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Cold Vengeance by Douglas Preston

Cold Vengeance

by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child

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Series: Pendergast (11)

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Most of the Pendergast books are stand-alone...while there may be some references to events in other books, rarely is it necessary to enjoy the story. Last year I read Two Graves, the latest in the series. The opening sequence of that book is a direction continuation of Cold Vengeance.

This book opens with our hero, Aloysius Pendergast, on a hunting trip with his dear brother in law. The brother of his now-dead wife. Deep in the Scottish moors, the BiL takes the opportunity to pop a cap into Pendergast, who naturally anticipated the event and tampered with the ammo. A fight ensues, and Pendergast winds up in quicksand with a bullet wound. Esterhazy, the BiL, leaves before confirming the kill (how convenient).

Before Esterhazy leaves, he tells Pendergast that his wife is still alive. Pendergast recovers, sets about investigating this claim, then comes to a showdown with Esterhazy and his German allies. At this point there are some twists and turns that I won't spoil, but the end does setup the start of the next book. ( )
  JeffV | Mar 17, 2014 |
Read Fever Dreams before you read this. This was excellent. Story arcs are woven together in a way that shows an evolution of crime from different aspects. Intrigue, murder, mystery and surprise ending mixed with interesting characters makes this book a page turner. I couldn't put it down :) ( )
  KarenRinn | Nov 2, 2013 |
En weer een deel uit. In één woord: Wauw! Echt weer een spannend deel. Ik ben wel blij dat ik heb gewacht totdat Twee graven (deel 12) uit was, want dit deel is echt zo’n deel met een cliffhanger waar ik dus niet zo heel blij mee ben. Maar ik heb Twee graven ook, dus ik ga gewoon vrolijk verder. ( )
  Gea1967 | Sep 22, 2013 |
A major improvement over Fever Dream, but still not back to the duo's best work. Still, it's made me look forward to the next Pendergast book more than I was looking forward to this one. ( )
1 vote BrookeAshley | Jun 5, 2013 |
Fairly fast read. The story continues to be strange and convoluted and typical Pendergast. I'm now caught up with the published novels. ( )
  lesmel | May 16, 2013 |
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Preston, Douglasprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Child, Lincolnmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Velzen, Marjolein vanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Lincoln Child dedicates this book to his daughter, Veronica

Douglas Preston dedicates this book to Marguerite, Laura, and Oliver Preston
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Cairn Barrow, Scotland
As they mounted the barren shoulder of Beinn Dearg, the great stone lodge of Kilchurn vanished into the darkness, leaving only the soft yellow glow of its windows tingeing the misty air.
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Devastated by the discovery that his wife, Helen, was murdered, Special Agent Pendergast must have retribution. But revenge is not simple. As he stalks his wife's betrayers-a chase that takes him from the wild moors of Scotland to the bustling streets of New York City and the darkest bayous of Louisiana-he is also forced to dig further into Helen's past. And he is stunned to learn that Helen may have been a collaborator in her own murder.

Peeling back the layers of deception, Pendergast realizes that the conspiracy is deeper, goes back generations, and is more monstrous than he could have ever imagined-and everything he's believed, everything he's trusted, everything he's understood . . . may be a horrific lie.
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"A bonding trip for Pendergast and his brother-in-law, Judson Esterhazy, turns violent. Before abandoning a mortally-wounded Pendergast, Esterhazy announces his sister, Pendergast's long-dead wife Helen, is alive"--Provided by publisher.

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