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)
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.
Guitarist with The Prudes
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.
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!)
With almost 800 books in my library, I am an experienced listener. I appreciate a well written good story. I am pretty critical of trash.
I do not get it. I read the reviews and they are mostly positive. I couldn't get into it past the first hour. the narration is dramatic and cannot carry a contrived plot. If the writing was strong and the plot less transparent and silly then the efforts at narrating might be worth it. For me it is a BUST.
This is a book you will get into and like and later when you try to tell someone about it it will sound silly. I think it is just one of those books to read just because its fun, has a quick plot and will make the commute happen much more quickly. I liked it and I am going to listen to the next one and probably the one after that too.
This was a little too predictable - scary monsters, lightning, rain, panic, obviously bad police decisions, brave civilian heroine...
I love the Pendergast series so this was somewhat of a let down from the story perspective. The reader also made Pendergast a little more harsh sounding than he is in the other books; not as cool and collected.
Not a bad book (not a 1 star for example), it was just not up there.
I have no idea how I ended up listening to this book. Audible must have had some special going on . . . the story was absolutely unbelievable, the science completely bogus, and the characters were not very interesting. The narrator was great, but that's the only positive comment I have to make.
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