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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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    Andrea Canaan, NH, United States 01-18-13
    Andrea Canaan, NH, United States 01-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good Read! But read Relic first!"

    The second book in the Pendergast series is every bit as chilling as the first! Be sure you have read "Relic" first, since several of the characters from that book are involved, and the mystery continues.
    Although the characters are the same, they have changed a bit due to their previous experiences in the museum.
    Along with weaving a wonderful mystery, the authors take us below street level and "shine a light" on a real life phenomenon evolving there.
    This is a wonderful mystery, and a thought provoking story, portrayed through very realistic and sometimes endearing characters.

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    Amazon Customer 01-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Where's the research?"
    What disappointed you about Reliquary?

    There was a distinct lack of research in regards to a lot of elements in this book. It was at odds with some of the more in-depth research done about the under-city of New York. Mainly, there was great disparities in how the real world organizations worked (Military, police, FBI) and how they are portrayed in the story.


    What was most disappointing about Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child ’s story?

    Aside from the lack of accuracy with the government and civil agencies, the fact that the scientists involved refused to use scientific method, and a conversation of only a few minutes convinced a veteran police officer, his superiors, and the mayor that drastic action needed to be taken that would result in catastrophic loss of life, and was completely unconstitutional, and unfounded?

    The characters themselves were thin. Bad guys were awful people who had no redeeming qualities. People the authors did not want you to like were caricatures who ran away at the slightest hint of danger, who screamed at their subordinates, and displayed no leadership qualities at all. They always did the exact opposite of what the main characters suggested, even if the suggestion was a logical one, simply because they couldn't seem to stomach the idea of working in concert with the main character.

    In regards to Mrs. Wisher, the reader is constantly told how much of a formidable and natural born leader she is, but we are never shown that. We simply see her after a few days or weeks have passed, gone from a mourning old lady to a MLK-esque figure with hundreds of followers.

    (Minor Spoilers) The major beefs I have with the story is the inclusion of a SEAL team. There are so many inaccuracies with this, that they may have well left them out. For one, military personnel cannot engage in operations on U.S. soil. Secondly, there is no way they'd take a non-SEAL member with them on a mission. And lastly, SEALs, and military personnel in general, are not normally in the practice of casually threatening grievous bodily harm to civilians without provocation. (End spoilers)

    I take issue with the perfection of the main characters, too. Their flaws seemed to be 'informed' flaws - those that we are told exist but don't actually impede the character at all. Also, they are never really directly threatened, aside from once during a recon in the sewers which we never actually saw, and at the very end, and again the camera cut to black before the going got good.

    There's more, such as a civilian allowed to be in an FBI armory unattended, and unquestioned when she comes out. The badly drawn pseudo-science where a tropical plant was bred to thrive in a temperate climate in a matter of months. The police officer who makes it a habit to insult and lip off to superiors at every turn until they meet with her approval, and somehow she still has a job. The fact that creatures with severe symptoms of vitamin deficiency are apex predators despite what must be incredibly debilitating physical issues.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dick Hill?

    Actually, he did alright. I just think that the book was full of such force dialogue and jumped-up conclusions that no one could really have performed it well.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Reliquary?

    Anything having to do with the inner workings of an agency. They got simple things like lingo wrong with regards to the military, they have standards of operations wrong with the police and FBI and military, and they have awful ideas about scientific discovery. Yet the worst scene, I think, is the one in the beginning where you find out what Kowkita is up to. It is literally the second or third scene in the book, and you find out what is going on behind the scenes. And then, the rest of the book you have to suffer through the main characters coming to the same conclusions you already knew about because of the expository scene from the very start. Get rid of that scene, and the book actually becomes a pedantic mystery, rather than a pedantic and narcissistic narration of events.


    Any additional comments?

    I wanted to like this book and I went into it knowing it was a very early work. Having listened first to Riptide, and moderately enjoying it, I listened to Relic. I overlooked a lot there, knowing it was a first effort and hoping the series got better as it went. I did not particularly enjoy it for many of the same reasons I take issue with this book. On faith of improvement, I picked up Reliquary, but met with disappointment. The lack of research I'd noted in Relic became even worse here, and it has soured me to future efforts of these authors. Riptide was good enough for me to try another book after a dud, but two in a row is too much.

