Yes. It added good layers to characters I'm sure will continue to be featured in the series.
Underground aspect was great. Dr. Frock was totally predictable and telegraphed.
The switching from character to character was annoying in that if you aren't great at that , read it straight.
So much of the Mbwun stuff was repeated over and over and over.
I read most of the Pendergast books years ago, and really enjoyed them, so I wanted to check them out on audiobook. Unlike the first audiobook, Relic, this one was read and performed superbly. All of the many characters were distinct and engrossing, without repetition. The story is still great, thrilling and intriguing, but the narration really brought it home. Bravo Dick Hill!
Listening to good books from around the world, in the comfort of home....
I finished Crimson shores and I enjoyed it so much I decided to go to the beginning .
Very talented writers, and they really know how to spin a tale.
Love these Pendergast books if you listed to Relic then you need to listen to this one too is a continuation of the Relic story. Only problem I have is this reader mispronounce certain characters names.
I have been enjoying this series and this was a good story but I did not notice that the reader was Dick Hill before I downloaded. Not sure I would have listened had I realized. Just not a fan.
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.