Verses for the Dead

Verses for the Dead

Douglas Preston / Jun 20, 2019

Verses for the Dead FBI special agent Pendergast must confront a strange otherworldly circumstance a new partnership After an overhaul of leadership at the FBI s New York office Special Agent A X L Pendergast is forced

  • Title: Verses for the Dead
  • Author: Douglas Preston
  • ISBN: 1538747200
  • Page: 247
  • Format: Hardcover
  • FBI special agent Pendergast must confront a strange, otherworldly circumstance a new partnership.After an overhaul of leadership at the FBI s New York office, Special Agent A X L Pendergast is forced to accept an unthinkable condition of continued employment he must work with a partner.Pendergast and his new teammate, junoior FBI agent Coldmoon, are assigned the cas FBI special agent Pendergast must confront a strange, otherworldly circumstance a new partnership.After an overhaul of leadership at the FBI s New York office, Special Agent A X L Pendergast is forced to accept an unthinkable condition of continued employment he must work with a partner.Pendergast and his new teammate, junoior FBI agent Coldmoon, are assigned the case of a devious new killer whose killing spree spans the countryside, and whose crimes are distinguished by a mysterious M.O Letters left at seemingly unrelated gravesites in the city of Miami.That the connection between these old deaths defies easy explanation is the least of Pendergast s worries As Aloysius digs deeper, he soon realizes there may be to the killer and Pendergast s new partner than meets the eye Get A Copy Kindle Store CAOnline StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 339 pages Published December 31st 2018 by Grand Central Publishing More Details ISBN 1538747200 ISBN13 9781538747209 Edition Language English Series Pendergast 18 Characters Aloysius X.L Pendergast, Constance Greene, Mrs Trask, Special Agent Coldmoon, Assistant Director Walter Pickett, Dr Milton Mars, Dr Charlotte Fauchet, Roger Smithback, Commander Gordon Grove, Ronald Vance, Casey Morse, Bruce Ianetti, Dr Dent Moberly, Dr Peterson Bronnerless setting Miami Beach, Florida United States Maine United States Ithaca, New York United States Florida United States less Other Editions 16 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Verses for the Dead, please sign up Popular Answered Questions Did anybody else find it wildly out of character that Pendergast went into a high pitch whiny voice to taunt Grove Huh Quiet, strong, macho, cool, naa naa naa like 22 days ago See all 2 answers Wanda Keith Yes, that seemed out of character for him flag I liked very much verses for the dead but i Miss Constance Did Pendergast phoned her during his journey to Miami the poor girl must have a lot of patience like 26 days ago Add your answer Mike I don t think he talked to her at all after he left NY flag See all 4 questions about Verses for the Dead Lists with This Book This book is not yet featured on Listopia Add this book to your favorite list Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Jan 01, 2019 Faith rated it really liked it Shelves audio, overdrive It s a mystery to me why the plotting in this series is so much better than in the other series written by these authors together, and also in the books written by them separately I read one two days ago that was unpardonable I ve read every book in this series and it s still entertaining me In this one, Pendergast is forced to work with a new partner, Coldmoon, a Native American who s mission is to never let Pendergast go rogue since Pendergast s suspects tend not to survive long enough to It s a mystery to me why the plotting in this series is so much better than in the other series written by these authors together, and also in the books written by them separately I read one two days ago that was unpardonable I ve read every book in this series and it s still entertaining me In this one, Pendergast is forced to work with a new partner, Coldmoon, a Native American who s mission is to never let Pendergast go rogue since Pendergast s suspects tend not to survive long enough to be prosecuted Here there are distant suicides, current murders, stolen hearts, literary references, alligators and atonement As usual, Pendergast is preternaturally insightful but he shows a little humor in this book To my great relief, Constance makes only one very brief appearance in this book I m already looking forward to the next one in the series flag 36 likesLike see review Dec 27, 2018 Bob Milne rated it really liked it Shelves thriller With Verses for the Dead, the 18th novel in the Agent Pendergast series, Douglas Preston Lincoln Child continue the soft reset they began in City of Endless Night Once again it s a standalone story, one that only touches on the wider mythology, completely devoid of any monstrous themes or supernatural elements and which introduces the twist of a new Director, uncomfortable with Pendergast s methods, and a new partner.The introduction of a new character can often be uncomfortable, up With Verses for the Dead, the 18th novel in the Agent Pendergast series, Douglas Preston Lincoln Child continue the soft reset they began in City of Endless Night Once again it s a standalone story, one that only touches on the wider mythology, completely devoid of any monstrous themes or supernatural elements and which introduces the twist of a new Director, uncomfortable with Pendergast s methods, and a new partner.The introduction of a new character can often be uncomfortable, upsetting the chemistry with which readers have become familiar, but Agent Coldmoon is a welcome addition In watching him work side by side with Pendergast, not just observing but questioning his methods, we get an immediately interesting new point of view His wonder, his bewilderment, and even his frustration is something we share, but Coldmoon is than that He has a not so secret agenda that casts a pall over the story, but he ultimately proves himself to be a capable agent and a loyal partner.There is also a young forensic coroner introduced who adds an interesting new dynamic to the story Her conflict with her boss allows Pendergast to demonstrate that, after all his suffering, he has once again found the calm, polite, respectful temperament of a Southern gentleman, but it also allows him the opportunity to prove he is not a man to be trifled with The way Fauchet admires him, somewhere between romantic attraction and platonic hero worship, is a nice touch, and even her enthusiasm in the later chapters isn t enough to cast a shadow over her role.As for the story, it s a relatively simple one compared to other outings, but still fascinating What we have a serial killer who murders women in busy areas, where the risk of discovery is greatest, who takes the time to remove their hearts and then deposits them on the graves of suicides, along with a literary themed note Why he does it, and what the connection is between victims, both past and present, is the mystery that drives the book I had a light bulb moment about two thirds of the way through, figuring I had it solved, but the ultimate solution was darker and complicated than I had anticipated There are some great set pieces along the way, making great use of not just the