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A Review of Crimson Shore by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

Crimson Shore (Pendergast #15)

by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

4.5

This is pretty simple. If you like the Pendergast series, you will definitely like Crimson Shore. If you haven’t read any books in this series, this could be a decent starting point. This is the 15th book in the series, so you won’t know the whole back story, but you won’t feel lost.

For the people who are thinking about reading this series, let me tell you what it is like. Special Agent Pendergast is an FBI agent from New Orleans, but he is unlike any FBI agent you have ever run across. He is eccentric to say the least, but he has a fascinating strangeness about him. There is something about this series that reminds me of Sherlock Holmes. They both are very meticulous and see things that other detectives miss. Many of the Pendergast books seem to have an obvious mystical component to them, but usually there is some scientific solution that disproves the supernatural. But sometimes there seems to be a touch of the metaphysical still left at the end. If you think about some of the more famous Holmes stories, you will notice the similarity. (The Hound of the Baskervilles comes to mind.)

In Crimson Shore Pendergast works closely with his ward, Constance Greene. She plays a major role in the investigation, but she feels like Pendergast discounts her contribution. I always enjoy the books in which Constance plays a major role. She is a good foil to Pendergast’s meticulousness, and an interesting character in her own right.

One thing that you should realize before starting this book, is that there is a cliffhanger. The Pendergast series has had a couple of these trilogies. The Diogenes Trilogy and The Helen Trilogy were each three book mini-series’. I expect that is the start of another one. So if you shy away from trilogies, this might not be the best book to start with. But of course if you are a Pendergast fan, then it won’t matter to you, since you were planning on reading each book as it came out anyway.

As nearly always, I enjoyed this Pendergast book. There has been a couple of low points in the series, but this isn’t one of those. Even though there is a cliffhanger, the main story does have a conclusion. So all in all Crimson Shore is another great read. I give it 4 1/2 Stars out of 5 and a Big Thumbs Up! If you haven’t read Pendergast, what are you waiting for?

I received a Digital Review Copy from the publisher.

Book Description

Crimson Shore by Douglas Preston & Lincoln ChildA secret chamber.
A mysterious shipwreck.
A murder in the desolate salt marshes.

A seemingly straightforward private case turns out to be much more complicated-and sinister-than Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast ever could have anticipated.

Pendergast, together with his ward Constance Greene, travels to the quaint seaside village of Exmouth, Massachusetts, to investigate the theft of a priceless wine collection. But inside the wine cellar, they find something considerably more disturbing: a bricked-up niche that once held a crumbling skeleton.

Pendergast and Constance soon learn that Exmouth is a town with a very dark and troubled history, and this skeleton may be only the first hint of an ancient transgression, kept secret all these years. But they will discover that the sins of the past are still very much alive. Local legend holds that during the 1692 witch trials in Salem, the real witches escaped, fleeing north to Exmouth and settling deep in the surrounding salt marshes, where they continued to practice their wicked arts.

Then, a murdered corpse turns up in the marshes. The only clue is a series of mysterious carvings. Could these demonic symbols bear some relation to the ancient witches’ colony, long believed to be abandoned?

A terrible evil lurks beneath the surface of this sleepy seaside town-one with deep roots in Exmouth’s grim history. And it may be that Constance, with her own troubled past, is the only one who truly comprehends the awful danger that she, Pendergast, and the residents of Exmouth must face . . .

Book Details

Series: Agent Pendergast series
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (November 10, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1455525928
ISBN-13: 978-1455525928
Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds

About the Authors

Douglas Preston & Lincoln ChildThe 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 Fever DreamCold VengeanceTwo Graves, and Gideon’s Corpse. In addition to his novels, Preston writes about archaeology for the New Yorker and Smithsonian magazines. 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 “strangely entertaining note” from the authors, at their website, www.PrestonChild.com. The authors welcome visitors to their alarmingly active Facebook page, where they post regularly.

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

Pendergast Giveaway is over! Here are the winners.

Blue Labyrinth HRI received a lot of entries for this giveaway.

 

I was glad to see that so many people like the Pendergast series.

 

So without any further ado, here are the winners.

 

The first book is going to…

Erica J. from Florida

 

The second book is going to…

Paul V. from South Carolina

 

I hope you both enjoy your books. I have emailed the publisher with your mailing addresses. Hope you get them soon.

If you didn’t win and want to try again

GimmeThatBook is also having a GiveAway for Blue Labyrinth.

She asked me to let you know. So go over there and try again. Here is the link to the giveaway page.

http://www.gimmethatbook.com/blue-labyrinth-giveaway/

Good Luck!

