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The Book of the Dead

A book by Douglas Preston

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  • Jun 14, 2006
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This book starts off slow till about the middle and then steamrolls to the end. Fans that read the prior books will not be disappointed. Newcomers to the series should read at least the prior book (Game of Death) to get a full appreciation of this work.

Eli Glinn from The Ice Limit, plays a prominent part in the book as well as Constance (Pendergast's ward). We finally learn what caused Diogennes to become the evil opposite of Pendergast. Once again the NY Museum of Natural History is the focal point of the story, with its assortment of employee murders, which makes one wonder why anyone would be brave enough to work there?

The book does have an interesting twist at the end which suggests that the authors will be planning more Pendergast tales.

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review by . October 08, 2010
"The Book of the Dead" is everything a thriller fan could hope for - a page-turning, unputdownable, thrilling, decadently readable, thoroughly entertaining, slam bang finale to a colourful, imaginative trilogy!      The basic plot premise is simplicity itself! FBI Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast's younger brother Diogenes has announced his plan to execute a mysteriously undefined perfect crime. As a result of intense psychological examination, Pendergast has determined …
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A slam bang finale to a thrilling trilogy! Readers who have observed Pendergast's growing resemblance to Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes in the novels which preceded "The Book of the Dead" will shiver with a frisson of delight at the tumultuous Reichenbach Falls style climax which takes place on the very flanks of Mount Stromboli in Sicily.
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Bestsellers Preston and Child have come up with another gripping, action-packed page-turner in this concluding volume to a trilogy pitting their Holmesian hero, FBI agent Aloysius Pendergast, against his Mycroft-turned-Moriarty—his younger brother, Diogenes. Picking up shortly after the events of 2005'sDance of Death, the book opens with the arrival of a package of fine dust at the Museum of Natural History; Diogenes has returned the diamonds he stole earlier. Meanwhile, Aloysius is in prison, having been framed for a number of murders. As his friends plot to spring him, his adversary lays the groundwork for a crowning criminal achievement. A mysterious benefactor funds the restoration of an ancient Egyptian tomb at the museum, but the work is beset by the mayhem Preston and Child's readers have come to expect—gory murders and suggestions of the supernatural. This entry, tying up many loose ends from its predecessors, is less likely to work as well for first-time readers, but followers of Aloysius Pendergast's previous exploits will find it a satisfying read with a tantalizing, ominous twist at the end.10-city author tour. (June)
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ISBN-10: 0446576980
ISBN-13: 978-0446576987
Author: Douglas Preston
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
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