The Obsidian Chamber by Douglas Preston
(Agent Pendergast series)

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A melodramatic plot full of improbable developments mars Preston and Child’s 16th thriller featuring FBI agent Aloysius Pendergast...This entry lacks the originality and chills of the better books in this bestselling series.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

A TRAGIC DISAPPEARANCE
After a harrowing, otherworldly confrontation on the shores of Exmouth, Massachussetts, Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast is missing, presumed dead.
A SHOCKING RETURN
Sick with grief, Pendergast's ward, Constance, retreats to her chambers beneath the family mansion at 891 Riverside Drive--only to be taken captive by a shadowy figure from the past.
AN INTERNATIONAL MANHUNT
Proctor, Pendergast's longtime bodyguard, springs to action, chasing Constance's kidnapper through cities, across oceans, and into wastelands unknown.
BUT IN A WORLD OF BLACK AND WHITE, NOTHING IS AS IT SEEMS
And by the time Proctor discovers the truth, a terrifying engine has stirred-and it may already be too late . . .
 

About Douglas Preston

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Douglas Preston was born on May 20, 1956 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He received a B.A. in English literature from Pomona College in 1978. His career began at the American Museum of Natural History, where he worked as an editor and writer from 1978 to 1985. He also was a lecturer in English at Princeton University. He became a full-time writer of both fiction and nonfiction books in 1986. Many of his fiction works are co-written with Lincoln Child including Relic, Riptide, Thunderhead, The Wheel of Darkness, Cemetery Dance, and Gideon's Corpse. His nonfiction works include Dinosaurs in the Attic; Cities of Gold: A Journey Across the American Southwest in Pursuit of Coronado; Talking to the Ground; and The Royal Road. He has written for numerous magazines including The New Yorker; Natural History; Harper's; Smithsonian; National Geographic; and Travel and Leisure. He became a New York Times Best Selling author with his title Two Graves which he co-wrote with Lincoln Child. Lincoln Child lives with his wife and daughter in Morristown, New Jersey.
 
Published October 18, 2016 by Grand Central Publishing. 417 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Aug 22 2016

Dialogue sometimes arrives as staged pronouncements, and there’s occasional overwriting—"his features slowly twisting into a horrible grimace of mirth"—but the fast-paced novel speeds over such potholes.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
on Jan 05 2016

A melodramatic plot full of improbable developments mars Preston and Child’s 16th thriller featuring FBI agent Aloysius Pendergast...This entry lacks the originality and chills of the better books in this bestselling series.

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Above average
Reviewed by Ray Palen on Oct 21 2016

THE OBSIDIAN CHAMBER really needs the readers to possess knowledge of previous installments to heighten the pleasure and raise the level of respect for Preston & Child in taking a risk with a completely different type of novel and succeeding on nearly every level.

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