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White Fire

Preston, Douglas J. (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
White Fire


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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.
Authors: Preston, Douglas J.
Title: White fire
Publisher: New York :, Grand Central Publishing,, 2013.
Edition: First Edition.
Characteristics: 368 pages ;,24 cm
Summary: 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.
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Additional Contributors: Child, Lincoln
ISBN: 9781455525836
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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.

Report This 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.)

"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

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

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.

I've been a big fan of Preston and Child for a long time. Their books, whether as a collaboration by both of them or written as individuals, are among some of my favorites. However, I'm afraid that I was disappointed in this one. In my opinion, it didn't have the suspense or believability of most of their other works. I can only hope that their next book is an improvement.

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

green_cat_2270 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 23 and 23

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Report This 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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Report This 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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