Cold Vengeance by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

52%

12 Critic Reviews

By picking up the action right where Fever Dream ends off, bestsellers Preston and Child sacrifice some accessibility in their 11th thriller ...
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Synopsis

Devastated by the discovery that his wife, Helen, was murdered, Special Agent Pendergast must have retribution. But revenge is not simple. As he stalks his wife's betrayers--a chase that takes him from the wild moors of Scotland to the bustling streets of New York City and the darkest bayous of Louisiana--he is also forced to dig further into Helen's past. And he is stunned to learn that Helen may have been a collaborator in her own murder.

Peeling back the layers of deception, Pendergast realizes that the conspiracy is deeper, goes back generations, and is more monstrous than he could have ever imagined--and everything he's believed, everything he's trusted, everything he's understood . . . may be a horrific lie.
 

About Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

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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 August 2, 2011 by Grand Central Publishing. 368 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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All: 12 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 6

Publishers Weekly

Below average
Aug 22 2011

By picking up the action right where Fever Dream ends off, bestsellers Preston and Child sacrifice some accessibility in their 11th thriller ...

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Barbara Gershenbaum on Aug 04 2011

The characters are finely honed and believable, and the writing style is consistent with the authors’ large body of work.

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The Christian Manifesto

Below average
Reviewed by Misha Enriquez on Feb 06 2012

I felt like I stuck with Pendergast for all these hours only to find, at the last chapter, that we had accomplished basically nothing, and the story still hadn’t ended.

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The Advocate

Below average
Reviewed by Ben Martin

Preston and Child are an acquired taste... The prose is often ornate and overblown.

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The Mystery Reader

Good
Reviewed by Jerry Solot

Written in typical Sherlockian style, this fast paced series continues to provide the reader with many twists.

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My Bookish Ways

Good
Nov 11 2011

Cold Vengeance is like a big onion, and I had a hell of a time peeling back the layers!

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Fantasy Book Critic

Good
Nov 09 2011

Preston & Child have written a fiendishly clever book and inserted enough surprises in it to flummox the most veteran readers and with an ending even more devious than all their previous ones...

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The Speed of Write

Below average
Reviewed by Maria on Aug 11 2011

The only thing I didn’t like about this book was that it was left feeling far more unfinished than previous installments.

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The Incurable Bluestocking

Below average
Reviewed by Cass on Mar 16 2012

I know Preston and Child are heightening the cliffhanger, but in this case, I found it more annoying than pleasingly suspenseful.

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Megalith

Below average
Sep 07 2011

I sometimes felt the heroics and cleverness were just a bit too much.

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The Gypsy Art Show

Good
Reviewed by BL Kennedy on Oct 12 2011

The book is filled with brilliant and eccentric characters, and the authors, show, in my opinion, that they have few peers in creating taut scenes of suspense, and at times, downright horror.

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A Walrus Darkly

Good
Aug 05 2011

The authors keep everything hurtling forward at a breathless pace, making this yet another of their books to keep you reading late into the night.

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