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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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    "Didn't hold my attention"

    Tales of monsters and incredible creatures can be entertaining if written well enough to allow credulity. This one wasn't.

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    Eddie Monroe, GA, United States 08-27-12
    Eddie Monroe, GA, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a very interesting book. The characters are developed well and there is plenty of mystery and action. A little slow in the beginning, but hang in there important to overall story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the characters and the overall pace of the book. Once you get past the begining it really picks up and keeps you on the edge of your seat.


    What about David Colacci’s performance did you like?

    David Colacci did a fine job of narrating the novel


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Brain Matter


    Any additional comments?

    This story would make a great movie. It is read so well it is almost like watching a movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    "A solid first offering of Pendergast"

    As a Pendergast fan, I felt that Relic was mediocre when I first listened to it. I would have enjoyed it much more had I realized that the second Pendergast novel, Reliquary, was Part 2. Without revealing too much, Relic stretches the limits of believability a bit without the background that is provided in Reliquary.

    Relic has several twists and turns, and many of the conclusions I had drawn turned out to be false (in this book anyway), which kept me on my toes. Pendergast readers will recognize several of the characters in the book, though they are lacking the depth of character that is found in later Pendergast novels.

    The narration seemed a bit dated with an almost smarmy or pretentious tone at times. And while I felt that the character voices were exaggerated to the point of being caricatures, they were undoubtedly very distinct, which made it easy to recognize the character who was speaking.

    My suggestion to anyone who is thinking about giving this book a listen is to bite the bullet and purchase Reliquary as well. It greatly elevated my opinion of Relic.

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    Ilinca Romania 08-19-12
    Ilinca Romania 08-19-12 Member Since 2013
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    "the first, but not the best"

    I'm so glad they abandoned the supernatural and fantastic and all that, and only kept the mere hint of possibility in later books. I started my Pendergast with Still Life with Crows or some such, so this first book read so late is kinda disappointing. My fault for wanting to see where it all started; it's got nothing on the rest of the series.
    The narrator, though, is excellent.

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    amanda United States 08-18-12
    amanda United States 08-18-12
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    "Great book Keeps you guessing!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Relic to be better than the print version?

    Love Pendergrass and the character is not as developed as he is in later novels, but still sexy mysterious and well written. This story hints to future novels with just enough spice to leave me digging through my bookshelfs for the next one.


    What other book might you compare Relic to and why?

    not sure


    Have you listened to any of David Colacci’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    yes I havent been let down yet!


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    lm.copious rancho cucamonga, CA, United States 08-13-12
    lm.copious rancho cucamonga, CA, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2015

    i love too read and have people read to me...

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    "couldn't get through it..."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anybody who doesn't like to be entertained and/or has an abundance of time to waste.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm more of a Steven king thriller guy i guess. so nothing from these two authors.


    What about David Colacci’s performance did you like?

    He did a good job with what he had.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    i read it when i was twelve and i enjoyed it. what does that tell you...


    Any additional comments?

    i got this book from the paperback sale, so it was five bucks. Still in my opinion too much.

    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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    "Relic & Reliquary Excellent"
    Would you listen to Relic again? Why?

    I was looking for something new and read some of the reviews - they were really on the mark. What a GREAT couple of books. At times quite scary and very suspenseful. Really enjoyed them - great narration. Will be listening to more of this series.


    What other book might you compare Relic to and why?

    Reliquary is the 2nd in the series and awesome. Really scary at times - especially if you think tunnels are claustrophobic! but that's enough now listen and find out it is worth it!


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

    David Colacci is an excellent narrator. He brought this book alive and made it very suspenseful.


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    Amr giza, Egypt 07-30-12
    Amr giza, Egypt 07-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Nice book"
    What made the experience of listening to Relic the most enjoyable?

    The mystery of the story


    What did you like best about this story?

    How the writer present the personality of each person


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the one where pendergaste was shooting at the beast


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    claws


    Any additional comments?

    it is a very nice book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Librarian OK, USA 07-09-12
    Librarian OK, USA 07-09-12

    Retired "Okie" librarian & happy to have found Audible for good stories & staying in touch with new authors & books.

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    "Recommended by a friend, took a chance."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would now recommend to another friend and to you. This is stepping out of my usual English country house mystery and I totally took my friend's recommendation on faith and I am glad I did. The story was good with twists and surprises. The narration was great!


    What other book might you compare Relic to and why?

    A similar story I'd compare this to is "Raiders of the Lost Ark".


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The finale, the wrap-up.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I prefer a well thought out story that intrigues me but that I can listen to in convenient pieces. This story suited me well. And it surprised me. I would definitely listen to the narrator David Colacci again and look for another Preston & Child book.


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    Tammy 05-01-12
    Tammy 05-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    "I am a new fan of this author."
    Would you listen to Relic again? Why?

    I don't usually listen to anything exactly like this, but I LOVED it. I have gotten several more from this author since.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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