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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (10,424 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child Narrator: René Auberjonois Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Pendergast Novels Release Date:
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A luxury ocean liner on its maiden voyage across the North Atlantic, awash in wealth and decadence; an ancient Tibetan box, its contents unknown, sealed with a terrifying warning; an FBI agent destined to confront what he fears most: himself.

FBI Special Agent Pendergast is taking a break from work to take Constance on a whirlwind Grand Tour, hoping to give her closure and a sense of the world that she’s missed. They head to Tibet, where Pendergast intensively trained in martial arts and spiritual studies. At a remote monastery they learn that a rare and dangerous artifact the monks have been guarding for generations has mysteriously been stolen. As a favor, Pendergast agrees to track and recover the relic.

A twisting trail of bloodshed leads Pendergast and Constance to the maiden voyage of the Britannia, the world’s largest and most luxurious ocean liner, and to an Atlantic crossing fraught with terror.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The exciting eighth thriller from bestsellers Preston and Child. This entry shows why the authors stand head and shoulders above their rivals. Publishers Weekly
  • “Wonderfully entertaining…a brilliantly claustrophobic setting for a twisty plot that coils tighter and tighter…These Preston and Child books are hard to classify; the name Indiana Jones will come to mind—but Pendergast is a deeper, realer character that Indy.” 

    Sullivan County Democrat (NY)

  • From the opening page to the shocking last, an amazingly claustrophobic and terrifying reading experience awaits: this book does for cruise ships what Jaws did for summer beach resorts. One of the best thrillers of the year; essential for all popular fiction collections. Library Journal (starred review)
  • Douglas Preston and Lincold Child are the dynamic duo of supernatural thrillers...The Wheel of Darkness is a fast, fun an action-filled adventure. Chicago Sun-Times
  • “Entry still shows why the authors stand head and shoulders above their rivals in this subgenre.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Fans of the Pendergast series expect an intricately plotted thriller with eerie supernatural overtones, and this is one of the best. Auberjonois’ reading is first-rate, a brilliant performance full of dramatic shadings and edge-of-the-seat suspense. He has a splendid voice, nuanced and richly textured, and he turns this excellent novel into a one-of-a-kind listening experience.”


  • “In a coolly understated performance, René Auberjonois subtly heightens the ever-increasing tension as Constance and Pendergast board the luxury liner Brittania on its maiden voyage, searching for the madman bent on world destruction. Auberjonois’ deceptively ordinary voice pulls listeners into Preston and Child’s world, where science, mysticism, and melodrama reign supreme. Lots of fun!”


  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Eileen | 2/17/2014

    " My husband and I made the mistake of reading this book before a cruise. Not a good idea because it is a thriller on a cruise ship with weird and crazy murders and happenings. Great read, it will just cause you to question the cruise you might take in the near future! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kara | 2/15/2014

    " Basically this was a mystery with an Asian influence. Carter picked it for me based on the cover art and it was fun to read and engaging. The ending was somewhat disappointing because it was too fantastical and convienient for the tone of the book. I also didn't realize until half way through that the authors have previous books that tie into this one, sort of like Clancy books featuring the same main characters. I can't decide if it was good enough to go back and read the preceeding books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Brian Doyle | 2/8/2014

    " Run of the mill thriller. Needed a change of pace and got it. Nothing special here, but I enjoyed the quick read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by John Yelverton | 2/8/2014

    " This book seemed so good, and so full of promise and it was just a pile of junk. "

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