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Review: Cemetery Dance

July 2, 2009

Cemetery Dance

Description from Hachette‘s web site:

William Smithback, a NY Times reporter, and his wife Nora Kelly, a Museum of Natural History archaeologist, are brutally attacked in their apartment on the Upper West side of Manhattan. Eyewitnesses claim and the security camera confirms the killer seen leaving the building was their strange, sinister neighbor–a man who, by all reports, was already dead.

Captain Hayward leads the official homicide investigation, while Pendergast, D’Agosta, and Nora undertake a private quest for the truth. Their serpentine journey takes them into a part of Manhattan they never imagined could exist: a secretive and deadly hotbed of Obeah, the West Indian Zombii cult of sorcery and magic. And it is here they find their true peril is just beginning.

I listened to the audio version of Cemetery Dance by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child and was captivated right from the start.  When the subject turned to zombies, I was a little bit skeptical, but stuck with it because I was interested enough that I wanted to know what happened.  This book has lots of twists and turns and exciting moments.  Some moments were so gruesome, they made me wince.  The ending took me totally by surprise and made me glad that I stuck with the book, since I ended up really enjoying it.  The audio version is read by René Auberjonois (I knew him as Clayton Endicott III in Benson) and he does a superb job – not only does he create different voices, but he makes guttural zombie sounds!   There is violence and some language in this book.

After I wrote this review, I decided to look for a video to include and discovered that this is the ninth book in the authors’ Pendergast series.  This novel stands well alone, because I had no idea it was a series as I listened to it.

Review copy provided by Hachette Books.

29 Comments leave one →
  1. July 2, 2009 6:25 am

    I glanced many times at the Cemetery Games and figured I had enough to read. Glad you liked it.

  2. July 2, 2009 7:01 am

    Wow! I’m not sure it’s my kind of book, but if you liked it and recommend it…..

  3. July 2, 2009 7:43 am

    I did the exact same thing with the third book – Book of the Dead! I was a little confused at first but enjoyed the story once I figured out who was who and then googled and discovered it was part of a series. Same narrator I believe and he was good.

  4. July 2, 2009 8:34 am

    You make it sound so good but – zombies? I’m not much of a creepy-book lover.

  5. July 2, 2009 8:44 am

    I’m reading “Dance of Death” right now, which is also one of the Pendergast series – not sure what number. This is the second Preston-Child book I’ve read and I’m really enjoying it. I can see that they’d make great audiobooks – maybe I’ll switch.

  6. July 2, 2009 9:05 am

    So glad you liked it. I have the first one here in the house (audio) and I’ve been dying to try the series. You’ve convinced me to bump it up in my list.

  7. July 2, 2009 9:07 am

    I’m glad you liked it but I’m not sure it’s my cup of tea! 🙂

  8. July 2, 2009 9:11 am

    Interesting that you found a zombie book so good – I’ve backed away from them myself (even though the title of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies keeps “calling” to me!). Glad to hear it worked for you!

  9. July 2, 2009 9:21 am

    That must be a good book if you had no idea it was a series. Some series are hard to pick up in the middle. You feel you are missing some vital piece of back info. Pays to perservere. Have a great weekend, Kathy, and happy 4th!

  10. July 2, 2009 9:25 am

    This sounds like something I’d enjoy, and I’m glad to hear it works perfectly as a stand-alone!

  11. July 2, 2009 9:32 am

    I like creepy, scary books so this sounds good to me. Great review!

  12. July 2, 2009 11:19 am

    I read the first one, Relic, ages ago and found it really entertaining. I’m pretty sure I read the second one as well, but it obviously didn’t stick with me as I’m not entirely certain I did read it.

  13. iwriteinbooks permalink
    July 2, 2009 1:16 pm

    That’s good to hear that it stands alone. I often want to read a well recommended piece to a series that is getting a good deal of buzz but don’t have time to read the whole set. Good to know!

  14. July 2, 2009 3:17 pm

    This does look good. I just love the title and the cover too.

  15. July 2, 2009 3:38 pm

    I don’t know if I’d want to read this but I think I’d like listening to it. Thanks for the review Kathy.

  16. July 2, 2009 5:09 pm

    I’ve been wondering about this book — I had no idea it was part of a series. But it’s not for me — my “gruesome” days are over!

  17. July 2, 2009 6:03 pm

    The book version was entertaining but did not hold up to previous novels in the series. Glad you enjoyed the audio version.

  18. July 2, 2009 6:41 pm

    I really want to start reading these Preston/Child books, but I always forget about them. They sound really good though.

  19. July 2, 2009 7:41 pm

    This one looks interesting, but I’m not sure it’s for me!

  20. stacybuckeye permalink
    July 2, 2009 8:36 pm

    Okay, you convinced me at Clayton Endicott III. I’ll have to look for the audio 🙂

  21. July 2, 2009 9:02 pm

    i love when i get good audio book recommendations. thanks so much

  22. July 2, 2009 10:13 pm

    I really need to get my butt in gear and get to reading this series!! Sounds like a great read!!

  23. July 2, 2009 10:40 pm

    I read two from the Pendergast series. One was really great but the second was kind of meh. I love that character, but there was just something about the plot. Maybe I’ll give them another shot. Your review is convincing.

  24. July 3, 2009 12:43 am

    I’m glad to hear this was good – I gave my dad a hardcover copy for Father’s Day!

  25. July 3, 2009 7:43 am

    ooohhh…zombies, this book is totally my type. But I don’t listen to audio books, so may be I should look for a hard copy.

  26. July 4, 2009 11:18 am

    Oooh, how I love books with zombies! I had never heard of “Cemetery dance”. I’ll look out for this one, thanks!

  27. July 5, 2009 6:45 pm

    I’ve read a few of the early books in the series and just love it. I can’t wait to read this one.

  28. Michael permalink
    July 5, 2009 9:13 pm

    I hadn’t heard of this series. It sounds like something one of my sisters may enjoy; I’ll pass along the name of the series so she can keep an eye out for it. Thanks!

  29. July 7, 2009 1:22 pm

    This sounds like something my husband would enjoy. He loves audio books. Thanks for the review!

    –Anna

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