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Monday, October 23, 2006

Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child: The Book of the Dead

Book review From Publishers Weekly
Bestsellers Preston and Child have come up with another gripping, action-packed page-turner in this concluding volume to a trilogy pitting their Holmesian hero, FBI agent Aloysius Pendergast, against his Mycroft-turned-Moriarty—his younger brother, Diogenes. Picking up shortly after the events of 2005's Dance of Death, the book opens with the arrival of a package of fine dust at the Museum of Natural History; Diogenes has returned the diamonds he stole earlier. Meanwhile, Aloysius is in prison, having been framed for a number of murders. As his friends plot to spring him, his adversary lays the groundwork for a crowning criminal achievement. A mysterious benefactor funds the restoration of an ancient Egyptian tomb at the museum, but the work is beset by the mayhem Preston and Child's readers have come to expect—gory murders and suggestions of the supernatural. This entry, tying up many loose ends from its predecessors, is less likely to work as well for first-time readers, but followers of Aloysius Pendergast's previous exploits will find it a satisfying read with a tantalizing, ominous twist at the end. 10-city author tour. (June)
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book review From AudioFile
Preston, Child, and Brick have done it again with a super-scary, spine-tingling nail-biter. Superbly cool FBI Agent Aloysius Pendergast must once again outwit his evil-genius brother, Diogenes, but that won't be easy. Pendergast is in prison for a series of murders he didn't commit. The third book in the trilogy (BRIMSTONE, DANCE OF DEATH) features an Egyptian tomb, an ancient curse, and enough intense, high-speed action to send blood pressure skyrocketing. Scott Brick's voice is as cool as the Tomb of Senef and as chilling as the demons that plague the psychotic Diogenes. Brick handles gore, insanity, torture, and shocking plot twists with stunning sangfroid. Listeners will want to hear the earlier books before undertaking this absolutely satisfying conclusion. S.J.H. ¥¥¥ © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.


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