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Bloodless par Douglas Preston

Bloodless (édition 2021)

par Douglas Preston (Auteur), Lincoln Child (Auteur)

Séries: Pendergast (20)

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Auteurs:Douglas Preston (Auteur)
Autres auteurs:Lincoln Child (Auteur)
Info:Grand Central Publishing (2021), 400 pages
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Bloodless par Douglas Preston


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Ok, I think I am tired of the Pendergast series because the more recent books just aren't as good or as interesting as when this series started off with a bang with "Relic" in 1995. I've read every book in this series, and I loved the earlier ones.

FBI Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast is one of my favorite law enforcement characters, and I did like his involvement in "Bloodless." I also liked the return of his partner, Agent Armstrong Coldmoon. Pendergast's ward, Constance Greene, is back as well, although I felt she was underutilized in this book. The recurring characters were not the problem, as I like them all.

The plot was the problem. What started as a intriguingly gruesome and mysterious multiple murder mystery kept getting interrupted and stalled by a tedious subplot involving a film crew. Every time the film crew appeared, I groaned, because it never advanced the plot and only served to stall things. Very annoying. When the authors finally let us in on what could possibly be the source of the killings, it is so fantastical as to be nearly off-putting. It's not that I can't appreciate a good science fiction twist, but I just am not expecting it in a Pendergast novel. I actually enjoyed this part of the book quite a bit - approximately the last 1/3 of the book - after I got over the surprise of where the plot was headed, because I found it fascinating and very entertaining. In fact, if the book had eliminated everything that had to do with the film crew, it would have been a much more tightly held together book - and a much better book.

If there is going to be a #21 in the Pendergast series, I'm not sure if I'm going to bother reading it. I want to be able to rate Pendergast books as 4 or 5 stars. It's just not worth slogging through 385 pages for only a 3-star experience (or, in the case of #17, a 2-star experience). Perhaps Preston & Child should retire this series and try something completely new. ( )
  niaomiya | Oct 4, 2021 |
There are three iconic literary detectives to my mind. Sherlock Holmes, Nero Wolfe, and Aloysius Pendergast. All three are brilliant, have extraordinary powers of observation, and are charmingly quirky. Pendergast is back in action in the latest novel from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, Bloodless. This may be their best book since Relic!

Bloodless opens with a recounting of the hijacking by D. B. Cooper, who threatened to blow up a plane, received a ransom of $200,000, and disappeared out the back of the plane on a rainy night, never to be heard from again. Fifty years later, Pendergast is diverted from Florida to Savannah, Georgia, along with his reluctant partner, Agent Coldmoon, and his ward, Constance. Bodies have turned up completely drained of blood in the iconic Southern city and there is pressure to solve the crimes before panic sets in. Savannah is a ghost-haunted city and rumors of the Savannah Vampire are already stirring.

The mystery deepens as bodies continue to appear. The situation is complicated by the presence of a ghost-hunting TV crew as well as a novelist debunking paranormal investigators. Pendergast pursues the scant evidence and the potential link to the D. B. Cooper incident, that leads to a terrifying, unearthly evil.

Preston and Child are masters at creating an atmosphere that feels haunting and almost supernatural. They manage to marry an intense thriller with science that borders on the mystical. They bring Savannah to life with its history, architecture, pace of life, humidity, lush greenery, and its foreboding cemeteries. The characters are second to none, from the iconic Pendergast to his stolid partner Coldmoon, the strange Constance, and a cast of colorful interlopers.

Amazingly, Preston and Child recapture the wonder and thrill of the first Pendergast adventure with a story that pulls you in with its mystery, baffles and entertains you all along the way and concludes with a rush that will have you on the edge of your seat and flipping pages all the way to the end. Bloodless is one of the best entries in the series and one of the best thrillers of the year. Perfect for both long-time fans and new fans alike.

I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. ( )
  tottman | Oct 2, 2021 |
I’ve read all 20 books in this series and have always liked the characters of Pendergast, Constance... and the recent addition of Coldmoon. This story is based mainly on the 1971, mysterious hijacker D.B. Cooper who parachuted from a commercial airliner with a bundle of cash in the remote northwest and is never heard from again. The story takes up here a half-century later, with Aloysius X.L. Pendergast and colleague Armstrong Coldmoon being sent to Savannah, Georgia, to investigate a “most peculiar incident”: a body has washed ashore with not a drop of blood left in the corpse. The story also becomes creepy at this point with the reader being reminded that old city of Savannah has always been known to have some strange, unexplained events take place. This does well to add to the already haunted feel of the storyline and taking it into one of more horror than crime. All of Pendergast’s adventures are weird and wonderful fun, and this is no exception. ( )
  Carol420 | Sep 16, 2021 |
Another thrilling adventure starring one of the most intriguing characters in fiction. Pendergast now had Coldmoon working with him and when bodies are found, drained of blood, they are sent to Savannah Georgia. A beautiful city with a reputation for hauntings, which is why a Netflix documentary crew is also there. Constance has a larger role here, as she accompanies Pendergast. Combining the mystery of D. B Cooper with an unbelievable scenario, the pace is rapid, though reality is warped.

Where there is Pendergast there be monsters,
Of one kind or another.

The ending left me wondering where the series will go from here. ( )
  Beamis12 | Sep 9, 2021 |
The Short of It:

Didn’t disappoint. Loved visiting with Agent Pendergast again.

The Rest of It:

Agent Pendergast faces his most unexpected challenge yet when bloodless bodies begin to appear in Savannah, GA.

This was a fun story to read right before the big trip to Missouri. Bloodless bodies begin to appear. The first body is torn apart. The second is almost entirely intact, the only mark left is the exit wound where the blood was removed from the body. Is it the work of a vampire? Someone thinking he’s a vampire? Agent Pendergast is called and when he arrives to investigate the evidence left behind, he is reunited with some people from his past. Some, have their own secrets to hide.

The setting for this one made the book for me. Savannah, GA with all its old school charm, marred by these horrible killings. I have to tell you though, it has a little bit of “woo woo” in the story if you know what I mean and a tiny bit of time traveling. Kind of. But Pendergast is Pendergast with all the mannerisms that we readers have grown to love. This the perfect book to entertain you as we head into Fall. Would be good for the R.I.P Challenge too. I have not read every book in the Pendergast series and yet, they all read like stand alones to me so I think you can still enjoy this one without reading the others.


For more reviews, visit my blog: Book Chatter. ( )
  tibobi | Aug 30, 2021 |
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