Friday, October 21, 2016

Review: The Obsidian Chamber by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Number 15 in the Pendergast series, Crimson Shore was a bit fantastical and I had a little trouble suspending disbelief in some cases. I had no such trouble with #16, The Obsidian Chamber. There were still elements that stretched credulity, but it was easier to suspend my disbelief and enjoy the story.

When last we left A.X.L. Pendergast, he was injured and floating out to sea. There were serious questions as to his survival. He has been missing and presumed dead. Proctor, Mrs. Trask, and most especially Constance Greene have been mourning him in their own ways. Constance retreats to the sub-basement as a means to help herself deal with her grief. Mrs. Trask is off visiting her sick sister.

Meanwhile, a mysterious figure from the past arrives at the manor and wreaks havoc. Proctor, is attacked and believing Constance kidnapped, takes off on an international chase.

This someone is trying to woo Constance. When she finds out who, it is a great shock to her system. Meanwhile, A drug running boat has picked up Pendergast and the crew decides to hold him for ransom from the FBI. Will Constance succumb to the charms of this man from their past? Will Pendergast survive the drug runners treatment and find Constance in time?

This is a fast paced action/adventure/thriller type book. A little science fiction is also blended in. There is a touch of romance in this particular installment. Still, it's a real page-turner. For me, this was a much better read than the previous book. You can read my review of Crimson Shore here.

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars. It was an enjoyable reading experience.  This book can be read as a standalone. It might be a richer experience though if you've read some of the other books in the series. The first 7 chapters of the book can be read on the authors' website here.

The Obsidian Chamber was released October 18, 2016 from Grand Central Publishing,

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.