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!
Me am Pop-Surrealist Tiki-Artist living and making Art on the active volcanic "Big Island" of Hawaii. Aloha.
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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The second book in the Pendergast series is every bit as chilling as the first! Be sure you have read "Relic" first, since several of the characters from that book are involved, and the mystery continues.
Although the characters are the same, they have changed a bit due to their previous experiences in the museum.
Along with weaving a wonderful mystery, the authors take us below street level and "shine a light" on a real life phenomenon evolving there.
This is a wonderful mystery, and a thought provoking story, portrayed through very realistic and sometimes endearing characters.
There was a distinct lack of research in regards to a lot of elements in this book. It was at odds with some of the more in-depth research done about the under-city of New York. Mainly, there was great disparities in how the real world organizations worked (Military, police, FBI) and how they are portrayed in the story.
Aside from the lack of accuracy with the government and civil agencies, the fact that the scientists involved refused to use scientific method, and a conversation of only a few minutes convinced a veteran police officer, his superiors, and the mayor that drastic action needed to be taken that would result in catastrophic loss of life, and was completely unconstitutional, and unfounded?
The characters themselves were thin. Bad guys were awful people who had no redeeming qualities. People the authors did not want you to like were caricatures who ran away at the slightest hint of danger, who screamed at their subordinates, and displayed no leadership qualities at all. They always did the exact opposite of what the main characters suggested, even if the suggestion was a logical one, simply because they couldn't seem to stomach the idea of working in concert with the main character.
In regards to Mrs. Wisher, the reader is constantly told how much of a formidable and natural born leader she is, but we are never shown that. We simply see her after a few days or weeks have passed, gone from a mourning old lady to a MLK-esque figure with hundreds of followers.
(Minor Spoilers) The major beefs I have with the story is the inclusion of a SEAL team. There are so many inaccuracies with this, that they may have well left them out. For one, military personnel cannot engage in operations on U.S. soil. Secondly, there is no way they'd take a non-SEAL member with them on a mission. And lastly, SEALs, and military personnel in general, are not normally in the practice of casually threatening grievous bodily harm to civilians without provocation. (End spoilers)
I take issue with the perfection of the main characters, too. Their flaws seemed to be 'informed' flaws - those that we are told exist but don't actually impede the character at all. Also, they are never really directly threatened, aside from once during a recon in the sewers which we never actually saw, and at the very end, and again the camera cut to black before the going got good.
There's more, such as a civilian allowed to be in an FBI armory unattended, and unquestioned when she comes out. The badly drawn pseudo-science where a tropical plant was bred to thrive in a temperate climate in a matter of months. The police officer who makes it a habit to insult and lip off to superiors at every turn until they meet with her approval, and somehow she still has a job. The fact that creatures with severe symptoms of vitamin deficiency are apex predators despite what must be incredibly debilitating physical issues.
Actually, he did alright. I just think that the book was full of such force dialogue and jumped-up conclusions that no one could really have performed it well.
Anything having to do with the inner workings of an agency. They got simple things like lingo wrong with regards to the military, they have standards of operations wrong with the police and FBI and military, and they have awful ideas about scientific discovery. Yet the worst scene, I think, is the one in the beginning where you find out what Kowkita is up to. It is literally the second or third scene in the book, and you find out what is going on behind the scenes. And then, the rest of the book you have to suffer through the main characters coming to the same conclusions you already knew about because of the expository scene from the very start. Get rid of that scene, and the book actually becomes a pedantic mystery, rather than a pedantic and narcissistic narration of events.
I wanted to like this book and I went into it knowing it was a very early work. Having listened first to Riptide, and moderately enjoying it, I listened to Relic. I overlooked a lot there, knowing it was a first effort and hoping the series got better as it went. I did not particularly enjoy it for many of the same reasons I take issue with this book. On faith of improvement, I picked up Reliquary, but met with disappointment. The lack of research I'd noted in Relic became even worse here, and it has soured me to future efforts of these authors. Riptide was good enough for me to try another book after a dud, but two in a row is too much.
I will not be listening to more from this series at least, and will think twice before I pick up anything by these authors again.
people that like the supernatural more.
yes. i love dick hill's narating...good job. just to dark and what next