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Douglas Preston was born in 1956 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He later grew up in the deadly boring suburbs of Wellesley. Following a very distinguished career at a private nursery school, he attended several public schools and Cambridge School of Weston. Notable events in Preston’s early life include loss of a fingertip at a tender age of 3 to a bicycle; loss of his 2 front teeth to his brother Richard’s fist and several broken bones which were also incurred in dust-ups with his brother, Richard.
Lincoln Child is the co-author, with Douglas Preston, of a number of bestselling thrillers including Riptide, The Ice Limit and Relic. Lincoln Child was born in Westport, Connecticut, place he still calls his hometown despite having left the place before he even reached his first birthday.
Lincoln Child seemed to have acquired interest in writing as early as the second grade, when he wrote a story entitled Bumble the After a childhood that’s of interest only to himself, Child graduated from The Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, where he had majored in English. Discovering the fascination for words a well as their habit of turning in many books, he later made his way to New York in 1979 summer, hoping that he would find a job in publishing. He was lucky to secure a position as the editorial assistant at St. Martin’s Press.
Over the years, he clawed his ways up the editorial hierarchy where he moved to assistant editor then to associate editor finally becoming a full editor back in 1984. He currently lives with his daughter and wife in Morristown, New Jersey.
Order of Pendergast Series with Lincoln Child
|1||Relic||1995||Description / Buy|
|2||Reliquary||1997||Description / Buy|
|3||The Cabinet of Curiosities||2001||Description / Buy|
|4||Still Life with Crows||2003||Description / Buy|
|5||Brimstone||2004||Description / Buy|
|6||Dance of Death||2005||Description / Buy|
|7||The Book of the Dead||2006||Description / Buy|
|8||The Wheel of Darkness||2007||Description / Buy|
|9||Cemetery Dance||2009||Description / Buy|
|10||Fever Dream||2010||Description / Buy|
|11||Cold Vengeance||2011||Description / Buy|
|12||Extraction||2012||Description / Buy|
|13||Two Graves||2012||Description / Buy|
|14||White Fire||2013||Description / Buy|
|15||Blue Labyrinth||2014||Description / Buy|
|16||Crimson Shore||2015||Description / Buy|
|17||The Obsidian Chamber||2016||Description / Buy|
|18||City of Endless Night||2018||Description / Buy|
|19||Verses for the Dead||2018||Description / Buy|
|20||The Strange Case of Monsieur Bertin (Short Story)||2019||Description / Buy|
|21||Crooked River||2020||Description / Buy|
|22||Bloodless||2021||Description / Buy|
|23||The Cabinet of Dr. Leng||2023||Description / Buy|
Order of Wyman Ford Series
|1||Tyrannosaur Canyon||2005||Description / Buy|
|2||Blasphemy||2007||Description / Buy|
|3||Impact||2009||Description / Buy|
|4||The Kraken Project||2014||Description / Buy|
Order of Gideon Crew Series with Lincoln Child
|1||Gideon's Sword||2011||Description / Buy|
|2||Gideon's Corpse||2012||Description / Buy|
|3||The Lost Island||2014||Description / Buy|
|4||Beyond the Ice Limit||2016||Description / Buy|
|5||The Pharaoh Key||2018||Description / Buy|
Order of Nora Kelly Series with Lincoln Child
|1||Thunderhead||1999||Description / Buy|
|2||Old Bones||2019||Description / Buy|
|3||The Scorpion's Tail||2021||Description / Buy|
|4||Diablo Mesa||2022||Description / Buy|
|5||Dead Mountain||2023||Description / Buy|
Order of Douglas Preston Standalone Novels
|1||Jennie||1994||Description / Buy|
|2||Mount Dragon||1996||Description / Buy|
|3||Riptide||1998||Description / Buy|
|4||The Ice Limit||2000||Description / Buy|
|5||The Codex||2003||Description / Buy|
|6||Extinction||2024||Description / Buy|
Order of Douglas Preston Non-Fiction Books
|1||Dinosaurs in the Attic||1986||Description / Buy|
|2||Cities of Gold||1992||Description / Buy|
|3||Talking to the Ground||1995||Description / Buy|
|4||The Monster of Florence||2006||Description / Buy|
|5||The Forgotten Killer: Rudy Guede and the Murder of Meredith Kercher||2014||Description / Buy|
|6||The Lost City of the Monkey God||2017||Description / Buy|
Order of Mysterious Profiles Series
|1||Elvis Cole and Joe Pike||2022||Description / Buy|
|2||Jack Taylor||2022||Description / Buy|
|3||Jack Reacher||2022||Description / Buy|
|4||Charlie Parker||2022||Description / Buy|
|5||Hieronymus Bosch||2022||Description / Buy|
|6||Lincoln Rhyme||2022||Description / Buy|
|7||Alex Delaware||2022||Description / Buy|
|8||Tess Monaghan||2022||Description / Buy|
|9||Charlie Resnick||2022||Description / Buy|
|10||Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus||2022||Description / Buy|
|11||Inspector Morse||2022||Description / Buy|
|12||Dismas Hardy||2022||Description / Buy|
|13||Bob Lee Swagger||2022||Description / Buy|
|14||Aloysius X. L. Pendergast||2022||Description / Buy|
