Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child pull out the stops in this superb sequel to Relic. Dick Hill's skillful narration effectively draws you into the unrelenting suspense and excitement of this white-knuckle edge-of-your-seat thrill ride. His voice characterizations and pacing mirror the anxiety and emotions of the characters. You feel as if you're standing beside them. Five stars - no argument. It's highly suggested that you read Relic first. (Relic was Preston and Child's debut collaboration.)
Reliquary also marks the second appearance of Agent Pendergast (Relic), a character most readers have elevated to the status of a modern Sherlock Holmes with a touch of James Bond thrown in. Subsequent novels by the authors have reprised Agent Pendergast character six times. If you haven't read the novels of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, you're in for a treat! But one important suggestion: UNABRIDGED ONLY! Read them all.
Lincoln Child suffered from writers' block when he penned this poor example of a SciFi novel. I've read all his books including many he coauthored with Douglas Preston... all of which were thrilling page turners. This book, however, fell far short of his usual excellent plots and interesting characters. This time around you're offered a choice of protagonists who when they inadvertently get in the way of the monster, elicit not as much as a yawn from the survivors (or you dear reader). The "monster" is an equally silly creature (or apparition?) that exists (or doesn't?). The conclusion offers a ridiculous SciFi channel ending which might have been salvaged if everyone had died. But one bad effort from Lincoln Child should be excused. I'd give him an overall rating of 4+ for his past efforts. Deep Storm is noteable in this regard.
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