White Fire (Anglais) Broché – 6 novembre 2014
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A positively delicious serving of the great Sherlock Holmes. Great fun to the last page.' Anne Rice. --Anne Rice
'A collision between past and present that will leave you breathless' Lee Child. --Lee Child
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Colorado, 1876: At a remote mining camp high in the Rocky Mountains, eleven gold miners are killed, their bodies horribly mutilated, flesh devoured. Bear attack? Not everyone thinks so.
136 years later, the cemetery where the miners were buried is being cleared for new development. Forensic pathologist Corrie Swanson has arranged to study the bones. What she discovers will expose a conspiracy that's as lethal today as it was a century ago.
As the winter snows fall, Corrie's life depends on unravelling a dark secret... the key to which may just lie in a lost Sherlock Holmes story, a tale allegedly so horrifying that its author never dared publish it.'Sit back, crack open the book and get ready for the ride of your life' David Baldacci.
'A collision between past and present that will leave you breathless' Lee Child.
'White hot bestselling suspense. Simply brilliant!' Lisa Gardner.
'A terrific mix of mystery and the unexpected... will keep you reading into the late hours of the night' Clive Cussler.
'A positively delicious serving of the great Sherlock Holmes. Great fun to the last page.' Anne Rice.
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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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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