state of Florida but a few other locations, and the swampy climax is one of their strongest to date.Even if you were to take Pendergast out of the story, Verses for the Dead would be a better than average crime thriller With him driving it, however, better than average becomes a must readtps beauty in ruins flag 21 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Jan 25, 2019 Bam rated it really liked it Shelves 2019 reads, library book, mystery, thriller suspense In the latest book in this long running series, FBI Special Agent Pendergast is assigned a young partner, junior agent Coldmoon Of course, Pendergast has no doubt that his partner s main job is to spy on him for their new chief, Assistant Director in Charge, Walter Pickett Their first assignment takes them to Miami, FL, where a young woman has been murdered and a body part removed Said part is found on the grave of a woman who committed suicide some ten years before and with this gift is a In the latest book in this long running series, FBI Special Agent Pendergast is assigned a young partner, junior agent Coldmoon Of course, Pendergast has no doubt that his partner s main job is to spy on him for their new chief, Assistant Director in Charge, Walter Pickett Their first assignment takes them to Miami, FL, where a young woman has been murdered and a body part removed Said part is found on the grave of a woman who committed suicide some ten years before and with this gift is a stanza from a poem verses for the dead After a second woman is found murdered with a similar MO, they begin to realize they are dealing with a highly organized killer who quotes Shakespeare and Eliot, uses fine paper and rare vintage pens in short, a man of literary pretensions It s very interesting how they follow a trail of clues Pendergast is sometimes dogged in his determination to leave no stone unturned As usual, the conclusion is wildly exciting I m not sure I buy the motive but then I m not a crazy psychopath Very good addition to the series I, for one, am glad that the authors have left behind the plots involving Pendergast s brother and gotten back to some real detection flag 18 likesLike see review Paula Kalin Great review, Bam Jan 27, 2019 09 54AM Bam Paula wrote Great review, Bam Thank you, Paula Jan 27, 2019 10 10AM Jan 23, 2019 Marialyce rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves library, books of 2019 Eighteen books and still going strong in this series That s quite something and our authors never seem to run out of things to keep FBI special agent A.X.L Pendergast busy and on his game As a reader of this series, one knows full well that Pendergast is a loner when it comes to solving a case However, in this book, our intrepid mysterious agent acquires a partner, Coldmoon, and as you can imagine, he is none to happy about that.The two are assigned to a case where some grisly instances are Eighteen books and still going strong in this series That s quite something and our authors never seem to run out of things to keep FBI special agent A.X.L Pendergast busy and on his game As a reader of this series, one knows full well that Pendergast is a loner when it comes to solving a case However, in this book, our intrepid mysterious agent acquires a partner, Coldmoon, and as you can imagine, he is none to happy about that.The two are assigned to a case where some grisly instances are happening A part of the human anatomy is found on graves that belonged to suicide victims, buried in Miami, along with notes that quote well known literature, attached to them Pedergast with his sixth sense for the mysterious, the cunning, and the nuances of a case, along with Coldmoon are on the trail of who they believe might be a serial killer.They travel to various parts of the country where the original suicides have occurred in search for clues, all the time getting to know one another and perhaps fostering a camaraderie Could it be that Agent Pendergast will be a loner no As the agents find and clues, the case seems to become murkier and sinister then they originally suspected Will Pendergast and Coldmoom find the killer Will women die as our killer needs a part of their anatomy to quell his guilt As usual, Preston and Child have created a well done story that takes the reader into the twisted mind and heart of killers They succeed in making this a tense thriller with twists and turns aplenty Recommended for those who love Agent Aloysius Pendergast and his seventeen previous adventures.My reviews cn also be seen here flag 16 likesLike see review View all 7 comments Jan 02, 2019 Liz Kirchhoff rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves mystery While this was a good mystery with some great new characters, it lacked the depth and atmosphere that has been such a part of the rest of the series The setup was fantastic and the mystery compelling, but the ending felt rather rushed Still, it is always great to spend time with Pendergast I m looking forward to Constance in the next book flag 16 likesLike see review Jan 15, 2019 Monnie rated it it was amazing review of another edition What a joy it is to enjoy a book so much that you re sad when you reach the end Over the years, I ve become a fan of several series, including this one never or rarely missing a new installment And over those same years, I ve watched way too many of them become rather stale characters I d come to love fall off their professional games, take on lesser roles in their own stories and even, in one instance, continue to act like a silly pre teenager well into what should be grown up years Not What a joy it is to enjoy a book so much that you re sad when you reach the end Over the years, I ve become a fan of several series, including this one never or rarely missing a new installment And over those same years, I ve watched way too many of them become rather stale characters I d come to love fall off their professional games, take on lesser roles in their own stories and even, in one instance, continue to act like a silly pre teenager well into what should be grown up years Not so here although I admit to wishing for a bit interaction between FBI agent A.X.L Pendergast and his ward, Constance, his remarkable sleuthing powers and clever repartee haven t faded one whit.But while many things remain the same, others have changed most notably, a new chief at the FBI s New York field office, who isn t pleased with Pendergast s think outside the box tendencies, no matter how many cases he solves as a result As such, he gives Pendergast an ultimatum Henceforth, he must work with a partner That turns out to be junior agent Coldmoon, a Native American from the Lakota tribe who s very intriguing in his own right in fact, he s interesting enough that I can see him with a series of his own are you listening, Messieurs Preston and Child For now, though, they re a dynamic duo and watching two very capable characters who really don t want to work together work together is a treat.As the story begins, a very fresh human heart is found in Miami on the grave of Elise Baxter, who died 11 years earlier her death deemed suicide by hanging A note announcing the gift is signed Mister Brokenhearts, so the search begins to identify the writer as well as the former owner of