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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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    Susan Edmond, OK, United States 04-27-11
    Susan Edmond, OK, United States 04-27-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Can't muster the enthusiasm others portray"

    Perhaps this is just not my genre--mixing science fiction into a thriller. If that juxtaposition doesn't bother you, you may love the book. My larger complaint is the overbearing Southern accent used for Pendergast. As a native Southerner, I find that the exaggerated dialect and mannerisms of the Pendergast character make him less credible, and frankly quite annoying. I won't be back for more of this series.

    20 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Reston, Virginia 05-29-13
    Jean Reston, Virginia 05-29-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Just awful"

    So much is wrong with this book; where to start? With the cardboard, cartoon characters, I guess. The museum honchos - prissy, silly, clueless. Seriously, they're more concerned about the bad publicity of having to postpone the exhibition opening than the fact that three grisly murders have occurred there the day before, and the unknown person/thing who did the killing is STILL THERE? The hot shot, pompous head of the FBI in NY who snidely dismisses southern FBI agent Pendergast, he of the honey-dripping accent that everyone thinks makes him dim-witted? We immediately know that these folks are in for serious humilation when the sainted Pendergast shows them for fools.

    Then there's the narration. The reader is adequate when speaking in a normal voice, but his accents (an Austrian and a Scot sound like Col. Klink and the Gorton Fisherman, respectively) are laughable.

    But maybe the worst part is the loud and annoying special effects - tunnel, walkie-talkie, etc. - that had me grabbing the volume control button repeatedly to avoid ear damage.

    There was never the slightest sense of tension or threat as the plot progressed. I did get this book on sale, but it was still a waste of time and money.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    VAreader 11-10-12
    VAreader 11-10-12
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    "Contrived, reads like a B-movie script"

    Without wanting to spoil "plot" details, this reads as a highly contrived story with cardboard characters, and it's almost as if the authors were primarily aiming for a movie deal. There were several points in the story where you just have to say "..ah, come on.. give me a break!". Also, the worst Scottish accent effort by the narrator you are likely to hear. But light listening if you have something else to do at the same time.....

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin B Lappala Glenwood, IA United States 08-13-08
    Kristin B Lappala Glenwood, IA United States 08-13-08 Member Since 2007
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    "I Didn't Think I Would Like It"

    After reading the Monster of Venice, I wanted to check out other books by Douglas Preston and came across Relic. After reading the summary , I dismissed it because I do not like supernatural-themed books. I bought it on sale, not realizing what I bought and almost didn't listen to it. But I gave it a chance and I really liked it. The authors are talented and the characters are interesting. They make something that is unbelievable, believable. The narration is good, too.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Autumn Marina, CA, United States 07-25-08
    Autumn Marina, CA, United States 07-25-08 Member Since 2004
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    "Creepy Horror tale! Loved it"

    This audio novel was just the right blend of creepiness and science fiction. I was on the edge of my seat wanting to find out what was going to happen next. I particularly liked Dr. Frock and the revelation about the monser was intriguing. I'm picking up the sequel Reliquery.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    J. K. Williams 11-01-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Clever story; terrific narrator"

    I listened to Relic over a couple of long trips in the car recently. I would describe it as Michael Crichton meets Sherlock Holmes, and the story is engaging.

    However, the narrator, David Colacci, turns a good listen into a great listen. He makes the characters come alive. You love Pendergast, root for D'agosta, and want to see Coffee flayed alive. Colacci may be the best Audible narrator I've ever listened to. I was crushed to see the sequel, Reliquary, is narrated by someone else. AUDIBLE, DO US A FAVOR AND BRING BACK COLACCI AS PENDERGAST IN RELIQUARY!

    Last, the conclusion to Relic is clever and caught us totally off guard. As soon as the book ended, my wife and I went back to the first chapter to pick up the clues we missed the first time around. An excellent listen.

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    G. House Sr. Sherborn, MA, United States 05-10-12
    G. House Sr. Sherborn, MA, United States 05-10-12 Member Since 2012

    I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.

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    "A great triller"
    What made the experience of listening to Relic the most enjoyable?

    There was excellent character development. You came to know the characters. I like thrillers where you don't know what is goingto happen (no foreshadowing) and what does happen is believable and unexpected.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Margo Green is a kick butt heroine. She is fearless. Also, this is the introduction to Special Agent Pendergast.


    Which character – as performed by David Colacci – was your favorite?

    Margo Green


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 02-20-09
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 02-20-09 Member Since 2007

    I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)

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    "Hopefully soon I'll find a 4+ star book"

    The narration is well done... characters are narrated consistently and distinctly.

    The characters are fairly realistic and fleshed out but the story itself is pretty lame. I read scifi and thrillers/detective stories and thought this would be a blend of the two but it doesn't really hit the mark as either.

    You have to accept the existence of a monster, which is fine. But you also have to accept that a museum would not shut down as soon as there were a series of atrocious and unexplainable murders inside it. Then you have to accept that a graduate student would be the "detective" and the "real" detectives more interested in... I'm not sure what they were doing, but they weren't doing any detecting.

    I got this book on sale so give it 3 stars. If I had paid full price I would have been disappointed...

