Cold Vengeance by Douglas Preston
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Having just finished this book I was very thrilled with it. And I have to acknowledge that I read it in about 3 days. It kept me moving through it. But after reading a few reviews I also find that there were things missing in this book that first got me into the books. First of all a large portion of this book was actually written from Judson Esterhazy's point of view. Which is not new. Several of the previous books treat Pendergast as if he is an unreadable character. We are often left watching Pendergast from the point of view of those around him. This literary device creates some mystery and intrigue around my favorite FBI Special Agent.
This novel did give us a slightly less cerebral Pendergast. I do miss his brilliant deduction and carefully deduced solutions. His bursts of insight were always a delight and a magnificent part of the books.
While others can't wait for this trilogy to be over, I personally have enjoyed it. It has been enjoyable to follow the revelations about Pendergast's personal life and to see him wrestle with the revelations that his wife wasn't who he thought she was. I also enjoyed seeing Connie Swanson come back and her part in the subplot. There were some very obvious red herrings where hints were thrown in the mix that were obviously misdirections. On the other hand there were revelations that in hindsight the reader recognizes were meant to lead you along
As an installment in an evolving series I did love the book, but I hope in future installments we see some of the cerebral Pendergast back.
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