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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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    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

    Sandy Alden

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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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    Alan San Diego, CA, United States 04-11-11
    Alan San Diego, CA, United States 04-11-11 Member Since 2007
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    "I liked it!"

    This is my first Pendergast novel. I wasn’t too sure about getting it, I had it on my wish list, but I found it on sale at a price I couldn’t say no too. What a pleasant surprise! I enjoyed the story. There are few errors with Pendergast’s choice of weapons but its fiction so does that make it okay? Yes. The book was fun to listen too. That’s exactly what I wanted and needed, something fun, stimulating and imaginative. Good job. I’m looking forward to reading Reliquary. I’ve been looking for a new author for whose works to explore. Look’s like Preston and Child will provide satisfaction to my quest for distraction.

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    monica 04-10-11
    monica 04-10-11
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    "Relic"

    Great! Kept me on the edge of my seat. Highly recommend it!

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    Shana Adelaide, Australia 04-05-11
    Shana Adelaide, Australia 04-05-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Brilliant book."

    This book would have to be one of the most gripping stories I have listened to. Right from the very start it had me wanting to hear more. The Narrator did a spectacular job telling the story, the voices and affects he used really drew me in and had me on the edge of my seat. I cant wait to hear the sequel.

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    T. Oakley San Diego, CA USA 03-05-11
    T. Oakley San Diego, CA USA 03-05-11 Listener Since 2010
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    "I love the beast on the loose!"

    This pretty much had every thing except romance, oh and sex. But still great fun. And the best part was the serial killer/beast on the loose.

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    Diane 03-03-11
    Diane 03-03-11
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    "Love the Pendergast novels"

    This is a great book. Well written, Creative, Interesting, good monster story, too. I love the Pendergast novels. He doesn't hold center stage in this one as he does in the later ones. The narrator is good but no one can top the narrator, Rene Auberjois (Sp?), who does the other 10 or so Pendergast novels. I highly reccomend almost any of them. Excellent books.

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    LaShawn Bridgewater, MA, United States 02-21-11
    LaShawn Bridgewater, MA, United States 02-21-11 Member Since 2011
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    "A Struggle To Finish"

    I brought this during a $5 sale, thank God. Positively awful!! The narration is horrible on my end. It sounds like it was electronically spliced together in sections. There are quite few words that are completely unintelligible. I thought maybe it was just my recording of it onto a CD but I also listened with my IPod and got the same results. The story holds no interest for me whatsoever. I will NOT keep up with this series.

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    JeanneE Wells, VT, United States 02-14-11
    JeanneE Wells, VT, United States 02-14-11 Member Since 2002
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    "Wheelchair cluelessness"

    One of the main characters is a brilliant scientist who has done expeditions in his wheelchair, who has full use of his arms and a very strong grip, all noted in the prose. So why does he suddenly need another character to push him around? This and other nonsense about wheelchair use was annoying. A little bit of research, a few chats with folks who use wheelchairs, and maybe the authors would not be so clueless. Sadly, too few readers will even notice the ableist cliches ("wheelchair-bound", "iron prison", etc.) or the unexamined assumptions that underlie them.

    The story itself is pretty silly, but a competent monster tale, good fluff as a soundtrack to chores. The reader, David Colacci, is reliable. Like a good mechanic, he knows his trade, cares enough to research pronunciation of uncommon and technical terms.

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    SSMITTEE 02-04-11
    SSMITTEE 02-04-11

    Say something about myself! I'm 66 with poor vision and HANDICAPPED,I save all my actual reading for my bible. My pleasure is at AUDIBLE!

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    "I DELETED THIS BOOK"

    THERE WAS FAR A TOO MUCH PROFANITY I DONT KNEED THAT KIND OF LANGUAGE TO ENJOY THE STORY LINE

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