Cold Vengeance (Special Agent Pendergast Series #11)

Cold Vengeance (Special Agent Pendergast Series #11)

by Douglas Preston
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Cold Vengeance 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 373 reviews.
sailaway7289 More than 1 year ago
Oh how sad. I so looked forward to this book, preordered it even - and it was such a huge disappointment to me. Seriously, seriously disappointed. I fell in love with Preston & Child because of the archeology and mystery that flows through their writing. This was a boring crime drama book that I cared nothing about. I could give a rat's ass about Helen, Pendergast's wife. I want the mystery, the strangeness, the fun of their other books. I can't remember the last time I was this disappointed in an author. For a CRIME DRAMA, the book was good - had all the excitement, shoot outs, etc. Then, of course, they had an ending to lead into the next book - a book I'm doubting I will read because it will be more of this theme. Where are the men who wrote "Relic"? Sigh. I know it is silly, but I almost feel betrayed.
ABK11 More than 1 year ago
I was a huge fan of the Pendergast novels. The Special Agent Pendergast novels seem to have gotten away from what makes the stories great reading for a few books now and seem to really be reaching for something to tie the books together. I was hoping that Cold Vengeance would get things back on track. Well, it doesn't. The story just becomes absurd and introduces a really tired theme (Nazis, human experiments and Brazil). The Pendergast of Cold Vengeance just doesn't ring true to the rational, calculating and brilliant man introduced in previous books. I expected more from the authors. Please bring back the Pendergast that was in the early books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked up the Codex at an airport because I didn't have a book written by my usual authors. I have been hooked by these guys ever since. I do like their stand alone books better than these series books. Still Life with Crows is one of my favorites. Brimstone fantastic. I also recommend listening to the stories too. Any book read by Rene Auberjonois will totally change your appreciation of these stories. He is the perfect Pendergast.
Carlissa More than 1 year ago
I've enjoyed this series up until now; but this really didn't have much going for it. The parts with Agent Pendergast were nothing more than shoot 'em up action, and Pendergast didn't seem up to his usual form. I did enjoy the parts with Constance Greene and was glad to see Corrie from Still Life With Crows make an appearance. Vincent D'Agosta and Hayward made only the briefest of appearances. I really did miss the supernatural elements in this book. Also, wasn't Pendergast beginning to be romantically involved in previous books? Unfortunately, I can't remember her name, but I thought they might be becoming an item.
Veronica Rodriguez More than 1 year ago
I am thrilled with the new Pendergast novel. I doubt when there will ever be a time when I am not.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fast, fun read that ends much too quickly, and now we have to wait close to a year to find out what happens in the minutes after the last page. I wish I'd waited until the next one is available before reading this one. The only thing that prevents the fifth star is that I suspect I'm being taken advantage of by having to pay for three fairly short books when it should have been just one book. At the end of this one I felt like some prankster had torn out the last few pages.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Cairn Barrow, Scotland Special Agent Pendergast and his brother-in-law Esterhazy go stag hunting. However, nether of them hunt deer, but each other. Pendergast seeks revenge against Esterhazy for murdering his wife Helen (see Fever Dream). As Pendergast traps his adversary he asks why he killed his sister just as a stag assaults the agent; giving Esterhazy the chance to shoot his adversary in the chest and explain he did not kill his sibling as Helen lives. Esterhazy leaves his friend to die as he calls the constabulary to report the accident. Inspector Balfour leads the search, but no human corpse is found. Pendergast no longer seeks Cold Vengeance as now he searches for Helen, but is confused over her role in the duplicity of her death; unless his in-law lied. He returns to New York from the moors, but the clues take him to the bayous where increasingly he wonders whether Helen arranged her death and how little he really knew her as Pendergast begins to uncover secrets his wife hid from him. The second Pendergast's Helen inquiry is a great thriller that is loaded with action from the first hunting confrontation to the climax that ends with a cliffhanger setup for the finish. The taut story line is fast-paced and filled with twists that hook the audience. However the hero makes the tale as he will remind readers of Liam Neeson in Taken with his determination to rescue Helen if she is alive. Suspenseful, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child provide the best middle book of a trilogy in recent memory. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I personally am a fan of Agent Pedergast and have been reading these books since Relic. Book is full of thrills and keeps you interested. Ends with a cliffhanger.
DougTheDoctor More than 1 year ago
The Pendergast series is just great stories!
ABookAWeek More than 1 year ago
The ending was the true beginning. Are the authors starting to take Pendergast fans for granted? Skip this one and just buy the next.
Brian Withem More than 1 year ago
Like Ripley, Tony Hill, and Aureilo Zen, Pendergast delivers everytime. I love the new story arc over multiple novels. I have read all the novels. Jo Nesbo is the next to look for with Harry Hole
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Great book!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While I enjoyed the plot, I was disappointed with the slow pace of this book. It could have been better written by condensing it into about 100 pages less. I look forward to reading the conclusion to this trilogy within the series, but I will have to read something else first because I can't deal with another slow book so soon. This seems to be a problem for the trilogies in this seties so I wish the authors would stop doing them and just do individual novels. Stephanie Clanahan
TomW More than 1 year ago
I waded through 356 pages that had me waiting for the answers to a multitude of questions raised throughout the book. It ended without addressing any of them. It was as if the authors decided that they had filled enough pages to meet the requirement of being called a book, and they decided it was time to quit. Thanks for leading me on a shaggy dog escapade that had no end.
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This series has it all! I have enjoyed every one so far and don't plan on stopping until they're done.
LT72 More than 1 year ago
I have read all the books in this series and this one did not disappoint.A must read!
LuisRousset More than 1 year ago
I read the initial novel "Fever Dream", which I loved. I found its plot cleverly conceived and enthralling. Obviously, I wanted to read its sequel " Cold Vengeance". The story flows well and the book is quite enjoyable up to its last quarter. Truly, the existence of an evil all powerful secret society has been used by other authors in several novels. Still, the plot remains interesting and attention-grabbing. Towards the book's end, it takes a turn to the worse. The idea of transforming agent Pendergast into a sort of superhuman hero, capable of invading a cruise boat full of armed bad guys and single handedly dispatching most of them is infantile. Pendergast is regretfully cast in the role of a comic story hero. With the exception of this point, the book is an excellent read. I am curious about the promised continuation. I'm looking forward to reading it.
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