Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
After reading The Relic, I wanted to read this one right away. This is a continuation of The Relic and equally as good. Keeps you on your toes, especially the second half. I have read many books that were written by both Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child separately, all of them good. They are great at making a monster story believable. I also like the movie The Relic, lots of people bashed it, but I’m into cheesy monster flicks. Also good stories by these authors are The Codex, Tyrannosaurs Canyon, Terminal Freeze, and Deep Storm.
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.
I found Reliquary essential reading after finishing Relic, the previous Pendergast novel. Reliquary was able to weave a background that made sense out of Relic's story that tended to stretch the limits of believability.
Reliquary also further develops many of the characters found throughout the Pendergast series. D'Agosta, Greene, and Smithback are all present as Special Agent Pendergast weaves his special brand of detective magic.
The narration of Reliquary was better than Relic, which seemed a bit dated. Voice characterizations were distinct and easily recognizable and the reading moved along at a nice pace.
Reliquary was a great addition to the Pendergast series and a must-read for those who have read Relic.
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the continuity of the characters in the series
I enjoyed the narration & the suspense he created. I can not imagine trying to sound like the opposite sex. cudo's to those who can.
Too spooky to laugh or cry but thats why I like Preston & Child.
Suspenseful, intriguing and a nice twist in the tale
yes! Never a dull moment!
Life and drama
had to turn it off at times as I got a little scared...
Reliquary is a mystery procedural but also an anthropological look at the cast system in New York City. I love to read books that teach as well as entertain me.
The story was intense and exciting. I also love the budding relationship of Hayward and D'Agosta. The character development in the book is excellent. You have to feel something for the characters (good or bad) inorder to really abosorb yourself in a book.
Last scene when the main characters go down below the subways and meet the inhabitants.
I love Preston & Child and read all of there work. They never cease to amaze me.
believer in good books
I have had some health issues which meant I spent long hours laying in bed. This was a wonderful way to pass the time!
I enjoy the Pendergast character but the story itself kept me riveted from beginning to end. It's a great suspense/thriller/horror novel,
Anyone who enjoys a "hang onto your hats" thrill ride will enjoy this.
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.
As others have mentioned, this book follows on somewhat from Relic but easily stands on its own. I found myself laughing out loud at the preposterousness of the last third or so of the book but didn't mind a bit due to the great story telling of these two authors.
I understand that the description of the underground tunnels is based on fact, as is the population of folk who live in them so that adds an interesting aspect.
Others have said they felt it was a long story for a disappointing end however, it is a story that gets you in and holds you right to the end, with an ending which I found to be just fine.
I cant' say much about the narration as I was engaged completely in the story, so I guess that means the narration was good as I didn't notice it!