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.
If I did not like the story so much I would have quit listening within the first 30 minutes of this book. The voices he does are so terrible they distract from the good writing. I will not buy any additional books he reads. He is just too difficult to listen to hour after hour.
Very good...but no one can read a Pendergast part like Rene Auberjonis. How disappointing to have purchased all the books and only 1 read by Rene.
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.
yes, but with an asterisk
performance was adequate.
I know there are follow ups. I intend to read them.
I am a fan of Preston / Child. They are my little guilty pleasure. I know they will never win any Pulitzers, but I expected better here. The book was full of monsters and dark, hidden places. Which is why i read Preston/Child. But for some reason I found it difficult to get into this book. I kept drifting out. I enjoyed Relic and Cabinet of curiosities very much. And I will likely read the rest of the Pendergast books, but this one was not as good as the last two.
good story , but just the wrong narrator, hard to keep listening with dick hill doing the reading , bad choice..
I like the story but the narration was bad. If he could pronounce words better it would have worked maybe. "D'Agosta" is pronounced "D'Ghosta" later Pendergast morphs into a New Orleansbrookyn accent and I was never sure if D'Agosta or Perdergast were speaking since it sort of went into a change in volume to separate the two. About 3 hours in Pendergast starts to sound like the Narrator got a Novocaine shot in the jaw. Smithback just sounds creepy. Dick Hill has a nice voice if he would just read the book, he can't do voices. I think reading this one is the way to go.
Totally addicted to Audible.
While I am a fan of Pendergast, I could really do without knowing some of the things I learned from this book.