Give 'em a read, dear friends. Start with The Relic and go from there. I won’t give away anything here, but their “good-guy” characters are people you want to know and will feel warm and comfortable with.
What makes their work such a great read is that they take the trouble to research and work that research into their work. (So to speak!)
I read The Relic years and years ago. Wasn’t bad, but didn’t impress me enough to keep an eye out for anything else they’ve written. What else have they done, and would you say they’ve tended to improve or to repeat themselves?
Well, now I’m intrigued. I started Cabinet of Curiosities last night and am hooked. Interesting characters, good pacing, and an intriguing mystery. No cliches, and similes are few and well-chosen. (Horror writers are way too fond of similes for my taste.)
So there’s a question about “who/what Pendergast is”? Cool!
Loved these guys from the Relic on. Riptide (the one about the Money Pit) is one I can read over and over again. And Pendergast? Awesome character. I wasn’t aware of a question about “what” he is, though. Enlighten me? Spoilers, most likely.
ooo, thanks for the thread! i picked up The Cabinet of Curiosities, loved it to, uh, death and have been meaning to pick up more in the series ever since. this finally gave me some additional titles to be searching for (plus the extra push to actually add it to my “books to find” list).
Is there really much mystery about Pendergast? I don’t think he’s got crazy origins like Enoch Root in Cryptonomicon. I thought Pendergast came from an abusive (or neglectful, at least) wealthy family, and turned his attentions inward. Having done so, he joined the FBI to put his talents to good use.
Well, he seems to have pretty much carte blanche from the FBI (he’s said a few times that he gets to pick his cases; though not everyone seems to have gotten the memo (as in Still Life…)) but I can’t recall anything that would imply anything unusual about him. He’s remarkably skilled but even so he seems more realistic than most action/adventure heros.
(Oh, and a delayed agree with *Rocking Chair on James Rollins, though I sometimes think his work isn’t as well researched as he would like you to believe.)
I’m currently reading “Brimstone”. My uncle suggested I start the “Pendergast” novels and loaned me “Cabinet…” and “Still Life…”. I’m hooked now. After I get done with the books after “Brimstone” I’m going to go back to the first novels Pendergast was in.
He quickly became one of my favorite literary characters. But it’s not only him. The other characters are interesting as well.