White Fire (Special Agent Pendergast Series #13)

White Fire (Special Agent Pendergast Series #13)

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White Fire 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 224 reviews.
RobertDowns More than 1 year ago
Seeing Douglas Preston in person (twice) and Lincoln Child via Skype (once), I can’t help but be enthralled by the eccentricities of these two individuals, and the odd dynamic that must ensue from this powerful writing duo. So it’s hard not to see how Aloysius Pendergast might have developed from these two brilliant minds fully formed and ready for action. He’s odd and eccentric and intriguing and his dark suits never manage to get wrinkle, even when he’s bounding through snow drifts up to his chin or playing Russian roulette with a loaded revolver. More than just Pendergast, though, WHITE FIRE filled its pages with entertaining characters and a few individuals from the days of yore. With Corrie Swanson leading the charge and immersing herself in skeletal remains and mining caves and mountain passes, this novel piles on roadblocks and adventures in equal measure, and then douses the remains in cans of kerosene. With stoic individuals stepping to the forefront and the interweaving of a story within a story, this novel moves forward as much as it lingers in antiquity. Arthur Conan Doyle and Oscar Wilde and Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson weave through the pages, leaving footprints in white blankets and half-eaten meals behind. The rush of adrenaline helped me maneuver from the first page to the last, the throttle easing just enough to keep me from overexertion, the pages pounding with the precision of a jackhammer. The vibrations echoed through my hands and all the way up my forearms, as I drove my snowmobile through the ensuing avalanche. The tight plot fit about as well as a snug pair of gloves, and I leaned my back from the resultant wind current, my teeth chattering and my feet stamping in protest. If you don’t mind Pendergast avoiding the spotlight as opposed to standing in the limelight, acting more as a mentor than the lead investigator, and you enjoy your plots more tightly woven than a pair of mittens, you’ll probably find yourself enjoying this Colorado tale. I received this book for free through NetGalley. Robert Downs Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Annoyingly stupid heroine makes for a disappointing addition to the Pendergast series. Any redeeming qualities Corrie may have had in earlier books have been negated by her moronic decision-making in this one. I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t love Pendergast. He deserves nuanced supporting characters and a semi-intelligent plot, neither of which is present here. As always, the prose is fun. It's peppered with arcane and educational vocabulary and esoteric information about a variety of topics, all made interesting by the slightly florid (in a good way) writing style.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful character the writers have in Pendergast! But this effort by Preston & Child falls short . The secondary characters are weak and simplistic compared the their early books. I, like another reader, skipped over several chapters that featured the Corrie character. She is portrayed as being streetwise, yet makes juvenile decisions boarding on naivete. I found her more of a distraction to the story than anything else. Pendergast is a winner...they should stick with him.
Butterfly3DR More than 1 year ago
Boring!  Authors  constructed the story around  Corrie Swanson,  No depth of character, just a petulant young lady.  The book is flat, no suspense, a huge disappointment ! I skimmed through most of it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm very happy that I liked this book. The last few have been disappointing, but this time I really liked it. Exciting and kept my interest. K.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A page-turning thriller. I  was glad to see Agent Pendergast at his finest again.I could not put the book down .I
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is not exactly ruined by having allegedly intelligent heroine do something incredibly stupid, but I did skip large portions of narrative. This one was a bit predictable, to be honest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! Another of this series that did not disappoint. Must read! Interesting, enthralling and a page turner. Highly recommend!!
sams-kitten More than 1 year ago
White FireDouglas Preston and Lincoln ChildCan I just say, this book caused a lot of happy squealing on my end? First when Preston personally (!) sent me an Advanced Reader Copy (!!) Then when I saw the first page of the book, and again when I finished it. I have been a huge fan of Preston and Child's Special Agent Pendergast for about 10 years now. Having finished their latest sub-trilogy in the series, they decided to explore new ground with Pendergast. And by new ground, I mean going way back in the past to the ground at the root of all detective stories: Sherlock Holmes.I have long held that Pendegast is the most Sherlockian of detectives currently being written. So one of my squeals came when I openedWhite Fire to see a note that the character of Sherlock Holmes was used in this novel by permission of the Conan Doyle estate! Of course, how one of the greatest detectives in fiction got mixed up with Sherlock Holmes is a (typically, delightfully) twisted story.Special Agent Pendergast's protege, Corrie Swanson, is looking for the perfect research project to advance her studies at the College of Criminal Justice. She stumbles upon accounts of a man-eating bear in a Colorado mining town in the 1870s. Corri pours all of her resources into research, but powerful families in the town (now a high-class ski resort) are uncomfortable with what she unearths. While she digs around in the past, houses in the town are being burned to the ground. Corri makes some impetuous descisions, and this is where Pendergast has to come riding in to bail her out.Pendergast's take on the man- eating bear is wildly different, colored by an old Sherlock Holmes tale (invented in this book by Preston and Child. They do a remarkable job of alluding to Conan Doyle's style but still writing in a manner recognizably their own.) Pendegast must call on all of his resources to not only solve the case but keep Corrie alive (and out of jail.) He leverages all of his connections and explores all his fields of obscure knowledge before bringing all his impressive powers of thought and deduction to bear and, of course, solving the case! All this while attired in only the finest of bespoke black menswear (the detailed descriptions of his Colorado snow gear were pretty funny.)If you had merely said to me the words "Pendergast and Holmes" I would've been excited. Happily, this book was everything I hoped it would be- and more. Lincoln and Child do not disappoint. Fans of Pendergast will be happy to encounter him in this unique adventure. Readers new to the series will find this book an excellent place to start.The other top (altho not quite as good) Sherlockian detectives currently being written are J. Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme and J. Nesbo's Harry Hole.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Get used to them if you choose to read these books! This book had me hooked by page two! yes corrie did some stupid stuff.......she is a young girl after all! This book was a ride..Get the sample and you will be compelled to purchase.......then settle in for your very late night. Loved this book and am now reading them all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait for the next adventure!
