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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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    israel harlingen, TX, United States 10-20-11
    israel harlingen, TX, United States 10-20-11 Member Since 2010

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    good listen, but still would prefer it read by scott brick, best pendergast around !!

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    Andrew 10-18-11
    Andrew 10-18-11
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    "Garden Variety Thriller with Fantastical Elements"

    Maybe I'm just not into this kinda thing but these characters were so cookie cutter and bland. The audio performance was obnoxious. I would have preferred all the characters have the same voice as the narration if he is going to make all those horrible accents. The story is lackluster. The suspense is not there. Characters make ridiculous decisions to force catastrophe...The whole thing is just a big hot mess of a story that was made more unbearable by the cheesy accents from David Colacci, who I won't be listening to again.

    I am one for enjoying a good sci-fi/supernatural type tale...this story was just...blah.

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    Amazon Customer United States 10-12-11
    Amazon Customer United States 10-12-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Entertaining"
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    This book seemed like a movie, in a way. It was written well -- good dialog, vocabulary, and the like. But the plot was just very movie like. I guess that's not a bad thing.

    The narrator was outstanding!!!

    Overall, I think it was entertaining, if a tad long.

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    "Good, but with faults"

    Overall, I thought the book itself was very good. I enjoyed the narration and the premise for the book was great. The only part where it started to get dry was when they were hunting the "monster" in the museum. I think it could have stood to be a bit shorter. Otherwise, I highly enjoyed the book!

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    Kenneth Plano, TX, United States 08-17-11
    Kenneth Plano, TX, United States 08-17-11 Member Since 2015

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    "Saw That Coming"

    There is absolutely nothing original here. Relic is basically the kind of book Michael Crichton would have written if he had suddenly lost most of his talent. There are a lot of uninteresting, one-note characters who serve to just move the incredibly predictable plot along. It does turn into a decent gory horror novel at the end. (Trust me. I'm not spoiling anything here. You see it coming a mile away.)

    The narrator really hams it up. Which makes this silly story sound even sillier. Don't bother.

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    Kelly Mandurah, Australia 07-26-11
    Kelly Mandurah, Australia 07-26-11
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    "Fun and entertaining"

    A light hearted fun and entertaining listen. Yes it's very predictable and follows the same formula countless other novels follow but it just works. It's a bit science fiction ( think Godzilla in a museum), a bit drama, and a little scary. I was afraid to go to sleep alone afterwards. I loved the characters and the novel wasn't too long that it didn't hold your attention.

    They made this novel into a movie but the book is defiantly better. The movie is quite different to the novel and *spoiler* some characters are not in the movie.

    Dont forget the sequel, Reliquary. You will want to keep reading about these characters and their adventures.

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    Elaine Albemarle, NC, United States 06-13-11
    Elaine Albemarle, NC, United States 06-13-11 Member Since 2010

    Totally addicted to Audible.

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    "Scary but good"

    Just scary enough to be entertaining and just far enough into science fiction to let me sleep after listening. I liked the characters a lot.

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    Sarrie Bolingbrook, IL, United States 06-10-11
    Sarrie Bolingbrook, IL, United States 06-10-11
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    "A good listen"

    I liked the narrator. The story is fast paced and interesting, however if you have seen more than three horror movies in your time you will know what's going to happen next since it's formulaic. If I could I would give it a 3.5.

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    Pete Batavia, OH, United States 05-04-11
    Pete Batavia, OH, United States 05-04-11
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    "Great story, poor audio recording"

    I just downloaded and started listening to this a few days ago. I like Preston and I like Child. This is the first joint work of theirs that I've read/listened to. I'm only on chapter 10 and like the storyline, but the poor quality of the audio recording is making me regret the purchase. I am listening to it on an iPod Touch and saw that someone else had similar issues with an iPod as well.
    I would hope that Audible resolves this quality matter and offers a better recording.

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    Sandra K. Alden Dallas, TX 04-28-11
    Sandra K. Alden Dallas, TX 04-28-11 Member Since 2012

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    "I was hoping for more"

    I found this boring - but, in all fairness, it may have been the reader. If Dick Hill has read it, it might have been more interesting. I will try again at another time - I got about 1/4 way through and quit because it seemed slow.

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