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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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    Jason Thornhill, ON, Canada 05-08-13
    Jason Thornhill, ON, Canada 05-08-13
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    "A true sequel to the Relic"

    I liked The Relic, the characters, writing style, and overall flow were excellent. I just thought the almost supernatural element of the creature and the drug was extremely poorly done. It was painfully long-winded explainations of painfully bad and wrong science and tech that destroyed anotherwise excellent book.

    For Reliquary, I was expecting everything Iliked from The Relic but a new and better story. What I got was more of the same, the creatures that ruined The Relic are back with far worse pseudo-science and longer painfully stupid explainations than ever.

    The book really is very well written it grabs you from the first chapter and keeps the action going, I just really wish the authors would have put 1/10th the effort into actual research that they put into making up silly fake science.

    The Narration is okay for the most part, nothing great, nothing too bad, but the special effects efforts kill it. For example, the pathologist walks away from the autopsy recorder microphone, so the audiobook gets faint and muffled. Well, we're not listening to the Pathologist's recording, we're listen to the audio book, we're supposed to be right there in the action. The faint echo effect when we're hearing people's thoughts is also quite annoying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 05-08-13
    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 05-08-13 Member Since 2011

    I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.

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    "Dull, no exciting plot, action or characters"

    I listened to the first book in the series, Relic, and did not enjoy the listen. However, the reviews were very positive and thought I'd give Reliquary, the second book, a chance. I found the novel to be lackluster. I kept waiting, too long, for some excitement and action but did not hear any of the above. I chose to stop listening and decided I should have went with my gut feeling. However, the novel was on sale. Therefore, I didn't have to lose a credit. Dick Wolf tried to breathe some life into the novel but there was no life to be found. I knew then that I'd best put the novel in the do not read memory of my mind.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joann 04-17-13
    Joann 04-17-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Series - Read in Order"

    You definitely have to read the first book in this series, Relic. There are many references to the first book and it would be confusing. Otherwishe, the story is OK - not great. I idd enjoy having the same cast of charcters as Relic. They kept the story interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    FreddyK Huntsville, AL 03-25-13
    FreddyK Huntsville, AL 03-25-13
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    "Great story"
    Would you listen to Reliquary again? Why?

    Yes I would listen to it again, all Pendergast books are very well written, much less language than other Pendergast books which is a plus.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It had two really good plot twists which were very good.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 03-14-13
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 03-14-13 Member Since 2015

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "The Louder a person Speaks the Less He has To Say"

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Anne 02-25-13
    Anne 02-25-13 Member Since 2015
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    "If you liked relic, you'll love this."
    What did you love best about Reliquary?

    I enjoyed revisiting the best characters from relic and deeply enjoyed the continuing plot line. I spent many years soaking up the relic storyline before I even realized there was a second book. I was not in the least disappointed!


    What other book might you compare Reliquary to and why?

    I would compare relic to this on for style. The narrator was better here though. I think Dick Hill did a far better job bringing the characters to life.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't think I have a favorite scene because different scenes did different things for me. The whole book was a page turner because each scene was critically important to the next one. Without giving anything away, I think the opening scene sets a great tone for the book.


    Who was the most memorable character of Reliquary and why?

    Pendergast of course but Degosta and Hayward are both prominent and fantastic in this book as well. As a side smaller character, I loved that Snow got his payback eventually.


    Any additional comments?

    Reread this book again. There are always small things you catch that you did not the first time for sure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Connie GAINESVILLE, GA, United States 02-20-13
    Connie GAINESVILLE, GA, United States 02-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I enjoyed it!"
    Would you be willing to try another book from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child ? Why or why not?

    Yes. I am hoping though that the next book will not be about the same scenario...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LadyWish Boston, MA 02-13-13
    LadyWish Boston, MA 02-13-13 Listener Since 2010

    LadyWish

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    "GREAT STORY, OK READER"
    What did you like best about Reliquary? What did you like least?

    I liked the story, and especially the examination of the homeless people living under NYC. I have listened to Scott Brick & Rene Auberjonois (who have read other Pendergast novels), who I favor more. They have more of a handle of the characters. First of all, the pronunciation of D'Agosta's name really stands out and can be slightly annoying. He does a great job of Mephisto's voice, but as for the regular characters, he's just not as good as Scott and Rene, who I think breathe real life into the other Pendergast novels and especially the voice of Agent Pendergast. I love this story, but it might have more replay value if Scott or Rene were reading it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Reliquary?

    The track rabbit scene! EW!!


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I guess so - my issue with the reader is not pace, it's the way the characters are read.


    Did Reliquary inspire you to do anything?

    NO


    Any additional comments?

    I love Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child - I'm a very loyal reader! I read just about everything they write!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul green bay, WI, United States 01-30-13
    Paul green bay, WI, United States 01-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Another good Pendergast read"
    If you could sum up Reliquary in three words, what would they be?

    Compelling, suspenseful, interesting


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story moved a good pace, presented some interesting scientific theory, and likeable characters along with good villains.


    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the second book in the series, if you like the first book it's a great bet you'll #2.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce Perth, Australia 01-29-13
    Bruce Perth, Australia 01-29-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good - very similar to Relic"

    If you enjoyed Relic you'll enjoy this. Not essential that you read that first but would definitely help.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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