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View all 4 comments. I picked this book up from my local library for a dollar. I believe it was a dollar well spent. The creepy factor was right up there.
I like how the authors used modern day techniques to achieve horrific situations. This was definitely a thrill ride and I enjoyed my time on it.
Feb 05, Paul rated it it was ok Shelves: I enjoyed Douglas Preston's recent best-selling sci-fi thriller, Impact also reviewed here on Facebook , but did not much like this one, a bit of airport trash he co-wrote with Lincoln Child.
It's not as bad as Ted Bell's Spy reviewed here: The Book of the Dead is one of a series of novels, with a cast of characters introduced and presumably more fully developed in earlier novels.
Unfortunately, though I enjoyed Douglas Preston's recent best-selling sci-fi thriller, Impact also reviewed here on Facebook , but did not much like this one, a bit of airport trash he co-wrote with Lincoln Child.
Unfortunately, though I think the authors intended it to be, it is anything but a stand-alone novel. Odd and peripheral characters are constantly being introduced with no explanation of what may have gone before -- two separate female characters had apparently been attacked and almost murdered in previous novels; another seems to a scientific and philosophical experiment, a year-old savant in the body of a woman in her 20s, with the social skills and worldly experience of a home-schooled year-old -- and you never quite grasp who these people are or why they are important.
The main characters, two brothers, are well explained, though improbable -- one is an evil genius, the other a good genius, each gifted with essentially superhuman powers.
And there's a female police captain, who is always referred to by her title, which is Captain of Homicide -- a most un-American kind of title, although she's NYPD.
In parts of the book it is all too clear that two writers are at work, often at cross purposes. In a climactic scene, the evil brother retreats to his volcanic island fortress, and suspecting that the year-old year-old woman has tracked him down and is even now climbing the volcano to reach his fortress, barricades himself deep within, surrounded by 3-foot-thick stone walls -- yet he not only hears her knock on the door, he says "who's there?
The plot, the cliffhangers, the main characters and some of the peripheral ones all have this in common: And yet this is not a comic book, or a fantasy like Harry Potter -- it's supposed to be a thriller, based in modern life and experience, and thus remotely possible.
Well, it ain't, and I didn't like it. This book is the last of the little trilogy within the Pendergast series that started with Brimstone and Dance of Death.
While I was really looking forward to reading it, I started out a bit slow, first because I was in the middle of a different book when my library order came in, and I started playing Dishonored on my and was trying to figure out what I was doing without dying too often.
But then I got a few chapters in and couldn't stop reading! All sorts of suspenseful things were going on This book is the last of the little trilogy within the Pendergast series that started with Brimstone and Dance of Death.
All sorts of suspenseful things were going on all at once, and this is one book where, if you read at least the previous book, you know exactly who the bad guy is, but none of the other characters do, and so you may find yourself yelling like me, "Noooo, don't listen to him!
Don't go in there with him! In any case, really good fun. Never a dull moment at that Museum! Feb 21, kartik narayanan rated it liked it. The Book of the Dead is another so-so entry in the Pendergast-verse and brings the Diogenes trilogy to an end hopefully!
It suffers from the same malaise as the previous couple of books in that the antagonist is boring and the story boils down to Batman chasing the Joker in the Dark Knight.
There is no mystery and the protagonists are basically boring while having the ability to foresee random events.
And the ending is ambiguous enough without any form of closure. I hope the next book The Book of the Dead is another so-so entry in the Pendergast-verse and brings the Diogenes trilogy to an end hopefully!
I hope the next book will be a return to the core pendergast values. Jan 13, Rob Thompson rated it really liked it Shelves: This is the seventh book in the Special Agent Pendergast series.
Also, it is the third and final installment to the trilogy concentrating on Pendergast and his relationship with Lieutenant Vincent D'Agosta in their pursuit to stop Pendergast's brother, Diogenes.
Preston and Child call these books the Diogenes trilogy. The three books in the trilogy start with Brimstone in and continue with Dance of Death in This final book was released on May 30, and has been on the New York Times Best Seller list, reaching as high as 4 on the list.
Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast is the focus of this novel as his evil brother Diogenes puts several plans into effect.
One plan involves targeting Aloysius's dearest friends Concurrently, the New York Museum of Natural History has re-opened an old tomb, closed down decades ago.
There are hints of the tomb being cursed, but most tombs do have a curse on them as a matter of course, as a protection against grave robbers.
Not much is thought of the curse until a lighting technician is found savagely murdered. Later, a British Egyptologist goes mad and attacks a colleague; security is forced to shoot and kill him.
When a replacement Egyptian specialist turns out to be the one woman Pendergast is in love with, everyone becomes suspicious of this coincidence.
