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Relic: Pendergast, Book 1 | [Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child]

Relic: Pendergast, Book 1

Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in the museum's dark hallways and secret rooms. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human. But the museum's directors plan to go ahead with a big bash to celebrate the new exhibition, in spite of the murders. Museum researcher Margo Green must find out who - or what - is doing the killing.
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Publisher's Summary

Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in the museum's dark hallways and secret rooms. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human. But the museum's directors plan to go ahead with a big bash to celebrate the new exhibition, in spite of the murders.

Museum researcher Margo Green must find out who - or what - is doing the killing. But can she do it in time to stop the massacre?

Prolong the suspense: listen to the sequel, Reliquary.

©2007 Douglas Preston; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"With its close-up view of museum life and politics, plausible scientific background, sharply drawn characters and a plot line that's blissfully free of gratuitous romance, this well-crafted novel offers first-rate thrills and chills." (Publishers Weekly)

"Wildly cool....Thrill hounds couldn't ask for a creepier environment....a thriller staged in the world's scariest building, with no room for the squeamish." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Diane 03-03-11
    Diane 03-03-11
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    "Love the Pendergast novels"

    This is a great book. Well written, Creative, Interesting, good monster story, too. I love the Pendergast novels. He doesn't hold center stage in this one as he does in the later ones. The narrator is good but no one can top the narrator, Rene Auberjois (Sp?), who does the other 10 or so Pendergast novels. I highly reccomend almost any of them. Excellent books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LaShawn Bridgewater, MA, United States 02-21-11
    LaShawn Bridgewater, MA, United States 02-21-11 Member Since 2011
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    "A Struggle To Finish"

    I brought this during a $5 sale, thank God. Positively awful!! The narration is horrible on my end. It sounds like it was electronically spliced together in sections. There are quite few words that are completely unintelligible. I thought maybe it was just my recording of it onto a CD but I also listened with my IPod and got the same results. The story holds no interest for me whatsoever. I will NOT keep up with this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JeanneE Wells, VT, United States 02-14-11
    JeanneE Wells, VT, United States 02-14-11 Member Since 2002
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    "Wheelchair cluelessness"

    One of the main characters is a brilliant scientist who has done expeditions in his wheelchair, who has full use of his arms and a very strong grip, all noted in the prose. So why does he suddenly need another character to push him around? This and other nonsense about wheelchair use was annoying. A little bit of research, a few chats with folks who use wheelchairs, and maybe the authors would not be so clueless. Sadly, too few readers will even notice the ableist cliches ("wheelchair-bound", "iron prison", etc.) or the unexamined assumptions that underlie them.

    The story itself is pretty silly, but a competent monster tale, good fluff as a soundtrack to chores. The reader, David Colacci, is reliable. Like a good mechanic, he knows his trade, cares enough to research pronunciation of uncommon and technical terms.

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    SSMITTEE 02-04-11
    SSMITTEE 02-04-11

    Say something about myself! I'm 66 with poor vision and HANDICAPPED,I save all my actual reading for my bible. My pleasure is at AUDIBLE!

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    "I DELETED THIS BOOK"

    THERE WAS FAR A TOO MUCH PROFANITY I DONT KNEED THAT KIND OF LANGUAGE TO ENJOY THE STORY LINE

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    Shirley 01-30-11
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    "could not stop listening"

    Very good. I love to get lost in a story that takes me out of "my world" into a world that is far out and exciting. This book does it. You have to read the sequel 'Reliquary. What a surprise!

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    Sandy 01-29-11
    Sandy 01-29-11

    Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.

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    "light listening"

    a bit of escapist nonsense with a quirky end.
    This is a light monster 'thriller'. The only thing I pondered upon was 'How thick are the walls in Sydney Museum?'
    I imagine the authors had some fun writing the story. David Colacci read well.
    All up not worth a credit when there are so many excellent listens available through Audible.

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    Lori Fish Haven, ID, United States 11-09-10
    Lori Fish Haven, ID, United States 11-09-10
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    "Enjoyed every second of it!"

    I spent an entire 3-day weekend listening to this! Couldn't stop! I love Pendergast. I need to see if there are more books with his character other than Reliquary.

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    Nathan Wakarusa, KS, United States 10-29-10
    Nathan Wakarusa, KS, United States 10-29-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Well..."

    People who didn't like the movie seem to like this book. I'm an action and gore guy that doesn't like to be bothered to much with non stop in depth how this is happening and why this chromosome is working this way. I have a degree but its not in genetic engineering so sometimes I think stories get bogged down in to much science and not enough story. Anyway This book was good but to me it just lagged on to much. I had trouble staying interested. The book was ok and the movie was good. But thats just the opinion of scifi fan with a short attention span.

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    Paul New York, NY, United States 10-25-10
    Paul New York, NY, United States 10-25-10 Member Since 2007

    Guitarist with The Prudes

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    "Great until the end"

    I really enjoy Preston/Child novels however on occasion the endings are just insane. The ending of this book is once such example, if a one egg omelet is good a 5 egg omelet must be amazing!

    I love the detail, the science research and the story lines but sometimes an ending doesn't have to be so over the top. This review could be of about 50% of their books.

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    spacecasecake west coast, usa 10-12-10
    spacecasecake west coast, usa 10-12-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Extremely sup-par sound quality!!!"

    This was to be my 4th Child-Preston audiobook. I really enjoy their books for my daily commute (Thunderhead! Awesome read!)

    But Relic sounds HORRIBLE. It's feels like there's a sibilance reducer or compressor that's been set way too high. End result is half the time it sounds like he's talking through a pillow and half the time it sounds marginally ok - it comes in nauseating waves. I found myself turning all the bass down, the treble all the way up, the vocal booster on my ipod tuned on AND the volume 15% higher than I normally listen to books YET still fighting to comfortably listen and get into the book.

    FWIW this is roughly my 20th book from Audible, and haven't run across this problem before. Just the same the "enchanced" audio format has the issue. It must be an older audiobook.... maybe they digitized it off cassette tapes (I'm only partially kidding!)

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