Se trata del proyecto favorito del presidente de Estados Unidos, el que lo llevará a los libros de Historia: el acelerador de partículas más grande del mundo, con el que se podrán poner a prueba las teorías sobre el origen del universo. Pero el acelerador está situado bajo el antiguo cementerio de una reserva de indios navajo, un suelo que también codician unos especuladores sin escrúpulos. Estos no dudarán en recurrir a un célebre predicador mediático para que caliente los ánimos y acuse a los científicos de blasfemos. Mientras tanto, en el gran ordenador del laboratorio comienzan a recibirse misteriosos mensajes... ¿Es Dios quien se oculta en el disco duro del superordenador?
The world's biggest supercollider, hidden deep in an Arizona mountain, will probe what happened at the very moment of creation: the Big Bang itself.
Special Agent Pendergast-one of the most original, compelling characters in all of contemporary fiction-returns in Preston and Child's new exhilarating novel BLUE LABYRINTH A long-buried family secret has come back to haunt Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast. It begins with murder. One of Pendergast's most implacable, most feared enemies is found on his doorstep, dead. Pendergast has no idea who is responsible for the killing, or why the body was brought to his home. The mystery has all the hallmarks of the perfect crime, save for an enigmatic clue: a piece of turquoise lodged in the stomach of the deceased. The gem leads Pendergast to an abandoned mine on the shore of California's Salton Sea, which in turn propels him on a journey of discovery deep into his own family's sinister past. But Pendergast learns there is more at work than a ghastly episode of family history: he is being stalked by a subtle killer bent on vengeance over an ancient transgression. And he soon becomes caught in a wickedly clever plot, which leaves him stricken in mind and body, and propels him toward a reckoning beyond anything he could ever have imagined. . . .
A brilliant FBI agent, rotting away in a high security prison for a murder he did not commit. His brilliant, psychotic brother, about to perpetrate a horrific crime. A young woman with an extraordinary past, on the edge of a violent breakdown. An ancient Egyptian tomb about to be unveiled at a celebrity-studded New York gala, an enigmatic curse released.
A body is found in the attic of a fabulous Long Island estate. There is a hoofprint scorched into the floor, and the stench of sulfur chokes the air. When FBI Special Agent Pendergast investigates the gruesome crime, he discovers that thirty years ago four men conjured something unspeakable. Has the devil come to claim his due?
In an ancient tunnel underneath New York City a charnel house is discovered. Inside are thirty-six bodies all murdered and mutilated more than a century ago. While FBI agent Pendergast investigates the old crimes, identical killings start to terrorize the city. The nightmare has begun. Again.
Aloysius Pendergast--the world's most enigmatic FBI special agent--returns to New York City to investigate a murderous cult. His serpentine journey takes him into a secretive and deadly hotbed of Obeah, the West Indian Zombii cult of sorcery and magic. And it is here he finds his true peril is just beginning.
