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While quarantining, I had the chance to reorganize my bookshelf. I realize I already have more than 200 books collected. Many of them were obtained from book sales, which I frequented as early as 12 years old. I only bought brand-new copies of titles that could not be found there.

One thriller series that I have forgotten is the Agent Pendergast series of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. They are American authors who are best acknowledged for their collaborative thriller novels. Their tandem started when they wrote the first sequel of the Agent Pendergast series, Relic, in 1988 until Tor Books published it in 1995. In this book, the main characters are tracking down the legendary beast from the Amazon that has been killing people in the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

If you are looking for new thriller novels to read, the Agent Pendergast series can be it for you.

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Best Preston And Child Books

Cold Vengeance is one of the best books created by Preston and Child to date. It follows the hot pursuit of Agent Pendergast to his wife Helen’s murderers. He has gone deep in the hills of Scotland with the deceased lady’s sibling, Judson Esterhazy. That’s where he discovered a secret society of Nazis and their supporters, which is better known as the Covenant. This is an excellent installment because it centered on Corrie Swanson, the teenager who aided him in solving the serial murder case in Still Life with Crows.

The latter is another excellent must-read for thriller-loving audiences. It was set in a small town where the locals primarily thought that the deaths were linked to the “Curse of the Forty-Fives.” It was a legend regarding the 45 brutal war veterans ambushed by Cheyenne warriors in the past. They later deduced that the killer was a deranged middle-aged man named Job, who was embodying the children’s tale that his mother always told him about throughout his time in the cave.

The Cabinet of Curiosities cannot be forgotten as well. This is where Agent Pendergast finally became the main character in the series. The story focuses on finding the slaughterer of 36 individuals who all have a missing portion of their spines. In this book, the killer is Anthony Fairhaven, a wealthy man who wants to find the solution to obtaining immortality and has experimented with those people. He got the idea from the agent’s great-granduncle who did the same thing ages ago and only died in the hands of Fairhaven. The latter died when he got infected by the traces of the poisonous plants in a laboratory.

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Relic

The Relic gained a lot of recognition back then, to the point that it turned into a movie with the same title in 1997. The film was produced by Paramount Pictures and directed by Peter Hyams. The cast was led by Penelope Ann Miller, who portrayed the role of Dr. Margo Green, a biologist who was part of the killing investigation.

The protagonists found out who the Kothoga beast was that had been clawing people’s brains out and brutally murdering them. However, they had a few differences in the book and movie versions.

First, the national museum became situated in Chicago because the crew could not shoot the horrific scenes in the actual one in The Big Apple. In the manuscript, Dr. Green was not the only person who killed the monster compared to what came out in the film. The FBI’s Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast was also never mentioned in the adaptation, though he played a massive part in slaying the Kothoga. 

Furthermore, the screenwriters left the beast as the beast. In the book version, though, the researcher who went to the South American rainforest to look for a supposedly nonexistent tribe had been the Kothoga all along.

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Other Books You May Like

Some books that Pendergast fanatics may want to read are the Gideon’s Sword series – another Preston and Child creation – and the SIGMA Force series of James Rollins. Both tackle crimes with a hint of science, which is quite similar to the theme of the Agent Pendergast series.

 

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