Even thought "Relic" was published 'way back in 1994, it still delivers plenty of thrills and excitement after all these years. In my opinion, that t..Show More »est of timelessness indicates a good novel. The plot of "Relic" had the potential to flop, since it tells an improbable monster story. But Preston/Child's excellent writing and thorough research facilitate our willing suspension of disbelief, rendering even the most far-fetched plot concepts scientifically plausible. "Relic" grips you right from the beginning, and doesn't let go until the end. The extended sequence in the dark catacombs under New York's Natural History Museum provides unparalleled suspense. "Relic," unlike most thrillers, has no primary hero, but, rather, three or four protagonists. However, it commences a wonderful series of intelligent thrillers featuring the brilliant, erudite, albino F.B.I. agent Aloysius Pendergast, introduced in this novel. David Colacci gives us an excellent reading of this audiobook. I highly recommend "Relic" to any thriller aficionado.
Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child pull out the stops in this superb sequel to Relic. Dick Hill's skillful narration effectively draws you into the un..Show More »relenting suspense and excitement of this white-knuckle edge-of-your-seat thrill ride. His voice characterizations and pacing mirror the anxiety and emotions of the characters. You feel as if you're standing beside them. Five stars - no argument. It's highly suggested that you read Relic first. (Relic was Preston and Child's debut collaboration.)
Reliquary also marks the second appearance of Agent Pendergast (Relic), a character most readers have elevated to the status of a modern Sherlock Holmes with a touch of James Bond thrown in. Subsequent novels by the authors have reprised Agent Pendergast character six times. If you haven't read the novels of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, you're in for a treat! But one important suggestion: UNABRIDGED ONLY! Read them all.
The problem is most likely I've listened to all the subsequent Pendergast installments, then went back and listened to this one. If they'd been liste..Show More »ned to in order, it would probably have been much better.
It was nice to hear from some old friends and discover how Pendergast met Nora. I was disappointed that Constance wasn't included in this book more. I had assumed that this book explained more of how they met and they discovered each other. But, it wasn't there. Is there another missing installment??
Anyway, I was "grossed-out" at some of the situations, but I still couldn't stop listening. It was really gruesome. Even more so than others of this series. I suppose I can take death.. but suffering bothers me.
I was worried about the narrator. This being the 3rd in this series, but Mr. Marosz did a fantastic job. I wouldn't hesitate to listen to his books again.
Yes, I'd recommend it to all die-hard P&C fans, but understand, it is disturbing!
Agent Pendergast is a paragon in virtually every respect, and nearly all the people he interacts with are blundering fools. Still he is kind to these..Show More » lesser beings, treating them with a gracious noblesse oblige. He even mentors the one worthy, though generally clueless, character the authors provide as a modern day Watson, slightly humanizing a central character whose smarmy aloofness we would find insufferable if we met him at work.
The plot belongs in a specimen jar, a grotesquerie which has everything in common with many other twisted horror specimens but which is completely devoid of any elements we can actually relate to and therefore lacks the power to do anything but jump out and startle us. And, as in most horror films, since we have never been given reasons to care about any but the central characters, there is really no suspense or terror. All the rest are fodder in the tedious munch toward the inevitable regurgitation.
Unfortunately, Scott Brick's repetitive and increasingly histrionic vocal patterns succeed only in underscoring the silliness of the writing. This is definitely not his best work.
I realize that this series is beloved by a huge audience, and I freely admit that the entire genre of horror tends to leave me cold while my friends shiver in their seats. In some essential way, I just don't "get it." So take the review with more than a single grain of salt. But if it sounds like something you might have thought yourself on occasion after reading the latest vampire thriller or international super agent fare, you may want to consider before using your credit.
Another great read. Not the best one I've read of the series, but definitely worth the purchase. The latter books are better than the first ones I thi..Show More »nk. I had a hard time getting through Relic and don't think I even finished it, but I went ahead and bought the rest of the series and they got better and better. I listened to them out of order so I think I'll let some time pass and go back and listen to them in the proper order. If you liked the other ones, you'll like this one. And even if this isn't your genre - it is still a very interesting story and good read.
I've been listening to all of the Pendergast series, at least those that Audible have, in order. I must say that this was my favorite so far!
..Show More »>Preston and Child are maturing as writers and this book is outstanding! I could not stop listening! There is a very apparent similarity to Doyle's Sherlock Holmes series. There is our main hero, with many of the same characteristics of Holmes: intelligence, being misunderstood (due to his lack of communication), loyalty, his own brand of justice, sacrifice, kind of larger than life.. And we have Watson (though, our side-kick here is more competent).. Now, we're introduced to the story's arch-villian: "the most dangerous man in the world." More characters parallel.. but, are so much more human and vivid! We can identify with the characters and their failings. The story and plot are terrific, but the characters and their interactions, and the thrill-ride of action makes this story stand out as one of the best!
I've really enjoyed Mr. Brick as the narrator in these stories. He is even able to distinguish between 2 men with similar accents without being confusing. Perhaps, he's not as proficient with the English lady's voice, but it doesn't distract from the story.
