I like the Preston / Child team and tend to give them good reviews. This tends to be one of their flat spots. The book has moments, and the premise of peering into life below the city of New York, in all the abandon tunnels is fascinating. The fabrication and ultimate revelation of the monsters and their weakness was just to pat. Every time some thrilling moment was about to box the good guys in, some revelation released them from any real trouble. There was attempts to make the monsters appear to have the upper hand but it was never convincing and you always knew how things were going to end.
Far to predictable for a recommendation
Good narration though.
An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.
I liked Relic ... a lot. But Reliquary is even better because of the details about the underground (literally) life in NYC. Pendergast is back in his usual great form. Other characters return and are even more clearly drawn. I highly recommend this book. I'm now officially working my way through the entire series.
I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.
Yes. I love the way characters are performed. To me, performance gives life to the novel in a tangible and memorable way.
Margo Green continues to kick butt. She even out shines Pendergast. I am going to miss her in later novels.
At the climax of fining the mastermind, just they way it was laid out, i was surprised and sadened.
Good writing has ... a balance and a rhythm. You can feel that much better when it's read aloud. --Laura Hillenbrand, author of Unbroken
I enjoyed Relic, and enjoyed this sequel even more. Both books combine silly and far-fetched action-adventure with a (*very* tenuous) link to "real" science. Their strength, aside from likable lead characters, are the well-researched, fact-based settings. In Relic it was the Museum of Natural History; here it is the subway tunnels and sewage/drainage systems honeycombed beneath New York City. Agent Pendergast (who has a larger role in this second installment of the "series" than he did in Relic) and friends must travel this labyrinth to defeat a horde of mutant monsters and Save The World. I am a Dick Hill fan (and I don't say that about many American readers), so that added to my enjoyment of the selection.
I absolutely LOVED Relic. So I was excited that there was a sequel. And though this is a good book, the switch in narrators did nothing for it. I was accustomed to the characters as portrayed by David Colacci (who did an excellent job) Dick Hill made the reporter sound like a whiney wimp....the narrator made all of the characters much less likable. Though I still liked this book- it doesn't come anywhere close to being as good as Relic.
Dick Hill again proves that he can ruin any novel no matter how good it is. He portrays the characters as either chronically hysterical (especially women) or prone to fits of anger. Spare me any more narration by Dick Hill.
Read "The Book of the Dead" when it was published and didn't realize there was a series on Pendergast! Now I'm listening to them in order!!! Just love the chemistry between the main characters!!!
I really want to like this series. This is the type of series I thought I would really enjoy. However, the first book, Relic, was a real struggle to get through. I'm thinking maybe the narrator was the culprit. So I tried this, the second book, but had the same problem--just a real tough time getting into it. I quit after getting about a quarter of the way through. Although I usually like Dick Hill as a narrator, he just didn't work for this book. Or maybe the struggle is because of the writing, or a combination of both. I am going give this series one more try, and jump to book four, Still Life With Crows, because Scott Brick is my favorite narrator of them all. If he can't make this series better, nobody can.