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.
"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)
Still a timely, well told story. A great introduction to Pendergast and D'Agusta. A creepy setting with a scary monster and you have all the ingredients for a perfect Preston/Child novel. Still one of their best.
Mother of twins. No time to read, started listening to books 'n changing diapers at the same time. Been in love with audible ever since
I dont think so.
The dialogs between characters aeemed the most improbable thing about this story. And that's a strange thing when you are talking about fiction. So many times I founs myself rolling my eyes because the characters were so long winded about simple things and I felt that when there is a genetic throwback trying to get at your brains a little brevity might be called for. The writing was very counter intuitive and it prevented me from enjoying this otherwise intriguing storyline.
I believe that I have listened to his work before. He is decent but not great.
Dagosta added very little. Or kawakita
Say something about yourself!
Book started slowly. Almost gave up several times. Way too much blather that was not necessary. Probably would have enjoyed the abridged version better. Kept having thought of The Poseidon Adventure, long drawn out adventure while cast is slowly killed off. Just not my cup of tea
probably not. Will not continue the series. Glad I got this one on sale.
I thought David Colacci did a fine job.
Pendergast was my favorite.
I started this series on a recommendation from a friend. It wasn't that bad. The lead in was a bit slow but once the story got going it was pretty good. If you like sci-fi, this would be a good book for you.
Agent Predergast is the truth! Funny but dry wit.
Same as the book.
" I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.
This is where it all it began for A.X.Pendergast, I wish they would record this book again with another narrator, with such a unique horror/thriller/detective genre
The only things are that this is prob the least well written book in series & could be so much better with right narrator
Draws you in like a vacuum. Don't read it if you have to sleep or have to meet somebody. It won't happen. Enjoyed it thoroughly but the last few pages got a bit predictable after it was all resolved.
This is my first Pendergast novel and I really enjoyed it. The story is good - not great literature by any means, but engaging, interesting, and it all hung together pretty well. The narration is good except for a couple of characters. Dude, if you can't do Scottish accents, don't try. Also really unclear why the Japanese American scientist is given a posh English accent. Other than those two characters, the narrator found a really good voice for the various characters that really worked well.
I guess I could pick apart lots of the plot and characterisation, but really this is just a light thriller which shouldn't be taken too seriously. I enjoyed the insight into the workings of a museum and also the science was interesting - I have no idea if it was in any way credible or plausible, but it sounded convincing.
I'd definitely recommend this one.
I really enjoyed this book! The action was a little slow at the beginning and you really had to pay attention to the facts to understand what occurs later in the story. Towards the end of the book, the 'climax or action in the story' lasts for quite a while so it redeems the slow start. I also liked how this is going to continue into a sequel. I am about to purchase the second book!
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
This book is way more detailed than the movie. I know lots of people didn't like the movie, unfortunately I have a love for B rated monster movies so I like the movie. I like the book even better. I have worked my way through book 4 in this series now and I enjoyed all of them. This book was written over 20 years which makes it somewhat dated. There is a sit on the edge of your seat feeling throughout. Don't listen to the abridged version it sucks. Reliquary is an extension of this book, it starts off exactly where this one left off. Another awesome book by this author is The Timex, it is sort of a Indiana Jones type book.
I adore stories and love to live in the tales I read!
Yes I would, if monsters are your thing you've made a wonderful creepy selection!
Yes, at any moment you just know something crazy is going to happen.
No, but he was very good. I would listen to his voice again,
Yes and for the most part I did.
"Gripping Plot and Gritty Characters"
This is the first boom in the Pendergast series and introduces the listener to many of the characters used in future 'Pendergast' books. The plot twists and turns right from the beginning and leaves you wondering where it will go next. Gritty characters and great narration will get your pulse racing and biting your lip in anticipation of the next twist. Follow this up with Reliquary, then Preston's other 'Pendergast' books, they are all as gripping!
This book was a different genre to what I normally listen to so I was unsure if I would like the book or not. However, Relic was a pleasant surprise. The story was gripping from start to finish and the final part of the book was breathtaking. I would recommend this book to anyone.
"Brilliant. I loved this book"
This book was brilliant, with a wondefully gripping story that really draws you in. This story is so good you will want to read Pendergast book 2. Sci fi, adventure, murder, suspense, what more can you ask for. The story is also well read and this book ensures hours of pleasure.
"Should have been left in the museum"
Predictable, cliched "dark corridors, something down there" novel. Couldn't get in to it, didn't believe in it, bored by it and couldn't relate to the cardboard characters. Very disappointing given the quality of previous Lincoln Child output. Did he just put his name to it?
"Good story, but worst Scottish accent"
The story is enjoyable and in the main part well narrated. However the attempt at a Scottish accent was woeful. That said the story line and the characters shine through and make this a good companion for road trips.
"Penderghastly at points"
In the round, it's not a bad book but some parts are pretty tough to swallow. It's not until you get right to the end that there's a revelation which makes some of the more far-fetched parts of the book slightly more plausible. Not sure I'll go back for more from Preston and Child.
By far the scariest.
Margot, because she made an excellent female protagonist.
Clear and menacing.
Yes, if it hadn't been so long!
I loved this book. It was very scary, very compelling, and there is a high degree of plausibility about it. Who really knows what goes on with the lost tribes of the Amazon?
"Keeps you on the edge of seat"
Definitely,and narrated by David Colacci - he is just brilliant
Prendergast- I imagine him as Sherlock Holmes
The jungle, the basement, the escape and the ending
Excited - could wait to finish
A good action thriller - plenty of suspense and gore
My major gripe here is that the description I found to be misleading.
Not a bad book. I did finish it unlike others I have left others half way through as I found them appalling. This was average in every way. I wanted a thriller not a slightly absurd fantasy.
"A great book with a great twist"
There are few books that really make you want to read them again and again, and few that make you want to buy the audiobook as well! This is one of them.
The story has pace, the narrative intense, and the twists are quite remarkable.
Many years on since I first read this, I continue to be entertained by the story. A great book.
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