the heart When the rest of her is found, Pendergast and Coldmoon are assigned to the case in fact, Coldmoon gets another concurrent assignment, but the nature of that one isn t for me to reveal.The two detectives head first to Maine, where Baxter died, but clues or ties to the heart deprived woman are nonexistent Meanwhile, another fresh heart turns up in a mausoleum in Miami on the container holding the remains of a woman who reportedly committed suicide in a manner eerily similar to Baxter By this time, Pendergast s supervisor is plenty riled up, and his anger only escalates when Pendergast insists that exhumation of the long ago suicide victims bodies is highly advisable Ultimately, though, he gets his way, and when an especially capable medical examiner does her thing, clues start falling into place that lead Pendergast and Coolmoon to uncharted territory and a fight to the death who bites the dust is yet another tidbit that s for me to know and other readers to find out.All told, it s quite an exciting adventure, and I m sorry it s over I have confidence that another installment is in the works, of course but hey, fellas, could you please hurry it up just a little bit flag 15 likesLike see review Adrienne Wonderful review Monnie Two of my favourite authors Jan 15, 2019 04 09PM Amy Caudill This book was already near the top of my TBR, though I need to read City of Endless Night first Now I m even anxious to read it Jan 21, 2019 07 12AM Irene I agree with your review I too lookrward to the next A X L a adventure Jan 27, 2019 07 02AM Jan 26, 2019 Skip rated it really liked it Shelves thriller, series in progress A new FBI director in NYC is cleaning shop, painting a target on Pendergast s back He dispatches him to Florida with a new partner, Agent Coldmoon to investigate a strange murder where the victim s heart is removed and left on someone s grave Rather than focus on the victim, Pendergast works the case from the angle of the buried person, who was a suicide There is a note of apology from the murderer signed Mr Brokenhearts As the bodies accumulate, Pendergast has to battle the local PD and A new FBI director in NYC is cleaning shop, painting a target on Pendergast s back He dispatches him to Florida with a new partner, Agent Coldmoon to investigate a strange murder where the victim s heart is removed and left on someone s grave Rather than focus on the victim, Pendergast works the case from the angle of the buried person, who was a suicide There is a note of apology from the murderer signed Mr Brokenhearts As the bodies accumulate, Pendergast has to battle the local PD and his new boss, but finds support from his new partner, who is supposed to be spying on Pendergast For those who like mysteries, this is for you as there is no occult stuff other than the suggestion of the occasional dreamscape flag 9 likesLike see review Jan 07, 2019 Mark rated it it was amazing Shelves 2019, pendergast, preston child This novel ends with somebody finding an human organ in a cemetery, which is rightfully the place for human parts albeit not partly but in a whole human package It is placed upon a grave of woman who died in a suicide many years before Without a doubt it is a first offering with some to follow especially the police and the FBI want to keep the victim count as low as possible so the FBI will be sending their best in strange and extra ordinary cases.Special agent Pendergast is the man the b This novel ends with somebody finding an human organ in a cemetery, which is rightfully the place for human parts albeit not partly but in a whole human package It is placed upon a grave of woman who died in a suicide many years before Without a doubt it is a first offering with some to follow especially the police and the FBI want to keep the victim count as low as possible so the FBI will be sending their best in strange and extra ordinary cases.Special agent Pendergast is the man the bureau looks for one the case is an odd one Only after the events of the previous book it seems Pendergast has lost his boss and friend and has gained a director who only wants to deal by the rules so he finds the likes of Pendergast an unwanted guest in the New York offices of the FBI and sets him up with a partner who has to inform on Pendergast So Pendergast leaves for Florida in order to find out about these strange killings with a reference toward the past with its secrets And as always all best laid plans and ideas tend to bite people in the behind Once we are offered the strangeness of the world of Pendergast who finds an original way to tell a story in the serial killer genre It is such an amazing feat that both writers are still able to come up with such interesting and fascinating ideas and cliffhanger moments that keep the Pendergast series as original and fun to read each year Some new faces and names have entered the universe around Pendergast and they are certainly welcome new characters that will lighten up the following books which are certain to be written by messieurs Preston Child.After having finished this book I can only see one negative bit and that is the wait for another book next year or perhaps this year as this book was released upon the 31st December of 2018,Well worth your reading time flag 8 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Jan 01, 2019 kartik narayanan rated it really liked it Verses for the Dead is an excellent Pendergast story It has a good serial killer plot, the trademark Pendergast wit and quirks And to top it all, Pendergast has a partner who is actually tolerable The presence of the partner, coldmoon adds to the story and their interactions were enjoyable The twist at the end was the added cherry in top Plus, no constance, yay flag 7 likesLike see review Jan 29, 2019 Lobstergirl rated it liked it Shelves fiction, mystery thriller Pendergast and his elderly ward Constance finally in Volume 18 do what readers have been waiting three books for, have sweaty drippy hard thrusting sex thoughtfully examine together a terrarium devoted to the propagation of imperiled carnivorous plants Then Pendergast is off to Miami Beach clearly one or both of the authors domicile or vacation in Florida, which has unfortunately become the locus of recent books to solve a painfully tedious series of killings Preston and Child have taken a w Pendergast and his elderly ward Constance finally in Volume 18 do what readers have been waiting three books for, have sweaty drippy hard thrusting sex thoughtfully examine together a terrarium devoted to the propagation of imperiled carnivorous plants Then Pendergast is off to Miami Beach clearly one or both of the authors domicile or vacation in Florida, which has unfortunately become the locus of recent books to solve a painfully tedious series of killings Preston and Child have taken a wrong turn they are writing detective stories now rather than thrillers, and I am not thrilled They ve written out the paranormal creatures and the paranormal son and the paranormal brother Diogenes, but they haven t replaced the missing lunacy with anything of equal mass The only thing to hold one s interest here is Pendergast s relationship with half Sioux, half Italian Agent Coldmoon, brought in to partner spy snitch on the wayward