This is the second book in the Pendergast series and it takes awhile for Pendergast to get involved but this allows the author to set up of the storyline for the listener/reader. This story starts out with the discovery of two skeletal remains found when the NYPD dive team searches for a bundle of heroin in a sewer runoff. The ghastly discovery ends up with DR Green and her former advisor DR Frock's Forensic Lab at the museum. Margo is still having haunting memories and dreams from the Museum Beast episode 18 months before this book starts.
We are introduced to several characters to name a few- Mephisto-the mole people king, Capt. Waxie-Lazy PD Officer, SGT Hayward-A gunho female NYPD officer. Each character is used to perfection to help the story continue along a twisting and turning dramatic conclusion.
If you enjoy mystery-thriller serials this book will be right up your alley. I loved it.
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I love this series, so when I bought this book I wondered why I had originally skipped over it. Now I remember! Something in Dick Hill's narration is analogous to fingernails on a blackboard for me. (Younger readers: go ask your parents what a blackboard is/was.) I loved Stephen White's series re Dr Alan Gregory in print and was ecstatic when I found it on Audible, until, however, I had to try to get through Hill's narration. I know that many praise Hill, so this has to be a personal taste thing ... I recommend listening to the available sample before you decide to buy.
The Reliquary storyline was interesting but not fully engaging. The main character, Special Agent Pendergast, didn't enter until at least 1/4 of the way through the book. After that he was in and out of the scenes. His idiosyncratic personality, brilliant mind and dry wit are what make this series fun. There just wasn't enough Pendergast this time.
I read the first book and took a liking to many of the characters so I was happy to see some of them return here. Given that fact I will likely listen to the third book and hope it gets better.
If I had rated this before the last hour it would have been 3s all across but the story took a turn for the dumb in the last hour so I took it down to 2 stars.
I did not enjoy this narrator as much as the narrator of the first book. It seemed that he mixed up the voices of two of the main male characters a couple of times. I figured it out from context but it interrupted the storyline.
This book was so over the top, so far fetched, so awful, that I doubt I will read another in this series for a very long time.
Nasally; unpleasant. Really, really hated the way he intones "thoughts", sounds like he's underwater or talking through a tin can. Just awful. Whoever produced and directed probably deserves the blame more than the narrator.
The entire book.
I have always been a huge fan of the series, and I can put up with a bit of fantasy, but this was absolutely ludicrous.
The story builds upon the framework of the initial novel in this series Relic is a clever and intriguing manner. A real page turner. Don't peak ahead!
The plot has a number of wonderful twists and turns that use both new and old characters to build upon over the entire length of the book. A great read or listen.
Again in this book the exploration sequences in subterranean New York city are well done and you will not want to stop in these sections.
Pendergast is the king of these books however the other characters get great coveraage and come to life nicely. Pendergast is the new Sherlock Holmes!
Very nice narration and story telling.
I'm revisiting all the pendergast books via audio books and i'm on #2. Narrator is only okay but the story is exciting and spooky.
This story goes on and on and was a let down in the end. Seems like lots of filler to extend the story. lost me early on but I finished it any way.
I loved the story line. I also loved the description of the setting. I felt as though I was in NYC the whole time I was reading.
There were a lot of characters as protagonists. Would have been better to have a main one or two.
Believable, engaging, spot-on
Yes, as a matter of fact it did. I looked up information on the NYC people who inhabit the tunnels. I never knew of their existence and took the NYC subways everyday.
Might in a few years, but it's not the kind of book where you would forget the ending.
I never guessed the ending. There were twists and turns that kept the story interesting. Not as good as the first book but I liked it.
At first I didn't care for the reading,but that may have been because I enjoyed the first narrator. I just started the 3rd book of the series and I am barely able to listen to him.
Narrator of the third book is like listening to The Cat in the Hat. I would listen to Dick Hill over the next narrator ANY day!
It's a good book and did not regret the purchase. I love LONG lengthy books so this was great and worth the credit. If you DON'T like LONG books, then don't get this series and if you do... DON'T b**ch about the length.
This was a good sequel but I thought the original book had more intensity to it. This story picks up 18 months after the museum beast is killed and adds to the plot bunny that was created in the epilogue of Relic. There are more mysterious killings, more bumbling cops and political characters, and of course the dry humor of Pendergast, the surprising intellect of D'Agosta, and the reluctant hero of Margo Green.
What stopped me from giving this book 5 stars across the board was the revealing of the evil overlord. Who it turned out to be was not believable and there was no build up before the 'big reveal' to prepare the reader for the disappointing revelation. Maybe if this part had been written better, I would have liked this book as well as the first one.