White Fire

Preston, Douglas J.

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
White Fire
Special Agent Pendergast arrives at an exclusive Colorado ski resort to rescue his protégée, Corrie Swanson, from serious trouble with the law when he uncovers a mysterious connection between long-dead miners and a fabled, long-lost Sherlock Holmes story--one that might just offer the key to an outbreak of modern day killings involving a deadly arsonist.

Publisher: New York, NY : Grand Central Publishing, 2013.
Edition: First Edition.
ISBN: 1455525839
Characteristics: 368 pages ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Child, Lincoln


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Aug 12, 2014

This book was definitely suspenseful and enjoyable. Good mystery like all Pendergast novels are, book was informative too I learned a few things. However, the book at some points had an air of Hollywood cheese which was surely disappointing. All in all this book is worth reading, it is definitely not the best offering by Preston and Child though.

Aug 02, 2014
  • dinkthecat rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Horrible! The plot is ridiculous and characters so shallow and poorly written as to be a caricatures (Aloysius Pendergast--silver-eyed, independently wealthy, superbly refined (!!!) FBI agent with apparently no official duties). The scene where he is "transported" to the past to witness a conversation is down right stupid. Never again will I reach for Preston and child (sic).

Jul 06, 2014
  • librarianatlarge rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Whenever you enter the world of Aloysius Pendergast, you must leave your disbelief at the door. Once you do, you are in for a great adventure. Not one of Preston & Child's very best, compared to The Cabinet of Curiosities, for example. Still intriguing, suspenseful and fun. A great mix of past and present. Oscar Wilde's conversation with Conan Doyle is brilliant.

Jun 17, 2014
  • nerowolfgal rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Competently written but reads like a TV movie script. A book you will forget the day after you have read it.

Feb 26, 2014
  • thkelly rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

the Doyle parts were entertaining and i enjoyed Pendergast, but Corrie is one of the least likable characters i've come across in a long time. this one was a struggle to get through

Feb 03, 2014

I enjoyed it. It does follow the same pattern as most of Preston and Child's thrillers. If you liked their other novels, you'll probably like this one.

Feb 01, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Captivating mystery from start to finish, one of agent Prendergast' s best adventurous case that linked to a savage event in 1876 to present days (see quotes). (AND I was asked by a reader to defend why I loved the book while most others were disappointed; SEE "Summary" for my response.)

Jan 13, 2014

"Special Agent Pendergast investigates after a woman is thrown in jail by the owners of a spa resort located on the site of unsolved murders in this new novel from the best-selling authors of Two Graves." Thrillers and Suspense January 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/9d1abd28-fe56-4c29-b409-8b56b44bb8d0?postId=0cd57d31-6760-4fa5-bcc9-d2d17c5ffb41

Jan 10, 2014

The story line is pretty far fetched but I found the book enjoyable nonetheless - acceptable but not great.

Jan 07, 2014

I seldom write a bad review, but I was really disappointed in this book. Two fine authors that I read and our main character - Pendergast. I thought - how could it be anything but great?

Our heroine is a vapid 20 year old girl with no common sense. Pendergast is hardly heard from.

None of the characters were fleshed out.

Sorry.. Sad but true.

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Nov 12, 2013
  • green_cat_2270 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Feb 01, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I loved Pendergast's stories and read from Relic to White Fire, 7 in all. In addition I read the author's other 6 books as well. When reading those books, I gave the authors benefits of the doubt on the special ability and mysticism of Pendergast. In White Fire, the story was in fact one the authors' best in mho. The pace was constantly moving; the events were realistic (greedy developers; mercury poisoning, veteran challenges, Pendergast's deductions) other than meeting between Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Oscar Wilde. With that said, like all writers, they do not bottomless well of fresh ideas. Relative to other "very seasoned" writers, Preston & Child books remain engaging for new or faithful fans, in mho. May I ask what other writers preserve their "fine" standard better? Lastly, we may not love the self centered young woman who did not fit a heroine ... and that was part of the essential story line to bring on Pendergast's involvement etc. Further, there are plenty of such "ungrateful" people around us.


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Dec 30, 2013
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Moving an old cemetery for a new club house started Pendergast's investigation: The attorney for The Heights rose and gave his presentation in a nasal drone. The Heights, he said, proposed to rebury the disinterred remains in a field they had purchased for just such a purpose on a hillside about five miles down Route 82. This surprised Jenny; she had always assumed the remains would be reburied within the town limits. Now she understood why so many people were there.
The attorney went through some legal gobbledygook about how this was all perfectly legal, reasonable, proper, preferable, and indeed, unavoidable for various reasons she didn’t understand. As he continued, Jenny heard a slow rising of disapproving sounds, murmurings—even a few hisses—from the public area. She glanced in the direction of the noise. The proposal was, it seemed, not being greeted with favor.


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