    Thr3e and any of the Harry Bosch stories are better thrillers. Altered Carbon is a better blend of sci-fi and detective. Artifact is a better "monster" story. Now I just wish someone could point me in the right direction because this is audiobook number 4 in a row that I finished only because I had paid for them.

    17 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer austin, TX, United States 09-28-12
    Jennifer austin, TX, United States 09-28-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Just did not work for me"

    I don't know what was wrong with this book. In theory, it had all kinds of good stuff. There was plenty of action and suspense. There were smart characters and a scientific (wildly implausible, of course) environment. But none of it worked. Somehow, I think the appropriate response to scalping and bodies pinned to walls and massacres is not falling asleep, but I just could hardly keep my eyes open for it. I don't know if it was the narration or what, but I have never seen so much gore result in so little interest. I kept slogging through thinking that at some point I would find something to like, but I was mistaken.
    The narration had good range for the accents, although I found the southern accent grating (I usually do when it's faked). Somehow though, the narration could in no way inject excitement into the action.
    When reading a book like this, I want my heart pounding and to be thinking, "O.K., I'll go to work, go to sleep, make dinner- whatever activity- as soon as she makes it safely out of the dark and terrifying room full of scuttling noises and things that go bump in the night." Here though all I thought was, "how can this book possibly have another part to it? Could I stop at the end of this part and pretend the novel cut off suddenly with the death of all of these terrible, unlikable, two-demensional, dull as dirt characters? No? Fine. Whatever. I'll just keep going so it will be over." That is not a happy way to move through a book.
    I always try to say something good about any book I review so here it is... Relic is helping me break my bad habit of listening to the next book in any series I start (and then maybe just one more...) in thhe hopes that it will get better. Also, there was one likable, eccentric character who made me laugh. He wasn't in the book terribly long though.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Olaf Estero, FL, USA 08-06-08
    Olaf Estero, FL, USA 08-06-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Very flat story. Boring narration."

    The story is very flat and there is no suspense at all in the whole book. The narration is also not very good. The narrator creates unique voices, but the recording quality is not that good either. Especially, the sound effects for direct speech are very bad (e.g. echo in the cellar, walkie-talkie voices). It hurts in the ears when listening on an iPod. All in all, not a good book. The newer Pendergast stories are much better, especially considering that Pendergast is not the protagonist in this book and some book catalogs do list this book not as a Pendergast book.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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  • Daryl
    BRADFORD, United Kingdom
    8/29/11
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    "Gripping Plot and Gritty Characters"

    This is the first boom in the Pendergast series and introduces the listener to many of the characters used in future 'Pendergast' books. The plot twists and turns right from the beginning and leaves you wondering where it will go next. Gritty characters and great narration will get your pulse racing and biting your lip in anticipation of the next twist. Follow this up with Reliquary, then Preston's other 'Pendergast' books, they are all as gripping!

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • sue
    sheffield, United Kingdom
    11/19/11
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    "Excellent book"

    This book was a different genre to what I normally listen to so I was unsure if I would like the book or not. However, Relic was a pleasant surprise. The story was gripping from start to finish and the final part of the book was breathtaking. I would recommend this book to anyone.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Sondrasbooks
    Halifax, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Brilliant. I loved this book"

    This book was brilliant, with a wondefully gripping story that really draws you in. This story is so good you will want to read Pendergast book 2. Sci fi, adventure, murder, suspense, what more can you ask for. The story is also well read and this book ensures hours of pleasure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Cheltenham, United Kingdom
    2/12/13
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    "Should have been left in the museum"

    Predictable, cliched "dark corridors, something down there" novel. Couldn't get in to it, didn't believe in it, bored by it and couldn't relate to the cardboard characters. Very disappointing given the quality of previous Lincoln Child output. Did he just put his name to it?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    12/24/12
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    "Rip roaring Boy's Own yarn"

    Great fun to listen to, like an aural version of an Indiana Jones film. A ripping yarn you can't wait to get back to listen to!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Craig
    Northampton, United Kingdom
    9/21/12
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    "Penderghastly at points"

    In the round, it's not a bad book but some parts are pretty tough to swallow. It's not until you get right to the end that there's a revelation which makes some of the more far-fetched parts of the book slightly more plausible. Not sure I'll go back for more from Preston and Child.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Janet Stewart
    UK
    7/18/13
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    "Keeps you on the edge of seat"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Relic to be better than the print version?

    Definitely,and narrated by David Colacci - he is just brilliant


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Prendergast- I imagine him as Sherlock Holmes


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The jungle, the basement, the escape and the ending


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Excited - could wait to finish


    Any additional comments?

    A good action thriller - plenty of suspense and gore

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Barnstaple, United Kingdom
    6/25/13
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    "Okay listen"

    My major gripe here is that the description I found to be misleading.
    Not a bad book. I did finish it unlike others I have left others half way through as I found them appalling. This was average in every way. I wanted a thriller not a slightly absurd fantasy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • DP
    Wokingham, United Kingdom
    4/14/13
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    "A great book with a great twist"

    There are few books that really make you want to read them again and again, and few that make you want to buy the audiobook as well! This is one of them.



    The story has pace, the narrative intense, and the twists are quite remarkable.



    Many years on since I first read this, I continue to be entertained by the story. A great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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