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 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)

Review of Two Graves by Preston and Child

TwoGravesTwo Graves 

(Special Agent Pendergast Series #12)

by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

If you have enjoyed reading the previous novels in the Pendergast series, then you will like this one. Two Graves is the third in the Helen sub-series, and you should have already read the first two, Fever Dream and Cold Vengeance, before reading this. There are enough plot twists, sub-plots, and inter-twined characters to keep a Pendergast fan entertained or maybe confused at times. It may just be me, but I had a hard time keeping everything straight. I figured it all out in the end, but sometimes these Pendergast novels nearly make my brain ache.

I give this book 3 1/2 stars out of 5. The story was good, but I may just be a little over Pendergast.

I received this e-book for free from NetGalley.

Book Description

Release Date: December 11, 2012

For twelve years, he believed she died in an accident. Then, he was told she’d been murdered. Now, FBI Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast discovers that his beloved wife Helen is alive. But their reunion is cut short when Helen is brazenly abducted before his eyes. And Pendergast is forced to embark on a furious cross-country chase to rescue her.

But all this turns out to be mere prologue to a far larger plot: one that unleashes a chillingly-almost supernaturally-adept serial killer on New York City. And Helen has one more surprise in store for Pendergast: a piece of their shared past that makes him the one man most suited to hunting down the killer.

His pursuit of the murderer will take Pendergast deep into the trackless forests of South America, to a hidden place where the evil that has blighted both his and Helen’s lives lies in wait . . . a place where he will learn all too well the truth of the ancient proverb:

Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.

Product Details

Hardcover: 480 pages

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; First Edition edition (December 11, 2012)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0446554995

ISBN-13: 978-0446554992

Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.7 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds

 

About the Authors

The thrillers of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child “stand head and shoulders above their rivals” (Publisher’s Weekly). Coauthors of the famed Pendergast series, their books Relic and The Cabinet of Curiosities were chosen by readers in a National Public Radio poll as being among the 100 greatest thrillers ever written, and Relic was made into a number one box office hit movie. They are also the authors of Fever Dream, Cold Vengeance and Gideon’s Sword. 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 four novels of his own, including the huge bestseller Deep Storm. The authors welcome e-mail from their readers; you can visit their website at www.prestonchild.com.

Biography

Douglas Preston was born in 1956 in Cambridge, MA, was raised in nearby Wellesley (where, by his own admission, he and his brothers were the scourge of the neighborhood!), and graduated from Pomona College in California with a degree in English literature.

Preston’s first job was as a writer for the American Museum of Natural History in New York — an eight year stint that led to the publication of his first book, Dinosaurs in the Attic and introduced him to his future writing partner, Lincoln Child, then working as an editor at St. Martin’s Press. The two men bonded, as they worked closely together on the book. As the project neared completion, Preston treated Child to a private midnight tour of the museum, an excursion that proved fateful. As Preston tells it, “…in the darkened Hall of Late Dinosaurs, under a looming T. Rex, Child turned to [me] and said: ‘This would make the perfect setting for a thriller!'” Their first collaborative effort, Relic, would not be published until 1995, by which time Preston had picked up stakes and moved to Santa Fe to pursue a full-time writing career.

In addition to writing novels (The Codex, Tyrannosaur Canyon) and nonfiction books on the American Southwest (Cities of Gold, Ribbons of Time), Preston has collaborated with Lincoln Child on several post-Relic thrillers. While not strictly a series, the books share characters and events, and the stories all take place in the same universe. The authors refer to this phenomenon as “The Preston-Child Pangea.”

Preston divides his time between New Mexico and Maine, while Child lives in New Jersey — a situation that necessitates a lot of long-distance communication. But their partnership (facilitated by phone, fax, and email) is remarkably productive and thoroughly egalitarian: They shape their plots through a series of discussions; Child sends an outline of a set of chapters; Preston writes the first draft of those chapters, which is subsequently rewritten by Child; and in this way the novel is edited back and forth until both authors are happy. They attribute the relatively seamless surface of their books to the fact that “[a]ll four hands have found their way into practically every sentence, at one time or another.”

In between, Preston remains busy. He is a regular contributor to magazines like National Geographic, The New Yorker, Natural History, Smithsonian, Harper’s, and Travel & Leisure, and he continues with varied solo literary projects. Which is not to say his partnership with Lincoln Child is over. Fans of the bestselling Preston-Child thrillers can be assured there are bigger and better adventures to come.