The Obsidian Chamber : Pendergast

  • by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by Rene Auberjonois
  • Series: Pendergast
  • 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A Tragic Disappearance
After a harrowing otherworldly confrontation on the shores of Exmouth, Massachusetts, 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....

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Fearful there is no where to go for the series.

I have always enjoyed the Pendergast series. However, I have grown tired of the cliffhanger endings. I find that I frequently have to go back to the previous book in an effort to understand why all this "stuff" is happening to Pendergast or Constance and now Proctor. The cloudy convoluted plots and the referenced past deeds are tiring.
Just give Pendergast cases to show his brilliance and close the door (for Pendergast it is doors) on the past. Leave Constance and her son (and undoubtedly the child she will now be carrying) with the monks!!!
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- Julie

Looking for a plot

I have read most of the books by Preston and Child and all of the Pendergast novels--a few more than once. Aloysius is unique and somewhat weird, as is his brother Diogenes and that is part of what makes most of these books fun. That is, until this story that renders the brothers uninteresting. I actually forgot I had this book loaded on my phone because there is nothing compelling about this story and I found it a chore to finish listening. AXLP started losing his mystique after we were introduced to his wife Helen, who was duller than mud. Each novel since then has lost a bit of sparkle and now, he is given little to do in Obsidian Chamber and his decision to allow his nutso brother to walk makes me cringe at the thought of another boring soap opera story with these once-fascinating people. Diogenes is almost a different character and is completely unbelievable. Constance, her long dresses, and pretentious vocabulary have grown tiresome. The engaging Proctor started with a bang, then becomes part of a howler of an ending. He arrives back at Riverside Drive looking emaciated, filthy and bloody. Did he find a heretofore undiscovered land bridge and walk from Africa to New York? No. We are to believe he actually got onto a plane or maybe a boat covered in his and lions' blood and did not eat, drink, or rest the long journey across the ocean just so he could collapse on the floor after a tedious buildup before the nervous Mrs.Trask finally opens the dang door.

Rene Auberjonois is great, as usual, but even he cannot save this one. This is worse than Beyond the Ice Limit. yikes
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- Olive

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-18-2016
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio