The always reliable team of Preston and Child revisit Special FBI Agent Aloysius Pendergast, last seen in 2004's Brimstone, and others from past bestsellers (Relic; The Cabinet of Curiosities) in this intriguing thriller set in and around New York City and the halls of the Museum of Natural History. Born a misanthropic loner but driven insane by seeing his parents burned alive when he was a teen, Aloysius's madman brother, Diogenes, has begun murdering Aloysius's friends. Aloysius begs old friend Lt. Vincent D'Agosta to help him defeat his brother, and Vincent does his best while the brothers spar and others die. There are a number of subplots, one involving an ATM robber and flasher known as the Dangler and another focusing on the museum's exhibition of sacred masks, but these fade away as the deadly duel between the brothers takes center stage. Think Sherlock Holmes locked in a death struggle with his smarter brother, Mycroft. Like Brimstone, this novel doesn't end so much as simply pause while the authors work on the next installment. While it's not as good as some of their earlier efforts, it's still pretty darn good.
Tina D. (tdix) reviewed Dance of Death (Pendergast, Bk 6) on
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of all the preston,child books, this is my absolute favorite. the plot was terrific, as always, but i think the reason i liked it is that characters are finally complete, consistent and the story is the result of their behavior, i.e., they are who they are. in all the others, starting with relic, i felt that the characters' development and behavior was driven by the need to make the plot work, i.e., who they are changes to fit the circumstances.
oh, well, what do you expect from a literature major....?
This is the second book in this trilogy by Preston and Child. The first is Brimstone and the third is Book of the Dead. I'm a little biased about these two authors. I love them, so I really liked this book, especially Pendergast - what a great character. If you haven't read Brimstone yet, you should read that first - if you have then you must read this one next.
The Pendergast-D'Agosta team is on the job. Read this after Brimstone. Pendergast re-appears. His brother terrorizes him and everyone around him. There's a death of someone we already know, a kidnapping, and a lot of other deceptions. Preston and Child present us another exciting page-turner!
Pendergast's diabolical brother Diogenes is hell-bent on destroying him. The murder of several people close to the FBI agent make it painfully clear to him that this is no slight case of sibling rivalry. Unfortunately, the feds are convinced that Pendergast himself was involved with the killings; to neutralize Diogenes, he must go underground, aided only by his old buddy NYPD Lieutenant Vincent D'Agosta. Intense action; plot surprises.
If you haven't listened to the stories written by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, you are really missing great entertainment. Many of the stories have a connection to the Museum of Natural History in New York. And since Douglas Preston worked at the American Museum of Natural History in New York for 8 years, the stories contain a lot of interesting detail and insights.
This is the 6th novel featuring Special Agent Pendergast. If you want to get to know Agent Pendergast you have to start back with book #1, RELIC (which was made into a movie), #2 is RELIQUARY, #3 CABINET OF CURIOSITIES, #4 STILL LIFE WITH CROWS, #5 BRIMSTONE. DANCE OF DEATH is followed by BOOK OF THE DEAD (#7), THE WHEEL OF DARKNESS (#8), and CEMETERY DANCE (#9). Book #10, FEVER DREAM, is due out this year. I started out listening to CABINET OF CURIOSITIES and, now, I really can't wait to listen (or read) the rest of the stories. I find Agent Pendergast do be a most interesting character.
Rene Auberjonois is the narrator on this CD and he does a wonderful job. Some of the other stories are narrated by Scott Brick. They both are have great voices. Sometimes you get stories by the same author, but the narrators are changed. In some cases, this can be very irritating and distracting. But I found that I could listen to either Rene or Scott and thoroughly enjoy the stories.
Two Brothers. One top FBI agent. The other a brilliant twisted criminal. An undying hatred between them. Now a perfect crime. And the ultimate challenge: Stop me if you can....
I love the Pendergast series! This book was a happy edition to stories that are well written and contain the twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat. I can always tell when a book is good when I have to read it straight through-morning to night and Dance of Death was another such story from the Preston/Lincoln series of Pendergast novels.
I think this was the most exciting one yet!! It was absolutely an edge-of-your-seat read. I really enjoyed it - so many shocking things happened! I can't wait to read the next book. And I am just so very curious about where this series as a whole can go. I did laugh out loud at their plug for _The Ice Limit_ and it's supposed third installment. And the cameo by Corrie was nice. I hope she shows up again. Diogenes is a very interesting character and I hope he continues to develop in the next book.
I absolutely loved this book. This is the first Preston/Child collaboration that I have read and I definitly had to read more after this. The main characters in this book are complicated, brilliant and mysterious. The plot is twisted and keeps you turning the page late into the night. I had to go find the books that came before and after!
WOW! Another Preston & Child blockbuster! The twists and turns on this one left me breathless and I had to stay up most of the night to finish it because I just HAD to know what happened. The only thing I didn't like about the book is that they killed off a much liked character from a former book in this series (and I'm not going to tell you who!). Dang it!
All of the Preston/Childs books are fun reads. They often venture to the far edge of science, then slightly step over it, while remaining mostly in the realm of the possible... mostly! This second in a special series of three (the last one to be published mid 2006) continues the search for Agent Pendergast's evil Moriarty brother!
Needless to say, this one was another thrill ride from Preston & Child! This second book in the Diogenes trilogy was everything expected and more. Diogenes, Pendergast's malevolent brother, is the ultimate supervillian who had been planning for years the ultimate crime. This novel brings together most of the characters from the past novels including Margo Green, who is now the editor of Museology, the official magazine of the New York Natural History Museum. She is working to restore the ownership of the museum's Great Kiva Masks to the southwest Native American Tano tribe.
Nora Kelly is also working at the museum and her husband, Bill Smithback is back at the Times. And of course, D'Agosta is at Pendergast's side throughout. All of these "friends" of Pendergast are at risk when Diogenes starts targeting Pendergast's current and past friends. The book starts out with the gruesome death of a college literature professor who it turns out was an old acquaintance of Pendergast. Then another of his friends was brutally killed by a hanging in the city. Other murders occur but is this really the main point of Diogenes' crime? The novel is suspenseful throughout leading Pendergast and D'Agosta on a race to save the lives of their friends.
The book is a bridge to next in the series, The Book of the Dead, and ends with a lot of unfinished business. I'll be reading the next book soon and highly recommend this series!
In a follow-up to the Audie Award-winning BRIMSTONE, authors Preston and Child again team up on a story that stretches the boundaries of thriller fiction. Against the backdrop of New York's Museum of Natural History, Lieutenant Vincent D'Agosta and mysterious FBI Agent Aloysius Pendergast try to track down Pendergast's brother, who is murdering Pendergast's acquaintances, one by one. Book 2 of a Trilogy