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After his wife, Helen, is brazenly abducted before his eyes, Special Agent Pendergast furiously pursues the kidnappers, chasing them across the country and into Mexico. But then, things go terribly, tragically wrong; the kidnappers escape; and a shattered Pendergast retreats to his New York apartment and shuts out the world.

But when a string of bizarre murders erupts across several Manhattan hotels-perpetrated by a boy who seems to have an ...
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Overview


After his wife, Helen, is brazenly abducted before his eyes, Special Agent Pendergast furiously pursues the kidnappers, chasing them across the country and into Mexico. But then, things go terribly, tragically wrong; the kidnappers escape; and a shattered Pendergast retreats to his New York apartment and shuts out the world.

But when a string of bizarre murders erupts across several Manhattan hotels-perpetrated by a boy who seems to have an almost psychic ability to elude capture-NYPD Lieutenant D'Agosta asks his friend Pendergast for help. Reluctant at first, Pendergast soon discovers that the killings are a message from his wife's kidnappers. But why a message? And what does it mean?

When the kidnappers strike again at those closest to Pendergast, the FBI agent, filled anew with vengeful fury, sets out to track down and destroy those responsible. His journey takes him deep into the trackless forests of South America, where he ultimately finds himself face to face with an old evil that-rather than having been eradicated-is stirring anew... and with potentially world-altering consequences.

Confucius once said: "Before you embark on a journey of revenge, first dig two graves." Pendergast is about to learn the hard way just how true those words still ring.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455573509
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/20/2012
  • Series: Special Agent Pendergast Series , #12
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Free Preview
  • Pages: 36
  • Sales rank: 12,191
  • File size: 807 KB

Meet the Author

Douglas Preston
The thrillers of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child "stand head and shoulders above their rivals" (Publishers Weekly). Preston and Child's Relic and The Cabinet of Curiosities were chosen by readers in a National Public Radio poll as being among the one hundred greatest thrillers ever written, and Relic was made into a number-one box office hit movie. They are coauthors of the famed Pendergast series and their recent novels include Fever Dream, Cold Vengeance, Two Graves, and Gideon's Corpse. Preston's acclaimed nonfiction book, The Monster of Florence, is being made into a movie starring George Clooney. Lincoln Child is a former book editor who has published five novels of his own, including the huge bestseller Deep Storm.
Readers can sign up for The Pendergast File, a monthly "strangely entertaining note" from the authors, at their website, www.PrestonChild.com. The authors welcome visitors to their alarmingly active Facebook page, where they post regularly.

Biography

Douglas Preston was born in 1956 in Cambridge, MA, was raised in nearby Wellesley (where, by his own admission, he and his brothers were the scourge of the neighborhood!), and graduated from Pomona College in California with a degree in English literature.

Preston's first job was as a writer for the American Museum of Natural History in New York -- an eight year stint that led to the publication of his first book, Dinosaurs in the Attic and introduced him to his future writing partner, Lincoln Child, then working as an editor at St. Martin's Press. The two men bonded, as they worked closely together on the book. As the project neared completion, Preston treated Child to a private midnight tour of the museum, an excursion that proved fateful. As Preston tells it, "...in the darkened Hall of Late Dinosaurs, under a looming T. Rex, Child turned to [me] and said: 'This would make the perfect setting for a thriller!'" Their first collaborative effort, Relic, would not be published until 1995, by which time Preston had picked up stakes and moved to Santa Fe to pursue a full-time writing career.

In addition to writing novels (The Codex, Tyrannosaur Canyon) and nonfiction books on the American Southwest (Cities of Gold, Ribbons of Time), Preston has collaborated with Lincoln Child on several post-Relic thrillers. While not strictly a series, the books share characters and events, and the stories all take place in the same universe. The authors refer to this phenomenon as "The Preston-Child Pangea."

Preston divides his time between New Mexico and Maine, while Child lives in New Jersey -- a situation that necessitates a lot of long-distance communication. But their partnership (facilitated by phone, fax, and email) is remarkably productive and thoroughly egalitarian: They shape their plots through a series of discussions; Child sends an outline of a set of chapters; Preston writes the first draft of those chapters, which is subsequently rewritten by Child; and in this way the novel is edited back and forth until both authors are happy. They attribute the relatively seamless surface of their books to the fact that "[a]ll four hands have found their way into practically every sentence, at one time or another."

