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Two Graves (edition 2013)

by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child

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Title:Two Graves
Authors:Douglas Preston
Other authors:Lincoln Child
Info:Grand Central Publishing (2013), Mass Market Paperback, 528 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Rating:****
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Two Graves by Douglas Preston

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The 12th in the Pendergast series. Sadly, the series is declining in interest. The Heleniad, his wife's history, is more rote genre with the action and plot details less interesting than earlier books. I think the character and the series is becoming sterile and a bit predictable. Pendergast no longer has the depth and unpredictability that made him interesting in previous books. ( )
  Crotchetymama | Jul 20, 2014 |
Another great entry in the Pendergast series.

Extremely painful to see him constantly fail and hit rock bottom, yet somehow it was also refreshing as he is usually several steps ahead of everyone and always at the top of his game. The past few books have certainly taken a psychological toll on Special Agent Pendergast, especially the events that open this book.

I wonder how much more the authors can throw at this guy and keep him sane enough to still be a viable protaganist. Yes, he takes things in stride and eventually overcomes the challenges thrown at him ... but good grief! Good thing this is fiction!

The Agent Pendergast series is good stuff!
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  kevbayer | Jun 20, 2014 |
There's nothing like a Preston Child "Pendergast' novel! ( )
  fbswss | May 15, 2014 |
I'm getting less and less enthralled with the Pendergast series. Which essentially means I'm less enthralled with Pendergast himself. This is the third, and what I assume, final, book in the Helen trilogy.

"Two Graves" is in many ways three different stories. One story follows Pendergast and D'Agosta as they investigate harrowing murders in several NYC hotels. This then shifts to South America after a rather big reveal--which I won't divulge here. But the events in South America involve only Pendergast (and other, new characters) and not D'Agosta, who once again seems to be put on the sideline for much of the book (as does Laura Hayward).

The second story involves Corrie Swanson, a character first introduced back in "Still Life With Crows." This story line has little to do with the overall plot and I found it rather mundane and pointless. Which is disappointing because I loved the character and her interactions with Pendergast in the aforementioned book.

Finally, we follow Dr. Felder as he investigates Constance Green's past. As with the Corrie plot, there's not a lot of reason for this to be a part of the main book. If Preston/Child want to explore these characters further, maybe they should do so in stand-alone novels and not wrap them up in a Pendergast novel. The characters are obviously tied to Pendergast, but here, there's little to no interaction with him, so what's the point?

Not long after the big reveal, Pendergast goes into a major free fall; this is the most interesting part of the story for me. The special agent is always in control so to see him lose it so was quite interesting.

Preston and Child's knack for weaving a perceived supernatural thriller, with Pendergast and D'Agosta hot on the trail, has lost a great deal of steam over the last several books. I'm hoping they can find their stride again because I'm losing patience and faith in this series. ( )
2 vote Jarratt | Nov 12, 2013 |
I think the authors are trying to pack in too many stories. I miss the supernatural stuff. I gave it 3 stars because it was still a fast action-packed read, but the Pendergast books are starting to lose their fascination. ( )
  klib315 | Aug 18, 2013 |
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Lincoln Childmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Child, Lincolnsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Lincoln Child dedicates this book to his daughter, Veronica.
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The woman with the violet eyes walked slowly beneath the trees of Central Park, hands deep in the pockets of her trench coat.
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The title of the novel is from a quote by Confucius that reads “Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.”
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After his wife, Helen, is brazenly abducted before his eyes, Special Agent Pendergast furiously pursues the kidnappers, chasing them across the country and into Mexico. But then, things go terribly, tragically wrong; the kidnappers escape; and a shattered Pendergast retreats to his New York apartment and shuts out the world.
But when a string of bizarre murders erupts across several Manhattan hotels--perpetrated by a boy who seems to have an almost psychic ability to elude capture--NYPD Lieutenant D'Agosta asks his friend Pendergast for help. Reluctant at first, Pendergast soon discovers that the killings are a message from his wife's kidnappers. But why a message? And what does it mean?
When the kidnappers strike again at those closest to Pendergast, the FBI agent, filled anew with vengeful fury, sets out to track down and destroy those responsible. His journey takes him deep into the trackless forests of South America, where he ultimately finds himself face to face with an old evil that-rather than having been eradicated-is stirring anew... and with potentially world-altering consequences.
Confucius once said: "Before you embark on a journey of revenge, first dig two graves." Pendergast is about to learn the hard way just how true those words still ring.
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Special Agent Pendergast assists NYPD Lieutenant D'Agosta in the investigation of a number of killings that ultimately prove to be messages from his wife's kidnappers.

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