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Cold Vengeance (Special Agent Pendergast) Hardcover – August 2, 2011
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The thrillers of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child "stand head and shoulders above their rivals" (Publishers Weekly). Preston and 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. They are coauthors of the famed Pendergast series and their recent novels include Fever Dream, Cold Vengeance, Two Graves, and Gideon's Corpse. In addition to his novels, Preston writes about archaeology for the New Yorker and Smithsonian magazines. Lincoln Child is a former book editor who has published five novels of his own, including the huge bestseller Deep Storm.
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Cold Vengeance is book 2 of the Helen Pendergast (his wife) trilogy. As a fan, I waited several years to read the trilogy because I hate the wait between novels. While book one was decent, Cold Vengeance was so terrible, it was almost unrecognizable as a Pendergast novel.
First, Pendergast is not even in the book until a quarter of the way through. There's all these side plots that go no where. The writers use an entire page to introduce a character, and set a scene just for a two minute encounter with Pendergast and you never hear from them again. Then there's side stories with Corrie Swanson and Constance Green (she's nearly immortal from a previous book-- very hammy name). Those stories do not contribute to the main plot (according to reviews from book 3), but imo exist as filler. It's so distracting to read five pages of the main storyline, and just when it's about to get good (finally!), they switch the goth chick with attitude demanding answers! After a while, it gets so infuriating when they "cut to commercial" like that, that I almost quit reading entirely. The book has almost no continuity to it!
Pendergast has changed as well. He morphed into a superhero and the verbal sparring is all but gone. At one point, he noticed the yacht he infiltrated was heading out to sea "That's unfortunate, he thought to himself. Unfortunate for them." He became The Last Action Hero! There was always the chance that Pendergast would simply become "superman" with deux ex machina powers, but I never would have thought he'd be boring!
The writing itself is bad. On the boat scene I mentioned, I didn't have a dictionary handy and they used the word "tender" over 30 times in five pages. The action scenes are not vivid at all due to the very poor writing and constant repetition of phrases. I never thought these guys would put out a poorly written book! Sure, sometimes they jump the shark, but it's always well written at the very least. From reading reviews on book 3, the writing, in particular the repetition actually gets worse. "The bullet missed Pendergast's head by mere inches and he dove to the floor A second bullet missed his head by mere inches." Poor writing is inexcusable and I seriously felt like a dupe, handing these aholes my money and getting such an amateurish product. BTW, a tender is simply a smaller boat.
I read these books, not because they're great literature, but because the science fiction is usually pretty solid and Pendergast's verbal showdowns are as cool as Val Kilmer's in Tombstone. If the authors are making it about the goth chick and the immortal chick (she looks nineteen, and not only is she attractive, she's the most attractive woman on the entire planet-- wtff!) The first 'f' stands for 'flying'. Anyway, I have almost no interest in where the series is headed and although I hate to end my relationship with Pendergast on book two of a trilogy, I may do just that.
The book had a thrown together quality. Pendergast is still a distracted mess. The bad guys are really uninteresting and the more one learns about Helen, the bigger bore she becomes. Again, what appeal she held for Pendergast is lost on me. This book serves only as a bridge to the next novel, which hopefully, will be better.
The way that Agent Pendergast gets to conclusions are a bit hard to swallow in this book. Very unbelievable and ridiculous and a very intricate story line. The ending leaves it open for the third and final book but I just have one question . . . . how does Agent Pendergast get so much time off from the FBI to follow his own agenda?
I would recommend it to anyone who appreciates a good detective story.
I gave 5 stars because I like the story.