This new ebook edition of Cities of Gold includes for very first time over 100 never-before-published photographs taken during the author's epic, thousand mile horseback journey across Arizona and New Mexico. It also includes many rare and extraordinary historical photographs of the Old West, Native Americans, pioneers, prospectors, Indian pueblos, and vanished landscapes. "The Old West's last glimmers flicker through this piercingly beautiful adventure, an unforgettable saga in which Preston, astride his horse Popeye, traverses the desert and mountain wilderness of Arizona and New Mexico retracing the trail-blazing 1540-41 expedition of Spanish Explorer Francisco Vasquez de Coronado in search of the legendary Seven Cities of Gold ... In place of the mythical winning of the West, Preston unfolds a harrowing tale of loss." - Publishers Weekly"The entire book is a sheer pleasure to read." - The San Diego Union-Tribune"A Blue Highways on horseback, well worth the trip." - Kirkus Reviews"A riveting yarn, with as many turns as a switchback road." - The Christian Science Monitor"A fearful, fascinating tale." - Los Angeles Times"A journey of historical importance." - The New York Times"By setting out with a companion and four horses to track Coronado's army across a thousand miles of brutal desert and mountain country, from the Mexican border through Arizona and New Mexico, the author is ready to risk his life to try to see with his own eyes, as it were, 'that moment, 450 years ago, when the peoples of the Old World and New World first encountered each other' and quickly began the strife-torn redefining of America. Throughout the book, Preston intersperses the original reports and memoirs of Coronado's adventure with accounts of his own party's hard progress, making the centuries dissolve into a common, first-person, present-tense narrative. And along the way he records stories of the people and places he encounters, making brief excursions into mining booms and busts, the history of livestock ranching, the impact of barbed wire and windmills, the first mail routes, homesteading, the destruction of the Indian nations, and much more." - Smithsonian MagazineDouglas Preston is a journalist and author who has published twenty-six books, nonfiction and fiction, several of which have been #1 New York Times bestsellers. In addition to Cities of Gold he is the author of several books on Southwestern history, including Talking to the Ground and The Royal Road. Preston is the co-creator, with Lincoln Child, of the Pendergast series of novels, including Relic and The Cabinet of Curiosities-both of which were named in a National Public Radio listener poll as being among the 100 greatest suspense novels ever written. Preston's most recent nonfiction book, The Monster of Florence, is being made into a movie starring George Clooney. Preston also writes for the New Yorker magazine, the Atlantic and Smithsonian, and he taught nonfiction writing at Princeton University. He divides his time between Maine and New Mexico.Walter W. Nelson began his creative career in 1967 and it has spanned a period of 40 years. He first explored the field of photography, traveling around the world, discovering spiritual places, deep landscapes, places of origin, experimenting with abstract colors and textures, always seeking the visual heart of existence in the desert, mountains, canyons, rivers, and cities of the world. He later branched out to painting and sculpture, and combined all three into an ever-expanding visual tapestry of mind and consciousness. "My life and my art," Nelson wrote, "is a constant journey into the unknown, always looking ahead, never behind, a positive and spiritual quest to understand and portray inner and outer existence." Nelson's work has been collected by many museums, including the Museum of New Mexico, the Albuquerque Museum of Art, The San Diego Museum of Photography, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and Stanford University. It is also represented in a number of corporate collections including Coca...
Una colección de arte y antigüedades oculta en la selva maya. Un códice cuya existencia había pasado inadvertida. Y un desafío.Esculturas romanas. Manuscritos medievales. Pinturas del Renacimiento. Maxwell Broadbent empezó siendo un aventurero y un ladrón de tumbas, y acabó amasando una fortuna que le permitió reunir una de las colecciones privadas de arte más exquisitas del mundo. Valorada en quinientos millones de dólares. Sus tres hijos esperaban repartirse y vender algún día esta herencia fabulosa. Pero ahora su anciano padre ha desaparecido, y con él todas sus riquezas. Únicamente les ha dejado una cinta de vídeo y un desafío: la colección será suya# si la encuentran. Aunque alguien más quiere entrar en esta carrera desenfrenada en busca del tesoro. Sobre todo por una de sus piezas: un antiguo códice maya que podría revolucionar la industria farmacéutica.Una historia de codicia, aventuras, peligros y traiciones. Una trepidante novela de Douglas Preston.
Devastated by the discovery that his wife, Helen, was murdered, Special Agent Pendergast must have retribution. But revenge is not simple. As he stalks his wife's betrayers-a chase that takes him from the wild moors of Scotland to the bustling streets of New York City and the darkest bayous of Louisiana-he is also forced to dig further into Helen's past. And he is stunned to learn that Helen may have been a collaborator in her own murder. Peeling back the layers of deception, Pendergast realizes that the conspiracy is deeper, goes back generations, and is more monstrous than he could have ever imagined-and everything he's believed, everything he's trusted, everything he's understood . . . may be a horrific lie. COLD VENGEANCE: Nothing is what it seems.