Pendergast by Assistant Director Pickett Soon Coldmoon and Pendergast are having sweaty, hard thrusting, skin slapping sex flying up and down the east coast trying to figure out whether a bunch of 10 year old suicides are really suicides and what they have to do with the recent spate of murders in which young women s hearts are cut out with an ax and left on gravestones The only unresolved tension is whether Coldmoon will snitch on his partner Once that s quickly resolved, what s left is alligators and a sinkhole.The authors have been reading my critiques they ve stopped the susurrus but Pendergast is still refold ing one leg over the other and crossing one legcasually over the other and uncross ing his feet and tenting his fingers You never asked why I wanted to stop at Jamesville, Coldmoon said.Pendergast looked over Conjugal visit Ahahahahahaha Ha flag 7 likesLike see review Mat ss I was reading your review particulary because of susurring I hope it will return some time Jan 29, 2019 05 57AM Lobstergirl It probably will These authors love their little crutches Jan 29, 2019 07 43PM Jan 12, 2019 Stewart Tame rated it really liked it A serial killer is terrorizing Miami, removing the hearts of his victims and placing them on the graves of suicides Agent Pendergast is sent to investigate, but will his new supervisor and partner cramp his style Also, I d like to add a single word, which will mean nothing to new readers, but will intrigue the Hell out of longtime fans This, by itself, won t spoil anything Smithback.As with all Preston Child books, this is a tautly constructed propulsive thriller of a book Yes, it s th A serial killer is terrorizing Miami, removing the hearts of his victims and placing them on the graves of suicides Agent Pendergast is sent to investigate, but will his new supervisor and partner cramp his style Also, I d like to add a single word, which will mean nothing to new readers, but will intrigue the Hell out of longtime fans This, by itself, won t spoil anything Smithback.As with all Preston Child books, this is a tautly constructed propulsive thriller of a book Yes, it s the eighteenth book in a series, but it s still as decent a place to start as any If you start here, a few details of previous books will be spoiled But then, just knowing that the series extends to eighteen books and counting means that you won t have to worry about Pendergast s chances of surviving the first book For what it s worth, I read the Barnes Noble Exclusive Edition of this book, which features an extra chapter True fans of the series will want to get their hands on this edition, assuming they haven t already I am unabashedly a fan, and am thus incapable of reviewing these books objectively Needless to say, highly recommended flag 6 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 01, 2019 Denyse Prendergast rated it liked it review of another edition Descent to the OrdinaryA series I ve always enjoyed, in large part due to its quasi mystical overtones and interesting characters the plots, though convoluted, are always coherent However, the old crew are largely gone along with the hint of the supernatural this is just another serial killer procedural The story held my attention but it was justordinary flag 6 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Jan 29, 2019 Abby rated it liked it Shelves would read again 3.5 5This was a standalone novel within the Pendergast universe in which the title character takes on a case for the FBI in Miami An apparent serial killer who calls himself Mister Brokenhearts is at large, and Pendergast has been given a partner to help investigate Agent Coldmoon is pretty much there to babysit Pendergast because of his questionable track record with suspect deaths This is a change from previous novels, being a cut and dry mystery I felt that the end reveal was a little too 3.5 5This was a standalone novel within the Pendergast universe in which the title character takes on a case for the FBI in Miami An apparent serial killer who calls himself Mister Brokenhearts is at large, and Pendergast has been given a partner to help investigate Agent Coldmoon is pretty much there to babysit Pendergast because of his questionable track record with suspect deaths This is a change from previous novels, being a cut and dry mystery I felt that the end reveal was a little too lackluster and things were discovered a little too conveniently, but it was ultimately a good read flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 03, 2019 itchy rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves soft a bit short, but it s satisfying to see sa pendergast in action once again view spoiler against jack the ripper, no less hide spoiler flag 5 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 04, 2019 Lukasz rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves thriller, novel Finally, a good entry in Pendergast series Hopefully, it means the guys are back on track Pendergast regained composure and behaves in an epically eccentric way I find fascinating and entertaining He faces few obstacles a troubled serial killer, a new supervisor, and a partner It seems the series is slowly regaining steam, and that makes me happy as I ve been following it for years After a series of recent downs, it s time to score some ups flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 15, 2019 Aditya rated it liked it review of another edition The series has dipped into numerous genres over the years sci fi Relic 1 , supernatural The Wheels of Darkness 8 , action thriller Cold Vengeance 11 , and this one is a relatively grounded police procedural Regime change in FBI ensures Pendergast is saddled with a partner to investigate a serial killer who leaves rather gory mementoes on the graves of long dead suicide victims.Pendergast is written as smarter than Holmes and dangerous than Bond, so his mystique evaporates quickly w The series has dipped into numerous genres over the years sci fi Relic 1 , supernatural The Wheels of Darkness 8 , action thriller Cold Vengeance 11 , and this one is a relatively grounded police procedural Regime change in FBI ensures Pendergast is saddled with a partner to investigate a serial killer who leaves rather gory mementoes on the graves of long dead suicide victims.Pendergast is written as smarter than Holmes and dangerous than Bond, so his mystique evaporates quickly when the focus is squarely upon him That s why I feel the books where another character shares the investigative duties with Pendergast are usually the best in the series On the other hand the worst books are the ones that focus too much on Pendergast s past Verses for the Dead gets both things right by keeping Pendergast s indestructible brother immortal girlfriend assassin son psycho uncle not kidding he really had all those acquaintances away from the narrative and adding Coldmoon as his partner If Coldmoon was a consistent character he might have even become a fan favorite like D Agosta but unfortunately he is often used as a plotting device He is career driven one moment and throwing it all away for personal convictions the next He is smart throughout the book but stupid at the climax to set up an action sequence In spite of Coldmoon s flip flop, he never