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)
Read "The Book of the Dead" when it was published and didn't realize there was a series on Pendergast! Now I'm listening to them in order!!! Just love the chemistry between the main characters!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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