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William Smithback, a New York Times reporter, and his wife Nora Kelly, a Museum of Natural History archeologist, are brutally attacked in their apartment on the Upper West side of Manhattan. Eyewitnesses claim and the security camera confirms the killer seen leaving the building was their strange, sinister neighbor - a man who, by all reports, was already dead.

Captain Hayward leads the official homocide investigation, while Pendergast, D'Agosta, and Nora undertake a private quest for the truth. Their serpentine journey takes them into a part of Manhattan they never imagined could exist: a secretive and deadly hotbed of Obeah, the West Indian Zombii cult of sorcery and magic. And it is here they find their true peril is just beginning.

©2009 Grand Central Publishing (P)2009 Hachette

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  • Valerie
  • la gaude, France
  • 06/07/2011

French

Pourquoi n'y a t il pas une traduction en français ???

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Samantha
  • 31/05/2009

Not for the faint of heart OR animal lovers

I liked the beginning of this book, however the graphic nature and shear sadness of the animal cruelty really turned me off. Be forewarned some content is hard to take.

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Mel Aclaro
  • 03/07/2009

Still a fan...but they struggled with this one.

I pick up anything from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. I'm a fan, have read all their books, and am waiting for their next novel.

That said, I couldn't help but feel Messrs. Preston and Child were struggling to pull all the loose strings together on this one toward the end. I guess it still worked. But, I couldn't say it's "up there" with their other works.

Would I still have purchased it, knowing what I know? Yeah. But, then again, I'm a fan.

13 sur 15 personne(s) ont trouvé cet avis utile.

  • Global
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Mina Brown
  • 14/11/2010

Tedious

Just awful. No shortage of adjectives and adverbs, but big shortage of compelling drama and action. It was trite and boring. I wish I had counted the number of times the words "shambling" and "pate" were repeated. I want my time back.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Chuck
  • 18/06/2009

Pendergast in Manhattan with Zombies

Could it be faster paced? Possibly. Could it be less gorey? Probably. Could it be more "up beat"? Perhaps. But then, it wouldn't be Pendergast. Add Rene Auberjonois and his New Orleans Southern aristocrat accent and prepare yourself for listening at it's best.

Haven't met Special Agent Pendergast? This is as good a place to start as any. You'll be glad you did.

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  • kent wissinger
  • 10/06/2009

Here's a suggestion...

Don't give away major plot elements in your reviews!

It is very easy to write a review without ruining the book for others by giving away the major events.

Please try to be more considerate of others who have yet to read the book.

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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Audible Reader
  • 14/06/2009

Disappointing

I am a huge fan of the Pendergast series. However, this novel and the one prior to it have not lived up to the quality of the other books in this series. I would give this one higher marks than "The Wheel of Darkness", but not much higher. Zombies? Really? It seems that Preston and Child have run out of ideas. The book did get somewhat better in the latter third of the novel, but not very good overall. The narration, however, was top-notch.

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  • Jouko
  • 21/07/2009

Potential that is never reached

Having once been a fan of the collaborations of Preston and Child, I have been increasingly disappointed by their latest efforts. This book followed a downward trend, that I hoped would have reversed direction. The story is rather predictable and never reaches the potential created by the opening scenes. The main characters, familiar from multiple adventures, have lost their shine and the storyline its ability to grab me by the collar and by doing so its ability to demand my attention. I am glad I was able to multitask while listening to the story rather than wasting my time reading it, which probably saves the book from an even lower rating. Most Preston and Child veterans will, I'm afraid, be disappointed. Those unfamiliar with their works should move down the shelf to their earlier, much more entertaining, works.

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  • John
  • 21/03/2010

We are going off the rails here...

I have loved this series so far, but this is an extremely weak installment. Full of zombies and voodoo, the whole thing is just a mess.

I would only recommend this one for the die hard fan.

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  • Eva Gannon
  • 11/06/2009

Fantastic!

This book reaches out and grabs you and doesn't let go. An excellent summer read. Rene Auberjonois' narration is top-notch.

I wanted to find out how it would end, but I was sorry when it did.

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  • GH
  • 13/07/2012

A Defiinte Pass -- Little redeeming value

This novel focuses on a story line that concerns itself with VooDoo and zombies mixed with a cult in Central Park. Some of our old friends Nora Kelly, Vincent D’Agosta, Captain Hayward and Bill Smithback are back but not Constance Green – apparently still hold up in Tibet having a baby. Within the first few pages they kill of a major character and you physically feel a tremendous loss to the entire series and to the novels to come. And do you want to know the reason they killed him off? Well it is so the wife of the murdered character can be spun off in another series! There are several small backstories that are introduced and fizzle and then get resolved that don’t add didly to the story. This novel was narrated by Rene Auberjonis; I felt the narration was not as good as the narration in the previous novels especially by Scott Brick et al. Finally, if you are an animal lover, just say no to this book. Taken together, I give this book a solid D+ – pass on it even if you are reading the series.

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  • Eberhard K.
  • 20/01/2010

Spannend und genial gelesen

Spannend von der ersten bis zur letzten Minute! Mitreißend, überzeugend - und für Fremdsprachler sehr deutlich und verständlich - vorgetragen. Der Schwierigkeitsgrad des "Thriller-amerikanisch" ist auch für Hörer mit mittleren Englischkenntnisse gut geeignet.

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  • Global
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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 11/04/2011

Toller Sprecher

Das Buch war spannend, wie man es von den Autoren gewöhnt ist. Was mich hier aber wirklich begeistert hat, war der Sprecher. Man hatte den Eindruck, als habe es ihm Spaß gemacht, den verschiedenen Rollen Leben einzuhauchen. Ich hoffe, man hört noch mehr von ihm.

  • Global
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  • Florian Huber
  • 19/07/2010

Bekanntes Muster

Das Thriller-Duo Preston/Child hat seiner Pendergast-Reihe eine weitere Episode hinzugefügt. Leider verfällt dieser Teil den selben Schwächen wie die vorherigen, ohne jedoch die Stärken der Autoren voll auszuspielen.
Die Akteure sind die Altbekannten: Pendergast, D'Agosta, Hayward. Wie immer sind sie umgeben von Statisten mit unglaublich wenig Tiefgang und Hirn. Und manche der Wendungen wirken für erfahrene Pendergast-Fans vielleicht etwas vorhersehbar. So viel zu den Schwächen.
Die Stärken, vor allem das unglaubliche Talent für spannende Geschichten, sind diesmal leider weniger deutlich ausgeprägt als sonst. Ich würde es am ehesten als solide Thriller-Kost bezeichnen, durchaus spannend, aber von Preston/Child hat man da durchaus auch schon packenderes gehört.
Ein großer Pluspunkt ist der Sprecher, Rene Auberjonois, der eine sehr angenehme Stimme hat und den Charakteren die notwendige Wiedererkennbarkeit verleiht, ohne jedoch in nervige stimmliche Extreme zu verfallen.

Fazit: Wie immer bei Preston/Child keine große Literatur, sondern flache Krimi-Kunst, aber meist trotzdem hinreichend spannend, um noch Spaß zu machen. Nach etlichen Feuerwerken vom Autoren-Duo war ich allerdings dennoch ein kleines bisschen enttäuscht.

  • Global
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  • knigsecker123
  • 07/07/2011

schwach..

das bisher für mich schwächste Buch dieses Schriftstellers, nachdem der zweite Zombie (Smithback) erschienen ist, war es für mich nicht mehr möglich weiter zu hören. Der Sprecher war jedoch überzeugend und gut verständlich.

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