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I've read all the books by these guys and of course some will be better than others. This is a good book, good plot and good storyline. The problem I had with this book will become apparent to other fans as they read through. It is as usual well written, twists and turns in the plot and we all love Pendergast, we even get a glimpse of his mad aunt which I always enjoy. It is just not their best in my opinion.
Da ich es nicht abwarten konnte, bis die deutsche TB-Version erscheint, habe ich bei der englischen Version zugeschlagen. Dies ist das dritte Preston/Child Buch, welches ich in der OV gelesen habe und ich muss sagen, dass sich die Mühe lohnt. Pendergasts spezieller Humor und D'Agostas schroffe Art kommen einfach ganz anders zur Geltung als in der Übersetzung. Zum Buch kann ich sagen, dass es wieder mal eine überdurchschnittlich gute Leistung der beiden Autoren darstellt. Es führt das beliebte Ermittler-Duo wieder in eine spezielle Location New Yorks in der sie den Mord an einem alten Freund aufklären müssen. Spannend geschrieben ist die Story allemal und es werden auch keine allzu großen Gedankensprünge vom Leser erwartet. Ein in sich schlüssiger Roman, den ich innerhalb kürzester Zeit durchgelesen habe. Einzig fehlen die besonderen Momente aus den früheren Werken wie "Relic" oder "Attic", die so sehr fesseln, das man schon mal die Haltestelle verpasst. Dennoch kann ich "Cementary Dance" nur empfehlen und freue mich schon sehr auf "Fever", den nächsten Roman der Pendergast-Reihe!
Though one of the story hero must die at the begining the book continue to exite further reading with all those vooddo's touch and all the surroundings of the Museum of National History. Make sense to read first Thunderhead to get known the main actors in this book.
Cemetery Dance hooked me immediately by killing off of one of the main characters in the series in the very first chapter! I didn't see it coming and I applaud the authors for trying to shake their cast up a little. It's another fascinating tale from Preston and Child, with Pendergast back in New York, mixing it up with a strange cult that deals in voodoo style ceremonies.
A great book yes, but also a somewhat familiar one. I can appreciate nine books into a series fresh ideas are not as easy to come by as they once were, but several scenes from Cemetery Dance are rehashes of events that have already happened in the series. Nora Kelly chased through the museum by a homicidal killer - already seen that in Cabinet of Curiosities. A protest march, starting out seemingly small, but growing out of control with police unable to stop the violence - already seen that in Reliquary. Police leadership acting like buffoons, leaving the ever reliable Laura Hayward to step in because she's seemingly always right and her commanding officers (always male) are completely inept - already seen that in pretty much every book Hayward has been in (that one in particular has far outworn it's welcome). Still a great book, but I'm hoping for something a little different in the next one.
Zombies in New York? Really? Ok, this is an older novel and very well written. I always have trouble putting down a Pendergast novel, and this was no exception. Two fun characters from previous books are attacked & killed; multiple witnesses report the attacker had died weeks before. How can a dead man return to attack people and why these particular two? Pendergast & D'gosta are once again teamed up to solve the case, leading them to northern NYC and voodoo. I love all these books; the reason I rated this one a tad lower than normal was because I hated to see my favorite journalist get smoked!
I can't say I disliked the book but so far my least favorite of the series. Most times I read on planes and evenings at the hotel bar while on business travel I knock one of these out in a week or so. This one? Litterally two months. And usually while on my weekly 3 hours flight to Washington and back for weekends I would read the whole way. I put this book down many, many times to watch a movie instead. The characters were just as entertaining as before so I can only conclude it was the story itself. I simply didn't enjoy it. Sorry P&C...
Cemetery Dance is a page-turner of a book. Based in Manhattan, there are a lot of unusual and strange events going on. FBI agent Pendergast and NYPD detective D'Agosta have their hands full with zombiis and cultists roaming the night. The unbelievable has New York City on edge. This novel has the making of a good movie. The book has one drawback and that is the development of women characters. Why do they have to use the old cliché of having a woman pass out when she confronts the unexpected. This is a 1950s movie plot. The next upcoming book uses the same old technique. Enough already!
By now the authors must think that it's pretty funny to toy with the reader's heart, I'm a constant fan when it comes to the Perndergast books but putting the lives of all my favorite characters into some seriously creepy jeopardy is not funny!! I think by page 153 I was making disturbing sounds one night reading on the couch because I was asked what the heck was I reading and if I was all right... yes thanks, just getting my internal organs rearranged... Cemetery Dance is book number nine in the FBI agent with a little air of mystery ala Jackie Chan but James Bond style; Pendergast, who is one of my absolute favorite literary characters in the existence of the known universe after the Big Bang. This book starts off fast and hard, one of the top characters in the series is killed, gruesomely murdered in their own apartment (I wont spoil who as central as it is to the plot) and their death resonates deep within everyone, D'Agosta, Nora, Pendergast, Hayward and the task forces who work effortlessly to get to the truth and heart of the matter. I really liked the crazy topic this embraced, I'm reviewing this books weeks after reading it and I have nothing but fond warm fuzzy memories of it, minus the creepy and ice chilled parts that made me grips the book harder than normal, yeah those...ick, there was some more delicious dreaded hide and seek- followed by a mad killed - type of museum stuff as it was so greatly done in Cabinet of Curiosities, book #3 which I really enjoyed, totally bone chilling and well done!
This story managed to dive deep into some dark places of the character's souls, abysmal and depressing issues risen from anger and need for vengeance pushed someone to investigate the horrid and terrible death of their loved one, the results were magical and dark of course but a great read from the duo who writes Special Agent Pendergast so wonderfully, I cant wait to dive into the next read, they are always incredibly intoxicating with their creativity and intelligent charm.