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Reliquary: Pendergast, Book 2 | [Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child]

Reliquary: Pendergast, Book 2

Hidden deep beneath Manhattan lies a warren of tunnels, sewers, and galleries, mostly forgotten by those who walk the streets above. There lies the ultimate secret of the Museum Beast. 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.
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Publisher's Summary

Hidden deep beneath Manhattan lies a warren of tunnels, sewers, and galleries, mostly forgotten by those who walk the streets above. There lies the ultimate secret of the Museum Beast.

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

What the Critics Say

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)

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    Dennis Mazama, WA, United States 04-29-13
    Dennis Mazama, WA, United States 04-29-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Did not live up to the first book"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Polly Philadelphia, PA, United States 12-28-12
    Polly Philadelphia, PA, United States 12-28-12 Member Since 2010

    An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.

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    "Even Better than Relic"

    I liked Relic ... a lot. But Reliquary is even better because of the details about the underground (literally) life in NYC. Pendergast is back in his usual great form. Other characters return and are even more clearly drawn. I highly recommend this book. I'm now officially working my way through the entire series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    G. House Sr. Sherborn, MA, United States 05-10-12
    G. House Sr. Sherborn, MA, United States 05-10-12 Member Since 2015

    I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.

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    "A fitting sequal to Relic"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Reliquary to be better than the print version?

    Yes. I love the way characters are performed. To me, performance gives life to the novel in a tangible and memorable way.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Margo Green continues to kick butt. She even out shines Pendergast. I am going to miss her in later novels.


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    Margo Green.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    At the climax of fining the mastermind, just they way it was laid out, i was surprised and sadened.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Massachusetts 10-23-10
    Carol Massachusetts 10-23-10

    Good writing has ... a balance and a rhythm. You can feel that much better when it's read aloud. --Laura Hillenbrand, author of Unbroken

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    "Surprisingly, Sewage Can Be Fun"

    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.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Holly L. Njus 11-23-08

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    "Excellent Download"

    This was a great purchase. The dramatization was excellent. It definitely kept you involved with the story. Definitely not for children.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Emiko Grannis, AR, United States 08-10-09
    Emiko Grannis, AR, United States 08-10-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Not Bad"

    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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Fred Laakso West Allis, WI United States 01-10-09
    Fred Laakso West Allis, WI United States 01-10-09 Member Since 2006
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    "No more Dick Hill"

    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.

    12 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    David Abilene, TX 04-24-15
    David Abilene, TX 04-24-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Gave Up On This Book, But Not The Series...Yet"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sherlock Fan kitsune99! 04-20-15
    Sherlock Fan kitsune99! 04-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Another winner"

    Love these Pendergast books if you listed to Relic then you need to listen to this one too is a continuation of the Relic story. Only problem I have is this reader mispronounce certain characters names.

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    michelle 04-05-15
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Pendergast is very articulated and the scientific methods in this book are very realistic.

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