becomes irritating so I didn t mind his addition.The usual highlight of every book of the series where Pendergast lamblasts and cuts some officious, inept bureaucrat down to size is present And that also sums up rest of the plot elements All the successful tangents ideas of previous books are used but nothing is very original The plot is consistent with what one will find on an avg episode of Criminal Minds There is one forced late twist and at the end the villain literally has Pendergast in his crosshairs when he starts monologuing only for the protagonist to turn the tables on him.Slightly sophisticated plotting and I would have bumped up my rating but all said and done this is not a series with tremendous ambition beyond being a good beach read Keeping that in mind it is one of the better entries of the recent past and one that fans won t be disappointed with Rating 3 5 flag 4 likesLike see review Jan 30, 2019 Roger rated it it was amazing review of another edition Everything comes to a halt when a new Pendergast novel is released So I dropped what I was reading temporarily to jump into the eighteenth book in this series If you ll remember the first book in this series, The Relic, was made into a pretty fun movie a while back cutting out Agent Pendergast entirely as he was too outlandish to be believable or some such Which is sad as Pendergast was the best part of the great book I hope seventeen books later Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child are s Everything comes to a halt when a new Pendergast novel is released So I dropped what I was reading temporarily to jump into the eighteenth book in this series If you ll remember the first book in this series, The Relic, was made into a pretty fun movie a while back cutting out Agent Pendergast entirely as he was too outlandish to be believable or some such Which is sad as Pendergast was the best part of the great book I hope seventeen books later Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child are still having a nice laugh over that while they cash their checks In this latest installment Pendergast and his new partner Coldmoon go after a serial killer in Miami no Dexter Morgan cameo alas You may think you have this one figured out and in the bag I promise you, you don t This novel was a lot of fun to read and was incredibly difficult to put down Also it is a stand alone there are only a few vague references to What Has Gone Before, so this might be a good place for new readers to start For maximum enjoyment I would urge the dedicated reader to start at the beginning with The Relic and go from there All the novels in this series are supremely enjoyable flag 4 likesLike see review Jan 12, 2019 Bill Powers rated it it was amazing review of another edition While many thriller novel series tend to peter out after a while, Preston Child are still going strong with their 18th Pendergast novel, Verses for the Dead Preston Child have mastered the art of two authors speaking with one voice Well Done Alas, I must wait another year for another Pendergastian tale And I would love to see of Constance in future stories flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 05, 2019 L.G rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves mystery crime thriller, action adventure2019, borrowed2019 This is one of the few series that I need to read each new book as soon as it is published Not all of the books in the Pendergast series are great, but Verses for the Dead is a strong addition I have read some reviews by other members mentioning that they appreciate that Constance has only a small presence I feel the same A new character is introduced as a partner on the current case that Pendergast is sent to solve This Native American FBI agent is interesting in his own right and as a new This is one of the few series that I need to read each new book as soon as it is published Not all of the books in the Pendergast series are great, but Verses for the Dead is a strong addition I have read some reviews by other members mentioning that they appreciate that Constance has only a small presence I feel the same A new character is introduced as a partner on the current case that Pendergast is sent to solve This Native American FBI agent is interesting in his own right and as a new lens to view Pendergast s unique style and skills I highly recommend this addition to the series flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 06, 2019 Steve rated it really liked it review of another edition Pendergast gets a partner and a new boss to go with his new case Both have it in for him It s another entertaining addition to the series, though not one that will stand out as one of the pillars that define the character or changes the course of the series flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 02, 2019 Renae rated it it was amazing review of another edition I had been missing Pendergast being Pendergast in the last few books I enjoyed this one a lot, especially the way in which he interacts with the other characters in the book It reminded me of the older books which I love so much flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 07, 2019 Mel added it review of another edition Shelves 2019 Pendergast is an old friend that I can t abandon, a cleverly created character that has layers than a French mille feuilles And for the past few years, I have entertained the thought that Pendergast might have been abandoned by his creators, or the possibility that Douglas Preston Lincoln Child very good writers don t know what to do with such an extraordinary character as Pendergast allowing that continuing on the successful arc of special agent Aloysius Xingu Leng Pendergast and his Pendergast is an old friend that I can t abandon, a cleverly created character that has layers than a French mille feuilles And for the past few years, I have entertained the thought that Pendergast might have been abandoned by his creators, or the possibility that Douglas Preston Lincoln Child very good writers don t know what to do with such an extraordinary character as Pendergast allowing that continuing on the successful arc of special agent Aloysius Xingu Leng Pendergast and his previous exploits would be a challenge He Pendergast entertained his fans for many volumes, weaving the boundaries of reality with the supernatural so well you close the final page and challenge your own beliefs While reading the last few books by Preston Child I ve felt like Pendergast has become a shadow of his former self and the plots either too outrageous even for Pendergast ex White Fire or too dimensionless Comparison is a beast when it comes to following an author s As a reader, I am expectant, greedy and demanding and don t always fairly concentrate on what is chronicled in the pages as I do on my own pleasure, expecting a bigger thrill with each new read I m like an addict that wayhoping to capture the same high as my first experiences The result I rely on other reader s opinions to judge these books objectively so I won t pass judgment with the rating stars I will say that I thought Verses for the Dead felt like a one dimensional murder case that diminished Pendergast It was a story that could have used even an un special agent