Their fears are not unfounded. By the end of the book the authors have, as expected, tied up all the loose ends.
Like all their books, the pacing is fast, the plot far-fetched, and the the writing flows well. There is a lot to enjoy here.
But as this was the final book in the Pendergast-Diogenes trilogy, some of the suspense was lost as the final outcome was pretty obvious.
Thus only 4 stars not 5. A must read for all Preston-Child fans, but not the one to start with. Well, I guess the magnificent run of Pendergast novels couldn't last forever.
This was a good book, but I felt cheated. The Tomb of Senef with its colourful history and its macabre 'curse' offered so many real opportunities.
In the end, when The Event was revealed, the whole thing just fell flat. Also, I wasn't too impressed with the wrap-up of the whole Diogenes sequence.
Is this the same Diogenes who was so masterfully powerful in Dance of Death Pendergast, 6? I don't want to r Well, I guess the magnificent run of Pendergast novels couldn't last forever.
I don't want to reveal any spoilers, so I am unable to explain exactly why I thought the second half of this book was so unappealing.
Suffice to say, it's probably a good thing this trilogy is now wrapped up, so that the authors can work on returning to form.
Give us another Relic , guys! Jul 19, Alice rated it it was ok. If you can get past the plot, which is utterly preposterous, this is a pretty good action read.
I found myself flipping past the criminal mastermind's rantings because after awhile, they get boring. I also I fail to see what help it is when he quotes things in French got that , Italian can guess at that , Russian nope , and Greek nope again , and then does not provide translations.
Maybe the point is to let the author impress his readers. That got boring too. My interest picked up when the t If you can get past the plot, which is utterly preposterous, this is a pretty good action read.
My interest picked up when the tables turned in the last few hundred pages. Wish I'd known that this was the last of a trilogy when I got it from the library.
I downloaded it, so I didn't have a cover to look at. I got a ways in and the dialogue started talking about other crimes that the characters had been involved in.
This is not a stand alone book! I always love picking up a Pendergast novel for when I want a fun and quick detective story.
The finale of the Diogenes trilogy within the series didn't fail. Seriously though, with all the things that happen at that museum, you'd think they'd have shut down new programs by now.
Your sense of reality definitely has to be suspended for this one but it's a fun ride. Oct 27, John Beta rated it really liked it.
I always enjoy the reliable thriller-mystery, with a dash of horror read in between my other readings. However, I should have read Brimstone and Dance of Death first.
Shame on me for not reading more reviews and blogs on this. I was still entertained by the clever Agent Pendergast and his cohorts.
Dec 08, Sophiene rated it really liked it Shelves: I just love the mix of history and thriller. Especially the museum history is fascinating.
I'll try to get more of these. May 18, Cherie rated it it was amazing Shelves: And now I know the story of Constance Green and Diogenes Pendergast and I am caught up with the beginning of the series and the "Pendergast Trilogy" is behind me.
Too many bad experiences, I think. I really enjoyed Scott Brick's narration of the story and look forward to hearing him again.
Apr 17, Carol rated it it was ok. I did not care for this book at all. There are too many subplots-- 1 the opening of an Egyptian tomb at the NY Natural History Museum is plagued by murders, 2 a clever prison breakout, 3 a weird young lady living in a sumptuous mansion in New York, 4 two brothers, one good, one evil and each gifted in his own way, are connected by a traumatic event that occurred when they were little boys.
All of the disconnected subplots and the sheer volume of characters left me thinking I needed to take n I did not care for this book at all.
All of the disconnected subplots and the sheer volume of characters left me thinking I needed to take notes.
I was constantly trying to remember who this or that person was. Not to mention that the revenge one brother seeks to exact on all mankind because of his childhood trauma is both bizarre and completely unhinged and not believable at all.
I mean, did I miss something? He crawls into a large magician's box when he's 7 and he sees something so evil which is never fully explained that now as a man, he wants to kill everybody.
And when the aforementioned weird young lady, who is a minor character in two chapters of the book, appears at the climax and is largely responsible for the slam dunk ending, I closed the book thinking, "Uh, that was freakin bizarre.
For one thing, I wanted to know what was in that valise that Dionysius carried with him. Were there body parts in there?
What was in there that so traumatized the cop when he opened it!? What was the horrible trauma the young Dionysius experienced that made him turn evil as a man!?
Having said all that, I will say that the writing itself was intelligent and well constructed. Too bad it was a ridiculous plot. The Book of the Dead 83 82 Jan 19, Diogenes 13 37 Sep 05, Interesting historical connection to Pendergast 65 78 Oct 23, Douglas Preston was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in , and grew up in the deadly boring suburb of Wellesley.
