I would obviously have to compare it to Relic, the first book in this series. While Reliquary was good, I don't think it could really stand on it's own as it relied pretty heavily on the first book in terms of character development and the general story. That being said, I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who also enjoyed Relic. It was a nice follow on with the same characters you grew to love (and maybe hate!).
Good narration in a mystery book can add greatly to the experience and Dick Hill did well. He brought to life the fear and anxiety of the characters. At times he sounded overly whiny with the female characters but in general he did a nice job of bringing the characters to life.
The Big Apple has an evil underground core.
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!
I'm just a crazy old man, what the heck do you care what I think anyways?
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!
people that like the supernatural more.
yes. i love dick hill's narating...good job. just to dark and what next
While I love Dick Hill as a narrator for the "tough guy" voice of the likes of Jack Reacher, he misses the lilting cultivated New Orleans drawl of Pendergast. That cultured drawl is often what provides such a stark contrast to the rest of the characters. Hill's Pendergast sounds more like a hillbilly or hick. He does okay with the "tough guy" Sgt. Vincent D'Gusta (he pronounces it differently than previous narrators), he makes the newspaper man Bill Smithfield sound whiny and smarmy, and altogether unappealing. He tends to do the same with other characters, so they all sound a bit slimy.
As to the plot, it is a typically well-researched and almost plausible plot that makes you question your surroundings. He does a good job of carrying his character creations forward into future novels; and, even if you read them all out of order as I do, they each have a very solid character foundation. That is why I mind so much when certain characters are portrayed a bit against type in the narration. Good listen, in any event!
I wasn't expecting Dick Hill and it really dampened the mood for me after listening to the other books in the series. Maybe if they could re-audio with Rene Auberjonois it would make a difference.
The novel is well paced, fun, and full of action. The characters are (mostly) believable, and suitably flawed. The performance is decent, but most of the characters are lacking their own voice, and there are a few mispronunciations. Overall, the book is quite enjoyable, and makes for an wonderful and exciting followup to "Relic".
The one thing that bears warning, is the use of false science, or the lack of proper research. While this presents itself as a Michael Crichton-type book, that is an extrapolation of science fact, into science fiction, there are many falsities, and incorrect assumptions made. Especially where physics are concerned with the final confrontations. If you can suspend your disbelief, and acknowledge this is fiction, then you should be good. But if you watch movies, and say to yourself "That's not how explosives work" or watch CSI, and say to yourself "DNA can't be ran in a half hour", then you may want to back away from this book.
I bought Relic and Reliquary together, so I persevered after not being impressed with Relic. You need to read them in order as this is a continuation. Personally I wouldn't bother.
It was horrible. the male voices all sounded whiny, especially Smithback who sounded like a nasally, whimp.
I really enjoy the Pendergast novels (though Pendergast is hardly relevant in this story). I loved this story but it fell short of 5 stars. My main complaint is why, oh why did they change narrator form Relic?! David Colacci did a wonderful job; Dick Hill is horrible. I almost stopped listening but kept at it anyway. Also i do not like the various "voice sound effects" like the "phone" or "radio" or "thinking" effects. I find them distracting & annoyoing.
If there is a complaint with the actualy story it is why do our authors feel that absolutely anyone in authority is an absolute ass and was clearly, somehow put in a position of management or supervision to make stupid decisions?
Overall i think this would be a better read than listen.