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.
Inhuman Subterranean Under-dwellers!
It was a mandatory follow up to "The Relic" - you discover the truth about the monster, some character's real motivations, and get more action from characters you've already come to care about. Near the end, it actually becomes so action driven it seemed like an Edgar Rice Burroughs novel, but really had a keen darkness much like Robert E Howard's "Children of the Night" series.
Special Agent Aloysius X. L. Pendergast; he is the Elric of Melnibone of the F. B. I. - in this tale he becomes more pale (nearly albino), more strangely alien, and wizard-like. The story passes from a New York dectetive noir story and veers towards becoming a sword and sorcery adventure. Quite exciting, and very twisted!
The Relic - Part Two: or... "The Lurking Fear: Pendergast vs the Morlocks".
Tremendous writing that goes way past a cop story, and walks down one of those 6 block long dark museum hallways towards H.P. Lovecraft material: actually It's a LOT like Lovecraft's "The Lurking Fear", but with more action worthy of Edgar Rice Burroughs and Robert E Howard's "Children of the Night" stories. I enjoyed it very much!
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.
The first two Pendergast novels show Preston and Child finding his voice. This book gives us a better look at our favorite FBI agent and whets our appetite for more about who he is. We need Relic and Reliquary to set the stage for the rest of the series.
The second novel in the expansive Pendergast series is the same level of techno-thriller as it's predecessor. The returning cast are all excellently evolved(science joke as well as literary) and the reader does a brilliant performance recreating their imagined personalities. If you crave mystery, intrigue, and a splattering of real world personality and possibility then look no further. Prequel required reading.