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The Wheel of Darkness (Pendergast, Bk 8)
The Wheel of Darkness - Pendergast, Bk 8
Author: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
Pendergast has taken Constance on a whirlwind Grand Tour, hoping to give her closure and a sense of the world that she's missed. They head to Tibet, where Pendergast intensively trained in martial arts and spiritual studies. At a remote monastery, they learn that a rare and dangerous artifact the monks have been guarding for generations has ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780446580281
ISBN-10: 0446580287
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 353
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.

4.1 stars, based on 192 ratings
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 3
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.
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Helpful Score: 3
The Pendergast novels are fantastic. Each one is very compelling and complex with lots of action and suspense. This one was phoned in. Instead of the usual Pendergast and his big giant brain against the bad guys it is Pendergast meets the slightly strange supernatural B movie creature. It's only worth reading to find out about Constance and her further adventures. I will read the next one but I won't promise to like it.
reviewed The Wheel of Darkness (Pendergast, Bk 8) on + 66 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
One of my least favorite of the Pendergast series but still a compelling yarn. A somewhat implausible twist at the end with a few more believable turns in-between, this entry has less action and is less gripping than I usually expect from this writing duo. Also unlike other entries in the series, most of the other characters in this tale are only minimally developed. Pendergast fans will have a big grin pasted on when Pendergast beats the card-counters at the on-board casino in their own game. Engaging and fun, but less so than some of the other entries in the series.
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Helpful Score: 1
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!
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Helpful Score: 1
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.
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I am a big fan of the Special Agent Pendergast books but found this book to be a bore. Gone are the insightful historical and scientific references, gone are the interesting secondary characters, gone is the suspenseful plot, and --most disappointing--gone is Pendergast being Pendergast.

I won't give away the ending but found the Golum-like obsession comically annoying. I'm hoping this volume is a temporary lapse (all series have them) and that the next book brings back Pendergast in true form.
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This was another fantastic Pendergast book. Love it.
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Enjoyable reading. Another great adventure.

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