Love this book as I love all of the Pendergast based novels. They are mysterious up to the conclusion and I love the story lines by Preston and Child.
I often knit while listening to recorded books and I find I knit faster as the suspense intensifies
The presenter of this book does an excelent job of holding my attention with his voice inflections and artfully placed pauses.
Super-Natural History Museum
It's the first book in a series. It's a smart and clever, historically wise, X-files-like detective tale with a great moody, gothic and creepy back drop of the NY Natural History Museum - 3 thousand gloomy rooms full of bones, 200 miles of dark corridors lined with glass cases of strange things.
Special Agent Aloysius X. L. Pendergast - he is the Elric of Melniboné of the F.B.I.
They did make a film - mixing in book 1 & 2, taking 2 really excellent books and making one not so good monster movie. But, I still love Stan winston's Amazing and frightening Kothoga monster.
Here you get to meet Special Agent Aloysius X. L. Pendergast - the Vincent Price of the F.B.I. - He's a fantastic character, his adventures are thrilling, and the book gets smarter just when you think it'll run out of steam... plus it really is a wonderful monster. A classic monster. and how many of those do you get to enjoy in the genre? Did you like the move? You'll LOVE the books!
Having read, and loved Preston's later book in this series - Cold Vengeance, I looked forward to starting at the beginning of the series. I enjoyed the premise of the story line - mysterious, gruesome deaths in the Museum of Natural History, but was bogged down by the pacing of the book - laboriously complex and layered. Don't get me wrong - I love long complex novels - Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series is one of my favorites and it is nothing if not complex.
But this novel took so much time developing cartoon-like antagonists, while leaving the murder lightly defined until the climax. The blood and gore was aplenty - that's fine, it is a part of the genre.
I will try one more of Preston's books, but not with relish after this unappetizing starter.
For me, driving as much as I do for my business, I would never have the time to read the book.
I love the two main characters. I have come to know them from the other books and they have become friends.
I listened to Relic again after I bought the sequal to refresh my memory.
This book doesn't really move the reader, it scares the reader. There is lots of suspense and it is easy to visualize scenes.
Relic would make a good movie.
Don't miss it!
Completely. It's obvious why this became a movie. Suspensful, sassy, with a good story line. Lots of characters, so keep up. Can't put it down, once you start. Don't suggest operating heavy machinery, you may become distracted. Strong and constant story .
Not just a reader, he influences your opinion of the character with diverse voices and inflections. A+
Worth the credit.
I could not get into this story, I suppose if you are interested in hearing about the disection of a human that has been grisly murdered or the narrator droning on and on about some crate that has travelled over the years and the murders that follow it then this would be the book for you. I prefer more character development, maybe some humour, which this book certainly did not have, and more fast paced than this was. Halfway through and I gave up.
I wish I had a bright high school kid teetering on the edge of a scientific career to give this book to. Dedication, courage and integrity from scientists, law enforcement and even quality journalism triumph over the evils forces of self-serving public relations, law enforcement and museum management. The book's introduction of forensic DNA was undoubtedly quite fresh at the time Relic was written, but now reads a bit like an historical novel. Still clever and interesting, but most of us have been there, read that. Yet, the doings in the catacombs of the museum, although reminiscent of the approximately contemporaneous Poseidon Adventure, are well paced. David Colacci's great reading, with just a touch of irony during the most melodramatic passages, makes this a fun, if not memorable, listen.
This was the first audio book my husband has heard. He found it wonderful. He loved the story line and was worried a couple of times that it went off in different directions but all the story lines kept coming together well.