When two grotesquely deformed skeletons are found deep in the mud off the Manhattan shoreline, museum curator Margo Green is called in to aid the investigation. Margo must once again team up with police lieutenant D'Agosta and FBI agent Pendergast, as well as the brilliant Dr. Frock, to try and solve the puzzle. The trail soon leads deep underground, where they will face the awakening of a slumbering nightmare.
Prolong the suspense: listen to the first book, Relic.
©2008 Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio
The netherworld of New York City...proves as shuddery a setting for the authors' latest scientific monster mash as the American Museum of Natural History did for their bestselling Relic, to which this is the sequel. (Publishers Weekly)
"This should do for the New York subway system what Jaws did for Long Island beaches." (Booklist)
"Dick Hill's reading of this fascinating sequel to Relic builds the suspense and horror." (AudioFile)
This is a cleverly written book with some very graphic details. However, this narrator has obviously not heard any of the other stories in the series. He is not consistent with previous narrators with his pronounciations of names and places. He makes characters that are likeable in other stories, creepy and slimey. The publisher should consider being more consistent with narrators, as they can make or break a book. I have heard other stories this narrator has done, and I thought they were fine, but with this series of stories, I am not impressed with his distortion of the characters.
Having enjoyed " Relic", I was excited to pick up where that tale left off. Unfortunately, the villain in this second outing is never really fleshed out and the creatures aka 'wrinkles' are poorly described. All I know is that they wear cloaks (which feels a bit too tongue in cheek) and have reptilian eyes--doesn't do much for the imagination. This was a stark contrast its predecessor where the museum beat was superbly described to the reader along with great overall character development. This second entry in the series feels incomplete.
The author does a superb job in researching and visually illustrating the inner workings of the New York underground: sewers and abandoned subway tunnels. The author Also exhibited a generous amount of imaginative ingenuity as well as literary brilliance to bring the main storyline of the plot to life. The book was written as a mixture of genres: science fiction, horror, and crime mystery. The shortcoming of the book lies in the mystery portion of the plot. Most of the answers to the mysteries of the crimes being committed and the mastermind behind them are fairly obvious and predictable. I would recommend this book but only at a bargain price. I would not recommend using a monthly credit on it.
Yes. It added good layers to characters I'm sure will continue to be featured in the series.
Underground aspect was great. Dr. Frock was totally predictable and telegraphed.
The switching from character to character was annoying in that if you aren't great at that , read it straight.
So much of the Mbwun stuff was repeated over and over and over.
yes, but with an asterisk
performance was adequate.
I know there are follow ups. I intend to read them.
I am a fan of Preston / Child. They are my little guilty pleasure. I know they will never win any Pulitzers, but I expected better here. The book was full of monsters and dark, hidden places. Which is why i read Preston/Child. But for some reason I found it difficult to get into this book. I kept drifting out. I enjoyed Relic and Cabinet of curiosities very much. And I will likely read the rest of the Pendergast books, but this one was not as good as the last two.
Baltimore book lover
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.
I read the first book and took a liking to many of the characters so I was happy to see some of them return here. Given that fact I will likely listen to the third book and hope it gets better.
If I had rated this before the last hour it would have been 3s all across but the story took a turn for the dumb in the last hour so I took it down to 2 stars.
I did not enjoy this narrator as much as the narrator of the first book. It seemed that he mixed up the voices of two of the main male characters a couple of times. I figured it out from context but it interrupted the storyline.
Genre fiction, trashy to literary--mystery, action, sci fi, fantasy, and, yes, even romance. Also history. Listener reviews help a lot!
I enjoyed Relic, and enjoyed this sequel even more. Both books combine silly and far-fetched action-adventure with a (*very* tenuous) link to "real" science. Their strength, aside from likable lead characters, are the well-researched, fact-based settings. In Relic it was the Museum of Natural History; here it is the subway tunnels and sewage/drainage systems honeycombed beneath New York City. Agent Pendergast (who has a larger role in this second installment of the "series" than he did in Relic) and friends must travel this labyrinth to defeat a horde of mutant monsters and Save The World. I am a Dick Hill fan (and I don't say that about many American readers), so that added to my enjoyment of the selection.
Hmmm, what to say about this book? It was interesting enough. Not enough to hook me completely, though. I had a hard time to finish it.
If I hadn't already read the Diogenes Trilogy and the subsequent few books I may have been tempted to give up on this series. But I know the books get better so I'll chalk this up as an important book as far as character development goes but it's not one I'd reread.
The narrator was horrible. I've listened to other books that Dick Hill has read and he was good. In those books he wasn't required to show much emotion or voice changes. He ruined this book. All the voices were wrong. I love how Scott Brick (he's just so good) and Rene Auberjonois read the later books. The production was off, too. The "special effects" were annoying.
I like the Preston / Child team and tend to give them good reviews. This tends to be one of their flat spots. The book has moments, and the premise of peering into life below the city of New York, in all the abandon tunnels is fascinating. The fabrication and ultimate revelation of the monsters and their weakness was just to pat. Every time some thrilling moment was about to box the good guys in, some revelation released them from any real trouble. There was attempts to make the monsters appear to have the upper hand but it was never convincing and you always knew how things were going to end.
Far to predictable for a recommendation
Good narration though.
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