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Publisher's Summary

Two brothers. One, top FBI Agent Aloysius Pendergast. The other, Diogenes, a brilliant and twisted criminal. An undying hatred between them. Now, a perfect crime. And the ultimate challenge: Stop me if you can.
©2005 Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (P)2012 Hachette Audio
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By D. WARD on 11-26-12

Getting to know Pendergast

If you could sum up Dance of Death in three words, what would they be?

Suspenseful, original, satisfying

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dance of Death?

I don't want to give away any of the terrific story line, but the reader really gets to know some of Pendergast's history and mysteries.

Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Oh yes, Ive listened to numerous book narrated by Scott Brick. I enjoy his style and his representation of Pendergast.<br/>

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I couldn't put it down

Any additional comments?

This one came with a short story ' Extraction' that focused on something that was alluded to in 'Dance of Death'. While listening to many of the Pendergas books the reader is tantalized by an incident referred to in Pendergast and his brother's history. 'Extraction' is an amazing, imaginative clarifying story that gives the reader a satisfying understanding of what happened when the boys were young. I have always wanted to know more about the true origin of the hate that Diogenes has for Pendergas. This delivers....

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By Nancy on 10-26-12

Excellent story!

I've been listening to all of the Pendergast series, at least those that Audible have, in order. I must say that this was my favorite so far!

Preston and Child are maturing as writers and this book is outstanding! I could not stop listening! There is a very apparent similarity to Doyle's Sherlock Holmes series. There is our main hero, with many of the same characteristics of Holmes: intelligence, being misunderstood (due to his lack of communication), loyalty, his own brand of justice, sacrifice, kind of larger than life.. And we have Watson (though, our side-kick here is more competent).. Now, we're introduced to the story's arch-villian: "the most dangerous man in the world." More characters parallel.. but, are so much more human and vivid! We can identify with the characters and their failings. The story and plot are terrific, but the characters and their interactions, and the thrill-ride of action makes this story stand out as one of the best!

I've really enjoyed Mr. Brick as the narrator in these stories. He is even able to distinguish between 2 men with similar accents without being confusing. Perhaps, he's not as proficient with the English lady's voice, but it doesn't distract from the story.

All in all, this is an excellent thrill ride from end to end and I would highly recommend it to any wanting a great detective-pursuing-the-bad-guy type of book!

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