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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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    Amazon Customer Des Moines, IA USA 09-01-12
    Amazon Customer Des Moines, IA USA 09-01-12 Member Since 2012

    JP

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    "Great book, but ignore the bad science"

    The novel is well paced, fun, and full of action. The characters are (mostly) believable, and suitably flawed. The performance is decent, but most of the characters are lacking their own voice, and there are a few mispronunciations. Overall, the book is quite enjoyable, and makes for an wonderful and exciting followup to "Relic".

    The one thing that bears warning, is the use of false science, or the lack of proper research. While this presents itself as a Michael Crichton-type book, that is an extrapolation of science fact, into science fiction, there are many falsities, and incorrect assumptions made. Especially where physics are concerned with the final confrontations. If you can suspend your disbelief, and acknowledge this is fiction, then you should be good. But if you watch movies, and say to yourself "That's not how explosives work" or watch CSI, and say to yourself "DNA can't be ran in a half hour", then you may want to back away from this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 08-30-12
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 08-30-12 Member Since 2014

    Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.

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    "Reliquary, quite a mouth full."

    After reading The Relic, I wanted to read this one right away. This is a continuation of The Relic and equally as good. Keeps you on your toes, especially the second half. I have read many books that were written by both Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child separately, all of them good. They are great at making a monster story believable. I also like the movie The Relic, lots of people bashed it, but I’m into cheesy monster flicks. Also good stories by these authors are The Codex, Tyrannosaurs Canyon, Terminal Freeze, and Deep Storm.

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    Amazon Customer 08-27-12
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    "Good narration ... terrible plot"

    I bought Relic and Reliquary together, so I persevered after not being impressed with Relic. You need to read them in order as this is a continuation. Personally I wouldn't bother.

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    Amr giza, Egypt 08-27-12
    Amr giza, Egypt 08-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    "wonderful"

    this is a very good story, i enjoyed how the writers showed the characters personality changes since the last museum incident

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    Glenn Douglas, MA, United States 08-22-12
    Glenn Douglas, MA, United States 08-22-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Really ties up Relic's loose ends"

    I found Reliquary essential reading after finishing Relic, the previous Pendergast novel. Reliquary was able to weave a background that made sense out of Relic's story that tended to stretch the limits of believability.

    Reliquary also further develops many of the characters found throughout the Pendergast series. D'Agosta, Greene, and Smithback are all present as Special Agent Pendergast weaves his special brand of detective magic.

    The narration of Reliquary was better than Relic, which seemed a bit dated. Voice characterizations were distinct and easily recognizable and the reading moved along at a nice pace.

    Reliquary was a great addition to the Pendergast series and a must-read for those who have read Relic.

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    Yugonda 08-20-12
    Yugonda 08-20-12 Member Since 2014

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Pendergast Is Sublime"
    What made the experience of listening to Reliquary the most enjoyable?

    the continuity of the characters in the series


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I enjoyed the narration & the suspense he created. I can not imagine trying to sound like the opposite sex. cudo's to those who can.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Too spooky to laugh or cry but thats why I like Preston & Child.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lynne Blewis Avalon, NSW Australia 08-07-12
    Lynne Blewis Avalon, NSW Australia 08-07-12 Listener Since 2004
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    "Reliquary Excellent Book 2 in the series"
    If you could sum up Reliquary in three words, what would they be?

    Suspenseful, intriguing and a nice twist in the tale


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    yes! Never a dull moment!


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Life and drama


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    had to turn it off at times as I got a little scared...


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    Sharon 08-05-12
    Sharon 08-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    "One of my favorite books."
    If you could sum up Reliquary in three words, what would they be?

    Reliquary is a mystery procedural but also an anthropological look at the cast system in New York City. I love to read books that teach as well as entertain me.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was intense and exciting. I also love the budding relationship of Hayward and D'Agosta. The character development in the book is excellent. You have to feel something for the characters (good or bad) inorder to really abosorb yourself in a book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Last scene when the main characters go down below the subways and meet the inhabitants.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Preston & Child and read all of there work. They never cease to amaze me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Grandmerry Idaho, USA 07-23-12
    Grandmerry Idaho, USA 07-23-12 Member Since 2012

    believer in good books

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    "Pendergast is back!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Reliquary to be better than the print version?

    I have had some health issues which meant I spent long hours laying in bed. This was a wonderful way to pass the time!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoy the Pendergast character but the story itself kept me riveted from beginning to end. It's a great suspense/thriller/horror novel,


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone who enjoys a "hang onto your hats" thrill ride will enjoy this.

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    Michael Montclair, NJ, United States 06-06-12
    Michael Montclair, NJ, United States 06-06-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Disappointed"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Reliquary to be better than the print version?

    no


    What didn’t you like about Dick Hill’s performance?

    It was horrible. the male voices all sounded whiny, especially Smithback who sounded like a nasally, whimp.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoy the Pendergast novels (though Pendergast is hardly relevant in this story). I loved this story but it fell short of 5 stars. My main complaint is why, oh why did they change narrator form Relic?! David Colacci did a wonderful job; Dick Hill is horrible. I almost stopped listening but kept at it anyway. Also i do not like the various "voice sound effects" like the "phone" or "radio" or "thinking" effects. I find them distracting & annoyoing.
    If there is a complaint with the actualy story it is why do our authors feel that absolutely anyone in authority is an absolute ass and was clearly, somehow put in a position of management or supervision to make stupid decisions?
    Overall i think this would be a better read than listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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