Although this post is titled "Fever Dream", it's actually a review of an entire series. If you haven't been reading the Pendergast series, you might want to give it a shot while waiting for the next InDeath book.
Somebody said that special FBI agent Pendergast is a combination of Sherlock Holmes, Bruce Wayne, and Fox Mulder. So true! Like any good series, it's always best to start at the beginning. The first book in the series is "Relic". "Fever Dream" is the 10th book in the series, and the first of a special trilogy, in which we learn quite a bit about Pendergast's past. The most recent book ("Cold Vengence") was the second book in the trilogy, and fans are impatiently waiting for the third book that will wrap up the trilogy -- but hopefully NOT the series.
When I read the first book, my initial reaction was that the story was too farfetched to be real. But then I realized that it's not SUPPOSED to be real. Think Indiana Jones. Think Tom Swift, and yes, even a touch of Batman tossed in now and then (sans cape). Stories that strain credulity, but nonetheless are darn good, fun, entertaining yarns. Part of what makes them such fun is that Preston and Child always toss in true, intriguing bits of trivia. And I've learned that when they mention a specific item (such as the make/model of Pendergast's car), it's worth googling the item for more info -- the little details really enrich the tales.
Oddly, although he is described as having nearly white-blond hair, I always picture Pendergast as dark-haired -- perhaps because of his dark side. Strange.
I've read that they made the first book into a movie a few years ago -- but they left Pendergast out completely -- a fact that has enraged fans. It would be like making an InDeath movie and leaving Eve or Roarke out. I haven't bothered to track down the movie -- what would be the point? Like InDeath books, Pendergast fans hope that Hollywood will eventually come up with a quality movie, done right. But meanwhile, check out the books.
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