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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 November 27, 2011

    Waste of money

    I was a huge fan of the Pendergast novels. The Special Agent Pendergast novels seem to have gotten away from what makes the stories great reading for a few books now and seem to really be reaching for something to tie the books together. I was hoping that Cold Vengeance would get things back on track. Well, it doesn't. The story just becomes absurd and introduces a really tired theme (Nazis, human experiments and Brazil). The Pendergast of Cold Vengeance just doesn't ring true to the rational, calculating and brilliant man introduced in previous books. I expected more from the authors. Please bring back the Pendergast that was in the early books.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2011

    No plot!

    The ending was the true beginning. Are the authors starting to take Pendergast fans for granted? Skip this one and just buy the next.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 28, 2013

    I was very disappointed with this book. Instead of finishing th

    I was very disappointed with this book. Instead of finishing the book I paid for the authors cut it off abruptly & put an excerpt of another book they want me to buy on the end.
    Classic Bait & Switch.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2013

    This is the only book I've read in the series, but tying in the

    This is the only book I've read in the series, but tying in the other books makes sure I’ll never purchase any of the series.  
    Why take the chance?
    I should have read the reviews – my bad.
    Preston & Child along with their publishers should be ashamed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2013

    Where did pendegrast go? This is the worse book in his series I

    Where did pendegrast go? This is the worse book in his series I think!! I missed the archeology and mystery the authors used to write
    about


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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2013

    Nook

    This nook works terribly!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2013

    Weeeeeeiner

    Sux a D #lmao xD

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 19, 2011

    What vengence?

    Awful. Cold Vengence? What vengence? Preston and Child have taken the smartest cop in the world, Agent Pendergast, and turned him into a dope, outsmarted by the bad guys at every turn. The first five Pendergast novels were great. All five stars in my opinion. Too bad he, and the authors have lost their edge.

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  • Posted August 8, 2011

    I hate it

    Hhhh

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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