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Fever Dream by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

May 12th, 2010 by Debbie's World of Books


Source: Received for review

Availability: In stores May 11, 2010

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars

Description from At the old family manse in Louisiana, Special Agent Pendergast is putting to rest long-ignored possessions reminiscent of his wife Helen’s tragic death, only to make a stunning-and dreadful-discovery. Helen had been mauled by an unusually large and vicious lion while they were big game hunting in Africa. But now, Pendergast learns that her rifle-her only protection from the beast-had been deliberately loaded with blanks. Who could have wanted Helen dead…and why?

With Lieutenant Vincent D’Agosta’s assistance, Pendergast embarks on a quest to uncover the mystery of his wife’s murder. It is a journey that sends him deep into her past where he learns much that Helen herself had wished to keep hidden. Helen Pendergast had nursed a secret obsession with the famed naturalist-painter John James Audubon, in particular a long-lost painting of his known as the Black Frame.

As Pendergast probes more deeply into the riddle-the answer to which is revealed in a night of shocking violence, deep in the Louisiana bayou-he finds himself faced with an even greater question: who was the woman he married?

I’m glad to see that the Agent Pendergast books seem to be getting back on track.  This was another enjoyable story in the series.  I loved that we get to see more of Pendergast’s past and it was kind of strange to think of him as being married at some point.  I wish we could have seen more of the interaction between he and his wife but it still gave him a more human side as he tried to figure out why his wife was murdered.  I’m glad that D’Agosta also played a large part in this story as it’s always fun to see the contrast between Pendergast’s and D’Agosta’s methods.  Then in the end we also see D’Agosta’s girlfriend Captain Hayward get involved which is an even greater contrast.  There are some great confrontations going on through out the book that made me laugh.

The only part I did not like is that there is a small side story regarding Pendergast’s ward, Constance.  I never really enjoyed that story line and it did not really fit at all in this story so I just found it irritating.  Still this is another great book for all you Agent Pendergast lovers out there!

As a little bonus the authors mention a new character they are introducing in their next book.  While I’m excited to see how this new character turns out the end of Fever Dream leaves you hanging a bit and I really cannot wait to find out what happens next.

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3 Responses

  1. Kristen

    I’m happy to see your review because I love the Agent Pendergast series. Although I did not like the last book about the zombies. So it’s good that you say it’s back on track with Fever Dream.

    One question: Was it mentioned in previous books that Pendergast had been married? I really don’t remember anything like that.

  2. dsuzuki

    Kristen-I really can’t remember.I didn’t think it was ever mentioned that he was married before and it was such a strange idea. He’s such a strange character that I wonder what he was like during the marriage. That was one reason I wish we could have seen more interaction between Pendergast and his wife.

  3. L. Diane Wolfe

    I’ll pass this along to my husband – he loves their books!

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