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review 2016-12-19 17:29
The Obsidian Chamber by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
The Obsidian Chamber (Agent Pendergast series) - Douglas Preston,Lincoln Child

A TRAGIC DISAPPEARANCE

After a harrowing, otherworldly confrontation on the shores of Exmouth, Massachussetts, Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast is missing, presumed dead.


A SHOCKING RETURN


Sick with grief, Pendergast's ward, Constance, retreats to her chambers beneath the family mansion at 891 Riverside Drive--only to be taken captive by a shadowy figure from the past.

AN INTERNATIONAL MANHUNT


Proctor, Pendergast's longtime bodyguard, springs to action, chasing Constance's kidnapper through cities, across oceans, and into wastelands unknown.

BUT IN A WORLD OF BLACK AND WHITE, NOTHING IS AS IT SEEMS

And by the time Proctor discovers the truth, a terrifying engine has stirred-and it may already be too late.
 
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I read the first Pendergast book Relic a couple of years ago and since then I have this been a favorite series of mine. It has been an interesting journey where I have learned more about Aloysius Pendergast and his family as the books progress and now here we are at book 16.

Pendergast is missing after the harrowing ending in the last book, and no one knows if he is alive or dead. For Constance, his ward is this a traumatizing experience and she has decided to retreat to the world she is so familiar with, the chambers below the Pendergast mansion. However, and an old enemy has returned, someone that she knows very well. But, Constance will soon learn that not everything is as it seems.

As with most books in this series was The Obsidian Chamber a pure joy to read. I miss the time when I had several Pendergast books to read, but in a way is it also nice to get a new one every year. This book felt more like a Constance book than an Aloysius Pendergast book. Of course, he is not totally missing from the book, but much of the story is about Constance. It's actually a bit tricky to write this review without spoiling too much of the story, like for instance who is back. So, I will just write some general thoughts about the book.

Constance is an intersecting character, not my personal favorite, but her backstory is truly intriguing and her first introduction to the series was spectacular. I do find myself not overfond with her growing attraction to Aloysius. I just can't seem to enjoy that idea. I must prefer her just being his ward. She has a central role in this book, and I did enjoy her part in this book. I was a bit surprised by her action in this book, how docile she seemed. However, everything got explained nicely towards the end of the book.

I was a bit worried that it would end with a cliffhanger, and yes, there was a kind of cliffhanger, but still the story felt ended at the moment. It's the kind of ending that felt satisfying and not frustrating. The previous books end was way more frustrating than this.

Finally, I hope that Corrie is in the next book. She has not had a prominent role since White Fire book 13 and I loved that book and I adore her.
 

I want to thank Grand Central Publishing for providing me with a free copy through NetGalley for an honest review!

 

The Obsidian Chamber by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child (US/Canada)

 

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review 2016-11-02 06:51
Pendergast Series Book #16- Diogenes...
The Obsidian Chamber (Agent Pendergast series) - Douglas Preston,Lincoln Child

I absolutely love this series but this is the first book that didn't really grab me like the others. If you're familiar with this series and characters then you know Aloysius brother' Diogenes usually plays the bad guy role. In this book, he is supposedly turning over a new leaf and he has not only fallen in love with Constance but is giving up his bad boy ways.

 

I don't think I quite like this "new and improved" version. I just don't buy it so it was hard for me to reconcile this new personality with the evil person that has always committed such heinous acts. Plus Aloysius and Constance have been so set on finally just being done with him that what they did at the end, 

 

let him go, 

(spoiler show)

did not ring true to me at all. It felt totally contrived to keep Diogenes in the picture for a little while longer.

 

So this was definitely not one of my favorites but I am doubly curious now to see what the next book brings. I just hope it's better then this one!

 

*I received this book from NetGalley & Grand Central Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! 

 

 

Professional Reader Reviews Published 2016 NetGalley Challenge

 

 

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review 2016-10-01 04:27
A High Speed Roller Coaster Ride
The Obsidian Chamber (Agent Pendergast series) - Douglas Preston,Lincoln Child

See that roller coaster? Well when you open up this book you are getting on it so buckle up, hold on tight and enjoy every second of the ride!

The Obsidian Chamber takes off at top speed and barely slows down. Our adventure takes us out in the middle of the ocean, to beautiful islands, back inside a familiar mysterious mansion, makes us witnesses in an execution chamber and so much more.

We revisit old friends and old enemies. We question if we can forgive, if we should forgive, can people really change that much? If you are like me as with all books in this series I am left with wanting more. Not the authors' fault. It's because these characters are like family that we don't get to see often enough. When finally we are together I don't want to have to say see ya later!

I love this series. The first book Relic introduces us to Agent Pendergast and in the other 15 books of the series we learn just a little more about him. I think he will always be somewhat of a mystery, that for me is what makes him so attractive! Yes, he is my book crush.

It's hard to not let spoilers out of the bag so my lips are sealed. The only thing I will say is in my opinion, this book should not be read if you have not read the others. Yes, it can be stand alone BUT you will not enjoy the ride nearly as much as if you have at least some of the back story that comes in the other books.

IF you have read the others....WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR??? GET YOUR TICKET AND RIDE THIS ROLLER COASTER NOW!!!!!

~This book was provided free of charge via Netgalley for an honest review~

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review 2016-09-27 00:00
The Obsidian Chamber
The Obsidian Chamber - Douglas Preston,L... The Obsidian Chamber - Douglas Preston,Lincoln Child image

See that roller coaster? Well when you open up this book you are getting on it so buckle up, hold on tight and enjoy every second of the ride!

The Obsidian Chamber takes off at top speed and barely slows down. Our adventure takes us out in the middle of the ocean, to beautiful islands, back inside a familiar mysterious mansion, makes us witnesses in an execution chamber and so much more.

We revisit old friends and old enemies. We question if we can forgive, if we should forgive, can people really change that much? If you are like me as with all books in this series I am left with wanting more. Not the authors' fault. It's because these characters are like family that we don't get to see often enough. When finally we are together I don't want to have to say see ya later!

I love this series. The first book [b:Relic|67035|Relic (Pendergast, #1)|Douglas Preston|https://d2arxad8u2l0g7.cloudfront.net/books/1389576748s/67035.jpg|23046] introduces us to Agent Pendergast and in the other 15 books of the series we learn just a little more about him. I think he will always be somewhat of a mystery, that for me is what makes him so attractive! Yes, he is my book crush.

It's hard to not let spoilers out of the bag so my lips are sealed. The only thing I will say is in my opinion, this book should not be read if you have not read the others. Yes, it can be stand alone BUT you will not enjoy the ride nearly as much as if you have at least some of the back story that comes in the other books.

IF you have read the others....WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR??? GET YOUR TICKET AND RIDE THIS ROLLER COASTER NOW!!!!!

~This book was provided free of charge via Netgalley for an honest review~

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