Search Results: "Douglas Preston"


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NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1995

"One tough journey, luminously remembered, pulled off with a combination of flair, grit, and good humor. (16 pages b&w photos, 5 maps, 25 drawings, not seen) (Author tour)"
Preston, who followed in Coronado's footsteps in Cities of Gold (1992), feels the itch for another rigorous, horse-borne journey—this time through the sere lands of Navajo reservation— and returns with pungent descriptions and curious encounters. Read full book review >

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THE LOST CITY OF THE MONKEY GOD by Douglas Preston
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A story that moves from thrilling to sobering, fascinating to downright scary—trademark Preston, in other words, and another winner."
"Once again I had the strong feeling, when flying into the valley, that I was leaving the twenty-first century entirely": another perilous Preston (The Kraken Project, 2014, etc.) prestidigitation. Read full book review >

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BLASPHEMY by Douglas Preston
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Clever and terrifying."
A slimy D.C. lobbyist—is there any other kind?—sets off a war between supercolliding physicists and supercredulous evangelical Christians in an unusually alarming and thoughtful thriller. Read full book review >

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GIDEON'S CORPSE by Lincoln Child
Released: Jan. 10, 2012

"With sufficient Crews back story to give new readers the low-down, the authors adhere to a winning formula."
When a scientist from Los Alamos' nuclear weapon Stockpile Stewardship Team endures a nasty divorce, converts to a jihad religion and then takes hostages in the borough of Queens, it should be no surprise that he's radioactive.­­ Read full book review >

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CRIMSON SHORE by Douglas Preston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Pendergast is a modern Sherlock Holmes, albeit one preferring absinthe to cocaine. The conclusion of this compelling two-prong mystery assures another crime conundrum is sure to wash ashore."
Amid the salt marshes near Exmouth, Massachusetts, FBI Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast finds an antique medallion of Morax, a demon. Is there a connection to the deliberate sinking of the cargo ship Pembroke Castle by desperate town folk in 1884? Read full book review >

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THE MONSTER OF FLORENCE by Douglas Preston
NON-FICTION
Released: June 11, 2008

"A cautionary saga about how the criminal-justice system can spin out of control."
Meticulous account of the collaboration between American thriller author Preston (Blasphemy, 2008, etc.) and Italian journalist Spezi to plumb a long-unsolved series of murders. Read full book review >

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DANCE OF DEATH by Douglas Preston
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 14, 2005

"Goes down like cheddar-flavored potato chips."
Second in the series featuring mysterious, ultrawealthy, polymathic FBI Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast. Read full book review >

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THE OBSIDIAN CHAMBER by Douglas Preston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Action-adventure with a macabre, sometimes-fantastical flair."
Aloysius Pendergast, an enormously wealthy FBI special agent with a go-it-alone, 007-like brief, is presumed dead at sea after helping a Massachusetts friend. Gloom prevails at his fabulous mansion on New York City's Riverside Drive. Read full book review >

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THE BOOK OF THE DEAD by Douglas Preston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2006

"Fast, punchy and relentlessly action-packed."
Brazenly convoluted, swift-going last title in the Pendergast trilogy (after Dance of Death, 2005) features FBI special agent Aloysius Pendergast in murderous rivalry with his brother Diogenes. Read full book review >

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JENNIE by Douglas Preston
Released: Oct. 19, 1994

An anthropologist and his family take a chimpanzee into their home and make more of a fuss over the animal than readers are likely to in a first novel by science writer Preston (Cities of Gold, 1992). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"A Blue Highways on horseback, well worth the trip. (Maps.)"
A torturous and sometimes comical attempt to trace Coronado's 450-year-old footsteps through the deserts and mountains of the American Southwest. Read full book review >

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THE KRAKEN PROJECT by Douglas Preston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2014

"Something like E.T. roaming the Internet to save the world, complete with an empathetic kid on a bicycle."
Preston's (White Fire, 2013, etc.) third Wyman Ford adventure sends the investigator chasing after Dorothy, who happens to be an element of artificial intelligence gone rogue. Read full book review >