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)
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.
I absolutely LOVED Relic. So I was excited that there was a sequel. And though this is a good book, the switch in narrators did nothing for it. I was accustomed to the characters as portrayed by David Colacci (who did an excellent job) Dick Hill made the reporter sound like a whiney wimp....the narrator made all of the characters much less likable. Though I still liked this book- it doesn't come anywhere close to being as good as Relic.
Dick Hill again proves that he can ruin any novel no matter how good it is. He portrays the characters as either chronically hysterical (especially women) or prone to fits of anger. Spare me any more narration by Dick Hill.
The first two Pendergast novels show Preston and Child finding his voice. This book gives us a better look at our favorite FBI agent and whets our appetite for more about who he is. We need Relic and Reliquary to set the stage for the rest of the series.
The second novel in the expansive Pendergast series is the same level of techno-thriller as it's predecessor. The returning cast are all excellently evolved(science joke as well as literary) and the reader does a brilliant performance recreating their imagined personalities. If you crave mystery, intrigue, and a splattering of real world personality and possibility then look no further. Prequel required reading.
Really enjoyed this performance and story ...but read Relic first. It really sets the stage for this one.....and was equally enjoyable.
Although Relic was exciting and I thoroughly enjoyed it, this sequel took it up a notch or two. The action starts about 18 months after the ending in Relic. There's more action and suspense, a little heart-wrenching at times, and a very big surprise that I didn't see coming until shortly before it was revealed (there was a slight hint). A very nice ending to what was started in Relic.
The narrator did a great job drawing you into the story as well.
seriously. just read a summary. you'll lose nothing. this book sucks. stick with enders game and speaker. the last two can be told in 5 mind. the other 28 hours is useless babel.
I really want to like this series. This is the type of series I thought I would really enjoy. However, the first book, Relic, was a real struggle to get through. I'm thinking maybe the narrator was the culprit. So I tried this, the second book, but had the same problem--just a real tough time getting into it. I quit after getting about a quarter of the way through. Although I usually like Dick Hill as a narrator, he just didn't work for this book. Or maybe the struggle is because of the writing, or a combination of both. I am going give this series one more try, and jump to book four, Still Life With Crows, because Scott Brick is my favorite narrator of them all. If he can't make this series better, nobody can.
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