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)
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.
Audible is better than TV
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.
Variety...the spice of life! I read a variety of genres. From historical fiction, to murder mystery, to vampires and on to teen fiction.
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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The story builds seamlessly on Relic, with catastrophe new to the panoply of New York City disaster scenarios more frequently explored by authors and filmmakers. Good development of booth characters and pseudo-science alike. A magnificent use of the atmosphere provided my some of Manhattan's more unique habitats... And the story has heart: you end up caring what happens to the main protagonists. The narration is flawless. What's not to like?
The story is good but too long. There are too many desperate situations for one book. In places it seems to force the storyline into synch with Relic. The characters are memorable, and the descriptions, logic and follow up all well thought out and depicted.
Even though the narrator was way out of his league with very little differentiation in the voices of many of the characters, I was nonetheless thoroughly engrossed in the story from beginning to end.
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A lot of detail and intricate plotting. Let's see, a tidal wave in Central Park, plant viruses leading to bizarre genetic twists in criminal humans, diving in mud, and a multi-level city under New York. It just got better and better.
An enjoyable if not predictable book. A good escape. The narration is not bad, but I enjoyed the voices of the characters much more from the narrator of Relic. And of course I will be continuing the series.
"Superb follow up"
You must read the relic first to really get this book, but this book too has a brilliant plot and characters. Unusual mix of sci fi, adventure and murder. This book is true escapism, brilliantly read and superbly written. Hours of true escapism at its best.
Like James Cameron's Aliens, this takes the lone monster hide and seek story of the original, and turns it up to a full on war.
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