instead of keeping a tight leash on Pendergast and his incredible skills I did like the new character junior agent Coldmoon and think there might be good things possible with this union Another fact I had to point out to myself was that Pendergast is under the scrutiny of new leadership at the FBI with a new boss intent on keeping Pendergast on that short leash and by the book With that in mind, I concluded that we readers that have been every step with the uncanny Special Agent are experiencing this workplace restraint with the agent experiential reading that will hopefully lead to A X L Pendergast breaking those chains and taking readers on another thrilling journey into that world between reality and wonder once again flag 2 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Jan 08, 2019 Mae Clair rated it it was amazing review of another edition Wow I ve been addicted to this series from Book 1, and Verses of the Dead is a home run in so many ways I had doubts about Pendergast working with a partner, but the addition of Agent Coldmoon was a stroke of genius Not only is Coldmoon a great character, but it gave readers a chance to see Pendergast along with all his quirks and unorthodox methods of working through his eyes Toss is a new boss for Pendergast, new location Miami Beach and a string of bizarre murders and you ve got a per Wow I ve been addicted to this series from Book 1, and Verses of the Dead is a home run in so many ways I had doubts about Pendergast working with a partner, but the addition of Agent Coldmoon was a stroke of genius Not only is Coldmoon a great character, but it gave readers a chance to see Pendergast along with all his quirks and unorthodox methods of working through his eyes Toss is a new boss for Pendergast, new location Miami Beach and a string of bizarre murders and you ve got a perfect recipe to hold the reader glued to the page The authors verge away from anything supernatural this time and stick to crime solving, something Pendergast does exceptionally well I love watching him work The murders, the method in which they occur, and the reason behind them unfold in an ever startling trail of clues Pendergast and Coldmoon get to interact with several new, interesting characters Cab driver Axel was one of my favorite The high speed taxi ride through Miami is a blast.I also have to applaud the authors for creating an unusual killer with an unusual motive Although I love the supernatural twists in many of the Pendergast novels, I admit to enjoying the intriguing details of crime solving best I also believe this is a book you could pick up, having never read a single Pendergast novel before, and thoroughly enjoy without knowing any background from the previous books The new location, new boss, and addition of a partner all go to seeing Pendergast through fresh eyes Highly recommended flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 29, 2019 Valerie rated it it was amazing I really liked this 18th book in the Agent Pendergast series In this particular story, Pendergast is ordered by his immediate supervisor, to work with another agent, a newbie, by the name of Agent Coldmoon from South Dakota he is Lakota Sioux Pendergast s supervisor has political ambitions, and he feels he must send Coldmoon to shadow Pendergast, and give him reports Well of course, that does not quite work out Pendergast and Coldmoon are sent Miami, Florida, because there have been a seri I really liked this 18th book in the Agent Pendergast series In this particular story, Pendergast is ordered by his immediate supervisor, to work with another agent, a newbie, by the name of Agent Coldmoon from South Dakota he is Lakota Sioux Pendergast s supervisor has political ambitions, and he feels he must send Coldmoon to shadow Pendergast, and give him reports Well of course, that does not quite work out Pendergast and Coldmoon are sent Miami, Florida, because there have been a series of killings involving young women from other states dying by suicide all to frequently this goes back 11 years and the latest young women killed have their hearts torn out and placed on the grave of a suicide victim Coldmoon decides he will not be a spy for the supervisor, and backs Pendergast in all of his requests I really like this character, and I hope we will be seeing of him The story was poignant, sad, all too real and would hit home with a lot of people flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 03, 2019 Ubiquitousbastard rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves united states, serial killer, mystery, favorite character, cops I really was hoping that this book would be something closer to the first 11 or so books in the series That hasn t happened in a while, but I was still hoping This wasn t a bad book, it was pretty readable and of course being from a series I like I m predisposed to care about what s happening, but it really did nothing special.I got into the series around the third book because it was something different and very hard hitting, but that energy and creativity seem to have dissipated That s I really was hoping that this book would be something closer to the first 11 or so books in the series That hasn t happened in a while, but I was still hoping This wasn t a bad book, it was pretty readable and of course being from a series I like I m predisposed to care about what s happening, but it really did nothing special.I got into the series around the third book because it was something different and very hard hitting, but that energy and creativity seem to have dissipated That s probably because some characters have been written out while some that should have or random new characters keep popping up The new ones don t work as well, and the loss of some of the older ones takes out some of the atmosphere.I did beg for less Constance, and got that, and I am thankful, but that s not enough for me to really like the book I think maybe if Coldmoon wasn t so utterly flat and charmless it could ve been better, or maybe it really is just that series has run beyond where it should have gone flag 2 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 03, 2019 Marika Charalambous rated it it was amazing review of another edition First book read in 2019 I ve read it in just a few hours, it was so good.A bit different from the previous novels in that none of the other characters feature along with Pendergast except for a very brief mention of Constance , but the story worked anyway We got to learn about a new character, FBI agent Coldmoon, one who quite grew on me and I hope to see him cross paths with Pendergast in future books as well , and we worked our way through a cool serial killer story, one that kept Penderga First book read in 2019 I ve read it in just a few hours, it was so good.A bit different from the previous novels in that none of the other characters feature along with Pendergast except for a very brief mention of Constance , but the story worked anyway We got to learn about a new character, FBI agent Coldmoon, one who quite grew on me and I hope to see him cross paths with Pendergast in future books as well , and we worked our way through a cool serial killer story, one that kept Pendergast quite busy trying to solve it with his