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.
You definitely have to read the first book in this series, Relic. There are many references to the first book and it would be confusing. Otherwishe, the story is OK - not great. I idd enjoy having the same cast of charcters as Relic. They kept the story interesting.
Yes I would listen to it again, all Pendergast books are very well written, much less language than other Pendergast books which is a plus.
It had two really good plot twists which were very good.
I enjoyed revisiting the best characters from relic and deeply enjoyed the continuing plot line. I spent many years soaking up the relic storyline before I even realized there was a second book. I was not in the least disappointed!
I would compare relic to this on for style. The narrator was better here though. I think Dick Hill did a far better job bringing the characters to life.
I don't think I have a favorite scene because different scenes did different things for me. The whole book was a page turner because each scene was critically important to the next one. Without giving anything away, I think the opening scene sets a great tone for the book.
Pendergast of course but Degosta and Hayward are both prominent and fantastic in this book as well. As a side smaller character, I loved that Snow got his payback eventually.
Reread this book again. There are always small things you catch that you did not the first time for sure.
Yes. I am hoping though that the next book will not be about the same scenario...
I liked the story, and especially the examination of the homeless people living under NYC. I have listened to Scott Brick & Rene Auberjonois (who have read other Pendergast novels), who I favor more. They have more of a handle of the characters. First of all, the pronunciation of D'Agosta's name really stands out and can be slightly annoying. He does a great job of Mephisto's voice, but as for the regular characters, he's just not as good as Scott and Rene, who I think breathe real life into the other Pendergast novels and especially the voice of Agent Pendergast. I love this story, but it might have more replay value if Scott or Rene were reading it.
The track rabbit scene! EW!!
I guess so - my issue with the reader is not pace, it's the way the characters are read.
I love Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child - I'm a very loyal reader! I read just about everything they write!
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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!
Compelling, suspenseful, interesting
The story moved a good pace, presented some interesting scientific theory, and likeable characters along with good villains.
This is the second book in the series, if you like the first book it's a great bet you'll #2.
Audible listener who's grateful for a long commute!
I listend to Preston & Child's "Relic", and I was puzzled. There were some unfinished threads in the plot. The disappearance of Greg Kawakita, a scientist with the New York Museum of Natural History, was one of them. That's not to say "Relic" isn't a satisfying read on its own - it was, and had a thoughtful end exciting end.
"Reliuary" is a great sequel to "Relic", and I definitely recommending listening to both of them in the proper order.
One of the most fascinating parts of "Reliquary" is its use of the New York Subway system as a major setting. In Preston & Child's narrative, it became not only a place, but a complex entity with some light and beautiful places and a very dark heart. It was a character in the novel.
The description of the subway system was so interesting, I read more about it and found photos of ghost stations and abandoned lines. There are a lot of resources available - if you decide to look, skip Wikipedia entirely and go to Columbia University's site and read Joseph Brennan's "Abandoned Stations."
The plot was fascinating, and it's a great way to see the development of Pendergast as the major protagonist he becae.
I liked the book so much, I finished listening two it over a period of two days. Great listen for a cold winter day.
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