Saturday, September 8, 2007

The Wheel of Darkness

The Wheel of Darkness by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child was released at the end of August 2007. The hardcover edition is 385 pages long. The Wheel of Darkness continues the adventures of Aloysius Pendergast and Constance Green.

From Amazon:
Publishers Weekly - In the exciting eighth supernatural thriller from bestsellers Preston and Child (after 2006's The Book of the Dead), FBI agent Aloysius Pendergast and his ward, Constance Greene, seek peace of mind at a remote Tibetan monastery, only to fall into yet another perilous, potentially earthshaking assignment. The monastery's abbot asks them to recover a stolen relic, the cryptic Agozyen, which could, in the wrong hands, wipe out humanity. The pair follow the trail to a luxury cruise ship, where a series of brutal murders suggests the relic's evil spirit might already have been invoked.... While not as frightening as others in the series, this entry still shows why the authors stand head and shoulders above their rivals in this subgenre. (Aug. 28) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

This offering from Preston and Child is not quite as good as their previous books, but still well worth the time. The sheer suspense is not as evident in The Wheel of Darkness as in earlier novels and I can't help but think that previous characters, other than Constance, have interacted with Pendergast in a more enjoyable way. I still recommend The Wheel of Darkness, especially for those who have been reading Preston and Child's books.

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