|15||Lou Boldt (Short Story)||2022||Description / Buy|
|16||Spenser||2022||Description / Buy|
|17||Charlotte and Thomas Pitt||2022||Description / Buy|
|18||John Rebus||2022||Description / Buy|
|19||Mallory||2022||Description / Buy|
|20||Jane Whitefield (Short Story)||2022||Description / Buy|
|21||Ian Rutledge: A Mysterious Profile (Short Story)||2022||Description / Buy|
|22||Amos Walker (Short Story)||2022||Description / Buy|
|23||Precious Ramotswe (Short Story)||2022||Description / Buy|
|24||Maisie Dobbs (Short Story)||2022||Description / Buy|
|25||The Lincoln Lawyer (Short Story)||2022||Description / Buy|
|26||Ben Kincaid (Short Story)||2023||Description / Buy|
|27||Repairman Jack (Short Story)||2023||Description / Buy|
Douglas Preston Anthologies
PRESTON AND CHILD BOOKS INTO MOVIES/TELEVISION:
Preston’s first job was working as an editor at the America Museum of Natural History based in New York City. His short stint at this museum resulted into his first nonfiction book, Dinosaurs in the Attic and his first novel, Relic. This novel was co-authored with Lincoln Child and it was later made into a movie by The Paramount Pictures.
The producer of the walking Dead, Gale Anne Hurd, is looking into adapting Pendergast novels to the TV screen like Relic and Cabinet of Curiosities.
BEST PRESTON AND CHILD BOOKS
Below are the top 3 books written by Preston and Child:
Beyond the Ice Limit: “That thing is growing once again. We must destroy it and the time to act is now …” With these words starts Gideon Crew‘s latest, most high-stakes, and most dangerous assignment yet. Failure to achieve this will mean nothing other than the end of humankind on the earth.
Five years ago, Eli Glinn, the inscrutable and mysterious head of Effective Engineering Solutions, led a mission so as to recover a huge meteorite. This was the largest meteorite ever discovered from a remote island off the coasts of South America. This mission ended in disaster when Rolvaag, their ship, foundered in a vicious storm while in the Antarctic Sea and then broke apart, sinking with its unique cargo up to the ocean floor. A total of 108 crew members died and Eli Glinn was left paralyzed.
However, this was not all. This tragedy revealed something that was truly terrifying: The meteorite that they tried retrieving was not just a simple rock Instead, the meteorite was a complex organism that came from deep reaches of the space.
Now, the organism has implanted itself inside the sea bed, 2 miles below the earth surface and it’s growing. If it’s not destroyed, the planet shall be doomed. There’s only one hope: for Eli Glinn and his team to annihilate the organism. The task requires Gideon‘s expertise with the nuclear weapons. However, as Gideon and his associates soon discover, this meteorite has a different mind of its own and it actually has no intention of ever going quietly.
Crimson Shore: Special Agent Pendergast decides to take on a private case in Exmouth, a quaint village found on the coasts north of Salem. The case requires him to investigate the theft of valuable wine collections. He travels towards the seaside town with Constance Greene, his ward, where they quickly discover something more sinister. This is a bricked-up niche inside the wine cellar that is holding the remains of a man who was tortured and entombed alive more than 150 years ago. But why?
The puzzle is compounded further when they discover a newly-murdered body that was covered with some mysterious symbols within the salt marshes just behind Exmouth. This is a place believed that the real witches of Salem usually took refuge after they flew from the 1692 witch hunts.
It’s just like Christmas for those who love suspense. It’s a great Christmas when the protagonist is Aloysius X. L. Pendergast. For people who have already read these books voraciously, it is not a surprise to discover that this tale is one that will certainly keep you riveted up until the very end.
Blue Labyrinth: A long-buried family’s secret resurfaces when one of the Aloysius Pendergast’s most ruthless enemies shows up on the doorstep as a dead man. This mystery has all hallmarks of a perfect murder, save for the enigmatic clue: a piece of turquoise that’s lodged inside the stomach of the deceased. This gem leads Pendergast towards an abandoned mine on the shores of California’s isolated Salton Sea. This in turn propels him on another journey of discovery deep into the family’s sinister past.
However, Pendergast learns there’s more at work than just a ghastly episode of the family history. Pendergast is soon stalked by a killer who is bent on vengeance over the ancient transgression. In a short order, Pendergast is finally caught in a clever plot which leaves him stricken in body and mind…and might well end with his own death.
When Does The Next Douglas Preston book come out?
The next book by Douglas Preston is Extinction and will be released on April, 23rd 2024.