I liked The Relic, the characters, writing style, and overall flow were excellent. I just thought the almost supernatural element of the creature and the drug was extremely poorly done. It was painfully long-winded explainations of painfully bad and wrong science and tech that destroyed anotherwise excellent book.
For Reliquary, I was expecting everything Iliked from The Relic but a new and better story. What I got was more of the same, the creatures that ruined The Relic are back with far worse pseudo-science and longer painfully stupid explainations than ever.
The book really is very well written it grabs you from the first chapter and keeps the action going, I just really wish the authors would have put 1/10th the effort into actual research that they put into making up silly fake science.
The Narration is okay for the most part, nothing great, nothing too bad, but the special effects efforts kill it. For example, the pathologist walks away from the autopsy recorder microphone, so the audiobook gets faint and muffled. Well, we're not listening to the Pathologist's recording, we're listen to the audio book, we're supposed to be right there in the action. The faint echo effect when we're hearing people's thoughts is also quite annoying.
I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.
I listened to the first book in the series, Relic, and did not enjoy the listen. However, the reviews were very positive and thought I'd give Reliquary, the second book, a chance. I found the novel to be lackluster. I kept waiting, too long, for some excitement and action but did not hear any of the above. I chose to stop listening and decided I should have went with my gut feeling. However, the novel was on sale. Therefore, I didn't have to lose a credit. Dick Wolf tried to breathe some life into the novel but there was no life to be found. I knew then that I'd best put the novel in the do not read memory of my mind.
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 will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
And Art is that which is not art. Just some wisdom to be found in this book.
I seemed to like stuff that is a little edgy. Stuff with science and maybe some pseudo-science. I like looking at things from a different point of view. Preston and Child have a knack for filling that niche.
This is a sequel to Relic, but it also a stand alone novel. There are some mentions of Relic, but not enough to make it a must that you read Relic first. Having said that I would suggest you read Relic first, simply cause I liked it better. But only by about half a star. I also must mention that I prefer Koontz, when it comes to this type of novel, but it is well worth the four stars I gave it.
This is a lot here about the underground of NY city, about those that live in the tunnels and sewer pipes under the city. As mention in the Afterword, even though this is a made up story, there is a population of people who live underground and it goes several stories deep. These tunnels are not charted or mapped.
The entertainment value of this is rather high, but I was getting a little bored between chapters 51 and 57 and then it picks up.
These c/o authors also take a hard hit on conservatives. Accusing them of mob behavior. Which is actually the opposite of the truth. See Anne Coulter, Demonic. She shows that conservatives rarely if ever protest or bend to mob rule. Protesters through out history have always been liberals. Those occupying the parks around the United States were very liberal. But that is a very small part of the book and should not keep you from listening.
If I ever give Dick Hill less then six stars, please take my temperature.
I also like Mount Dragon and Ice Limit.
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!
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.