A secret chamber.<P><P> A mysterious shipwreck.<P> A murder in the desolate salt marshes.<P> A seemingly straightforward private case turns out to be much more complicated-and sinister-than Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast ever could have anticipated.<P> Pendergast, together with his ward Constance Greene, travels to the quaint seaside village of Exmouth, Massachusetts, to investigate the theft of a priceless wine collection. But inside the wine cellar, they find something considerably more disturbing: a bricked-up niche that once held a crumbling skeleton. <P> Pendergast and Constance soon learn that Exmouth is a town with a very dark and troubled history, and this skeleton may be only the first hint of an ancient transgression, kept secret all these years. But they will discover that the sins of the past are still very much alive. Local legend holds that during the 1692 witch trials in Salem, the real witches escaped, fleeing north to Exmouth and settling deep in the surrounding salt marshes, where they continued to practice their wicked arts. <P> Then, a murdered corpse turns up in the marshes. The only clue is a series of mysterious carvings. Could these demonic symbols bear some relation to the ancient witches' colony, long believed to be abandoned?<P> A terrible evil lurks beneath the surface of this sleepy seaside town-one with deep roots in Exmouth's grim history. And it may be that Constance, with her own troubled past, is the only one who truly comprehends the awful danger that she, Pendergast, and the residents of Exmouth must face . . .
FBI Special Agent Pendergast lives! Following the New York Times bestselling Brimstone like a one-two punch, DANCE OF DEATH pits Pendergast against his most personal foe yet-his brother Diogenes. Praised as a 'ruthless descendant of Holmes' (Publishers Weekly), Agent Pendergast has become one of crime fiction's most endearing characters. His greatest enemy is one who has stalked him all of his life, his cunning and diabolical brother Diogenes. And Diogenes has thrown down the gauntlet. Now, several of the people closest to Pendergast are viciously murdered, and Pendergast is framed. On the run from federal authorities, with only the help of his old friend NYPD Lieutenant Vincent D'Agosta, Pendergast must stop his brother. But how can he stop a man that is his intellectual equal-one who has had 20 years to plan the world's most horrendous crime?
Un enigmático inspector Pendergast investiga una secta criminal afincada en un cementerio al norte de la isla de Manhattan.William Smithback, reportero del New York Times, y su mujer Nora Kelly, arqueóloga del Natural History Museum, sufren un ataque brutal en su apartamento. Afortunadamente hay testigos: la grabación de una cámara de seguridad identifica al agresor, un vecino de las víctimas que había muerto unas semanas atrás.La investigación oficial no da resultados. Ante ello, el inspector Pendergast decide emprender su propio y poco ortodoxo camino, el cual le lleva hasta una zona aislada del norte de la isla de Manhattan que casi nadie conoce. Allí, en un cementerio oculto a las miradas, residen los miembros de una secta vudú en la que ningún intruso ha conseguido penetrar.«Aloysius X. L. Pendergast es uno de esos personajes imposibles de olvidar. Un héroe total.»RODRIGO FRESÁN
Now, available for the first time together in a single volume: a digital-only, value-priced omnibus edition of the "Diogenes Trilogy": Brimstone, Dance of Death, and The Book of the Dead--featuring Pendergast's mysterious brother--by #1 New York Times bestselling authors Preston & Child. BRIMSTONE:A body is found in the attic of a fabulous Long Island estate. There is a hoofprint scorched into the floor, and the stench of sulfur chokes the air. When FBI Special Agent Pendergast investigates the gruesome crime, he discovers that thirty years ago four men conjured something unspeakable. Has the devil come to claim his due?DANCE OF DEATH:Two brothers. One, top FBI Agent, Aloysius Pendergast. The other, Diogenes, a brilliant and twisted criminal. An undying hatred between them. Now, a perfect crime. And the ultimate challenge: Stop me if you can.BOOK OF THE DEAD:A talented FBI agent, rotting away in a high security prison for a murder he did not commit. His psychotic brother, about to perpetrate a horrific crime. A young woman with an extraordinary past, on the edge of a violent breakdown. An ancient Egyptian tomb about to be unveiled at a celebrity-studded New York gala, an enigmatic curse released. Memento Mori.