All in all, this is an excellent thrill ride from end to end and I would highly recommend it to any wanting a great detective-pursuing-the-bad-guy type of book!
Although a bit predictable and formulaic, it's still an enjoyable 'read'. I might suggest, however, you read Dance of Death before reading this one. I..Show More »t gives you a good base for the characters.
If you are an incarnated Preston/Child fan, you are most likely asking yourself: “Is it of the same quality as the Brimstone trilogy?”
T..Show More »he short answer to this question is: Absolutely!
It is yet another unputdownable page-turner from the dynamic Preston/Child duo – that seems to continue to write mega-hits together. In my opinion, they are much better together than when they write solo.
If you listen to this book while commuting to work, please be advised that you will find yourself sitting in the parking lot to hear “just one more chapter” after you have arrived.
This is how a thriller should be.
Your second question might be: “What were they thinking, when they decided NOT to use Scott Brick as the narrator?” In that case, I have more good news: Rene Auberjonois does a tremendous job.
I hope you will enjoy this audio book as much as I did.
Preston and Child never miss a beat. In fact, with each outing they seem to improve, don't they? "Fever Dream" tells us another exciting story in th..Show More »e Agent Pendergast series. With each episode, Preston and Child always find some primal human phobia to tap into. Frequently, they take us underground, into dark tunnels; but this time they bring us into a Louisiana swamp, teeming with alligators, bugs, and snakes. Even more than the scare factor, Preston and Child triumph with intelligent, well-researched, scientifically plausible plots. Like Sherlock Holmes, Pendergast seems to know everything needed to solve the most arcane riddles; and, like James Bond, he can wield the weapons needed to punish the bad guys. In this case, he unearths the deadly secret that had gotten his beloved wife murdered twelve years before. Then he issues the bad guys their belated just deserts. Rene Auberjonois does a good job of reading "Fever Dream," giving each character a unique voice. I don't know exactly how to classify the Preston/Child thrillers -- they contain elements of horror, techno, sci-fi, adventure, and mystery -- but any fan of any of those genres will love "Fever Dream." (By the way -- explaining the title would give away the plot; so you will just have to listen to the audiobook in order to get it.)
The second of the three Prendergast books, Cold Vengeance is a powerfully written thriller. It does not rely on technology or gimmicks but on good ol..Show More »d fashion thrill, suspense and plot twists. In continuation from the first, Pendergast is still trying to find out who killed his wife, or was she killed. In this installment you’ll find out – I’m not telling. All of the twists and turns are very much worth it. The authors leave enough major issues open that you can’t wait to read the final installment. Yet, Preston and Child still provide enough closure to satisfy. The work has plot, depth, villainy, conflict and it is hard to put down.
This book reintroduces an old friend, Corrie Swanson, from a previous thriller -- Still Life with Crows. That novel was weak, Corrie being the only bright spot. It was good to see her back in this novel. This is the second trilogy of the Pendergast series. The first was excellent and the second trilogy is better than the first. I suggest you read the series. Don’t read this without first reading Fever Dream or it will not make sense as this novel does not stand on its own.
Everyone you care about shows up in the conclusion of this riveting trilogy. From the first chapters, you are thrown left and right from one event to..Show More » the next. You barely recover from a harrowing drop to only experience a jolt up then down as the plot spirals twists your emotional gut like a taffy puller. This Prendergast novel is far and away among the best. This is Lincoln and Child’s second trilogy within the Prendergast series. The first one, starting with Brimstone and ending with Book of the Dead, was fabulous. This trilogy, starting with Fever Dreams is even better -- you can believe it.
I give outstanding marks to Rene Auberjonis, the voice of series. His steady guiding tone makes the story seamless and enjoyable as always.
One of the best things about the Prendergast series is all of the characters are multi-dimensional. This trilogy humanizes Prendergast is a way that was badly needed. Good job authors in anticipating the needs from your audience. I have come to know these characters and enjoy seeing how they evolve. It’s hard to believe that the authors were able to get so much backstory into this action packed plot. I warn you, you won’t always get what you want, but as the song goes, you’ll get what you need. Two Graves a must, must, listen!
I have been hoping to learn more about Corrie Swanson. Remember, we met Corrie in Still Life with Crows (book 4). Back then she had an abusive mothe..Show More »r and no future. Pendergast took her under his wing and placed her in boarding school. She has been in and out of novels ever since. In this novel she is grown and attending John Jay College and play the central role throughout the novel.
Oscar Wilde and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (in the 1800s) setup the intrigue; and, before you even begin Chapter 1 you are hooked and titillated with some unknown ‘story of revulsion.’ Preston and Child perform their usual excellence in descriptive phase and dialog. I simply love the how they place you in the scene.
This is book 13 of the series and comes after the latest trilogy 10-12 which was heart wrenching and left many issues unresolved. Rene Auberjonis narrates the novel in his usual excellence. He has been the voice of this series since book 8 and continues to deliver.
This book is a must read. If you are new to the series, I encourage you to read Still Life with Crows first to get a good introduction to Corrie. Though you can jump straight to this novel because it does stand on its own. This is one of my most favorite series and I cannot recommend it more highly. For us Pendergast lovers, all I have to say is ‘He is back!’