    I will not be listening to more from this series at least, and will think twice before I pick up anything by these authors again.

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    linda LIVONIA, MICHIGAN, United States 01-08-13
    linda LIVONIA, MICHIGAN, United States 01-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "too dark."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    people that like the supernatural more.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child again?

    mayybe


    Did Dick Hill do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    yes. i love dick hill's narating...good job. just to dark and what next


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Reliquary?

    ??


    Any additional comments?

    no

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    charles bastop, LA, United States 01-07-13
    charles bastop, LA, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "good book likable charactors"
    Would you listen to Reliquary again? Why?

    Yes it was great book but wanded around sum


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Reliquary?

    More like a James bond and mister gadget.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    Clear voice


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    Janels 01-04-13
    Janels 01-04-13
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    "Typically great Pendergast, narrator misses"

    While I love Dick Hill as a narrator for the "tough guy" voice of the likes of Jack Reacher, he misses the lilting cultivated New Orleans drawl of Pendergast. That cultured drawl is often what provides such a stark contrast to the rest of the characters. Hill's Pendergast sounds more like a hillbilly or hick. He does okay with the "tough guy" Sgt. Vincent D'Gusta (he pronounces it differently than previous narrators), he makes the newspaper man Bill Smithfield sound whiny and smarmy, and altogether unappealing. He tends to do the same with other characters, so they all sound a bit slimy.

    As to the plot, it is a typically well-researched and almost plausible plot that makes you question your surroundings. He does a good job of carrying his character creations forward into future novels; and, even if you read them all out of order as I do, they each have a very solid character foundation. That is why I mind so much when certain characters are portrayed a bit against type in the narration. Good listen, in any event!

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    Amazon Customer Homewood, IL, United States 12-11-12
    Amazon Customer Homewood, IL, United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Great supense and interesting characters"
    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    Pendergast has to be oe of the most memorable charecters in the murder mystery genre, and Hill's performance is perfect. Lincoln and Child's Pendergast series crosses genres, incorporting elements of suspense, mystery, crime and horror. This sequel was just as gripping as Relic, and I look forwad to listening to the rest of the series.


    Any additional comments?

    My favorite Audible books have been those that use both a male and a female reader. Even talented male readers such as Hill, who can believably perform a range of ages and accents, don't seem to be be able to perform a believable female voice. Even the stongest female characters end up with high pitched, breathy, girly voices, or they sound like drag queens. This is hard on the ears of your female readers who enjoy the strong female characters. Please, please do more books with two readers!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy St Charles, MO, United States 10-16-12
    Nancy St Charles, MO, United States 10-16-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent!"

    I could not put the book down. The author continues the saga (from Relic) with more monsters and with the same heroes of the first novel. The characters are good.. however the publisher's description is a bit misleading making Margo Green to be the heroine, but actually, it is Margo and Pendergast together that are a heroic duo.

    The descriptions of New York's underground being so very deep and vast seem a bit extreme and far-fetched to me. But then, I know that there is an underground and people abide there - and I'm not from New York.. so what do I know? It did not detract from the story though.

    The narrator was great. Good speed, enunciation and drama. Character voices were done nicely.

    I would definitely recommend the book - worth the credit!

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    Steven Sugar Land, TX, United States 10-01-12
    Steven Sugar Land, TX, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Kept me listening"
    Would you listen to Reliquary again? Why?

    This book was good, and kept me listening, but wasn't as good as the first book, in my opinion. The ending did catch me off guard, but was a little far fetched. A good book though.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    celia Gainesville, FL, United States 09-17-12
    celia Gainesville, FL, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great characters,lots of action & a great twist"

    Great characters, lots of action & a great surprise ending. As with other books by Preston & Child, I can't wait to get to the end & I am always sad when I do.

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    Randy Murfreesboro, TN, United States 09-11-12
    Randy Murfreesboro, TN, United States 09-11-12 Member Since 2002
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    "Worst Book of the Series"

    I wasn't expecting Dick Hill and it really dampened the mood for me after listening to the other books in the series. Maybe if they could re-audio with Rene Auberjonois it would make a difference.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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