I first met Agent A. X. L. Pendergast by chance in 2005 when I came across a copy of [b:The Cabinet of Curiosities|39031|The Cabinet of Curiosities (Pendergast, #3)|Douglas Preston|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1169235779s/39031.jpg|817317] at a local Goodwill. I'll admit that I judged a book by it's cover (it looked like a Jack the Ripper-esque tale)...and the description on the back cover. The rest is history. I've been a fan ever since. I'm endlessly intrigued by the aristocratic, ever-resourceful FBI agent. Part Sherlock Holmes, part James Bond, part X-files, part Victorian novel-- Preston and Child weave fast paced mysteries with heavily atmospheric locations and interesting characters. I'm in!
Cold Vengeance is the second installment of the "Helen Trilogy" and picks up where [b:Fever Dream|7122034|Fever Dream (Pendergast, #10)|Douglas Preston|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1344270788s/7122034.jpg|7383328] left off. It also ends in a cliff-hanger. This book kept me guessing the whole way through. If you've never read a Pendergast novel, don't start here. There is simply too much going on. Go back to Relic or Cabinet. However, if you are a fan and wondering whether this book is worth your time...for what it's worth I found it to be quite enjoyable.