After reading Relic I looked forward to Reliquary. I enjoyed this book even more than Relic. I recommend reading the books in order. Many characters introduced in the Relic appear in this book.
I could read anything with him in it! This was a fan and exciting sequel to Relic. It only gets 4 stars because of the change in narrator... It's hard to listen to 14 hours of Relic with certain accents and pronunciations and then go into the sequel with a completely different guy...
I really enjoy genre fiction, mostly fantasy and mysteries but enjoy discovering new authors.
I didn't love this book but I didn't hate it, either. Same formula as the others; grusome discovery leads to a police investigation with a supernatual bent to it. Same reporter, same museum curriator, same cops. The only thing new is the narrator. Different from the usual Rene Auberjonois but different isn't bad.
Love the story, love Pendergast. HATE Dick Hill. He is just a terrible narrator. Avoid him at all costs.
Ardent Audible listener with 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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These books are all starting to sound the same to me. The stories are not different enough (from Relic to Reliquary) to interest me enough to listen to the rest of this book. I like Special Agent Pendergast and would like to see him have more presence as as does in later books. Sorry ... not for me.