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Cemetery Dance by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

June 4th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


Thanks to Miriam at Hachette Book Group for the chance to review this book!

I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

Description: Pendergast-the world’s most enigmatic FBI Special Agent-returns to New York City to investigate a murderous cult. His serpentine journey takes him to an enclave of Manhattan he never imagined could exist: a secretive, reclusive cult of Obeah and vodou which no outsider has ever survived.

Wow, I just finished this book and it brought back the feeling I had when I first read Relic and met Agent Pendergast.  When I first heard that this book had been released I was a little hesitant as I did not enjoy The Wheel of Darkness as much as some of Preston’s and Childs’ other books.  But the first 10 pages will blow your mind!  I could not believe how they started off the book and I have to admit I was a little devastated.

That said I felt like after those first few pages you feel like you have a personal interest in seeing the murders solved and the murderers brought to justice.  I found myself saying “Ok, I will stop at the end of this chapter” but it was hard to put the book down.  I thought D’Agosta’s character was a little annoying and totally irrational, which in the context of the story is totally fitting, but was a bit much. Pendergast is his usual smooth and slightly odd self.  I thought it was kind of funny that the book centers around zombies.  I guess there is no escaping the craze.  You will definitely be left guessing until the last few pages of the book.

One minor point that did bother me was there was almost no reference what so ever to what happened to Pendergast in The Wheel of Darkness.  I felt like that book showed a weakness in Pendergast and put him through such a trauma that I was curious to see how his character would adapt.  I know at the end of Cemetery Dance it’s mentioned that this is supposed to be a stand alone book but I would have liked to see some explanation of how Pendergast recovered so quickly from the events in The Wheel of Darkness.

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2 Responses

  1. Belle

    I’m going to shuffle this one to the top of my list, because of this: “it brought back the feeling I had when I first read Relic and met Agent Pendergast”. I really enjoyed Relic, so this is a good sign.

  2. dsuzuki

    I think Relic was one of the best on the series. Random note-we went to an open house today and my mom laughed because I was more interested in the person’s book shelves than the house. The owner had every Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child book not to mention a bunch of other authors I like. Would have been interesting to meet the owner :)

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