cold-blooded and are very sluggish until they are able to warm up (not going to happen in a dark, cold mine shaft). As a plot device, it added nothing and only took away from the action.

Driving a snowmobile in the dark, along an avalanche chute, along a steep mountain face at 45 miles per hour? And 2 snowmobiles cross the area no problem...but 2 gunshots set off an avalanche? And a man is found in the avalanche debris within minutes?

Shafts from different mines intersect? Miners were very possessive and territorial, even to the point of bloodshed.

Ted has never shown any signs of psychosis, but suddenly turns violent when Corrie shows up?

The story line of the rich and powerful doing anything they want...until 'threatened' with desecration of a corpse and they fold? Knowing they have a billion dollar liability under their feet, their passivity makes no sense. Was this story line added to manufacture a 'bad guy'? A plot similar to the Holmes' story makes more sense to me.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Elementary, My Dear Pendergast 20 novembre 2013
Par Diana F. Von Behren - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
"White Fire," the newest offering in the Pendergast series by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, provides an episodic interim storyline that is meant to appease its fans until the next novel that advances the character's life journey ahead with answers--or at least suggestions--to larger issues posed and developed by the earlier novels is created. With that in mind, "White Fire" can be viewed as a bit of a tease; it mentions the enigmatic Constance, Tristram, and Lt. D'Agosta with perhaps, a bit of a hint that the next Pendergast thriller might take place at Vincent's upcoming wedding, but it doesn't move these characters ahead on any timeline towards their respective futures. Instead it focuses on the character of Corrie Swanson, student at the John Jay School of Law Enforcement and her decision to write a thesis based on an old story involving a group of miners that were devoured by a huge grizzly bear at the turn of the 20th century in the now ritzy ski-resort town of Roaring Fork, Denver. Despite the fun inference to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Oscar Wilde and a missing Sherlock Holmes story, "White Fire" ultimately relies on predictable plot devices and an action scene involving snow mobiles that would work better in a different type of thriller.

Not that there has not been plenty of action in other Pendergast plots: the sequence on the island at the end of Two Graves (Pendergast) includes enough action to put the creators of the James Bond films to shame. However, in this case, the action is not prompted by enough arcane knowledge revealed by either the stumbling efforts of secondary characters like D'Agosta or the staff at the Museum (Relic (Pendergast, Book 1), Reliquary (Pendergast, Book 2) scholarly study or Pendergast's vast bank of experience in the macabre annals of his odd family and the world of criminal depravity. The connection to Conan Doyle, Wilde and Sherlock Holmes works to a degree, but the discerning reader will have already pieced most of that puzzle together before Pendergast even gets the chance to take out his magnifying glass and sleuth about.

Along this line, most readers who enjoy the respite of engrossing themselves within the pages of a well-written thriller, will be able to figure out who the culprits are before the second third of the story begins. None of this matters, Pendergast is still the reader's hero with his black perfectly tailored clothing, trilby hat and pale ice cold features. Nonetheless his appearance in "White Fire" merely titillates the reader's curiosity, whetting his/her appetite for a bigger, more meaningful chunk of Pendergast. Likewise, he/she wants more detailed histories--answers to the conundrum of Constance and the open-ended parenthesis of all the other beloved characters fashioned by the Preston/Child team.

A new character is added to the melee, Captain Stacy Bowdree, USAF. After the sad demise of reporter Bill Smithback, hopefully this edition of a feisty, pistol-packing slightly demoralized veteran of multiple tours in Afghanistan will interject some of Smithback's trademark impulsiveness back into the stories.

Bottom line? "White Fire" is an okay addition to the Pendergast series of thrillers by the writing team of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. Focusing mainly on secondary character, Corrie Swanson and her adventure in Roaring Fork, CO, the reader enjoys Pendergast coming to the rescue and using his Sherlockian aptitude to puzzle out yet another disturbing crime in a repertoire fit for its own cabinet of curiosities. Recommended for die-hard Pendergast fans with the caveat that "White Fire" is most likely intended as an episodic filler to hold the readers until the next time.
Diana Faillace Von Behren
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