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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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    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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    Nyna 06-20-13
    Nyna 06-20-13

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    "Trash"
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    I'm hardly very far into the story, but now that the mystery is turning to a supernatural solution, I'm not going any further. Yuk!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Helen Hicksville, NY, United States 12-28-12
    Helen Hicksville, NY, United States 12-28-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Applauding The Relic"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Relic to be better than the print version?

    I cannot compare the audio with the print version because I have not read the print version.


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

    The plot was exciting from the first page. I do most of my reading in the car, and I found myself gripping the steering wheel! Most of my reading is non-fiction, but I occasionally take a break and read a novel. What a great find! I am so happy that I am reading this.The story is unusual in setting as well as plot. It is great to listen and imagine the people, trapped in the Museum of Natural History, and the fear that they are feeling.


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

    So much! Colacci is by far the best reader that I have listened to! He reads so well, and adapts his voice to the different characters, that it is like I am listening to a play rather than listening to a book.I will now do searches specifically for books that he has narrated.


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

    It made me scared and excited! I forget everything and become immersed in the plot.


    Any additional comments?

    The Relic is the first of a series. Start here and keep reading!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    john carrot creek, AB, Canada 12-23-12
    john carrot creek, AB, Canada 12-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Didn't see that coming!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Relic the most enjoyable?

    It kept me on my toes and guessing, I was never sure what was coming, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.


    What other book might you compare Relic to and why?

    I'm not sure what to compare it to, I've never listened to or read another book like this one


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't know if I had a favorite part, I enjoyed the whole book other than the end here the mad scientist was growing more of the weeds and selling it as drugs, that part was a bit disturbing


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No, it was not that kind of book for me


    Any additional comments?

    Preston and child are my favorite duo, they never disappoint

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kelsey Colorado Springs, CO, United States 12-13-12
    Kelsey Colorado Springs, CO, United States 12-13-12
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    "Found my new favorite authors"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Relic to be better than the print version?

    After reading Cabinet of Curiosities and loving the writing style of Preston and Child I had to start from the beginning and was not disappointed. I loved the first Pendergast book and cannot wait to continue with the rest of the series. Being a huge James Patterson fan, it has been refreshing to really enjoy a completely different writing style that has kept my attention. Looking forward to the rest!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I enjoy Smithback's character because he is completely obnoxious, but you grow to love him because beneath it, he is is a decent guy, but the subtle comedic relief of the book.


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

    I loved how he portrayed each character's voice and took great detail to account for the sounds that the voices would make in various rooms (such as a deep basement, or over a walkie talkie)....the attention to detail makes the narration one of the best I've heard.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I really enjoy reading the bits of history and facts that are sprinkled in the plot of the story.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce Perth, Australia 12-03-12
    Bruce Perth, Australia 12-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Not Bad"

    I enjoyed it but wouldn't say that it's the best book that I've read.

    The narration was reasonable and the story a bit predicable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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