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Chilling Descriptions Make This One of the Best
They go to Africa first and discover clues about Helen's horrible death on a safari with her husband. Afterwards the setting is mainly centered in New Orleans at Pendergast's home. D'Agosta and Pendergast go from one clue to another slowly piecing together the reason why Helen was killed. I cannot say anymore about the plot without giving it away.
What made it interesting to me is the way Preston and Child reveal the clues, some random at first, a little at a time. They slowly begin to fall into place, but just when you think you know where the story is going, you don't. There are so many twists and turns that I found the book so intriguing I felt compelled to read faster! The descriptions of some of the scenes are so chillingly described, I will never forget them.
Constance Green makes a brief appearance in the book, but no more can be said about her. The ending is one of the most exciting in the Pendergast series. We get to watch Pendergast do something in the end that not only needed to be done, but it is so much fun watching him do it, you want to be there with him to enjoy it!!
Once you start reading this book, you get sucked so deeply into the plot that you are forced to read it as fast as the plot goes. I just loved it!
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45 out of 72 people found this review helpful.
posted by 8888649 on January 26, 2013Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 7, 2010
A solid addition to the Special Agent Pendergast series. It contains all of the witty anecdotes that I've come to expect from Pendergast, but it's also a bit of a page-turner.
I have a long-standing love affair with Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. Years ago.I picked-up Relic, which was book #1 in the series and since then, I've been enjoying the series every couple of years. There have been a few misses, so I consider these books guilty pleasures and nothing more. However, every once in a while I am reminded how good they are. This is one such case.
Fever Dream is about Special Agent Pendergast and his discovery that his wife's death, years ago, may not have been the accident he imagined it to be. You see, he knew she was mauled by a lion while game hunting in Africa, but what he didn't know is that his wife's rifle, her only means of protection, was filled with blanks. With this new piece of information, he sets out to find the true killer.
What makes these books special are the characters. Pendergast is a rather refined individual. Not your typical FBI agent. There are lots of asides and witticisms that are quite enjoyable. On the other hand, D'Agosta, his liaison in the police department is not as refined and a bit more stereotypical so the contrast between the two is quite entertaining.
Overall, Fever Dream was a quick read and provided a much-needed distraction but wasn't all "fluff" and pat endings. If you shy away from crime fiction because of the million little details or mystery because of the formulaic quality of it, then I think you will like this one.
It should be noted as well, that it really doesn't matter which order you read these books in. They are all pretty much stand-alone pieces.
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Posted May 28, 2010
A Good Tense Thriller!
After the awful Cemetary Dance, Special Agent Pendargast successfully returns. Through a chance gun cleaning, Pendergast realizes that his wife's supposed accidental death was in fact a murder. As the act had happened 12 years earlier the trail has gone cold. To help him, he needs someone with good detective skills so he enlists the aid of his friend Vinnie D'Agosta. He tells Vinnie to take a leave of his job and come with him to solve the mystery.
This does not sit good at all with Vinnie's live-in girlfriend, NYPD Captain Laura Heyward. Heyward despises Pendargast's unorthodox methods and the fact that he always get's Vinnie in trouble. She reluctantly relents and Vinnie and Pendargast are off to Africa in pursuit of answers.
The more they investigate the more that they learn that his wife was involved in a secret life involving something related to John Audoban. As the case proceeds, witnesses are dying and it seems like someone is also trying to kill them.
The book has several tense moments and when something happens to Vinnie, Laura is reluctantly enlisted to aid Pendergast. This is the best Pendergast tale since the last trilogy.
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Posted February 2, 2012
Good start to a good arc.
PB/Thriller: I have a little bit of an issue with Constance and the Wheel of Darkness, so I was glad this book went in another direction. It was mentioned a while back that Pendergast is a widower and at the beginning of this story, we learn, with Pendergast that she was murdered. I liked the story and the conclusion. The only problem I had was that Pendergast was downright mean. Have I missed something in past books. He's always been a Sherlock and intimidated suspects, but he was intimidating witnesses. Then there was his indifference to Constance. I got the next book in hardback so it is on the short, short list. I want to see what happens to Vincent and the gang.
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Posted April 17, 2013
I did not enjoy this book. I didn't like all the jumping around of storylines and didn't feel like they all tied together that well. It left a lot of questions unanswered. Descriptions were long and wordy and didn't really add to the story line.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted February 22, 2013
I really like the Pendergast series, I've read them all. They have enough of the mystic/paranormal content to make them a good escape from reality but not so much as to make them childish. I have recommended this series to several people and so far no one has been disappointed.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted July 28, 2012
This was my first Preston/Child read and I loved it. I am not a
This was my first Preston/Child read and I loved it. I am not a fan of mystery but this one, I really enjoyed. While these stories of Agent Pendergast can be read and enjoyed on their own, the more I read them, the more I find out about the characters within the stories.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 24, 2012
“All because one barrel of a bloodied rifle had not been c
“All because one barrel of a bloodied rifle had not been cleaned.”
Indeed. That setup is essentially where “Fever Dream” begins, and it is a can’t-wait-to-get-back-to-it thrill ride from then on out. More than once I found myself marveling at the many trails such a simple beginning had taken. Lots of locations, lots of secrets, and a fun dash of history.
I was also amazed at how approachable the book was as a standalone novel. I’ve read some of the previous Special Agent Pendergast novels, but the two preceding this book I’ve missed. It made no difference to my enjoyment. I was able to dive into “Fever Dream” without a hitch. There are only a few scenes in the book involving Constance Green (and an infanticide that is seemingly winked at) that are extraneous to the main narrative. I assume these scenes are continuations of things that happened previously, or setup for novels to come. (“Cold Vengeance” perhaps?)
Let’s face it; Preston and Child know how to write thrillers.
There was only one scenario in the book that made me groan. These authors appear to be under the assumption that somewhere in America, there are crowds of white folk (….environmentalist-hating local boys in this case, but fundamentalist Christians in the case of Preston’s “Blasphemy”...) just waiting to be whipped into a killing frenzy with only the slightest provocation. I understand this is a plot device used to add tension and to raise the stakes on our heroes, but really? To use such a plot device twice? (That I know of.) And with conservative Caucasians as the antagonists? If you watch the news, such behavior is seemingly more likely with other racial and religious groups. Why not use them? (I know…because it isn’t PC to do so... :) )
All in all, though, “Fever Dream” is a great read. I’m looking forward to the next book in the Helen Trilogy.
(A final note: This book is fairly light on adult situations and language. Though not for children, I think it is appropriate for nearly everyone else.)
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Posted April 10, 2012
Highly Recommended-the entire series is great!
I really hope they continue with the Pendegast series as I am hooked. I have read all through Fever Dream. These books are the first I haven't been able to figure out half way through the read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 27, 2011