Two Graves – Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Two Graves – Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

two gravesSynopsis

After his wife, Helen, is brazenly abducted before his eyes, Special Agent Pendergast furiously pursues the kidnappers, chasing them across the country and into Mexico. But then, things go terribly, tragically wrong; the kidnappers escape; and a shattered Pendergast retreats to his New York apartment and shuts out the world.

But when a string of bizarre murders erupts across several Manhattan hotels-perpetrated by a boy who seems to have an almost psychic ability to elude capture-NYPD Lieutenant D’Agosta asks his friend Pendergast for help. Reluctant at first, Pendergast soon discovers that the killings are a message from his wife’s kidnappers. But why a message? And what does it mean?

When the kidnappers strike again at those closest to Pendergast, the FBI agent, filled anew with vengeful fury, sets out to track down and destroy those responsible. His journey takes him deep into the trackless forests of South America, where he ultimately finds himself face to face with an old evil that-rather than having been eradicated-is stirring anew… and with potentially world-altering consequences.

Confucius once said: “Before you embark on a journey of revenge, first dig two graves.” Pendergast is about to learn the hard way just how true those words still ring.

My Thoughts

This is my first non-school related book in a while, and damn was it a treat!! Just like every adventure relating to Special Agent Pendergast, I was on the edge of my seat every step of the way. Once again, the tag-team of Preston and Child weave an intricate web of mystery and suspense that is impossible to unravel. More than once, I found myself questioning where I thought the plot was going – and I loved it! There were moments were my gasps of shock, and my cries of “Holy hell!!” scared the daylights out of my poor fiancĂ© (sorry honey!).

Pendergast finds himself in an extremely emotional endeavor in this adventure. It’s a side of Pendergast that is rarely seen, however it was quite refreshing. Seeing a vulnerable, blundering Pendergast brought him back down from the ethereal realm we, as readers, always assumed he belonged to. This side of him brought out the very human aspect of Pendergast – a reminder that he, just like any other law enforcement officer, is human. He, too, can make mistakes.

In the midst of the adventure, a lot of interesting factors were brought to light – factors I might now have considered had I not taken certain classes this semester. In the hopes of not revealing too many spoilers, the very thought that these events could – and very well might – take place is terrifying. Which, in a way, is the point. The very nature of the Pendergast series calls into question everything we think we know about the world – and exacerbates exactly how much of it is left in the dark to us. With that in mind, I can’t wait to delve into the next thrilling adventure!


~ by Aubrey Smith on December 24, 2013.

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