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Cold Vengeance (Special Agent Pendergast Series #11)

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12 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child provide the best middle book of a trilogy in recent memory

In Cairn Barrow, Scotland Special Agent Pendergast and his brother-in-law Esterhazy go stag hunting. However, nether of them hunt deer, but each other. Pendergast seeks revenge against Esterhazy for murdering his wife Helen (see Fever Dream). As Pendergast traps his ...
In Cairn Barrow, Scotland Special Agent Pendergast and his brother-in-law Esterhazy go stag hunting. However, nether of them hunt deer, but each other. Pendergast seeks revenge against Esterhazy for murdering his wife Helen (see Fever Dream). As Pendergast traps his adversary he asks why he killed his sister just as a stag assaults the agent; giving Esterhazy the chance to shoot his adversary in the chest and explain he did not kill his sibling as Helen lives. Esterhazy leaves his friend to die as he calls the constabulary to report the accident. Inspector Balfour leads the search, but no human corpse is found.

Pendergast no longer seeks Cold Vengeance as now he searches for Helen, but is confused over her role in the duplicity of her death; unless his in-law lied. He returns to New York from the moors, but the clues take him to the bayous where increasingly he wonders whether Helen arranged her death and how little he really knew her as Pendergast begins to uncover secrets his wife hid from him.

The second Pendergast's Helen inquiry is a great thriller that is loaded with action from the first hunting confrontation to the climax that ends with a cliffhanger setup for the finish. The taut story line is fast-paced and filled with twists that hook the audience. However the hero makes the tale as he will remind readers of Liam Neeson in Taken with his determination to rescue Helen if she is alive. Suspenseful, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child provide the best middle book of a trilogy in recent memory.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on July 16, 2011

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15 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

Disappointed

Oh how sad. I so looked forward to this book, preordered it even - and it was such a huge disappointment to me. Seriously, seriously disappointed. I fell in love with Preston & Child because of the archeology and mystery that flows through their writing. This was a ...
Oh how sad. I so looked forward to this book, preordered it even - and it was such a huge disappointment to me. Seriously, seriously disappointed. I fell in love with Preston & Child because of the archeology and mystery that flows through their writing. This was a boring crime drama book that I cared nothing about. I could give a rat's ass about Helen, Pendergast's wife. I want the mystery, the strangeness, the fun of their other books. I can't remember the last time I was this disappointed in an author.

For a CRIME DRAMA, the book was good - had all the excitement, shoot outs, etc. Then, of course, they had an ending to lead into the next book - a book I'm doubting I will read because it will be more of this theme. Where are the men who wrote "Relic"? Sigh.

I know it is silly, but I almost feel betrayed.

posted by sailaway7289 on August 19, 2011

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  • Posted July 16, 2011

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    Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child provide the best middle book of a trilogy in recent memory

    In Cairn Barrow, Scotland Special Agent Pendergast and his brother-in-law Esterhazy go stag hunting. However, nether of them hunt deer, but each other. Pendergast seeks revenge against Esterhazy for murdering his wife Helen (see Fever Dream). As Pendergast traps his adversary he asks why he killed his sister just as a stag assaults the agent; giving Esterhazy the chance to shoot his adversary in the chest and explain he did not kill his sibling as Helen lives. Esterhazy leaves his friend to die as he calls the constabulary to report the accident. Inspector Balfour leads the search, but no human corpse is found.

    Pendergast no longer seeks Cold Vengeance as now he searches for Helen, but is confused over her role in the duplicity of her death; unless his in-law lied. He returns to New York from the moors, but the clues take him to the bayous where increasingly he wonders whether Helen arranged her death and how little he really knew her as Pendergast begins to uncover secrets his wife hid from him.

    The second Pendergast's Helen inquiry is a great thriller that is loaded with action from the first hunting confrontation to the climax that ends with a cliffhanger setup for the finish. The taut story line is fast-paced and filled with twists that hook the audience. However the hero makes the tale as he will remind readers of Liam Neeson in Taken with his determination to rescue Helen if she is alive. Suspenseful, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child provide the best middle book of a trilogy in recent memory.

    Harriet Klausner

    12 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2011

    Once again

    I am thrilled with the new Pendergast novel. I doubt when there will ever be a time when I am not.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2012

    Highly recommend the whole Pendergast series

    I picked up the Codex at an airport because I didn't have a book written by my usual authors. I have been hooked by these guys ever since. I do like their stand alone books better than these series books. Still Life with Crows is one of my favorites. Brimstone fantastic. I also recommend listening to the stories too. Any book read by Rene Auberjonois will totally change your appreciation of these stories. He is the perfect Pendergast.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2011

    Great book!

    I love this series

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 16, 2011

    Great book

    The Pendergast series is just great stories!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2014

    Hailey

    Hailey's locked out go to res two

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2014

    Hailey

    She sat down awkwardly.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2014

    To ember

    Just read the most recent couple of posts at warriors erin hunter first result

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2014

    Loco

    Mama

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    Posted March 31, 2014

    Austin

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  • Posted October 30, 2013

    Loved it.

    I love these Pendergast stories. I find it hard to keep them in order.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2013

    Dovewing

    Turns on wolfpaw. Snarls and leaps. Pins him down. Blinds him and rips his throat out, shaking him. Drops him and watches the light leaves his eyes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2013

    Wolfheart

    "STOP!" she yowls. "Stop it!" She jumps between Darkeye and Hawkblaze, snarling.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2013

    Shatteredlight

    Takes Darkeye by the scruff and drags him to camp, stuffing cobweb in his eye for temporary relief.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2013

    Nightdove to shadekut

    Picks him up and limp back to flying ash result two.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2013

    Shadekit

    Cowers to the ground. He is black with small white streaks. He has a shy hazel eyes. He is 2moons and needs milk. His ribs show

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2013

    Bearfur

    If u didnt have any relatives id say door number two but...... who is making this happen?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2013

    Hawkblaze

    Do it".... he whispers and disappeared watching wolpaws every move waiting for him to go to white dove

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2013

    Eolfpaw

    Hawkblase

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2013

    S O &zeta A R

    Bio is at cold shiver res one. Ill update it here later.

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