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.
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.
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.
I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
And Art is that which is not art. Just some wisdom to be found in this book.
I seemed to like stuff that is a little edgy. Stuff with science and maybe some pseudo-science. I like looking at things from a different point of view. Preston and Child have a knack for filling that niche.
This is a sequel to Relic, but it also a stand alone novel. There are some mentions of Relic, but not enough to make it a must that you read Relic first. Having said that I would suggest you read Relic first, simply cause I liked it better. But only by about half a star. I also must mention that I prefer Koontz, when it comes to this type of novel, but it is well worth the four stars I gave it.
This is a lot here about the underground of NY city, about those that live in the tunnels and sewer pipes under the city. As mention in the Afterword, even though this is a made up story, there is a population of people who live underground and it goes several stories deep. These tunnels are not charted or mapped.
The entertainment value of this is rather high, but I was getting a little bored between chapters 51 and 57 and then it picks up.
These c/o authors also take a hard hit on conservatives. Accusing them of mob behavior. Which is actually the opposite of the truth. See Anne Coulter, Demonic. She shows that conservatives rarely if ever protest or bend to mob rule. Protesters through out history have always been liberals. Those occupying the parks around the United States were very liberal. But that is a very small part of the book and should not keep you from listening.
If I ever give Dick Hill less then six stars, please take my temperature.
I also like Mount Dragon and Ice Limit.
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.
20 yrs later & this book is still a top-notch thriller. Narrator did a pretty great job with the subtle dramatics & effects, although it's always such a cliche when male readers feel the need to voice every female character as soft, breathless, & timid.
loved it the authors were really awesome the story line was easy to follow. fun
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