White Fire

White Fire

Book - 2013
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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.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, c2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781455525850
1455525855
9781455525836
1455525839
Branch Call Number: Fiction Pre
Characteristics: 368 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Child, Lincoln

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Jenkskitten
May 06, 2017

One of the more sensible stories Preston and Child have written until you get to the episode of a conversation the FBI agent envisions of the past. Otherwise the book tidies up the motives and explains why the events occur almost 150 years later. It also makes one wonder what our ancestors have left us and what we are leaving our future generations

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bookie66
Nov 19, 2016

I could not put the book down. Loved it. As always, great historical research.....Oscar Wilde, Aspern Hall, early mining and environmental issues and more. And of course, that wonderful character, Special Agent Pendergast.

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lcb63
Feb 25, 2016

Not well written, "by-product of grief” is a real clunker (among many). Pendergast seems so gaunt, so pale, as to seem a ghost. He has too many powers, too many tools in his beautifully tailored coat. The books are TOO LONG. But the exotic locations, the odd sidekicks, convoluted plots keep drawing me back.

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LennyLuna
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.

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dinkthecat
Aug 02, 2014

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).

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nerowolfgal
Jun 17, 2014

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

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thkelly
Feb 26, 2014

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

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librarianatlarge
Feb 23, 2014

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.

mjboutilier 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.

ChristchurchLib 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

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green_cat_2270 Nov 12, 2013

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

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jimg2000
Feb 01, 2014

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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jimg2000
Dec 30, 2013

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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