Another intriguing tale from Preston & Child. Pendergast and Constance Greene reappear on a journey of self-discovery in Tibet, when they are sent upon a mission to save the world from a mysterious artifact stolen from the Buddhist monastery. Another page turner as their "case" leads them onto the world's most glamorous ocean-liner, headed for disaster.
This one was just as good as all the others, but it WAS slightly different....for one, we find that Pendergast has a weakness. In all the other books, he seemed to be made of teflon. But in WOD, we find that his defenses can be breached (but no worries). Another difference is that the bogeyman in this book doesn't have a natural explanation. In Relic, the "monster" turned out to have a scientific explanation. Perhaps not completely likely (I'm no scientist), but there was a natural reason for its existence. But in WOD, the monster seemed to me to have supernatural origins.
Whatever the case may be, I wasn't disappointed in this book, and I'm looking forward to whatever may come next!
Well, I was right - 21st century pulp. Aloysius Pendergast is back in fine form - a cross between a fine southern gentleman, one of the Holmes brothers and Doc Savage. Also known as "That albino sonofabitch." The plot revolves around a mysterious artifact stolen from a secretive Tibetan monastary that ends up on a super passenger liner Brittania making its maiden voyage across the Atlantic. We wind up with a cast of characters and suspects and things rapidly going from tense to really bad.
All, in all, not too bad. Especially for a dollar at the local friends of the library book sale.
I've read all Agent Pendergast novels. (This one wasn't one of my favorites. I think all three of the Diogenes Trilogy were.) The Wheel of Darkness kept me drawn in, afraid for Constance and the cruise passengers and personnel, intrigued of the mysterious deaths. I knocked this one out in two nights. Can't wait for the next adventure of Agent Pendergast.
Each Pendergast novel seems to surpass the previous one. This is an excellent thriller. The mystery, the suspense, and the fast-paced storyline have the new dimension of being centered aboard a luxury ocean-liner. It's awesome to see the twist in the conclusion of this story. If you like Constance Greene, you will love her slowly becoming more centered in the Pendergast novels.