People at the New York Museum are turning up savagely murdered as the count down to a new exibition themed "superstitions" covering world myths and superstitions draws near. Who or what is behind these awful murders? Well you need to read this book to find out.
I am surprised that I'm giving this selection 4 stars. The first few chapters give some seemingly unrelated stories that look into the past. It's hard to get through because you don't know why the information is important. Once you get into the actual story the ride has its ups and downs. So for the things i liked:
- Agent Pendergast - he's relate-able and provides a charming outsiders perspective on the situation
- Degoste - the NYC detective. His New York attitude is paired with a quirky wit.
- The structure of the story - It hits all of the necessary plot points just at the right time to keep you interested.
This is a very cerebral story, dealing with genetics and a number of other scientific areas of study including paleontology. At times the technical explanations, though necessary, become a bit cumbersome. The author also spends a lot of time building suspense and emphasizing the horrific feelings that the antagonist conjures with the mystery of its presence. I do like the use of smell as additional trigger. I've never smelled a "goattish musk", but I've smelled a raccoon. That has to be close right? lol. I think it is easy to call to mind mind some of the most horrible things you have smelled and attach it to the authors' description of this antagonist.
My favorite thing about this book was the aftermath wrap up. I had a theory throughout the book and was disappointed that it had not resulted as the answer when the culprit was revealed. Then comes the denouement. My theory was spot on and the author skillfully sets up the next book and makes me want to read it. That is amazing. This author knows how to give people what they want: a well-crafted intelligent mystery with an antagonist with a je ne sais quoi to keep the attention to the very end.
I did enjoy the narrator and actually missed him in the second audiobook. He does well to give each character a voice. My only issue was that his voice for women in the book wavered.
This story about a beast hidden in the depths of a museum that comes out and murders people (because it has near-human intelligence), is a new kind of fantasy for me. I'm used to magicians and quests, but this outlandish treatment of the theory of evolution is a hoot. I have to say that I could do without the bad language. I imagine the authors thought the F-bombs would increase the suspense, but they just made me cringe. There's enough suspense in running around a dark museum with a creature chasing you to do it for me. The story is fun, but kind of silly, however the narrator is amazingly good. I kept on listening in spite of the bad language just because I was enjoying the narrator so much. This is a great book for commuters. It will absolutely keep your mind off the annoying traffic without making you think too hard.
You can only drink a cup or two a day, that is Preston and Child. After taking a break after "wheel of darkness" I was ready for a rich brew again.
To begin, I stumbled across this book while looking for something to be creepy enough to get me through the 6 weeks before Halloween.
It took me several minutes to catch on to what the opening expedition and boys playing in the museum was about. I did repeat this first part before continuing. (This was the only time I did this though.)
David Colacci, makes a great narrator for this book and while there are some extra sound affects, the overall performance was great. There are 3-4 sections where you can tell that David started reading again on a new day or after a long break because his voice will suddenly become stronger in the middle of a chapter. Considering the year it was recorded though, not bad.
While some of the plot details would be considered "way out there" even today (2011), I believe that because this is a Science Fiction/Horror Novel, these details are acceptable. If you believe that genetics can be manipulated to change a specimen after full development or a master destructive species when the current population is too big, then you will be fine with this book. If you can't, then you probably won't be able to swallow all the sci-fi theories thrown out in the book.
This book is written in a braided style, so you do alternate between characters view points. Not many authors have impressed me with the ability to do this well, but Preston & Child have mastered this style to a point that the plot still flowed in the right direction when there was a switch in views.
I finished this book in 2 days by staying up because I couldn't stop the book long enough to sleep. (I did have work, so there were some times that I couldn't listen and I was so antsy to get back to the book.) I can't wait to start my next Pendergast novel if the plot is just as addicting.
Maybe I'm just not into this kinda thing but these characters were so cookie cutter and bland. The audio performance was obnoxious. I would have preferred all the characters have the same voice as the narration if he is going to make all those horrible accents. The story is lackluster. The suspense is not there. Characters make ridiculous decisions to force catastrophe...The whole thing is just a big hot mess of a story that was made more unbearable by the cheesy accents from David Colacci, who I won't be listening to again.
I am one for enjoying a good sci-fi/supernatural type tale...this story was just...blah.
This book seemed like a movie, in a way. It was written well -- good dialog, vocabulary, and the like. But the plot was just very movie like. I guess that's not a bad thing.
The narrator was outstanding!!!
Overall, I think it was entertaining, if a tad long.
Overall, I thought the book itself was very good. I enjoyed the narration and the premise for the book was great. The only part where it started to get dry was when they were hunting the "monster" in the museum. I think it could have stood to be a bit shorter. Otherwise, I highly enjoyed the book!
There is absolutely nothing original here. Relic is basically the kind of book Michael Crichton would have written if he had suddenly lost most of his talent. There are a lot of uninteresting, one-note characters who serve to just move the incredibly predictable plot along. It does turn into a decent gory horror novel at the end. (Trust me. I'm not spoiling anything here. You see it coming a mile away.)
The narrator really hams it up. Which makes this silly story sound even sillier. Don't bother.
A light hearted fun and entertaining listen. Yes it's very predictable and follows the same formula countless other novels follow but it just works. It's a bit science fiction ( think Godzilla in a museum), a bit drama, and a little scary. I was afraid to go to sleep alone afterwards. I loved the characters and the novel wasn't too long that it didn't hold your attention.
They made this novel into a movie but the book is defiantly better. The movie is quite different to the novel and *spoiler* some characters are not in the movie.
Dont forget the sequel, Reliquary. You will want to keep reading about these characters and their adventures.