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Brimstone

Pendergast, Book 5
Narrated by: Scott Brick
Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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Art critic Jeremy Grove is found dead, his face frozen in a mask of terror. His body temperature is grotesquely high; he is discovered in a room barricaded from the inside; the smell of brimstone is everywhere... and the unmistakable imprint of a claw is burned into the wall. As more bodies are discovered - their only connection the bizarre but identical manner of death - the world begins to wonder if the Devil has, in fact, come to collect his due.

Teaming with Police Officer Vincent D'Agosta (The Relic), Agent Pendergast is determined to solve this case that appears to defy everything except supernatural logic.

©2004 Douglas Preston (P)2011 Hachette

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Great pace, mystery, story

Quite enjoyed this book as it was a bit of a departure from others in the series focusing more on mythology and symbolism. The stakes are high and the outcome satisfying (except for that one cliffhanger!)

Only thing that seemed a bit off was the anticlimactic conclusion of a side story in New York City.. Just didn't seem to really have a purpose or keep me interested.

Performance was really good, even switching between male and female characters!

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  • John Morgan
  • 2015-03-16

I'm new to the Preston Child but I'm hooked

Harry Bosch has always been one of my favorites. I'm at the end of the series but I hopeful there will be addition stories released. Until then I'm in withdrawal searching for another series. I think I have found it. I could always tell when I was hooked. I listen mostly when driving so when I pull into the drive way an sit to keep listening. I'm hooked. It's been awhile but I find that I sitting listening and can't wait to get back into the car to see what going to happen next. Perfect!

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  • Gary
  • 2012-12-16

Be very aware of Pendergast

Where does Brimstone rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I would have to put this book in the top ten of all I have listened to so far.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The plot kept me intrigued from the very start when Pendergast was introduced in tennis shorts to when he found Vincent and started to depend on him. This plot is unlike any I've listened to before in the way it runs two senerios at the same time.

Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

Pendergast

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Pendergast acted as the decoy so his partner could escape.

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  • Lannette
  • 2012-05-20

Simply another great Pendergast novel.

Another great read. Not the best one I've read of the series, but definitely worth the purchase. The latter books are better than the first ones I think. I had a hard time getting through Relic and don't think I even finished it, but I went ahead and bought the rest of the series and they got better and better. I listened to them out of order so I think I'll let some time pass and go back and listen to them in the proper order. If you liked the other ones, you'll like this one. And even if this isn't your genre - it is still a very interesting story and good read.

21 of 24 people found this review helpful

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  • Jeff Harris
  • 2013-07-01

Another Solid Pendergast Story

Who was your favorite character and why?

I was glad to have D'Agosta back. He is one of my favorite characters outside of Pendergast in this series. He has some smarts, some attitude, and is a loyal friend to Pendergast. For me, it is tough not to like him and root for him.

Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have listened to many books narrated by Scott Brick. As usual, he was up to the task and did not take away from the story in any way. The thing I like about Scott Brick is he isn't amazing or ground-breaking: he is consistent and enjoyable to listen to. He doesn't distract from the story with over the top voices but also adds just enough to each character's dialogue to entertain and really bring you into the story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did listen to this book in large chunks, usually a couple hours at a time. It was definitely something that I wanted to keep going on with.

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  • Rip van Winkle
  • 2012-08-18

Disappointed (but I hope not disenchanted) fan

What would have made Brimstone better?

If I had not blown a credit on it.

What was most disappointing about Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child ???s story?

I am a big fan of Preston and Child and I LOVE Pendergast. I love suspense and spookiness. I love horror and am glad to suspend my disbelief. But this story was just this side of ridiculous. Talk about much ado about nothing.

Which scene was your favorite?

The last one, because the book was finally over. (Yes, I kept reading, hoping it was going to get better.)

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointed; some anger -- many times I just wanted the story to get on with it, but no-o-o, just more blah, blah, blah. Also, since when is Pendergast an action hero? Of course he has always been able to take care of himself and others, too, but really, this thing goes too far with the muscles and guns. The thing that is so great about Pendergast is his intelligence and creativity.

Any additional comments?

The story rambled on and on with far too much time spent on the minutia of the scenery during chases (of which there were far too many) and other uninteresting situations (could have done without the Hayward part of the story completely). Seemed so padded out, like they had this fairly preposterous idea, but thought they could make something of it, wrote an outline and then padded and padded and padded.

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  • The Dark Side
  • 2017-02-02

Not the best Pendergast book.

I really started out enjoying this book. And it was a great book ,but not on par with others in the series. The characters were strange, which I expect. The story was just mostly ridiculous. More of and Agatha Christie type template. The narrator is Scott Brick very good as usual.

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  • Jeff
  • 2016-01-14

Where is Renee Auberjonois?

A great book, but not a fan of Scott Brick - where is Renee Auberjonois? His Pendergast accent was amazing.

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  • Carol
  • 2012-10-12

A little disappointing

Listened to Fever Dream first, and this one next. Maybe my expectations were too high, but did not enjoy Brimstone nearly as much. The plot was interesting, but not compelling and I did not like the ending.

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  • Terry J
  • 2012-08-27

Very good and for the most part captivating!

Well worth the listening even through some of dry parts. The ending is magnetic in its intensity --- one kept wishing only for the BEST...!

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  • Zack
  • 2011-12-19

Finally!

This has been a long time coming to Audible. This is the first part of the Diogenes trilogy. Its been five years since Reliquary, D'agosta is back and well if you have made it this far in the series I don't really need to try to sell you on it, sufficed to say your in for a hell of a ride. Only one book left unabridged Cabinet Of Curiosities, Audible the fans DEMAND it!

22 of 29 people found this review helpful