71-year-old grandmother who has been an avid reader all my life. I have recently retired from being a litigation attorney (for Plaintiffs).
In the beginning, I thought I would not enjoy this book, because it started really slow and just felt a little out of sync compared to the Museum murders book (#1 in the Pendercast series.) However, it turned out to be just a slow starter. Once it got moving, it was every bit as riveting as the prior book. The plot did feel a little repetitive, so hope the entire series is not a rehash of the previous books. It does give an interesting view of the "homeless" living in the underground world.
I probably wouldn't the story line is a little farfetched from reality. It's not bad, but it's just really out there. Borderlines on science fiction, which is not what I understood Pendergast novels to be.
I recommend the book, but if they've listened to any of the other audio books the narration for this one is really lacking.
It's a Pendergast novel for a reason.
When listening to Rene Aberjonois you hear individual characters, when listening to Dick you hear one person speaking for all the characters.
I live everything about this book except the narrator, I've come to love Renee A. Who reads the later books, and is phenomenal. So it's hard for me to listen to the other narrator. However it's an excellent book.
The first two Pendergast novels show Preston and Child finding his voice. This book gives us a better look at our favorite FBI agent and whets our appetite for more about who he is. We need Relic and Reliquary to set the stage for the rest of the series.
The second novel in the expansive Pendergast series is the same level of techno-thriller as it's predecessor. The returning cast are all excellently evolved(science joke as well as literary) and the reader does a brilliant performance recreating their imagined personalities. If you crave mystery, intrigue, and a splattering of real world personality and possibility then look no further. Prequel required reading.
Really enjoyed this performance and story ...but read Relic first. It really sets the stage for this one.....and was equally enjoyable.
It has been a couple of months since I listened to this and while I don't recall all of the characters or all of the story, enough has stayed with me to remember it's impact on me and to want to "read" more. I have to backtrack to the first story before continuing forward but I feel certain I will go through the whole series. Consider this book as very credit-worthy.
Although Relic was exciting and I thoroughly enjoyed it, this sequel took it up a notch or two. The action starts about 18 months after the ending in Relic. There's more action and suspense, a little heart-wrenching at times, and a very big surprise that I didn't see coming until shortly before it was revealed (there was a slight hint). A very nice ending to what was started in Relic.
The narrator did a great job drawing you into the story as well.