Brimstone (Special Agent Pendergast Series #5)

Brimstone (Special Agent Pendergast Series #5)

by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
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Brimstone (Special Agent Pendergast Series #5) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 231 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the last in the Pendergast series if you happen to be reading them in the order recommended by the authors. It is just as readable as a stand alone novel but if read in sequence it ties together many story lines from the previous 4 books, especially that involving the enigmatic Constance Greene.
RobertGaines More than 1 year ago
Normally I am stingy in donating stars, but I truly believe Brimstone deserves 4 1/2. It captured me from the very beginning with the perfect modality of suspense wherein I feel the metronome ticking methodically while the action and suspencse is building. I have the feeling of surging interest driving forward, while held back by the author's pace. The reult is truly seductive tension and magnificent suspense. The only fault I found was in one transition (which I won't describe because it would ruin the plot for those who haven't read the book.) This transition, I felt could have been smoother. Maybe the authors were as impatient in writing it as I was in reading it. As a trivial matter, the authors should be spanked and sent to their rooms without dinner for using the double possessive e.g., it belonged to a friend of mine. "Belonged to" is possessive, and "of mine" is repetitious and uses a possessive pronoun as object of a preposition. This usage caused me to ponder if that section wasn't dicatated to a recorder rather than typed on a computer. The authors should be congratulated for the research that went into the conceptual environment of the book. There is nothing hum-drum and I felt I learned quite a bit. Even the constructon of violins keeps interest bright. This is an elegant novel and a "DON'T MISS" book--for sure!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everybody who likes the books by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child should definitly read this one. Its one of their best books so far. But even for new readers if you are looking for a page-turning thriller you wont be able to put this one down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Preston and Child wear me out. Their plots are always intense - where do these two come up with plot-lines like this? Each Pendergast book I read just keeps getting more intense - and better than the last. I was so glad to see Lt. D'Agosta back - his character goes with with Pendergasts.........I'm ready for the next book of the series...
Kasia_S More than 1 year ago
Brimstone is the fifth fantastic read from the ingenious Preston and Child duo and it doesn't disappoint. I thought that the book was simply fantastic and extremely delectable, and the moment I finished it I felt a deep hunger to pounce on the next, if I had the sixth book in my possession I have no doubt that I would be unable to leave it alone. Meticulously researched, the novel travels from the streets of New York into the lush and romantic Italy, where Pendergast meets with a nemesis so grand, evil and intense that everyone has little doubt about it being the devil himself. I adore that these books have an aura of enigmatic and mystical proportions, anything is possible and everything somehow has an explanation. The book is quite long but a lot of things happen and the chases, the intrigue and the clues take up a lot of time, making the entire story feel alive and throbbing with anticipation of what happens next. My favorite literary crush, FBI Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast is fabulous as usual, with plenty of tricks up his sleeves ( literally) and with his senses heightened to take on this hard challenge he takes charge at solving another unusual crime while risking his life. When a famous art critic dies under strange circumstances Pendergast doesn't tale long to start connecting small clues, they form into a cluster of horrifying secrets and involved more people who seem to die in similar fashion before anyone can get to them. There's a connection between the strange, rich people and the hellish ways in which they perished, but the closer they agent gets to the truth the more obstacles appear on his way, seems that not only is the devil out to get him but the mortals involved in protecting the secrets are as ruthless and vicious as they come. His research takes him and former NYPD officer Vincent D'Agosta to monasteries, castles and catacombs of ancient Italians, where the secrets are gravely guarded and finding the truth is tougher than anyone could have expected. I adored the last hundred pages, the tale really took a life of it's own and the ending was stunning, I am worried but hopeful, gah..books such as this one really take me somewhere else, and I can't wait to dive back in. - Kasia S.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am an avid reader of all types of fiction and have been reading the books of Preston and Child since I picked up a copy of Relic several years ago. I was hooked and have since read everything these guys have written. I find it hard to beleive that more people don't buy their books or know about their work. Maybe they just need a new publicist but as far as I am concerned they are on my 'must read' list. From Relic through Brimstone Preston and Child do not disappoint. Great reads that mix a bit of the supernatural with reality that keep you turning pages until early in the morning. Brimstone continues the development of Agent Pendergast. I am looking forward to the next Preston/Child work. If you like suspense and occult type thrillers the Books of Preston and Child are a must. I would recommend you start with their earlier work and read those first. Although not necessary, they help to understand Agent Pendergast. I have yet to be disappointed in any of their works. They simply are in a genre of their own. Their books should be on everyone's bestseller list. Pick up any one of their books and you will be hooked.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Emmy and Tony nominee Rene Auberjonois gives a suave, sophisticated, suspenseful reading of this over-the-top thoroughly diverting thriller by the team of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. Protagonist FBI agent Aloysius Pendergast solves puzzles with finesse. He's been raised in privilege, yet, if necessary, he can fight like a street wise tough. He's a bit of a contradiction, and one of the most charismatic detectives to pop from the pages of a book. With 'Brimstone' he's teamed with former NYPD cop Vincent D'Agosta - a perfect foil for the urbane Pendergast to try to discover why art critic Jeremy Grove is found dead, toasted to a blackened mass. After all, this is the Hamptons, where such grisly crimes don't occur. Further, quite clearly next to the late Grove is the imprint of a cloven hoof burned into the floor. What the devil could that mean? Exactly. As more bodies are found and secrets revealed many wonder if the Devil actually has landed on planet Earth. Seems that these crimes can only be explained by the supernatural. Fortunately for listeners who enjoy scenic locations, Pendergast and D'Agosta's probing takes them to Italy, to an old castle in the countryside. Some two decades ago the unthinkable was summoned forth in this place. Vivid in detail 'Brimstone' is terror both horrific and terrific. - Gail Cooke
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
good read......who is the character with one blue eye and one hazel colored eye ?
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The story was a bit tedious in the first half but the pace eventually picked up and it became a very enjoyable read. While some of the plot was over-the-top implausible, it is fiction so I think some literary license should be given. Suspend disbelief snd just enjoy the journey for a while. Overall, a wonderful book. Stephanie Clanahan
RV67 More than 1 year ago
It is an essential part of the Special Agent Pendergast series. As always, the series does involve violence and some gore, so none of the books are for the squeamish.
Norsk More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful book. I have had many hours of enjoyment trying to match wits with Agent Pendergast. The author has a admirable talent for description, and keeps my imagination in high gear. I sadly have finished all of this series, and hope there will be more to follow.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book intrigued me with a twisting, turning plot. the characters all had lifelike flaws, however, my favorite was Pendergast, an outstanding masterpiece. he is my favorite type of character intelligent, cool, and collected. I loved how all of the answers were not given at the end of the book there are mysterious things left to wonder about. for instance, who is Constance? where-and when- is she from? i cannot wait to see this and other questions answered in the next installation of the series.
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Great mystery within a mystery. The characters are interesting and well developed. It is a worthwhile series to read.
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