- Series: Agent Pendergast series
- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (July 24, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1538731851
- ISBN-13: 978-1538731857
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 913 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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City of Endless Night (Agent Pendergast series) Paperback – July 24, 2018
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Douglas Preston and Lincolnd Child are the #1 bestselling coauthors of the Pendergast novels, as well as the Gideon Crew series. Preston & Child's Relic and The Cabinet of Curiosities were chosen by readers in a National Public Radio poll as being among the one hundred greatest thrillers ever written, and Relic was made into a number-one box office hit movie. Readers can sign up for The Pendergast File at www.PrestonChild.com, and follow them on Facebook.
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I'ver enjoyed them all before this one because the richness and intricacy of their character and plot development, especially that of Pendergast, has been superbly crafted and made the books very special and exciting.
Sadly, City of Endless Night completely misses the mark in all respects. It is, in essence, boring. Everyone seems to be sleep-walking through the book; there is no energy, even during the climactic action at the end of the book. And D'agosta has gotten colossally dumb somehow for a veteran street cop.
This is, without a doubt, the worst book Child/Preston have ever added their name to. Before you criticize, remember, I have in my collection every single one of their volumes both collectively and individually so I think I have the reading creds to back my comments up.
Perhaps the worst critique I can offer is that for the very first time with a Child/Preston book, I could not remember what was happening as I picked up the book again to continue reading. It seems I just did not care enough to vividly remember the story.
I strongly suspect this was ghost-written like more and more authors are doing today. I just cannot believe that my contemporary literary idols Child and Preston, who individually now write such exciting and fascinating books, could have collaborated on this colossal waste of time and money.
I shall investigate much deeper, and avoid pre-ordering before I plunk down my hard-earned loot for another Child/Preston book.
From here on, if you want to read some still exciting page-turning books in the same vein, I highly recommend James Rollins as your author of choice. Rollins still writes like Child/Preston used to.
Note to Child and Preston - I hope you get back on the roller coaster/scary house thrill ride you used to provide with your next (if there is one) book. I'm a devoted fan who would like to be able to believe in you again.
While City of Endless night is not horrible, it simply seems not to be the authors' best effort. The pace is slow and halting through much of it, and even the endgame chase is not what I would call a page-turner. I was interrupted right in the middle of Pendergast's final battle with the villain and, rather than holding up a finger to plead for another moment in which to finish the chapter I found myself more than capable of putting the book down.
Will I read the next Pendergast novel? Most assuredly. Will I be hoping and praying that the authors take some time to rediscover what has made this a beloved series, and perhaps rekindle their own excitement in the project so we avoid another lackluster effort? Definitely.