Crimson Shore

Version: Unabridged
Author: Douglas Preston , Lincoln Child
Narrator: Rene Auberjonois
Genres: Thriller
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Published In: June 2016
# of Units: 9 CDs
Length: 11 hours
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A secret chamber.
A mysterious shipwreck.
A murder in the desolate salt marshes.

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.
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.

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. 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?

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 . . .

Reviews (11)

Written by Erica S. on May 22nd, 2019

  • Book Rating: 4/5

The book lost me at times it was ok I did enjoy the surprise ending I didn’t see that coming


Written by James N on April 13th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Totally entertaining, and great narration. That's what I want in an audiobook as a drive and commute here and there and It delivered.

Written by Doreen B on May 1st, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This was an adventure of epic proportions! I was amazed by the plot twists, left me guessing till the very end. I relish all the Special Agent Pendergast books. Can't wait to sink into the next installment.

Written by Nancy MacNaught on February 1st, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Gosh! I can't wait for the next book! I'm left wondering about the fate of at least two of the main characters!

Written by Shauna Maguire on October 26th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 4/5

If you are a fan of the Pendergast series, you will enjoy this one. Not the best right off the bat, but the plot twists kept me listening.

Written by Sarah Wysocki on March 15th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Just okay. Didn't like the characters and found the story line unrealistic. Lost my interest half way through.

Written by Donna Barnhart on January 3rd, 2016

  • Book Rating: 4/5

It brought back the old sensations of the first books that drew me in, I was just a little chagrined when I realized it was, once again, Diogenes. Its ok, both of the brothers must have had a little sip of what Constance drank.....can't wait for the next one.

Written by Ron Hollier on December 13th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Did not disappoint. Over way too soon. Great ending leaving you wanting more AXL and Constance

Written by Angela Gookin on December 12th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Authors never fail with this series. Just as expected, the eccentric FBI agent continues to amaze with his unique talent for seeing beyond the obvious in an effort to solve not one but several mysteries plaguing a quiet New England town. Love this writers way of incorporating historical accounts into the story. Now the cliff hanger has me anxiously awaiting the next in this amazing series!

Written by kirsten dillard on December 9th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Love the Pendergast stories, and this one didn't disappoint. It's wonderful that the same narrator has done the majority of the books - he does a wonderful job of bringing the FBI agent to life.

Author Details

Author Details

Preston, Douglas

Douglas Preston was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1956. He attended Pomona College in Claremont, California, and graduated cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, in 1978, with a degree in English literature.

From 1978 to 1985, Preston worked for the American Museum of Natural History in New York City as a writer, editor, and manager of publications. He served as Managing Editor for the journal Curator and was a columnist for Natural History magazine. In 1985 he published a history of the museum, DINOSAURS IN THE ATTIC, which chronicled the explorers and expeditions of the museum's early days.

In 1986 Preston moved to New Mexico and began to write full-time. Seeking an understanding of the first moment of contact between Europeans and Indians in America, he retraced on horseback Francisco Vasquez de Coronado's violent and unsuccessful search for the legendary Seven Cities of Gold. That thousand mile journey across the American Southwest resulted in the book, CITIES OF GOLD. Since that time Preston has undertaken many long horseback journeys retracing historic or prehistoric trails. He has also participated in expeditions in other parts of the world, including a journey deep into Khmer Rouge-held territory in the Cambodian jungle with a small army of soldiers, to be the first Westerner to visit a lost Angkor temple. He once had the thrill of being the first person in 3,000 years to enter an ancient Egyptian burial chamber in a tomb known as KV5 in the Valley of the Kings.

Preston has published five nonfiction books and thirteen novels, most of which were bestsellers and translated into many languages. With his frequent collaborator, Lincoln Child, he has authored such bestselling thrillers as THE CABINET OF CURIOSITIES, THE ICE LIMIT, THUNDERHEAD, RIPTIDE, BRIMSTONE and RELIC. His most recent novel, DANCE OF DEATH, which came out in June 2005, was on the New York Times bestseller list for six weeks. Preston writes about archaeology for the New Yorker magazine and he has also been published in Smithsonian magazine, Harper's, and National Geographic. He is the recipient of numerous writing awards.

Preston counts in his ancestry the poet Emily Dickinson, the newspaperman Horace Greeley, and the infamous murderer and opium addict Amasa Greenough. He and his wife, Christine, live in Maine with their three children.

Child, Lincoln

Lincoln Child was born in Westport, Connecticut, which he still calls his hometown (despite the fact that he left the place before he reached his first birthday and now only goes back for weekends).

Lincoln seemed to have acquired an interest in writing as early as second grade, when he wrote a short story entitled Bumble the Elephant (now believed by scholars to be lost). Along with two dozen short stories composed during his youth, he wrote a science-fiction novel in tenth grade called Second Son of Daedalus and a shamelessly Tolkeinesque fantasy in twelfth grade titled The Darkness to the North (left unfinished at 400 manuscript pages). Both are exquisitely embarrassing to read today and are kept under lock and key by the author.

After a childhood that is of interest only to himself, Lincoln graduated from Carleton College (huh?) in Northfield, Minnesota, majoring in English. Discovering a fascination for words, and their habit of turning up in so many books, he made his way to New York in the summer of 1979, intent on finding a job in publishing. He was lucky enough to secure a position as editorial assistant at St. Martin's Press.

Over the next several years, he clawed his way up the editorial hierarchy, moving to assistant editor to associate editor before becoming a full editor in 1984. While at St. Martin's, he was associated with the work of many authors, including that of James Herriot and M. M. Kaye. He edited well over a hundred books--with titles as diverse as The Notation of Western Music and Hitler's Rocket Sites--but focused primarily on American and English popular fiction.

While at St. Martin's, Lincoln assembled several collections of ghost and horror stories, beginning with the hardcover collections Dark Company (1984) and Dark Banquet (1985). Later, when he founded the company's mass-market horror division, he edited three more collections of ghost stories, Tales of the Dark 1-3.

In 1987, Lincoln left trade publishing to work at MetLife. In a rather sudden transition, he went from editing manuscripts, speaking at sales conferences, and wining/dining agents to doing highly technical programming and systems analysis. Though the switch might seem bizarre, Lincoln was a propeller-head from a very early age, and his extensive programming experience dates back to high school, when he worked with DEC minis and the now-prehistoric IBM 1620, so antique it actually had an electric typewriter mounted into its front panel. Away from the world of publishing, Lincoln's own nascent interests in writing returned. While at MetLife, Relic was published, and within a few years Lincoln had left the company to write full time. He now lives in New Jersey (under protest--just kidding) with his wife and daughter.

A dilettante by natural inclination, Lincoln's interests include: pre-1950s literature and poetry; post-1950s popular fiction; playing the piano, various MIDI instruments, and the 5-string banjo; English and American history; motorcycles; architecture; classical music, early jazz, blues, and R&B; exotic parrots; esoteric programming languages; mountain hiking; bow ties; Italian suits; fedoras; archaeology; and multiplayer deathmatching.