The Resource The Obsidian chamber, Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

The Obsidian chamber, Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

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The Obsidian chamber
Title
The Obsidian chamber
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Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
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Language
eng
Summary
"Preston and Child return with the next book in their #1 New York Times bestselling series featuring Special Agent Pendergast"--
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  • A melodramatic plot full of improbable developments mars Preston and Child’s 16th thriller featuring FBI agent Aloysius Pendergast (after 2015’s Crimson Shore). Pendergast is believed dead after he was seriously wounded and fell into the sea off Exmouth, Mass. Soon after Pendergast’s ward, Constance Greene, returns from Exmouth, she’s abducted from the Manhattan home she shared with the FBI agent. Proctor, Pendergast’s factotum, embarks on a lengthy and convoluted quest to rescue Constance, which takes him to the Kalahari Desert. Proctor’s resolve is strengthened by his belief that Constance’s abductor is Pendergast’s evil brother, Diogenes, who was thought to have died after Constance tossed him into a volcano more than three years earlier. Meanwhile, a sophisticated villain who maintains a secret identity believes that his DNA at a crime scene won’t be matched to a sample in the FBI database because that sample will also be a match for his alias. This entry lacks the originality and chills of the better books in this bestselling series. Agent: Eric Simonoff, WME. (Oct.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 08/29/2016) (Publishers Weekly, vol 263, issue 35, p)
  • Aloysius Pendergast (9), an enormously wealthy FBI Special Agent with a go-it-alone, 007like brief, is presumed dead at sea after helping a Massachusetts friend. Gloom prevails at his fabulous mansion on New York Citys Riverside Drive (9). Preston and Child (Crimson Shore, 2015, etc.) find Pendergasts factotum extraordinaire, Proctor (8), keeping a stiff upper lip. Pendergasts beautiful ward, Constance Greene (8), is doubly depressed: her mentors apparent death was preceded by his rejection of her declaration of love. Then Proctor believes he sees Constance being kidnapped. There are clues, and Proctors emergency go-bag contains a major stash of cash, so he charters jets and pursues the kidnappers to Namibia. There the bad guys hack his SUV's computer, stranding him in the desolation of the Kalahari desert (72). As this transpires, Pendergast is being held captive at sea after being rescued by a drug-runners fishing boat. The crew decides to ransom their wily; he objects and sends the craft and crew to the bottom. Meanwhile, Proctor's protection lured away, Constance is approached by Pendergasts murderous brother, Diogenes (248), also presumed dead (volcano, not ocean). Declaring his own rehabilitation and undying true love, Diogenes takes a reluctant Constance to a paradise refuge on Floridas Halcyon Key (189). Returning to New York, Pendergast finds the mansion empty, gathers clues, and begins pursuit. Once again the plot further pushes probabilitys limits while keeping the excitement meter pegged. Those new to the Pendergast world may stumble over references to the Gsalrig Chongg monastery (80) (refuge of Constances son by Diogenes) and the machinations of Pendergast ancestor Enoch Leng (136), inventor of an immortality potion made from "cauda equinathe bundle of nerves at the base of the spine (157)," which must be harvested from the newly dead. Dialogue sometimes arrives as staged pronouncements, and theres occasional overwriting"his features slowly twisting into a horrible grimace of mirth (387)"but the fast-paced novel speeds over such potholes. Action-adventure with a macabre, sometimes fantastical flair.(Kirkus Reviews, January 1, 1900)
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10523760
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FO7
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Preston, Douglas J
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3566.R3982
LC item number
O27 2016
Literary form
fiction
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Child, Lincoln
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True
Series statement
Agent Pendergast novels
Series volume
0016
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Pendergast, Aloysius
  • Pendergast, Aloysius
  • Government investigators
  • Government investigators
Label
The Obsidian chamber, Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
ocn959827048
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
403 pages
Isbn
9781455536917
Lccn
2016022192
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)959827048
  • (Sirsi) a1319428
Label
The Obsidian chamber, Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn959827048
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
403 pages
Isbn
9781455536917
Lccn
2016022192
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)959827048
  • (Sirsi) a1319428

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