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)
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.
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.
David Colacci did a fine job of narrating the novel
This story would make a great movie. It is read so well it is almost like watching a movie.
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.
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.
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.
yes I havent been let down yet!
i love too read and have people read to me...
Anybody who doesn't like to be entertained and/or has an abundance of time to waste.
I'm more of a Steven king thriller guy i guess. so nothing from these two authors.
He did a good job with what he had.
i read it when i was twelve and i enjoyed it. what does that tell you...
i got this book from the paperback sale, so it was five bucks. Still in my opinion too much.
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.
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!
David Colacci is an excellent narrator. He brought this book alive and made it very suspenseful.
The mystery of the story
How the writer present the personality of each person
the one where pendergaste was shooting at the beast
it is a very nice book
Retired "Okie" librarian & happy to have found Audible for good stories & staying in touch with new authors & books.
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!
A similar story I'd compare this to is "Raiders of the Lost Ark".
The finale, the wrap-up.
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.
I don't usually listen to anything exactly like this, but I LOVED it. I have gotten several more from this author since.
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