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)
The plot with its twists and turns was gripping. The performance was a bit over acted and over produced to the point of distraction at points. I still recommend it but mauve the book version.
I have to admit I stopped listening half way through this book. It just wasn't my kind of intrigue. Dark tunnels, and mutated beings just aren't my thing.
I listen to books all the time, When I am driving, cleaning, cooking or doing anything quiet. I am AUDOBSESSED!
This story however thrilling to a science Junkie wasn't really great for me. I got bored with it half way through. I really didn't get the summary and took a chance. Bunch of non human /reptilians killing people under the streets of Manhattan. REALLY? OK, so I finished it because I was intrigued by a few of the great characters in the book. But other than that it wasn't my cup a.
I did not start this series where I should have and it seemed to me that my favorite FBI agent did not play as big a role as I would hope in this book. On reflection, this has been the way these books develop. Pendegrast slinks into the story and captivates you while he is in the book. The characters are awesome and easy to follow while our FBI lead is a mystery. This book scared the be-Jesus out of me and it will scare you too if you follow through on their thinking.....good listen!
Too little reseach done in some areas. Writers have the mutants suffering from vitamin D deficiency and calling it scurvy. Scurvy results from vitamin C deficiency.They describe signs of bone disease, such as bow legs,more likely to be rickets instead.
I can suspend disbelief as well as anyone because I love mutants, zombies, aliens, vampires and ghosts as much as anyone, but the above was just sloppy writing.
Dick Hill is a good narrator, IMHO, but to me he is Reacher, not Pendergast. I prefer Rene Auberjonois for Pendergast. I have all the Pendergast novels and some of the other books by these authors and generay enjoy them very much. This book was an anomaly and every author is entitled to one dud.
I would have to say yes, but I have not read the print version of this story.
For the most part it kept me on the edge of my seat, because it was almost nonstop action.
His narration is awesome, he does the different characters voices splendidly. I especially enjoyed the way he narrated pendergasts' charming Orleans voice.
a little bit of crying, and a lot of breath holding from the seemingly endless action.
I do a lot of series reading/listening to of stories, and in a majority of them, if you do not read them in order it doesn't affect the story a lot, but in this case, you should read/listen to The Relic first, because this story the Reliquary, is so much an extension of the relic that you might not fully comprehend all that happens in this story. That, however, does not stop the gist of this story, nor does it effect the action and suspense of this story.
This is the second book in the series. Pendergast's character is not well defined, and certainly not the main character of the story. The narrator is terrible and not like Dick Hill I would not buy this one again.
One of the best.
It was a great story with a lot of twists and turns.
The ending when the leader enters the chamber and his identity is confirmed.
Don't do drugs!
The audio performance is one of the best I've heard. Really pulled me in. Great performance!
I really enjoyed book 1 (Relic) but this not so much. My mind wandered frequently.
Book 1 was a complete story about a beast who killed humans. Book 2 is about beasts who are related to the beast in book 1. Book 2 has a lot of time in underground tunnels and with the homeless. The story and characters were not as good as book 1. The people, what they did, and their motivations did not interest me.
In an interview the author Preston commented that "RELIQUARY was probably the least successful of the "Agent Pendergast" books.”
The audiobook narrator Dick Hill was very good.
Genre: science fiction suspense thriller.
This is the second book in the Pendergast series and it takes awhile for Pendergast to get involved but this allows the author to set up of the storyline for the listener/reader. This story starts out with the discovery of two skeletal remains found when the NYPD dive team searches for a bundle of heroin in a sewer runoff. The ghastly discovery ends up with DR Green and her former advisor DR Frock's Forensic Lab at the museum. Margo is still having haunting memories and dreams from the Museum Beast episode 18 months before this book starts.
We are introduced to several characters to name a few- Mephisto-the mole people king, Capt. Waxie-Lazy PD Officer, SGT Hayward-A gunho female NYPD officer. Each character is used to perfection to help the story continue along a twisting and turning dramatic conclusion.
If you enjoy mystery-thriller serials this book will be right up your alley. I loved it.
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