Blue Labyrinth (Special Agent Pendergast Series #14)

Blue Labyrinth (Special Agent Pendergast Series #14)

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Blue Labyrinth (Special Agent Pendergast Series #14) by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child

Special Agent Pendergast-one of the most original, compelling characters in all of contemporary fiction-returns in Preston and Child's new exhilarating novel
BLUE LABYRINTH
A long-buried family secret has come back to haunt Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast.
It begins with murder. One of Pendergast's most implacable, most feared enemies is found on his doorstep, dead. Pendergast has no idea who is responsible for the killing, or why the body was brought to his home. The mystery has all the hallmarks of the perfect crime, save for an enigmatic clue: a piece of turquoise lodged in the stomach of the deceased.
The gem leads Pendergast to an abandoned mine on the shore of California's Salton Sea, which in turn propels him on a journey of discovery deep into his own family's sinister past. But Pendergast learns there is more at work than a ghastly episode of family history: he is being stalked by a subtle killer bent on vengeance over an ancient transgression. And he soon becomes caught in a wickedly clever plot, which leaves him stricken in mind and body, and propels him toward a reckoning beyond anything he could ever have imagined....

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455525911
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 06/30/2015
Series: Special Agent Pendergast Series , #14
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 70,668
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 7.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

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 White Fire, 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 newsletter from the authors, at their website, www.PrestonChild.com. The authors welcome visitors to their Facebook page, where they post regularly.

Place of Birth:

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Education:

