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A Review of Blue Labyrinth by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Blue Labyrinth

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 PendergastLt. 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 DreamCold 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.

Book Description

Blue Labyrinth HRA 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.

Book Details

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Price: $27.00 US/$30.00 CAN
Pages: 416
Physical Dimensions: 6″ x 9″
ISBN-13: 9781455525898
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 FireTwo 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.
Readers can sign up for The Pendergast File, a monthly newsletter from the authors, at their website, www.PrestonChild.com. The authors welcome visitors to their Facebook page, where they post regularly.

Book Description and Details are from the publisher’s page. Blue Labyrinth

Blue Labyrinth (Pendergast #14) Giveaway is OVER!

I am so excited to be able to give two of my readers a copy of the newest book in the Pendergast series, Blue LabyrinthThe publisher is restricting the contest to the US and Canada. You have until Thursday November 6th to enter.

I have been anticipating this book for months. I love the Pendergast series (for the most part). The last book in the series, White Fire, was great. (Check out my review of White Fire). I was thrilled when Sonya Cheuse (Associate Director, Grand Central Publishing I Publicity) contacted me and asked if I would like to host a book giveaway. Thanks Sonya!

How to Enter

No more entries. The contest is over. The winners were drawn.

They are Erica J. and Paul V.

I already emailed the winners on November 7th, and posted their names here.
Only one entry per person please
U.S. and Canadian Residents Only
I won’t use your email address for anything other than to email the winner. I will send the publisher your information, if you win, so that they can send you the book. I will erase all your information after the contest.

Book Description

Blue Labyrinth HRA 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.

Book Details

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Price: $27.00 US/$30.00 CAN
Pages: 416
Physical Dimensions: 6″ x 9″
ISBN-13: 9781455525898
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 FireTwo 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.
Readers can sign up for The Pendergast File, a monthly newsletter from the authors, at their website, www.PrestonChild.com. The authors welcome visitors to their Facebook page, where they post regularly.

Book Description and Details are from the publisher’s page. Blue Labyrinth

A Review of Death Match by Lincoln Child

Death Match
by Lincoln Child

After I finished The Kraken Project by Douglas Preston, I went to look for a solo book by the other member of the Preston & Child writing team, Lincoln Child. I found this audiobook from 10 years ago, and it also had a computer program as a character in the book. Since it was written a decade ago, some of the technology seems kind of quaint, but that doesn’t get in the way of the story.

The story has good pacing and works really well in the audiobook format. I like to listen to audiobooks in the summer, since I can do yard-work, go for walks, take long road trips, or many other things while listening. Some books work better as print books, but this one worked very well as an audiobook.

It was interesting to compare the way Mr. Child handled his A.I. computer program with the rogue A.I. program that Mr. Preston developed in The Kraken Project. There were many similarities. The two partners may have discussed the plot-lines as they worked on White Fire, their last Pendergast novel. If you like an intelligent computer as a main character, then you should read both books. But don’t do like I did, read Death Match first.

Death Match is a mystery thriller, set in a high-tech company, Eden. They use a very sophisticated A.I. computer program to make the perfect match between their male and female clients. They charge $25,000 and have a money-back guarantee,  but no one has ever asked for a refund. All of the matches have worked so far. Everything is great, until one of the perfect couples (They matched at 100%) ends up dead, an apparent double suicide. Eden executives are concerned, so they hire an outside consultant, a psychologist, Christopher Lash. The story unfolds from his point of view. Another perfect couple is found dead, and the book gets more intense. Why are they killing themselves, or are they?

There are plenty of plot twists and surprises to keep you reading. The story moves along at a good clip, and the reader, Barrett Whitener, brings the characters to life. I enjoyed listening to Death Match. I give it 3 1/2 Stars out of 5. The ending was a bit too predictable, but everything still worked quite well, and it was a worthwhile 14 hours. I am going search out a few more solo works by both authors, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, since the Pendergast series is one of my favorites.

Here are the book reviews for the books that I mentioned in the review.
A Review of White Fire (Pendergast) by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
A Review of The Kraken Project by Douglas Preston

Book Description
Release date: May 4, 2004

Lewis and Lindsay Thorpe were the perfect couple: young, attractive, and ideally matched. But the veil of perfection can mask many blemishes. When the Thorpes are found dead in their tasteful Flagstaff living room (having committed double suicide), alarms go off in the towering Manhattan offices of Eden Incorporated, the high-tech matchmaking company whose spectacular success, and legendary secrecy, has inspired awe around the world. The Thorpes, few people knew, were more than the quintessential happy couple – they were Eden’s first perfect match.

A short time later, Christopher Lash, a gifted former FBI forensic psychologist, receives an urgent plea from Eden to perform a quick – and quiet – investigation into the deaths. Lash’s psychological autopsy reveals nothing suspicious, but inadvertently dredges up the memories of a searing personal tragedy he has kept at bay for years.

The situation changes suddenly when a second Eden couple is found dead — by all appearances, another double suicide. Now Eden – particularly Richard Silver, the company’s brilliant and reclusive founder – has no choice but to grant Lash unprecedented access to its most guarded secrets if he is to have any chance of determining what is going wrong. The hidden world he discovers is a stunning labyrinth of artificial intelligence, creative genius, and a melding of technology that does indeed, to Lash’s surprise, deliver on Eden’s promise to its clients: the guarantee of a perfect, lifelong mate. But Lash’s involvement in the investigation becomes more personal and dangerous than he could have imagined, nearly as soon as it begins.

With tremendous imagination and skill, master thriller-writer Lincoln Child renders a setting too frighteningly believable not to be real. Infused with relentless suspense and a riveting pace, DEATH MATCH is Child at his best.

Product Details

Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Doubleday (May 4, 2004)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0385506708
ISBN-13: 978-0385506700
Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds

About the Author

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.  Death Match

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 . . .

WHITE FIRE

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)