The Wheel of Darkness - Pendergast, Bk 8 Author:Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child FBI Special Agent Pendergast is taking a break from work to take 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... more » have been guarding for generations has been mysteriously stolen. As a favor, Pendergast agrees to track and recover the relic. A twisting trail of bloodshed leads Pendergast and Constance to the maiden voyage of the Britannia, the world's largest and most luxurious ocean liner -- and to an Atlantic crossing fraught with terror.« less
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.
Didn't finish. Couldn't get into this tale of a pair of investigators trying to locate a deadly Tibetan artifact on an ocean liner. The lead detective is annoyingly Bond-like in his total expertise on everything, and his girl sidekick seems flat and uninteresting.