Dragon49 More than 1 year ago
As usual Preston & Child has written another "hold on to your seat" stories. Love the books that have Agent Pendergast as the main character. This has kept me turning page after page to see what happens next. A book to hold your interest until the end.
Kataman1 More than 1 year ago
Pendergast must rescue young Corrie Swenson again. In this one a story told by Oscar Wilde to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle sets the stage for the whole book. Corrie comes across this story in Doyle's diary and gets an idea for writing her thesis. This takes her to Roaring Fork, Colorado where she immediately winds up in jail, and is facing a long prison term. It is obvious that the powers of the town want her research squelched and are hiding a big secret. On top of that there is a serial arsonist setting mansions in Roaring Fork on fire. It is up to Pendergast to get Corrie out of her jam and to help her solve the mysteries of Roaring Fork. on top of that he needs to try to calm down Corrie's stubborn behavior and pig-headedness which keeps getting her into dangerous situations. There is a lot of tense moments and the story is written in a very crisp manner that never gets boring. The authors even have an "unpublished" Doyle Sherlock Holmes tale that reads a lot like the author's own style. This is not the best Pendergast tale but it is a very good one. I give it 4 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so looking forward to another adventure of my favorite detective and this book did not disappoint! Clever, fast paced with just enough twists and turns to keep me up reading well into the night. Excellent read and was sorry to see it end!
goldieinaz More than 1 year ago
I found this SA Pendergast installment fantastic!! Every single book, in its own way, has been outstanding. Could not put the book down and now have to wait patiently for the next one. The authors have such creative minds and thank you for many hours of enjoyable reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my first book by these authors and won't be the last. The only negative comment I have to make is concerning the main character (Corrie). Her stupid decisions were iirritating at times, but other than that I couldn't put the book down. Finished reading it at 5 o'clock this morning. I will be back to read more books from this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There aren't many books that have given me chills, but this was one of them! I could barely put this one down to work! Lincoln and Child have done it again, another amazing thriller with Pendergast at the helm! Seriously, the preview chapter should be Chapter 11. SO GOOD!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you haven't read a book by these guys, do it now. Agent Pendergast is one of the most intriguing literary characters of our time and even after more than 10 years reading about him, is still shrouded in mystery. You can begin here or at the beginning with Relic, or if you so choose, with one of their stand alone novels such as Riptide (a personal favorite). Regardless of what you choose, start reading these guys now. You won't regret it.
jlgc More than 1 year ago
White Fire is the thirteenth novel in the Pendergast thriller series written by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. Corrie Swanson, a Pendergast protégée, is on a mission to secure a grant that has only been awarded to seniors. She’s a junior. The thesis that has been approved has her traveling to an old mining town in Colorado, just before Christmas. Her goal is to examine bones of old dead miners reported as killed and eaten by bears. She runs into trouble almost immediately. Enter Pendergast. In addition to helping Swanson in her efforts, he is drawn into the investigation of horrific house fires that are being used to kill people. Swanson also attracts the attention of a powerful family hiding a desperate secret. I hadn’t read a Pendergast novel in a while. I’d forgotten how much I enjoy them. If you love mystery stories similar to Sherlock Holmes with unique characters, you will like this story.
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I finally feel that the athors have gotren back to their strengths as a writing team. Their recent trilogy-style novels have been pretty bad, but, in White Fire, I see more of a return to the old Pendergast in a plotline worthy of his expertise. Great addition to the series. Stephanie Clanahan
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