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Reliquary Audiobook

Reliquary: Pendergast, Book 2

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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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    michelle 04-05-15
    michelle 04-05-15
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    "Terrific storyline and very suspenseful.
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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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    Herr 04-04-15
    Herr 04-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The Relic 2."

    This is a fairly mediocre story that becomes a great series. It is good mindless fun but much better stories will follow.

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    Emily 04-01-15
    Emily 04-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "2 1/2 stars"

    Not an inspired sequel to Relic. Very paint by the numbers. Everyone except the people who deserve it survives and Prendergast is a modern Sherlock Holmes

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    Mary Ann Bakowski 03-27-15

    Dorothy1939

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    "This is one terrific story!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Reliquary to be better than the print version?

    I would not consider the audio edition of this book better than the print version but I truly enjoyed the story. In the print edition, my imagination did a very good job of picturing the underground places and knowing Central Park, it was like being there. The narrator's description left me sort of confused, even though I know the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is a Pendergast novel, need I say more. He is late to arrive on the case, but once he is there everyone knows it. This character has charm and wit and his life style is amazing.


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

    Dick Hill did an ok job on the characters. My biggest objection was Smithback who sounded like a bad Jack Nicholson impression. Pendergast was very good but I couldn't stand the New York matron.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I would have liked to listen to the book in one sitting as the story is so compelling. By having to stop, I always had to go back a chapter to refresh my memory.


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    James heartwell, NE, United States 03-23-15
    James heartwell, NE, United States 03-23-15 Member Since 2016
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    "I give it a jesh and a huuump."

    The narrator is fantastic. The 1st book is better. Alas I am too deep now to stop. I'll continue with the series.

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    Michael Conner Lancaster Pa 03-18-15
    Michael Conner Lancaster Pa 03-18-15 Member Since 2009

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Too far fetched for me."

    I liked Pendergast in the first book of the series so I continued with this one. The story is just too far out there. The other negative is that it's read by Dick Hill, not my favorite narrator. He has talent but the over acting drives me nuts.

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    Alison Brinston, ONTARIO, Canada 03-17-15
    Alison Brinston, ONTARIO, Canada 03-17-15 Member Since 2013
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    "sort of the same as the first only not as good"

    This book continues on the plot started up in the epilogue of the first book. Unfortunately, it fails to live up to its predecessor. It has most of the same plot features, all the same characters, science and high tech, but now it's just rehashing the first book instead of doing something new. It pretty much follows exactly the same plot as the first, wherein Pendergast and D'Augusta call on the Museum of Natural History crew to help out with killer beasts. Things come to a head when a variety of plot lines all come together in the same place at the same time, but where things seemed smooth and natural with the first book (the gathering of people for the museum opening), this book seems a bit more stilted and forced. The Take Back Our City plot line seems stuck in there for no better reason than to provide a crowd to be put in danger as things spiral out of control because of faulty technology and incompetent people in high places (just like the first book).

    The first book was quite focused on the science of the museum beast. This book also has some science in it, but all the repetitive time that was before spent on DNA is now spent on the underground city beneath New York. Like the first book it's interesting for a few minutes, but dragging as the book goes on.

    I quite like Dick Hill in general as a narrator, and I think he has a great voice for gritty detective books, but he just couldn't capture any kind of southern accent for Pendergast and his Irish accent for the coroner was frankly sad.

    Bottom line: this book doesn't give me hope for the rest of the series. Probably won't be buying any more of them.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David Saint Charles, MO, United States 03-12-15
    David Saint Charles, MO, United States 03-12-15 Member Since 2013

    Audible is better than TV

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    "I Gave Pendergast Another Shot....It Missed"

    This book is not bad, but it is not my thing. I listened to Relic which was much the same and loved the Pendergast character so I gave the next book a shot. The Pendergast character is pretty cool, but he is seldom seen. The rest is fairly ordinary.

    This is a great followup to the Relic, and if you have read that you should read Reiquary as it completes that story-line nicely.

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    Lynda Waseca, MN, United States 03-01-15
    Lynda Waseca, MN, United States 03-01-15 Member Since 2008

    Variety...the spice of life! I read a variety of genres. From historical fiction, to murder mystery, to vampires and on to teen fiction.

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    "What a tangled web we weave............."

    This book had a slow start, but eventually picked up and held my interest. The story is a bit far-fetched, but nonetheless, a mystery that I enjoyed trying to solve. Pendergast makes his appearance a bit late into the book and that is probably why it took a bit for me to get interested in the storyline. His character always seems to have that effect. Margo is portrayed as a strong female character (healing from her tragedy from the Relic, the first Pendergast book) within this book and I appreciated that. The story is a bit gory, but I like that, though some people may not. I had read The Relic a long time ago as well as a few other Pendergast novels and my goal is to finish them all in order this time. This is the 2nd in the series and I enjoyed the listen and will continue diving into the Pendergast adventures. Dick Hill always does a fine job of narrating.

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    Regina 02-28-15
    Regina 02-28-15
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    "Good story; annoying narration"

    The narration would have been fine except they kept putting special effects in the story. I find those to be very annoying.

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