From #1 New York Times bestselling authors Preston & Child, an all-new short story featuring Agent Pendergast, available only as an ebook and audio download. In New Orleans' French Quarter, the Tooth Fairy isn't a benevolent sprite who slips money under your pillow at night....he's a mysterious old recluse who must be appeased with teeth--lest he extract retribution. When young Diogenes Pendergast loses a tooth, however, his skeptical older brother Aloysius is determined to put the legend to the test...with dire consequences. *Includes a special preview chapter of Preston & Child's new full-length novel TWO GRAVES, available December 11, 2012.
Yesterday, Special Agent Pendergast still mourned the loss of his beloved wife, Helen, who died in a tragic accident in Africa twelve years ago.Today, he discovers she was murdered.Tomorrow, he will learn her most guarded secrets, leaving him to wonder: Who was the woman I married? Why was she murdered? And, above all . . . Who murdered her?FEVER DREAMRevenge is not sweet: It is essential. This eBook features: Teaser of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child's all-new series, Gideon's Sword Audio excerpt of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child's all-new series, Gideon's Sword
Pasado y presente se entrelazan en este nuevo y escalofriante misterio del inspector Aloysius Pendergast. Hace ciento cincuenta años un oso devoró a once mineros en Roaring Fork, Colorado. Ocho de los esqueletos todavía se conservan en un almacén del pueblo, convertido ahora en un exclusivo destino para esquiadores. Hacia allí se dirige Corrie Swanson, la impetuosa y rebelde protegida de Pendergast, con la intención de estudiar los restos de los mineros para su tesis doctoral en criminología. El primer día, el jefe de policía le presta todas las facilidades; al día siguiente, sin embargo, le informa de que ya no tiene autorización para investigar. Encarcelada por no haber acatado tal prohibición, Corrie pide ayuda al agente especial del FBI Aloysius Pendergast. No está dispuesta a renunciar a su investigación, sobre todo ahora que, tras haber examinado los huesos, está convencida de que los mineros no murieron atrapados en las garras del oso. La aportación de Pendergast será aún más inesperada: descubrirá una posible conexión entre la muerte de los mineros y un relato supuestamente perdido de Sherlock Holmes. English Description Colorado, 1876: At a remote mining camp high in the Rocky Mountains, eleven silver miners are killed, their bodies horribly mutilated, flesh devoured. Bear attack? Not everyone thinks so. 136 years later, the cemetery where the miners were buried is being cleared for new development. Forensic pathologist Corrie Swanson has arranged to study the bones. What she discovers will expose a conspiracy that's as lethal today as it was a century ago. As the winter snows fall, Corrie's life depends on unravelling a dark secret. . . the key to which may just lie in a lost Sherlock Holmes story, a tale allegedly so horrifying that its author never dared publish it.
In this entry from the thrilling short story anthology FaceOff, bestselling authors Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child along with R.L. Stine team up for the first time ever, pitting FBI agent Aloysius Pendergast against the most unusual villain he's ever faced--Stine's classic creation: Slappy the Ventriloquist Dummy.First introduced in R.L. Stine's 400 million-copy bestselling Goosebumps series, Slappy is a dummy carved from coffin wood who boasts enormous strength and a sarcastic, sadistic personality. In contrast, Agent Pendergast is an elegant, intelligent man who never lets himself be ruffled by the particulars of an investigation. Yet when these two meet for the first time--at Stony Mountain Sanatorium--Pendergast is quite clearly out of his element, and nothing is as it seems... For more exciting pairs, check out all eleven stories in FaceOff!
A top nuclear scientist goes mad and takes an innocent family hostage at gunpoint, killing one and causing a massive standoff. A plume of radiation above New York City leads to a warehouse where, it seems, a powerful nuclear bomb was assembled just hours before. Sifting through the evidence, authorities determine that the unthinkable is about to happen: in ten days, a major American city will be vaporized by a terrorist attack.Ten days. And Gideon Crew, tracking the mysterious terrorist cell from the suburbs of New York to the mountains of New Mexico, learns the end may be something worse--far worse--than mere Armageddon.
