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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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    Christopher Williams San Diego, CA United States 07-19-10
    Christopher Williams San Diego, CA United States 07-19-10 Member Since 2000

    Chrees

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    "Not up to the Pendergast standard"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Raylene San Diego, CA, United States 01-03-09
    Raylene San Diego, CA, United States 01-03-09
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    "Pass on this one!"

    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.

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Christian Vienna, IL, USA 07-24-09
    Christian Vienna, IL, USA 07-24-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Really didn't like it"

    Very predictable...just didn't like it.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jorge MEXICO DFMexico 08-03-08
    Jorge MEXICO DFMexico 08-03-08 Member Since 2008
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    "a thrilling experience"

    a must read (Heard) novel full of mistery and action

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffery T. Harris 05-22-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Believe I've Found My New Series to Listen To"
    What did you love best about Relic?

    I bought this book because of a $4.95 sale and could not have been happier with the result. I've listened to a couple other Preston and Child books and enjoyed them so I figured their series was worth a try. It was exciting, funny, suspenseful, dramatic, and kept me coming back for more! I liked the quick pace of the story and never found myself trying to force my way through a slow or boring part. But what I loved best here was the narration! David Colacci created a believable world and characters that truly brought this story to life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Seeing as this was the first book in the Pendergast series, I was expecting Pendergast to take the front seat. However I was surprised at how balanced the attention to characters was. The different perspectives of all of the characters gave some nice depth and helped build the suspense.


    What does David Colacci bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His narration gave life to the characters. It was easy to forget that it was a single man narrating this story, not a team of narrators.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    In a word, yes!


    Any additional comments?

    Only paid $4.95, but well worth a credit!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica L. Roberts 12-26-12 Member Since 2012

    jofreaka

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    "Ugh."
    Any additional comments?

    I hated myself for not just stopping. "Seriously", "you've got to be kidding me", "unbelievable"-all words I uttered out loud more than once while listening to this. I had to laugh at the ridiculousness of it. The narration and effects were horrendous! The descriptions of the museum were the only redeeming qualities. Of course, in the last 10 minutes they throw in a tidbit to make you curious about the next book. I wanted to find a series to get into, and see reviews that some prefer later books in the series. I think I'll have to shop around before I give in to my curiosity and continue the series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis Augusta, WV, United States 12-15-12
    Dennis Augusta, WV, United States 12-15-12 Member Since 2005

    Many explorations and adventures await!

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    "Narrator Ruined Story for Me"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not, story is sub-par entertainment. Surreal and un-realistic plot. Slightly exciting, but narration was terrible.


    What could Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The story was fair and probably would have been best if a narrator like Scott Brick or Dick Hill read this story.


    Would you be willing to try another one of David Colacci’s performances?

    NO (not for this type of story anyway)


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Possibly


    Any additional comments?

    Just terrible narration. Sound quality of voice is echoey and high pitched. Sound effects were horribly annoying and I had to turn down the sound many times because of this annoyance. The story was fair and probably would have been best if a narrator like Scott Brick or Dick Hill read this story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brad Spokane Valley, WA, United States 02-11-12
    Brad Spokane Valley, WA, United States 02-11-12
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    "Try the 2nd book as well."
    What made the experience of listening to Relic the most enjoyable?

    The movie wasn't bad. Was surprised to see the huge differences in the 2 stories.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. I just love a good creature feature.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The assault on the museum.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Now with pentagrast! Not sure why you would not keep the main character?


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    R. Clawson Lancaster, sc United States 01-16-10
    R. Clawson Lancaster, sc United States 01-16-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Suspense and Action!"

    I'm using audio books while walking for exercise. I couldn't wait to get out and walk so I could listen. I walked EXTRA so I could hear more! GREAT book!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chris LaGrange, Ky, United States 08-28-09
    Chris LaGrange, Ky, United States 08-28-09 Member Since 2009

    I'm a father of four and a husband of one. I am a big fan of The Pendergast series by Preston and Child as well as Dan Brown's Robert Langdon books. James Rollins' Sigma Force series is also one that I am always anxious to see. My favorite author of all though is easily Bill Bryson.

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    "All good but the naration"

    The story was really great. I recommend it and all of the Pendergast novels. The naration wasn't up to par with the later novel's though.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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