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Book 3 in the series. In an ancient tunnel underneath New York City a charnel house is discovered. Inside are 36 bodies all murdered and mutilated more than a century ago. While FBI agent Pendergast investigates the old crimes, identical killings start to terrorize the city. The nightmare has begun. Again.
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|Listening Length||17 hours and 4 minutes|
|Author||Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child|
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|Audible.com Release Date||December 14, 2012|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #5,373 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#80 in Action Thriller & Suspense Fiction
#165 in Mystery Action & Adventure
#170 in Crime Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
Reviewed in the United States on December 15, 2018
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On the upside, I learned a lot by looking up medical terms, historical people and events, and natural history. Authors are smart and have researched amazingly well.
though i can't help but feel some supporting characters aren't molded from the same previous framework. for example, captain custer is a spitting image of captain waxie.
some of the passages are a bit offputting, as if ther had been a lack of communication in situational awareness: how can a certain character not know the word 'rhetorical', yet several chapters later use the term 'sollo voce', the words 'gaunt', 'disheveled', etc. to great effect?
it's a great story, yet not exactly a thrill ride. i look forward to continuing the series.
This story lays a good foundation of Pendergast’s family background which is further developed in later novels as well as introduces us to Constance Greene who becomes a major character and pseudo love interest of Pendergast later in the series. I will not go into details as to the story’s plot, but will say that the storyline is very interesting. It teters on the fantastic but plausible while not crossing over into the suspension of disbelief realm. This one is well worth your time folks.
If you haven't read the previous books (which were also great) you can still enjoy this. One of the greatest things about this series is that these are truly stand alone books - there's no previous knowledge needed, and no cheap cliffhangers. Pendergast is radically different then the usual FBI agent character, being highly intelligent and mysterious, yet likeable and flawed - a very difficult thing to write successfully.
For fans of the series, this is everything you could hope for. It introduces several characters that go on to become series regulars such as Nora Kelly, Wren, Proctor, and of course Constance Green. It also establishes some of Pendergast's techniques like the memory crossings, and starts to shed light on his problematic family history.
It's rare I'll give 5 star ratings to anything, but I feel this book really deserves it. It's a long read (over 600 pages) but the story flows so well it feels half that length. If you're willing to put the time in, you'll be rewarded.
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There are lots of twists and unexpected turns throughout the book, a really good story and the return of some old characters (see RELIC: Agent Pendergast book1, and Reliquary: Agent Pendergast book2), and the introduction of some new ones.
I really enjoyed this book and I think it's well worth 5🌟. I'm looking forward to reading the fourth book in the series.