A Review of White Fire (Pendergast) by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

White Fire (Pendergast)White Fire (Pendergast)

by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

FBI Special Agent Pendergast is back, and I’m glad! I was disappointed in the last couple of Pendergast books. They seemed to “all over the place”, and Pendergast was painted with a comic book super hero paintbrush.

White Fire is a masterfully constructed tale with all the action, tight squeezes, and plot twists that you expect from Mr. Preston and Mr. Child. Much of the story takes place from the point of view of Corrie Swanson, Pendergast’s young protégée, who is working on a thesis project. She gets a few helpful pokes from Pendergast, but moves most of the action on her own. The characterization of Pendergast has a real modern-day Sherlock Holmes feel to it. He has always had that type of appeal to me, but the last few books have had him able to get out of binds with nearly superhuman strength and abilities. He still has one of those moments in White Fire, but most of the time he is merely a supremely intelligent, totally dominant, impeccably dressed, FBI Special Agent.

Preston and Child have written a tightly constructed, very entertaining book that even gives you a “long-lost” Sherlock Holmes story in the middle. There is a Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Oscar Wilde connection in the prologue of the book, which continues to pop up though out the story. They have given us a very enjoyable book connecting the true story from 1889 to the fictional novel set in 2013.

I give this book 5 Stars out of 5 and a Big Thumbs Up! If you like a good, action thriller, and have a fondness for Sherlock Holmes, then you will love White Fire.

I received this Digital Review Copy for free from NetGalley.com.

Book Description

Release date: November 12, 2013 | Series: Pendergast

Past and present collide in Preston and Child’s most thrilling novel ever . . .


Special Agent Pendergast arrives at an exclusive Colorado ski resort to rescue his protégée, Corrie Swanson, from serious trouble with the law. His sudden appearance coincides with the first attack of a murderous arsonist who–with brutal precision–begins burning down multimillion-dollar mansions with the families locked inside. After springing Corrie from jail, Pendergast learns she made a discovery while examining the bones of several miners who were killed 150 years earlier by a rogue grizzly bear. Her finding is so astonishing that it, even more than the arsonist, threatens the resort’s very existence.

Drawn deeper into the investigation, Pendergast uncovers a mysterious connection between the dead miners and a fabled, long-lost Sherlock Holmes story–one that might just offer the key to the modern day killings as well.

Now, with the ski resort snowed in and under savage attack–and Corrie’s life suddenly in grave danger–Pendergast must solve the enigma of the past before the town of the present goes up in flames.

Product Details

Hardcover: 384 pages

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (November 12, 2013)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1455525839

ISBN-13: 978-1455525836

Product Dimensions: 8 x 6 x 1.5 inches

Shipping Weight: 1 pound

About the Authors

Douglas Preston, who worked for several years in the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, is the author of the acclaimed nonfiction works Dinosaurs in the Attic and Cities of Gold, and the novel, Jennie. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.Thanks so much for your interest.

Lincoln Child is the co-author, with Douglas Preston, of a number of bestselling thrillers including Relic, Riptide and The Ice Limit. Utopia is Lincoln Child’s first solo novel: he is currently at work on his second. He lives with his wife and daughter in Morristown, New Jersey.

The book description is from Amazon.   White Fire (Pendergast)

4 thoughts on “A Review of White Fire (Pendergast) by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child”

  1. All so very interesting to read – thanks for sharing this. Have you found In A Word: Murder at all? Links on my blog – might be right up your street. I have two 10,000 short stories in the book. All crime and based in publishing and featuring some award winning authors too….just saying! 🙂


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