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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- Julie "Say something about yourself!"
I keep hoping they will get back to the intriguing mysteries that they wrote in their first 10 books. After that, when the novels got into Pendergast's "family problems" they seem to have gone down hill and don't have the humor and excitement that they once had. Pendergast is actually becoming a bit tiresome and the twists and turns and multiple story lines are pretty tedious. I am a big fan of Preston and Child's but have been less than entertained by them lately.
He is always great and can do any kind of voice and accent very well.
Diogenes should have remained dead. Constance is getting somewhat boring and seems a real twit in this one.
I so enjoyed the earlier Pendergast books when the Special Agent was solving mysteries of a bizarre nature. The ones where he teamed up with D'Agosta, Margo Green, and the great comic relief of Smithback, Wren and Mime, etc were fun and interesting and I couldn't put them down until the end. Now, they just seem to go around and around in circles and the whole Pendergast family drama is tiresome and boring. I'm not sure I even want to finish this. I'm 3/4 of the way through and thinking I might just return it and not finish it. It just doesn't seem that it even keeps my interest. I would love to have Preston and Child get back to the format that they used in the earlier books where the sharpness of Pendergast and his great dry humor ("it's a bad habit, but I simply cannot help myself" ) were fun and refreshing. He no longer has the aura of mysticism and invincibility he had in the beginning, at least for me. He now just seems like a endless victim who keeps falling into traps. The only refreshing part in this book is that Proctor, the mysterious butler, gets to play a major part. Unfortunately, at least as far as I've listened, he just sort of gets lost. These guys are great writers, obviously, judging by their popularity and their massive following. Maybe they are reaching too hard these days?
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