Following a distinguished career at a private nursery school--he was almost immediately expelled--he attended public schools and the Cambridge School of Weston.
Notable events in his early life included the loss of a fingertip at the age of three to a bicycle; the loss of his two fr Douglas Preston was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in , and grew up in the deadly boring suburb of Wellesley.
Notable events in his early life included the loss of a fingertip at the age of three to a bicycle; the loss of his two front teeth to his brother Richard's fist; and various broken bones, also incurred in dust-ups with Richard.
Richard went on to write The Hot Zone and The Cobra Event, which tells you all you need to know about what it was like to grow up with him as a brother.
As they grew up, Doug, Richard, and their little brother David roamed the quiet suburbs of Wellesley, terrorizing the natives with home-made rockets and incendiary devices mail-ordered from the backs of comic books or concocted from chemistry sets.
With a friend they once attempted to fly a rocket into Wellesley Square; the rocket malfunctioned and nearly killed a man mowing his lawn. They were local celebrities, often appearing in the "Police Notes" section of The Wellesley Townsman.
It is a miracle they survived childhood intact. After unaccountably being rejected by Stanford University a pox on it , Preston attended Pomona College in Claremont, California, where he studied mathematics, biology, physics, anthropology, chemistry, geology, and astronomy before settling down to English literature.
After graduating, Preston began his career at the American Museum of Natural History in New York as an editor, writer, and eventually manager of publications.
Preston also taught writing at Princeton University and was managing editor of Curator. His eight-year stint at the Museum resulted in the non-fiction book, Dinosaurs in the Attic, edited by a rising young star at St.
Martin's Press, a polymath by the name of Lincoln Child. During this period, Preston gave Child a midnight tour of the museum, and in the darkened Hall of Late Dinosaurs, under a looming T.
Rex, Child turned to Preston and said: Perelman that "the dubious privilege of a freelance writer is he's given the freedom to starve anywhere.
To research the book, Preston and a friend retraced on horseback 1, miles of Coronado's route across Arizona and New Mexico, packing their supplies and sleeping under the stars--nearly killing themselves in the process.
Since then he has published several more non-fiction books on the history of the American Southwest, Talking to the Ground and The Royal Road, as well as a novel entitled Jennie.
In the early s Preston and Child teamed up to write suspense novels; Relic was the first, followed by several others, including Riptide and Thunderhead.
Some parts of the plot were tied together feebly in my opinion. The book started out well enough. There was an ancient Egyptian exhibit set to open at a museum and then strange events and deaths occurred that seemed to suggest to some that a curse was attached to this exhibit.
Then the story introduced several subplots that were spun out with inadequate background information so they seemed contrived. I was disappointed in the book.
So l would rate the book as a little below average as a piece of entertainment. I can imagine them structuring this book, three stories overlapping and integrated in the final chapters.
As in other books I've read, there's all the drama anyone could ask for. These authors have that unique skill of lifting a reader to levels of concern, uncertainty, disbelief and fear growing to a sustained level for long periods, pitching adrenaline so high that the reader must take a break to recapture reason.
As in the other four books I've read, they are masters of suspense! This is a Can't Put Down book. I recently reread this because it was suggested by the authors.
This book is the third book in the "Diogenes Trilogy". I had forgotten a lot of it, and was glad to reread it, so I am all ready for when the new book shows up for me.
This is also a good book in its own right. Why not five stars? By this seventh book, you already know most of the tricks the authors hold in their sleeves.
One person found this helpful. What first thing that came to mind reading this book is how well I could relate. I too have a good memory and can remember back before my younger sister could walk or talk and we are only 18 months apart.
I never gave repressed memories a second thought until I realized it happened to me and I was with my sister when the event occurred.
It is a shocking feeling. The second was - Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.
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The stories are a welcome relief for readers going through Sherlock-withdrawal. They have the added edge of mysticism, archeology and an old -south way of being in the world.
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The package is leaking a small amount of brown powder that looks strangely like Anthrax. It is diamond dust. A mysterious criminal known only as Diogenes Pendergrast was kind enough to return the diamonds he stole previously; albeit not in their original form.
With Diogenes free to continue his spree of terror, he sets in motion his most diabolical plan yet. Posing as a museum employee, he gains access to The Tomb of Senef.
To counter-act the bad press from the diamond heist and their subsequent return, the New York Museum of Natural History decides to re-open an old exhibit long since closed.
The decision causes some outcry. There are some who say that the exhibit, a complete Egyptian tomb including sarcophagi and Mummies, is cursed.
There are some who say that any who come in contact with the old tomb are doomed.
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