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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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    Michael Montclair, NJ, United States 03-27-12
    Michael Montclair, NJ, United States 03-27-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Much better than reading in text!"
    Would you listen to Relic again? Why?

    i had originally read this book in text many years ago; listening was much, much better. there were many moments when i sat in my driveway because I wanted to continue listening.
    Davis Colacci does a fine job at narratiion; at first i thought he was trying too hard to get inflections and feeling across but a few minutes in & he won me over.
    I will surely download the rest in this series.


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    Jennifer Warrenville, IL, United States 03-21-12
    Jennifer Warrenville, IL, United States 03-21-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Quite Silly"
    Would you try another book from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child and/or David Colacci?

    Perhaps


    Has Relic turned you off from other books in this genre?

    This book is quite silly and not even believable.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a boring listen and quite silly. While the narrartor does a good job it just does not cut it...I did not even make it through to the end!

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    Vanessa Victoria, Australia 03-21-12
    Vanessa Victoria, Australia 03-21-12
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    "A great listen!"

    I bought this hoping for a good story I could listen to whilst at the gym and enjoyed it so much I found myself listening every chance I had.

    It was odd to come across a book where I couldn't care less about any of the characters, yet I just had to keep listening. It's a clever story which saves a few good surprises for the end.

    Nicely narrated although one or two of the characters' "voices" irritated slightly. Still, who cares? It is a ripping yarn and I enjoyed it immensely.

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    Andrea Canaan, NH, United States 03-14-12
    Andrea Canaan, NH, United States 03-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Chiller! Don't visit the museum after dark!"

    I'm in it for the thrill, and easy to please. I love this book. They build it up till you can't stand it anymore, and then change the channel. This book definately kept me awake on the early morning commute to work, and I was very happy to have a well lit parking lot to walk through on my way home.

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    McCoffee Saratoga, CA, United States 02-25-12
    McCoffee Saratoga, CA, United States 02-25-12

    I like history and biography, novels too. I do have a thing for zombie books as well. I need crappy thrillers now and then.

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    "Just not that exciting."

    Pretty well written for this genre fiction. But there's actually very little mystery. We know the nature of the Relic early on, and it takes a long time and many characters to head toward a climax. The result: there's just not a lot of suspense.

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    Sean 02-22-12
    Sean 02-22-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Couldn't make it past an hour. Dang"
    Any additional comments?

    This book bored me. It might have gotten better later, but I was so bored at the one hour mark I moved on to my next credit.

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    Dee Dee Walker 01-01-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Much Better Than the Movie!"
    What made the experience of listening to Relic the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed the descriptions of the New York Museum of Natural History. The authors give a glimps into what the public dosen't see...the rest of the iceburg hidden below the depths of the waters. In a way this book made me think of the TV series Bones. A great adventure in many ways.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Pendergast! Confident, quiet and smart with an adorable southern drawl. Pendergast is fantastic and I can't wait until I can read the next in the series.


    What about David Colacci’s performance did you like?

    Any fan of audio books knows how important the narrarator is. They can either make or break a book. This is one of those narrarators that I would listen to even if the story was not something I was interested in. Fantastic! Lots of action, lots of interesting, well developed characters and never any confusion on who is who and what is what.


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

    I don't scare easy. I find that most stories that are horror or supernatural are either dark and depressing or just gory. This book is the type of scary I like. The anticipation is wonderful. Monsters that going bump in the night!


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    Amazon Customer Fort Walton Beach, Florida, United States 11-08-11
    Amazon Customer Fort Walton Beach, Florida, United States 11-08-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Relic - effective mystery, good narration"

    People at the New York Museum are turning up savagely murdered as the count down to a new exibition themed "superstitions" covering world myths and superstitions draws near. Who or what is behind these awful murders? Well you need to read this book to find out.

    I am surprised that I'm giving this selection 4 stars. The first few chapters give some seemingly unrelated stories that look into the past. It's hard to get through because you don't know why the information is important. Once you get into the actual story the ride has its ups and downs. So for the things i liked:
    - Agent Pendergast - he's relate-able and provides a charming outsiders perspective on the situation
    - Degoste - the NYC detective. His New York attitude is paired with a quirky wit.
    - The structure of the story - It hits all of the necessary plot points just at the right time to keep you interested.

    This is a very cerebral story, dealing with genetics and a number of other scientific areas of study including paleontology. At times the technical explanations, though necessary, become a bit cumbersome. The author also spends a lot of time building suspense and emphasizing the horrific feelings that the antagonist conjures with the mystery of its presence. I do like the use of smell as additional trigger. I've never smelled a "goattish musk", but I've smelled a raccoon. That has to be close right? lol. I think it is easy to call to mind mind some of the most horrible things you have smelled and attach it to the authors' description of this antagonist.

    My favorite thing about this book was the aftermath wrap up. I had a theory throughout the book and was disappointed that it had not resulted as the answer when the culprit was revealed. Then comes the denouement. My theory was spot on and the author skillfully sets up the next book and makes me want to read it. That is amazing. This author knows how to give people what they want: a well-crafted intelligent mystery with an antagonist with a je ne sais quoi to keep the attention to the very end.

    I did enjoy the narrator and actually missed him in the second audiobook. He does well to give each character a voice. My only issue was that his voice for women in the book wavered.

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    Lorri Garland, TX, United States 11-05-11
    Lorri Garland, TX, United States 11-05-11

    Tanti Lorri

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    "Good Fantasy"

    This story about a beast hidden in the depths of a museum that comes out and murders people (because it has near-human intelligence), is a new kind of fantasy for me. I'm used to magicians and quests, but this outlandish treatment of the theory of evolution is a hoot. I have to say that I could do without the bad language. I imagine the authors thought the F-bombs would increase the suspense, but they just made me cringe. There's enough suspense in running around a dark museum with a creature chasing you to do it for me. The story is fun, but kind of silly, however the narrator is amazingly good. I kept on listening in spite of the bad language just because I was enjoying the narrator so much. This is a great book for commuters. It will absolutely keep your mind off the annoying traffic without making you think too hard.

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    Grace Edina, MN, United States 10-22-11
    Grace Edina, MN, United States 10-22-11 Member Since 2012

    Integer-Vitae

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    "As usual dark and rich like a complex coffee."

    You can only drink a cup or two a day, that is Preston and Child. After taking a break after "wheel of darkness" I was ready for a rich brew again.

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