preternatural senses and methods.One thing, though, because none of the previous characters were in this book, nothing left open has been closed Hopefully, in the next bookFull review flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 24, 2019 Debbie rated it really liked it review of another edition This is one of the better Pendergast novels For starters, the entire story finishes up in one book you aren t left waiting a year for the next installment of the story It also introduces 2 new characters Coldmoon Pendergast s new partner, and Richard Smithback Bill Smithback s brother a character killed off in an earlier book I loved the location of Miami and Preston Child really nailed the location descriptions especially the traffic This was also one of the better plot li This is one of the better Pendergast novels For starters, the entire story finishes up in one book you aren t left waiting a year for the next installment of the story It also introduces 2 new characters Coldmoon Pendergast s new partner, and Richard Smithback Bill Smithback s brother a character killed off in an earlier book I loved the location of Miami and Preston Child really nailed the location descriptions especially the traffic This was also one of the better plot lines a serial killer who removes the hearts of his victims and leaves them on the graves of women who have committed suicide The last few Pendergast novels had been a little disappointing I had almost decided to give up on the series I m glad I changed my mind flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 04, 2019 Terri aka Mrs Christian Grey rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves audio An interesting installment The usual players not involved in this one A new cast and maybe a refreshment to a long running series Also interesting, we mostly saw Pendergast through others eyes.The case in itself wasn t very paranormal in nature.Not that any truly are But this series began with Pendergast looking into crimes X files like There was none of that here and maybe I missed a little of that.Otherwise it was an interesting case that blurred the lines of the definition of a monster.I An interesting installment The usual players not involved in this one A new cast and maybe a refreshment to a long running series Also interesting, we mostly saw Pendergast through others eyes.The case in itself wasn t very paranormal in nature.Not that any truly are But this series began with Pendergast looking into crimes X files like There was none of that here and maybe I missed a little of that.Otherwise it was an interesting case that blurred the lines of the definition of a monster.I was certainly entertained.While I enjoy this narrator I miss Scott Brick , he made younger women characters sound elderly in a few cases flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 14, 2019 KC rated it really liked it Shelves crime, continuing series, police procedural, fbi, suspense, serial killer, fiction FBI Special Agent A.X.L Pendergast travels from NYC to Miami in order to assist local law enforcement with a peculiar crime With a new FBI supervisor at the helm, Pendergast is assigned a partner, junior agent Coldmoon With the body count mounting, can the duo get ahead of what appears to be a highly astute but severely maniacal serial killer Authors Preston and Child continue to impress readers with another installment of this thrilling series flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 26, 2019 Giuliana rated it really liked it review of another edition Not as interesting as previous books but it is Pendergast flag 2 likesLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next 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physics, anthropology, chemistry, geology, and astronomy before settling down to English literature After graduating, Preston began his career at the American Museum of Natural History in New York as an editor, writer, and eventually manager of publications Preston also taught writing at Princeton University and was managing editor of Curator His eight year stint at the Museum resulted in the non fiction book, Dinosaurs in the Attic, edited by a rising young star at St Martin s Press, a polymath by the name of Lincoln Child During this period, Preston gave Child a midnight tour of the museum, and in the darkened Hall of Late Dinosaurs, under a looming T Rex, Child turned to Preston and said This would make the perfect setting for a thriller That thriller would, of course, be Relic.In 1986, Douglas Preston piled everything he owned into the back of a Subaru and moved from New York City to Santa Fe to write full time, following the advice of S J Perelman that the dubious privilege of a freelance writer is he s given the freedom to starve anywhere After the requisite period of penury, Preston achieved a small success with the publication of Cities of Gold, a non fiction book about Coronado s search for the legendary Seven Cities of Cibola To research the book, Preston and a friend retraced on horseback 1,000 miles of Coronado s route across Arizona and New Mexico, packing their supplies and sleeping under the stars nearly killing themselves in the process Since then he has published several non fiction books on the history of the American Southwest, Talking to the Ground and The Royal Road, as well as a novel entitled Jennie In the early 1990s Preston and Child teamed up to write suspense novels Relic was the first, followed by several others, including Riptide and Thunderhead Relic was released as a motion picture by Paramount in 1997 Other films are under development at Hollywood studios Preston and Child live 500 miles apart and write their books together via telephone, fax, and the Internet.Preston and his brother Richard are currently producing a television miniseries for ABC and Mandalay Entertainment, to be aired in the spring of 2000, if all goes well, which in Hollywood is rarely the case.Preston continues a magazine writing career by contributing regularly to The New Yorker magazine He has also written for National Geographic, Natural History, Smithsonisan, Harper s,and Travel Leisure,among otherstp uscmillan author dougla Other books in the series Pendergast 1 10 of 18 books Books by Douglas Preston More Trivia About Verses for the De 3 trivia questions More quizzes trivia Quotes from Verses for the Dead you shall learn, if you haven t already, that in life insubordination is not only necessary but even, at times, exhilarating 2 likes There are many essential police skills they don t teach you at the Academy, said Pendergast Ass covering, as it is so charmingly termed, being the most important 0 likes More quotes renderRatingGraph 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        Douglas Preston was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1956, and grew up in the deadly boring suburb of Wellesley Following a distinguished career at a private nursery school he was almost immediately expelled he attended public schools and the Cambridge School of Weston Notable events in his early life included the loss of a fingertip at the age of three to a bicycle the loss of his two fr Douglas Preston was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1956, and grew up