After Pendergast is presumed dead from a supernatural encounter, his bodyguard Proctor is the only one who can chase a kidnapper across international waters and into the deadly unknown.
A TRAGIC DISAPPEARANCE
After a harrowing, otherworldly confrontation on the shores of Exmouth, Massachussetts, Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast is missing, presumed dead.
A SHOCKING RETURN
Sick with grief, Pendergast's ward, Constance, retreats to her chambers beneath the family mansion at 891 Riverside Drive--only to be taken captive by a shadowy figure from the past.
AN INTERNATIONAL MANHUNT
Proctor, Pendergast's longtime bodyguard, springs to action, chasing Constance's kidnapper through cities, across oceans, and into wastelands unknown.
BUT IN A WORLD OF BLACK AND WHITE, NOTHING IS AS IT SEEMS
And by the time Proctor discovers the truth, a terrifying engine has stirred-and it may already be too late . . .
A melodramatic plot full of improbable developments mars Preston and Child's 16th thriller featuring FBI agent Aloysius Pendergast (after 2015's Crimson Shore). Pendergast is believed dead after he was seriously wounded and fell into the sea off Exmouth, Mass. Soon after Pendergast's ward, Constance Greene, returns from Exmouth, she's abducted from the Manhattan home she shared with the FBI agent. Proctor, Pendergast's factotum, embarks on a lengthy and convoluted quest to rescue Constance, which takes him to the Kalahari Desert. Proctor's resolve is strengthened by his belief that Constance's abductor is Pendergast's evil brother, Diogenes, who was thought to have died after Constance tossed him into a volcano more than three years earlier. Meanwhile, a sophisticated villain who maintains a secret identity believes that his DNA at a crime scene won't be matched to a sample in the FBI database because that sample will also be a match for his alias. This entry lacks the originality and chills of the better books in this bestselling series.
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Sad it’s over 😢
What can I say, I love the Pendergast series. I’m really thrilled that the authors brought back to life the brother of Special Agent Pendergast, Diogenes Pendergast, who is just too fascinating to despise. I am always glad to find myself in that strange Riverside mansion having jasmine tea with Constance and Aloysius.
Another great read!
I absolutely hate the fact that I read so fast. Finished this in two days. Now I have to wait for however long for the next one to come out to find out what happens. I will say though it would of been interesting to see where Constance and Diogenes would of gone. Maybe the next one will include a little bit more of D’Agosta.
Not up to the standard
The first half of the book or so doesn't even have Pendergast really, it's a dry recitation of a cliched race. There are several uncharacteristic plot glitches where things don't fit together.
For example - at one point the car is left at a specific location. Much later PEndergast returns - and the car has somehow mysteriously made its way back home. It’s location would have been key to his investigations. Very sloppy.
The ending is also a letdown.
Coming off of Crimson Shore this was quite a letdown.