BONUS FREE BOOK: this edition includes a complimentary novel by Brad Meltzer, The Zero Game. GIDEON'S SWORDIntroducing Gideon Crew: trickster, prodigy, master thiefAt twelve, Gideon Crew witnessed his father, a world-class mathematician, accused of treason and gunned down.At twenty-four, summoned to his dying mother's bedside, Gideon learned the truth: His father was framed and deliberately slaughtered. With her last breath, she begged her son to avenge him.Now, with a new purpose in his life, Gideon crafts a one-time mission of vengeance, aimed at the perpetrator of his father's destruction. His plan is meticulous, spectacular, and successful.But from the shadows, someone is watching. A very powerful someone, who is impressed by Gideon's special skills. Someone who has need of just such a renegade.For Gideon, this operation may be only the beginning . . .
The largest known meteorite has been discovered, entombed in the earth for millions of years on a frigid, desolate island off the southern tip of Chile. At four thousand tons, this treasure seems impossible to move. New York billionaire Palmer Lloyd is determined to have this incredible find for his new museum. Stocking a cargo ship with the finest scientists and engineers, he builds a flawless expedition. But from the first approach to the meteorite, people begin to die. A frightening truth is about to unfold: The men and women of the Rolvaag are not taking this ancient, enigmatic object anywhere. It is taking them.
Wyman Ford is tapped for a secret expedition to Cambodia... to locate the source of strangely beautiful gemstones that do not appear to be of this world. A brilliant meteor lights up the Maine coast... and two young women borrow a boat and set out for a distant island to find the impact crater. A scientist at the National Propulsion Facility discovers an inexplicable source of gamma rays in the outer Solar System. He is found decapitated, the data missing. High resolution NASA images reveal an unnatural feature hidden in the depths of a crater on Mars... and it appears to have been activated. Sixty hours and counting.
En tres puntos distantes del planeta están sucediendo cosas extraordinarias. Todo parece indicar que las piedras preciosas halladas en una mina de Camboya son de origen extraterrestre. Al mismo tiempo, un meteorito ha impactado en las costas de Maine, y dos valientes mujeres reman en un bote dispuestas a examinar el cráter. Entretanto, el científico de la NASA que detectó una inexplicable emisión de rayos gamma en Marte ha aparecido decapitado, y alguien ha robado todos sus papeles. Sin duda, había algo oculto en el planeta rojo, y ahora se halla en el interior de un cráter y parece haber despertado. Comienza la cuenta atrás..."Un thriller absorbente, obra de uno de los escritores más inteligentes de nuestro tiempo."Fantasy Book Critic
On a research trip to West Africa, Dr. Hugo Archibald of the Boston Museum of Natural History encounters an orphaned baby chimpanzee. Archibald decides to bring the ape, whom he names Jennie, back to Boston and raise her alongside his own two young children as a kind of scientific experiment. Jennie captures the hearts of everyone she encounters. She believes herself to be a human being. She does almost everything a human child can, from riding a tricycle to fighting over the television with her siblings to communicating in American Sign Language. Told from shifting points of view of those closest to Jennie, this heartwarming and bittersweet novel forces us to take a closer look at the species that shares 98 percent of our DNA and ask ourselves the question: What does it really mean to be human? Douglas Preston'sJennie, based on the real story of the chimpanzee who inspired Curious George, is the celebrated novel that was made into the award-winning Disney television filmThe Jennie Project. It was translated into many languages and became a worldwide bestseller.
When Professor Hugo Archibald finds an orphaned baby chimp in Africa, it seems like the most normal thing in the world for him to bring the brave little toddler home to Boston to live with his wife and two small children. Jennie quickly assimilates into mid-sixties suburban life, indulging in the rambunctious fun one would expect from a typical American kid of her generation: riding breakneck on her own tricycle, playing with Booger the kitten and a Barbie doll, fighting with her siblings over use of the TV, and--as a teenager--learning to drink, smoke pot, and curse just like her human peers. Attaining an impressive command of American Sign Language, Jennie absorbs a warped vision of heaven from a neighborhood minister, experiences first-hand the bureaucracies of the American health-care system, and even has her own fifteen minutes of fame. Jennie's story--hilarious, poignant, and ultimately tragic--introduces to American literature one of the most endearing animal heroines in modern fiction.
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