by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
This is the Pendergast book that you have been waiting for! If you are a long time Pendergast fan, and were a bit annoyed with some of the recent storylines, you can come back, because this is the best books in the series. As you expect, you will have to suspend disbelief as you read Blue Labyrinth, but no magic-like events, no fantasy, and everything in the book actually could happen. This is a refreshing change. Pendergast still is Pendergast, but he is much more believable. The main characters in this book are FBI Special Agent Aloysius Xingu L Pendergast, Lt. Vincent D’Agosta, Constance Greene, and Dr. Margo Green, so this is a “Normal” cast, and one that you will feel comfortable with.
This is the fourteenth book in the series, and with any long running series, the question comes up, “Can I jump into this series with this book?” The short answer is yes. There are a lot of references to events that happened in the “Helen Trilogy” (Fever Dream, Cold Vengeance, and Two Graves), but even though you might wish that you understood what they were talking about, there will be nothing that will prevent you from comprehending the story. You may not understand Pendergast, but who does. I think that Preston & Child may not understand him. They interview Pendergast here for their newsletter “Pendergast Files”.
Most Pendergast fans will love this book. If you’ve never read any books in the series, you can start with Blue Labyrinth. If you had just started the series with White Fire, you might wonder why this book is so different. Well it isn’t, White Fire was the offshoot. Overall, anyone can pick this book up and start reading a great series.
I give Blue Labyrinth 5 Stars out of 5, and 2 Big Thumbs Up! This is the perfect Pendergast book.
I received a review copy of this book from the publisher, Grand Central Publishing.
A long-buried family secret resurfaces when one of Aloysius Pendergast’s most implacable enemies shows up on his doorstep as a murdered corpse. The mystery has all the hallmarks of the perfect murder, save for an enigmatic clue: a piece of turquoise lodged in the stomach of the deceased. The gem leads Pendergast to an abandoned mine on the shore of California’s desolate Salton Sea, which in turn propels him on a journey of discovery deep into his family’s sinister past. But Pendergast learns there is more at work than a ghastly episode of family history: he is soon stalked by a subtle killer bent on vengeance over an ancient transgression. In short order, Pendergast is caught in a wickedly clever plot, which will leave him stricken in mind and body…and may well end with his death.
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Price: $27.00 US/$30.00 CAN
Physical Dimensions: 6″ x 9″
On Sale Date: 11/11/2014
About the Authors
The thrillers of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child “stand head and shoulders above their rivals” (Publishers Weekly). Preston and Child’s Relic and The Cabinet of Curiosities were chosen by readers in a National Public Radio poll as being among the one hundred greatest thrillers ever written, and Relic was made into a number-one box office hit movie. They are coauthors of the famed Pendergast series and their recent novels include White Fire, Two Graves, and Gideon’s Corpse. Preston’s acclaimed nonfiction book, The Monster of Florence, is being made into a movie starring George Clooney. Lincoln Child is a former book editor who has published five novels of his own, including the huge bestseller Deep Storm.
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Book Description and Details are from the publisher’s page. Blue Labyrinth