B.A., Pomona College, 1978

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Blue Labyrinth 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 115 reviews.
miztrebor More than 1 year ago
Blue Labyrinth is the fourteenth book in Preston & Child’s Pendergast series. It seems that with each new book, the authors write an even better and more intense story. I haven’t been so involved with a series before and I don’t see myself walking away from Special Agent Pendergast’s life anytime soon. The complexities of his character and family history, while being slowly revealed to the reader over time, never cease to grow more mysterious and intriguing. The authors waste not time getting into the action with this book. Right from the beginning the reader is thrown into Pendergast’s next case. And for the next couple of hundred pages, the story unfolds with little downtime. For long-time fans, this book is going to be an emotional ride, as well. Pendergast is at his most vulnerable in Blue Labyrinth. A feeling of uncertainty about the story’s outcome gripped me until the very last page. Another thing I enjoyed about Blue Labyrinth was that Constance was able to show how formidable of person she is. She’s been slowly getting more and more involved in the storyline with each book, but I feel as if she’s really stepped out of the shadows here. We also see much of Margo Green and D’Agosta. These books wouldn’t be complete without those two veteran characters. It’s so hard not to dive deep into the story and describe what made this another Preston & Child masterpiece without ruining all the twists and shocking moments for potential readers, so I won’t. Just know that this novel is one of the best yet. It’s a big change from the norm for the series but also such a fitting storyline. I don’t know what these two authors have in store for readers next time, if there is a next time, but I already want to get in line for it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Blue Labyrinth is a stand alone Pendergast novel, but it is helpful to read the books in order since this novel ties in so many recurring characters and back stories. You see Pendergast in all his glory. But my favorite parts contained his ward, Constance. Throughout this novel we see her inner strength and get a glimpse at what a formidable woman she truly is. For fans of the Pendergast series, this book doesnot disappoint.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book...I could not put the book down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the Pendergast books. This one tied so many elememts together. I couldn't stop reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all the "Pendergast" books in order, and this by far is the best one yet!!! If you are a fan, this book is a must read. Absoutely a page turner. HIGHLY RECCOMEND
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a fan of the series, I was very excited about this latest installment. And while it does hit the ground running, it does not live up to the potential presented in the opening. It felt rushed, and none of the care and attention was given to the storyline that we are accustomed to with these authors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put the book down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read for mystery loverslovers it has keep me up wanting to know what com. When all twist and real page tuner, I gave it 5 stars because it teaches us to think out of the box. Worth a read, enjoy.
BBurge More than 1 year ago
Was fine until the conclusion. Wrapped entirely too quickly and at least to me the end is contrived and mot really believable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My last read in this series. It's sadly worn out. All Prendergast needs is a cape and a contract with Marvel Comics, and he would be headed to Hollywood. It's that far out there in terms of believability. Most of the action was outside of Prendergast anyway since he is pretty recycled already. It was a nice ride with this series. Time to get off the train. Journey's over.
bonnieCA More than 1 year ago
This one had a lot of twists and turns I was not expecting. It's better than some of the other ones. However, Pendergast as an FBI agent is not really believable. I don't think the FBI would really allow an agent to operate as he does. But it has a lot of thrills and, of course, he prevails in the end.
Suntan More than 1 year ago
One of the best features of this series is the villains. These are always preternaturally powerful, smart, and evil. Truly worthy antagonists for These authors have a way of creating worthily evil and resourceful antagonists for the preternaturally smart and resourceful Pendergast. This novel, one of their best, brings in new characters and the promise of more very wicked antagonists in yet more books to come. What makes this novel unique among a collection of unique novels is that P's ward, Constance, plays a large role. You might even say that she is the principal character. This opens a door for even larger roles for this engaging heroine, plus (and this is a BIG plus!) it opens up a tiny crack into a possible romance between these two. Whether that happens or not remains to be seen.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston are two of my favorite authors. Their latest addition to the Pendergast series will please fans. Blue Labyrinth is read by Rene Auberjonois. Many readers will recognize Rene Auberjonois’ distinctive voice from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. In the 14th Pendergast book, we find our hero back on top. He is the main character in Blue Labyrinth and once again we witness his intelligence, wit and cunning. As Constance and Pendergast are talking, there is a knock on the door. Once it is opened, they discover the body of Pendergast’s son. Who could possibly murder Pendergast’s son, who was a formidable opponent? The culprits are leaving a bread crumb trail for Pendergast to follow. But where does it lead…could it be to death? In Blue Labyrinth, readers get to know a whole new side of Pendergast. The authors break open the mold and allow readers to see the real man and his emotions. Authors Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston bring back characters from previous books and even previous locations. There is what on the surface appears to be a secondary murder/plot; however, the reader soon realizes that the crimes are tied together. One of the differences in this book is the interaction between De’Agosta, Margot and Constance as they attempt to save Pendergast. While I have enjoyed all of the Pendergast novels, this one is my favorite. There is much I would like to comment on, but that is impossible without giving away spoilers. So I will end with this: Pendergast can be and is egotistical, petulant and self-centered, but we all love him and in Blue Labyrinth we see him suffer. Child and Preston have once again raised the bar. I look forward to the next installment.
MDMPFA More than 1 year ago
It never ceases to amaze me how these two authors manage to write one fantastic novel after another for their Agent Pendergast series. This latest novel is no exception. I was a little surprised, in a good way, at the beginning of the story when the murder victim is revealed. After all, the victim looked like a good candidate to replace Diogenes, the principle bad guy in several of their earlier novels. It will be interesting to see who takes that role in future novels. While this particular story can be read standalone, it definitely is more enjoyable to have read their books in sequence as I loved the numerous references to events from their earlier stories, especially the material from Cabinet of Curiosities. Of course there is a whole new set of Pendergast family history revealed in this novel and it was just as stranger and interesting as all the other weird family history. There was one plot twist I found a little hard to believe (as did Agent Pendergast). Some additional narrative beyond that provided on the background to that plot twist would have helped to dissipate my skepticism. I'm still not completely convinced but I'll get over it. The larger part that Constance Green plays in this story was appreciated as she is a uniquely mysterious character. The ending was fast paced and well done. It didn't have the absolutely and literally (for me) jaw dropping surprise plot development that White Fire had with Corrie Swanson at the end of that novel, but that would admittedly be hard to top. Corrie Swanson is another great character but, alas, she does not play a part in this novel. Maybe she will be featured in the next book. Even if not I'm sure these two author will have a new enthralling Pendergast story to tell. I purchased a hardback copy for my personal library.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't imagine how exciting all of these books would be adapted to the movies of Hollywood!
shanynn829 More than 1 year ago
ANOTHER AMAZING P&C THRILL RIDE ! Although most of The Pendergast Series can be read out of sequence (apart from the Diogenes Trilogy and The Helen Trilogy), I would recommend at least reading The Helen Trilogy to give you background and understand why and who it is that shows up at his doorstep in the opening of the book. You would think after so many books in this series, things would get to be redundant and/or less intriguing but that couldn't be further from the truth.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A action packed thrill ride you will find hard to put down.
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Ok im about 140 pages in, if the bones were suspected by Margo of being late 19th century how in the world do they suspect Padgetts wife who would have obviously been born in the twentieth century....??
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A great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Slow getting started but then it picked up and I could not put it down. Great reas.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As always Pendergast keeps you up at night awaiting to see how he gets out of this one.. I love how Constance come in as a strong player this time The book will not disappoint you.