The Wheel of Darkness

The Wheel of Darkness

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While on a grand tour Pendergast and Constance learn that a rare and dangerous artifact the monks have been guarding for generations has been mysteriously stolen. Pendergast takes up the search which leads them to the maiden voyage of the Queen Victoria.
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing, c2007.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780446618687
9780446580281
0446580287
Call Number: PRESTON
Characteristics: p.
Subjects: Queen Victoria (Ship) -- Fiction.
Pendergast, Aloysius (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.
Government investigators -- Fiction.
Americans -- Himalaya Mountains -- Fiction.
Archaeological thefts -- Fiction.
Monks -- Fiction.
Ocean liners -- Fiction.
Suspense fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)
Additional Contributors: Child, Lincoln

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BeerBelly13
Nov 03, 2018

The ending seemed extremely rushed...the killer(s) on the ship were never specifically listed (save one) and more importantly the methods and reasons of how/why the killer selected and targeted each victim was never explained. There were implications that were simply assumed and not proven. It was difficult to suspend disbelief during the last third of the book.

Wheel of Darkness was not terrible but I was left quite unsatisfied. Pendergast is an unbelievable "perfect" character with an unlimited/instant access to money (on FBI salary), a subject matter expert on EVERYTHING (counting cards?), extraordinary physical skills (impossible shots). a genius intellect and a flawless gut instinct. Think of a chatty/snobby James Bond on steroids.

Preston & Child seem to embrace their personal hubris when they use the Pendergast character...almost bragging about their combined smarts in an attempt to impress the reader.

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lbeast
May 10, 2018

Tibetan religious nonsense meets the Poseidon Adventure. It's fun easy reading. Especially when you realize it isn't so much of a thriller as it is a comedy (though I think that was unintentional).

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rahmmie
Oct 31, 2013

I was a little upset that I didn't like the book as much as most of the others by these authors until I realized that I had put expectations of perfection on them. This book is okay, entertaining, but definitely not one of their best

teacupfaerie Mar 01, 2011

Constance totally rocks. Who knew she would turn out so badly?

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noob123
Jun 17, 2008

I have rarely if ever read a thriller that was so complete s the Pendergast series is. Pendergast is the classic Sherlock Holmes guy, who prepares ahead and has all the answers, no matter what situation. In this book, he gets spiritually damaged, and he understands that he“…will never be whole.” This is the first book that I have read in the series, and it immediately drove me to read the rest. It was that good.

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notTom Dec 16, 2010

In a remote Himalayan monastery, an ancient Doomsday instrument vanishing from its inner sanctum leads to a murder investigation amidst the maiden trans-Atlantic voyage of the greatest ocean liner ever built. Agent Prendergast and Constance Green must uncover the mystery behind the bizarre killings of the passengers and the crew in order to retrieve an object that will be sure to destroy every civilization on Earth.

Though it is the new installment of the Agent Prendergast series, this novel can be read on its own due to its galloping plot and freshly-minted cast of characters (if it was a cereal, it would have a sunburst shape around the words "Now with All-New Characters!")

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