in the deadly boring suburb of Wellesley Following a distinguished career at a private nursery school he was almost immediately expelled he attended public schools and the Cambridge School of Weston Notable events in his early life included the loss of a fingertip at the age of three to a bicycle the loss of his two front teeth to his brother Richard s fist and various broken bones, also incurred in dust ups with Richard Richard went on to write The Hot Zone and The Cobra Event, which tells you all you need to know about what it was like to grow up with him as a brother As they grew up, Doug, Richard, and their little brother David roamed the quiet suburbs of Wellesley, terrorizing the natives with home made rockets and incendiary devices mail ordered from the backs of comic books or concocted from chemistry sets With a friend they once attempted to fly a rocket into Wellesley Square the rocket malfunctioned and nearly killed a man mowing his lawn They were local celebrities, often appearing in the Police Notes section of The Wellesley Townsman It is a miracle they survived childhood intact.After unaccountably being rejected by Stanford University a pox on it , Preston attended Pomona College in Claremont, California, where he studied mathematics, biology, physics, anthropology, chemistry, geology, and astronomy before settling down to English literature After graduating, Preston began his career at the American Museum of Natural History in New York as an editor, writer, and eventually manager of publications Preston also taught writing at Princeton University and was managing editor of Curator His eight year stint at the Museum resulted in the non fiction book, Dinosaurs in the Attic, edited by a rising young star at St Martin s Press, a polymath by the name of Lincoln Child During this period, Preston gave Child a midnight tour of the museum, and in the darkened Hall of Late Dinosaurs, under a looming T Rex, Child turned to Preston and said This would make the perfect setting for a thriller That thriller would, of course, be Relic.In 1986, Douglas Preston piled everything he owned into the back of a Subaru and moved from New York City to Santa Fe to write full time, following the advice of S J Perelman that the dubious privilege of a freelance writer is he s given the freedom to starve anywhere After the requisite period of penury, Preston achieved a small success with the publication of Cities of Gold, a non fiction book about Coronado s search for the legendary Seven Cities of Cibola To research the book, Preston and a friend retraced on horseback 1,000 miles of Coronado s route across Arizona and New Mexico, packing their supplies and sleeping under the stars nearly killing themselves in the process Since then he has published several non fiction books on the history of the American Southwest, Talking to the Ground and The Royal Road, as well as a novel entitled Jennie In the early 1990s Preston and Child teamed up to write suspense novels Relic was the first, followed by several others, including Riptide and Thunderhead Relic was released as a motion picture by Paramount in 1997 Other films are under development at Hollywood studios Preston and Child live 500 miles apart and write their books together via telephone, fax, and the Internet.Preston and his brother Richard are currently producing a television miniseries for ABC and Mandalay Entertainment, to be aired in the spring of 2000, if all goes well, which in Hollywood is rarely the case.Preston continues a magazine writing career by contributing regularly to The New Yorker magazine He has also written for National Geographic, Natural History, Smithsonisan, Harper s,and Travel Leisure,among otherstp uscmillan author dougla


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    1. It s a mystery to me why the plotting in this series is so much better than in the other series written by these authors together, and also in the books written by them separately I read one two days ago that was unpardonable I ve read every book in this series and it s still entertaining me In this one, Pendergast is forced to work with a new partner, Coldmoon, a Native American who s mission is to never let Pendergast go rogue since Pendergast s suspects tend not to survive long enough to It s [...]


    2. With Verses for the Dead, the 18th novel in the Agent Pendergast series, Douglas Preston Lincoln Child continue the soft reset they began in City of Endless Night Once again it s a standalone story, one that only touches on the wider mythology, completely devoid of any monstrous themes or supernatural elements and which introduces the twist of a new Director, uncomfortable with Pendergast s methods, and a new partner.The introduction of a new character can often be uncomfortable, up With Verses [...]


    3. In the latest book in this long running series, FBI Special Agent Pendergast is assigned a young partner, junior agent Coldmoon Of course, Pendergast has no doubt that his partner s main job is to spy on him for their new chief, Assistant Director in Charge, Walter Pickett Their first assignment takes them to Miami, FL, where a young woman has been murdered and a body part removed Said part is found on the grave of a woman who committed suicide some ten years before and with this gift is a In th [...]


    4. Eighteen books and still going strong in this series That s quite something and our authors never seem to run out of things to keep FBI special agent A.X.L Pendergast busy and on his game As a reader of this series, one knows full well that Pendergast is a loner when it comes to solving a case However, in this book, our intrepid mysterious agent acquires a partner, Coldmoon, and as you can imagine, he is none to happy about that.The two are assigned to a case where some grisly instances are Eigh [...]


    5. While this was a good mystery with some great new characters, it lacked the depth and atmosphere that has been such a part of the rest of the series The setup was fantastic and the mystery compelling, but the ending felt rather rushed Still, it is always great to spend time with Pendergast I m looking forward to Constance in the next book


    6. What a joy it is to enjoy a book so much that you re sad when you reach the end Over the years, I ve become a fan of several series, including this one never or rarely missing a new installment And over those same years, I ve watched way too many of them become rather stale characters I d come to love fall off their professional games, take on lesser roles in their own stories and even, in one instance, continue to act like a silly pre teenager well into what should be grown up years Not What a [...]


    7. A new FBI director in NYC is cleaning shop, painting a target on Pendergast s back He dispatches him to Florida with a new partner, Agent Coldmoon to investigate a strange murder where the victim s heart is removed and left on someone s grave Rather than focus on the victim, Pendergast works the case from the angle of the buried person, who was a suicide There is a note of apology from the murderer signed Mr Brokenhearts As the bodies accumulate, Pendergast has to battle the local PD and A new F [...]


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