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Cemetery Dance (Pendergast, Bk 9) (original 2009; edition 2010)

by Douglas Preston, and Lincoln Child, Lincoln Child

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Title:Cemetery Dance (Pendergast, Bk 9)
Authors:Douglas Preston, and Lincoln Child
Other authors:Lincoln Child
Info:Vision (2010), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 592 pages
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Tags:thriller, Agent Pendergast series, detective and mystery stories, New York City, cults, voodoo

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Cemetery Dance by Douglas Preston (2009)


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This novel starts off with William Smithback, a New York Times reporter, being murdered in his apartment by a man who had died a week earlier. Adding to the fact that the murderer had the appearance of a zombie, it was easy to conclude that this was the work of a zombie. Later, a zombified Smithback kills another reporter. On the case is Pendergast, an FBI agent with a knack of tackling very bizarre cases, and Lieuntenant D’Agosta, your typical gritty New York city cop. All of this leads to a sinister cult that is operating in Manhattan that follow Obeah and vodou.

Although there is a certain level of intrigue in this novel, and there is an interesting whodunit element to it, the story itself is convoluted and hard to believe. By the time the action had completed, I still did not understand how everything went down. When Pendergast provides an explanation I could only roll my eyes. The characters’ actions were so far-fetched and the premises that they were working on were so preposterous that it was hard to take this novel seriously. Although there were elements of the novel that I enjoyed, I just couldn’t get past the over the top lapses in reality. This is a novel I would recommend skipping.

Carl Alves – author of Blood Street ( )
  Carl_Alves | Mar 7, 2015 |
Six-word review: Yet another monster-chasing underground romp.

Extended review:

I'm becoming impressed with how many ways Preston and Child have found to bring a plot around to monsters and good guys chasing each other in dank, dark subterranean tunnels. The Jung and Vogler volumes on their bookshelves must be well-thumbed.

Like most of the others so far in the Pendergast series, book 9 has a slap-dash feel to it. How would you like to get paid for writing a sentence like this? "His mind reeled as yet again he tried to orient himself amid the endless props, his mind reeling from the pain." (page 544) (I often wonder how the division of labor works between coauthors. Who's nodding off while on duty when lines like that sneak by?)

Yet there's much to be said for attainable goals. The Pendergast stories don't promise much more than this: a mystery-thriller pairing a preternaturally gifted FBI agent with a down-to-earth human foil, both of them hot on the trail of some nefarious evildoer. There's usually a supernatural or seemingly supernatural element, and the plot will incorporate a throbbing social issue that adds a touch of gravitas, but nowhere is there a pretense of being lit'rachure. Unabashed, unapologetic page-turners don't get much better than this.

So I'm satisfied that I got my money's worth, which was $0.01 plus $3.99 shipping from Amazon Marketplace. By my measure, it was a bargain. ( )
  Meredy | Nov 19, 2014 |
I judge a book by how it's written, whether or not the story line is plausible and consistent, and not necessarily whether I liked the story itself. As an editor, I've read a lot of material that I didn't like over the last few decades.

I hate zombies. They aren't a fun read, and they're so overdone in this century, it makes me ill. I do enjoy the paranormal when it's connected to something like the Native American spiritual tradition, but I hate zombies. I detest the word "shambling", and I don't care if the word has been around since the 1600s. That doesn't make it any less distasteful.

That said, this second book of Allan Leverone's was my first of his to read. I loved the folklore, and I loved the conversations about Navajo heritage. The ensuing zombie tag made me ill. I found myself skimming through Manning's parts looking for good stuff. Manning, while certainly a believable character, was not interesting to me at all.

But as I said, this is not my cuppa. It was well-written, mostly fascinating, and the characters were believable. I enjoyed most of the book. In fairness to the author, I'm going to go back and pick up #1 and see how it relates.

Leverone gets 4 stars for everything but my personal aversion to anything where a zombie becomes a primary character. ( )
  mreed61 | Aug 10, 2014 |
My love for this series does not fade. This is the tale of an eccentric cult in upper Manhattan suspected of creating zombiis (this is how the book tells us is the correct spelling of the word). And a central character of the series is an unfortunate casualty--the journalist Bill Smithback is killed by one of these zombiis.

Although the loss of one of the essential characters is a great one, the fast pace of the book sets it up nicely.

Can't wait to read the next! ( )
1 vote csweder | Jul 8, 2014 |
A very quick read. By the end of the book - I was ready for it to end. This doesn't mean that it would not be enjoyable for others. I liked it but will not buy another book by the authors. ( )
1 vote JanicsEblen | Jun 10, 2014 |
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I am starting to get to the 'enough is enough' point with the Pendergast novels. This is book nine in the series and it was too over-the-top.

Generally, I am pretty open to just about anything, including the un-dead (aka. Zombies) but this book just had too much of everything. The story was about 100 pages too long, had WAY too much detail in areas that didn't require it, areas that weren't important to the overall outcome of the story and it didn't have enough details in the areas that, I felt, deserved it. Also, I felt like the story was too jumpy... just when I was getting into a particular character/part of the story, it would flip to a different part and I would have to get into THAT part again. Ugg... sometimes that can be annoying!

However, for all the negative, there were some good parts... I really did enjoy the climax scenes in the book. The fight/the rescue, all great!! It became a page turner as the book neared the end and as a result, I will be adding book 10 to my 'to-be-read' list.

Overall, if you have read the books in this series, you will probably want to pick this one up as well but if you haven't, your life will go on without adding this one to your bookshelf!

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Pendergast-the world's most enigmatic FBI Special Agent-returns to New York City to investigate a murderous cult.

William Smithback, a New York Times reporter, and his wife Nora Kelly, a Museum of Natural History archaeologist, are brutally attacked in their apartment on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Eyewitnesses claim, and the security camera confirms, that the assailant was their strange, sinister neighbor-a man who, by all reports, was already dead and buried weeks earlier. While Captain Laura Hayward leads the official investigation, Pendergast and Lieutenant Vincent D'Agosta undertake their own private-and decidedly unorthodox-quest for the truth. Their serpentine journey takes them to an enclave of Manhattan they never imagined could exist: a secretive, reclusive cult of Obeah and vodou which no outsiders have ever survived.
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After New York Times reporter William Smithback and his wife Nora Kelly, a Museum of Natural History archaeologist, are brutally attacked in their apartment on Manhattan's Upper West Side, Pendergast--the world's most enigmatic FBI Special Agent--returns to New York City to investigate a murderous Obeah cult.… (more)

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