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Two Graves Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged

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Book 12 of 14 in the Agent Pendergast Series

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"The names Preston & Child on the cover of a book promise a unique reading experience unlike any other, and <em>Two Graves</em> delivers the high thrills one expects from the two masters...authors Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child have delivered another exceptional book....The gothic atmosphere that oozes from the pages of <em>Two Graves</em> will envelop the reader in a totally unique experience...The mystery tantalizes, and the shocks throughout the narrative are like bolts of lightning. Fans will love the conclusion to the trilogy, and newcomers will seek out the authors' earlier titles."—<em>The Washington Post</em> --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

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.
Readers can sign up for The Pendergast File, a monthly "strangely entertaining note" from the authors, at their website, www.PrestonChild.com. The authors welcome visitors to their alarmingly active Facebook page, where they post regularly.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Unabridged edition (December 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611134226
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611134223
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.8 x 5.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,632 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #722,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Irish TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 5, 2013
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There are some books I struggle to finish because the premise is so outlandish that my 'yea right,' radar goes off on every page and I can't find the stories believable. With Preston and Child, however, they can write a book and have the most outlandish premise but I gobble up each page in anticipation of what comes next. I thoroughly enjoy their work. They provide great atmosphere, evil characters, wonderful heroes and a wee bit of stretchy plots, but I always smile when I see a new Pendergast novel.

Two Graves explores Helen's past and we meet the people who wanted her dead. I had thought the series had faultered with all the Helen and Pendergast drama, but this book sums it all up and puts to rest the marriage with all of its complications, implications and secrets. For me, the last book, Cold Vengeance, and this one came together and explained the mystery surrounding Helen and ties it up. There are several new twists which are very surprising and makes this reader want to delve into the next novel with high anticipation.

Two Graves starts off interestingly with a series of bizarre murders in New York where the killer allows himself to be video taped walking around in the hotels where he commits his atrocious acts. Pendergast is wallowing in self pity as his beloved Helen has again been kidnapped and he feels he is at fault. Vincent's crime report of the bizarre killings causes Pendergast to snap out of his slump and get to work.

There are some minor plots that involve other characters (an especially good one involving Constance Green) in the series but the main story has Pendergast out to seek revenge against a familiar evil and in turn, he comes face to face with rather bizarre revelations in the process.

This is a book fans will eat up. The 'yea right' factor may rear its head but with the deft hands of Preston and Child it will be ran over and riddled with bullets before you can turn the page to find out what happens next.
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Format: Hardcover
There have been a lot of good books from big name authors this year. Brad Thor, Vince Flynn, Ken Follett, Lee Child, Brett Battles, James Rollins, Daniel Silva, Michael Connelly, "Robert Ludlum", and even Michael Crichton have recentlymade contributions to my bookshelf. Two graves is my favorite, and easily the best book I've read in quite a while. It's not that rare that a book comes along that I enjoy so much I finish reading it in a night or two. But what is rare are books so good that I actually slow down and take the time to enjoy every page, and two graves was one of those books. I gave it five stars because it's that good of a book. Not because I'm a devotee of the authors and NOT because I was lucky enough to be sent an advance copy by the authors. This book has it all. Love, hate, despair, redemption, Nazis, thievery, action, guns, and a plot that twists and turns but never leaves you behind and never loses your interest. Did I mention there are Nazis? Oh yeah, and their secret base is in a _______, seriously. Awesome. Two graves will make you start the next chapter even though you have to be up in four hours.
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I've read every Pendergast novel. Gradually he's become a more and more unrealistic character (not that he was ever particularly believable), but the stories were inventive and fun, so we forgave the authors their silly excesses. It's fiction, after all, and writers get to create their own worlds. But "Two Graves" is a colossal miscalculation. I don't think I've ever been more furious at a book. For the first two thirds of this trilogy, centered around Pendergast's late (?) wife, the authors built suspense, developed characters, and gradually framed a fairly interesting story, only to then crush and obliterate that story in the first 50 pages of book three. I wish I was exaggerating. Almost from the start, the reader is left with only one or two loose strands of extremely thin plot line to connect the first two installments with "Two Graves". After the story as the reader knows it has been dispatched, it becomes clear Preston & Child intend to use the rest of the book to lay out four separate plot lines, none of which appear to have much to do with each other, are barely connected to the rest of the trilogy, and cannot be reconciled without completely suspending logic and rationality. The authors must have had a VERY strict deadline.

Preston and Child remain gifted writers, but reading "Two Graves" is an exercise in patience and forgiveness. I'll likely read the next Pendergast book all the same, but I will not buy it. When it comes out, on a subsequent visit to my local library, if I remember, I'll grab it on my way out the door.
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I have mixed feelings about the last several Pendergast novels, the "Helen" trilogy in particular. Two Graves are solid. It's a good read and I wanted to know how it ends. It's nice that this one wraps up the "Helen" trilogy and we learn a lot more about Constance Green. But...I miss some of the old Pendergast. The Pendergast of Relic and Still Life with Crows. The brooding, Sherlockian Pendergast who pulls on the threads of an unusual scenario and then finally springs to action to catch a killer is still my favorite.

I'm of the opinion that some characters should develop and other characters really shouldn't. They should be the anchor around which other characters grow. In the early books, Pendergast was the anchor. D'Agosta, Corrie and others grew around Pendergast. In the last few books we more development of Pendergast and I'm less excited about it. I miss the mystery that was Pendergast.

As others have commented, the subplot with Corrie Swanson seems out of place. It feels like they are setting us up for a series starring her. What I would love to see in a future book is a Pendergast backstory, how did he come to join the FBI? Why to they pay him a dollar a year?

All in all, a good book. Maybe not the direction I was hoping for, but good none the less.
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