In between, Preston remains busy. He is a regular contributor to magazines like National Geographic, The New Yorker, Natural History, Smithsonian, Harper's, and Travel & Leisure, and he continues with varied solo literary projects. Which is not to say his partnership with Lincoln Child is over. Fans of the bestselling Preston-Child thrillers can be assured there are bigger and better adventures to come.

Good To Know

Douglas Preston counts among his ancestors the poet Emily Dickinson, the newspaperman Horace Greeley, and the infamous murderer and opium addict Amasa Greenough.

His brother is Richard Preston, the bestselling author of The Hot Zone, The Cobra Event, The Wild Trees, and other novels and nonfiction narratives.

Preston is an expert horseman and a member of the Long Riders Guild.

He is also a National Geographic Society Fellow, has traveled extensively around the world, and contributes archaeological articles to many magazines.

In our interview, Preston shared some fun and fascinating personal anecdotes.

"My first job was washing dishes in the basement of a nursing home for $2.10 an hour, and I learned as much about the value of hard work there as I ever did later."

"I need to write in a small room -- the smaller the better. I can't write in a big room where someone might sneak up behind my back."

"My hobbies are mountain biking, horseback riding and packing, canoeing and kayaking, hiking, camping, cooking, and skiing."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2012

    It's not the whole book that's free..........it's the first 7 ch

    It's not the whole book that's free..........it's the first 7 chapters.

    56 out of 89 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2013

    !

    I despise these 'free preview' things thats only a few chapters. Either give us the entire book for free or charge for it, but stop with the partial teaser crap.

    5 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2013

    Total disappointment...seven chapters/32 pages?  This is a previ

    Total disappointment...seven chapters/32 pages?  This is a preview not a book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2013

    Love it

    If you are reading this, you are already a fan anyway, right?

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2013

    Exemplary story-telling

    I have read all of Preston and Child's books including their solo contributions. They do not fail to intrique, inform, and excite. The vivid way they assemble the story's scenes where you feel that you are actually standing along side the protagonist seeing, feeling, and smelling everything around. I truly recommend this exceptional piece of fictional yarn to anyone who wishes to step out of the norm of just being told a story. In this latest tale, we find Agent Pendergast finally having the meeting of his life with his long thought deceased wife. The long forlorn partners' union is quickly plunged into a chaos that sets in motion a series of events that affects the very lives of the other characters in the book.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2013

    Why Bother....

    Didn't bother reading 7 chapters.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    Have no idea

    It never transferred over and B&N never responded to my email from its website.

    1 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    highly recommended

    Awesome book, the first two where so good. I am half way threw this one and can not wait to finish! Amazing story!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2012

    Why

    I dont really get the frist chapter.It makes no sence. It is really confuzing!

    1 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    This book is so awesome

    My review woul be very great u should just win it

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  • Posted December 30, 2013

    Preview

    When I bought this it did not say preview. This is not an entire book. Barnes and noble needs to do a better job of letting customers know when it's a preview of a book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    Gripping. A true page turner.

    Will purchase entire book through nook.

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  • Posted June 23, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    Preston & Child

    Very good book, could hardly put it down. I love mysteries.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2013

    Sonds like a good book

    I would love it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2013

    Love Pendergast series!!

    I couldn't wait to read two graves and then did not want it to end because it would mean waiting for the next book to come out. Just love the characters and looking forward to the next adventure!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    I love all the Pendergast series.....fun read!

    I have read all of the Agent Pendergast books beginning this New Years, 2013! Except
    These 2! I'm saving them until I can just sit, relax and enjoy them! I've been catching
    Up on other reading.....not as fun as these!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2013

    Anonymous march 31 2013

    This is a good book i would read this book again

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  • Posted March 1, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    I am fond of the Special Agent Pendergast Series, as they keep you on your toes. If you think you have worked out the plot line there will be a sudden little twist that will send on on another path. A great read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2013

    Okay.

    From reading the seven chapters, this sounds like a good book. But having to read foreign words has never been for me; therefore I will not read the entire book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2013

    To below add me

    Abby barrera 24 @ yahoo .com
    No spaces tho

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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