Thursday, January 13, 2011
Book Review: The Wheel of Darkness by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
We start off in...Tibet. What? Yes, Tibet, where Pendergast and his ward, Constance Greene, are taking a much-needed vacation in an old Buddhist monastery after that whole Diogenes problem has been solved (we hope). However, they soon have a case to solve and have no time to strive for enlightenment. An ancient treasure called the Agozyen has been stolen from the monastery, and Pendergast soon tracks it down to a ship about to embark on its maiden voyage. It's being hailed as greater than the Titanic, which should send everyone running and screaming like little girls, but nothing of the sort happens. The worst is that Pendergast actually manages to get the ship to stop, reverse, and let them on. That's people skills there.
Once on board, they meet a cast of characters, several who could be suspects, and Pendergast ingratiates himself with the ship security by dealing with some gamblers in the casino who have been counting cards (like those nerd kids in Vegas) and Constance investigates the service area belowdecks. Meanwhile, deaths are starting to pile up, and a storm is on its way. Serial killing in a storm! Great way to spend a vacation.
And there's that problem of the smoke ghost floating around scaring everyone...
A great book, although an odder one, and luckily free of the usual drama. A great twist as well. Once again, the authors kept me riveted.
4.5/5, .5 because, whoa! They didn't have a scientific explanation for something for once!