The Book of the Dead (Special Agent Pendergast Series #7)

The Book of the Dead (Special Agent Pendergast Series #7)

by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
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The Book of the Dead (Special Agent Pendergast Series #7) by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child

An FBI agent, rotting away in a high-security prison for a murder he did not commit...
His brilliant, psychotic brother, about to perpetrate a horrific crime...
A young woman with an extrodinary past, on th edge of a violent breakdown...
An ancient Egyptian tomb with an enigmatic curse, about to be unveiled at a celebrity-studded New York gala...
Memento Mori

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446579865
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 05/30/2006
Series: Special Agent Pendergast Series , #7
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 864
Product dimensions: 6.62(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.88(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 Fever Dream, Cold Vengeance, Two Graves, and Gideon's Corpse. In addition to his novels, Preston writes about archaeology for the New Yorker and Smithsonian magazines. 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, The authors welcome visitors to their alarmingly active Facebook page, where they post regularly.

Place of Birth:

Cambridge, Massachusetts


B.A., Pomona College, 1978

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The Book of the Dead (Special Agent Pendergast Series #7) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 209 reviews.
anavidreaderWY More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Although it doesn't have to be read in sequence---this is the first Pendergrast novel I have read, it does have references to prior events and would probably be even better read it sequence. Characters are odd enough to hold your attention, plot with the Egyptian tomb was really good. It had enough, supernatural to keep you guessing. I'm going to order the other novels now since this one was so good!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great story. It never stopped being interesting and kept me on the edge my seat the whole time. Dark, musty museum basements crammed with ancient artifacts are the perfect eerie setting for a good thriller.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Book of the Dead by Douglas Preston, and Lincoln Child is well written. The over all story had many twists and turns in regards to whom was Digeones Pendergast.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book before knowing about all the other Pendergast novels but it's safe to say this one got me hooked! I love the character and the pace of this book, truly thrilling to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Book of the Dead had me wanting to read more and more as the action never stopped. This thrilling roller coaster ride of a story always had you thinking one thing but changed to the exact opposite.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this novel. I do wish, however, that the one character, who will remain unmentioned, that 'died' would make an amazing return in some way... and continue to taunt Pendergast. I really enjoy these outstanding novelists. Keep it up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As the final book of what the authors term 'The Diogenes Trilogy' I was all set for a final battle to the death between Pendergast and his very evil brother Diogenes. I was pleasantly surprised to see the book move in a very different direction. Perhaps too much time was spent in extricating Pendergast from his unjust confinement, but the detailed process was executed with fascinating and belivable precision. As with the other Pendergast books, the strange protagonist manages to carry out his plans with such amazing ability that it is a bit mystifying that Diogenes could have accomplished so much of the mayhem that he has pulled off in the past. It was painful to watch Diogenes in action as he duped the the innocent Constance, but the reversal which happens is both believable and highly satisfying. The character of Constance is one which bears even further development, which I suspect is what will happen in Wheel of Darkness. I certainly hope so!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this book and ordered the 8th in the series. Starting with book one and then going forward is the way to go. Each book introduces someone new but included is past characters. This makes for an easier read and quite frankly a sentimental attachment. I am attached to the older characters and their personalities and what they will contribute to the book. The introduction of a new character is just an addition to the family. Pendergrast is what holds it all together and is a must appearance in all the books. I have read 7 books of the series within a short time as I cannot seem to stop myself. Start with book one and you will find that with each book you are drawn into the world of Pendergast and the meeting of old friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book of the Dead was my first introduction to Preston and Child and the Pendergast series - and now I'm completely hooked! The plot is so intricate that we're always left guessing who is good and who is bad, and if, perhaps, there are some supernatural forces at work. A brilliant mix of suspense, crime, psychology, and history - this book won't disappoint readers of many genres - and will probably having you running into your local Natural History museum asap! Preston and Child have a wonderful writing style that sucks you in, terrifies you, and won't let you go until the final battle. Agent Pendergast at his finest!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The authors have once again created a page turner that you simply cannot put down. You become engaged in the fates of all the characters. What a spectacular story they weave!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How do Preston and Child come up with the plot twists, turn of events, original plot lines, unique characters and weave everything into an incredible story? I don't know, but they amaze me and I'm hooked on their books. I thorougly enjoy how not only the Pendergast character has developed, but Smithback, Nora Kelly - and of course, Vincent. The Pendergast "brain" just always amazes....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Typical of the Pendergast books, The Book of the Dead is action-packed and highly entertaining with lots of unique twists. It really should be read in its rightful place at the end of the Pendergast trilogy because the reader needs the background information to appreciate the story fully. I think it would be hard to really enjoy as a stand-alone because so mich vital information would be lost. That is probably why a few of the reviewers are rating it so low. It is, in fact, probably the best of the series, but you have to understand the whole picture. I also loved the surprising cliffhanger ending. Ya gotta love it!!! Stephanie Clanahan
WJean More than 1 year ago
another good Pendergast book where you can't put it down.
sayto More than 1 year ago
Loved it like all the other ones in the series
Jovem More than 1 year ago
OK, but feel like I've read this story before in many ways.
TPau48 More than 1 year ago
This is the 7th in the series of books about Special Agent Pendergast and his trials and tribulations. The authors captured my attention with the first book in the series. Not going to give spoilers here; just want all to know that I can't put these down, and when I'm almost to the end of one book, I buy the next one so as not to skip a beat with Pendergast!
Grams2MB More than 1 year ago
This book is one that will keep you on your toes. Each page keeps you reading more. Can't put the book down. This is an awesome series and you must read every one in order. Highly additive.
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As usual, I cannot put this book down. What a story!
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I always enjoy following A. X. L. Pendergast.
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