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Reliquary: Pendergast, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

Hidden deep beneath Manhattan lies a warren of tunnels, sewers, and galleries, mostly forgotten by those who walk the streets above. There lies the ultimate secret of the Museum Beast.

When two grotesquely deformed skeletons are found deep in the mud off the Manhattan shoreline, museum curator Margo Green is called in to aid the investigation. Margo must once again team up with police lieutenant D'Agosta and FBI agent Pendergast, as well as the brilliant Dr. Frock, to try and solve the puzzle. The trail soon leads deep underground, where they will face the awakening of a slumbering nightmare.

Prolong the suspense: listen to the first book, Relic.

©2008 Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

The netherworld of New York City...proves as shuddery a setting for the authors' latest scientific monster mash as the American Museum of Natural History did for their bestselling Relic, to which this is the sequel. (Publishers Weekly)
"This should do for the New York subway system what Jaws did for Long Island beaches." (Booklist)
"Dick Hill's reading of this fascinating sequel to Relic builds the suspense and horror." (AudioFile)

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    Carol Massachusetts 10-23-10
    Carol Massachusetts 10-23-10

    Genre fiction, trashy to literary--mystery, action, sci fi, fantasy, and, yes, even romance. Also history. Listener reviews help a lot!

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    "Surprisingly, Sewage Can Be Fun"

    I enjoyed Relic, and enjoyed this sequel even more. Both books combine silly and far-fetched action-adventure with a (*very* tenuous) link to "real" science. Their strength, aside from likable lead characters, are the well-researched, fact-based settings. In Relic it was the Museum of Natural History; here it is the subway tunnels and sewage/drainage systems honeycombed beneath New York City. Agent Pendergast (who has a larger role in this second installment of the "series" than he did in Relic) and friends must travel this labyrinth to defeat a horde of mutant monsters and Save The World. I am a Dick Hill fan (and I don't say that about many American readers), so that added to my enjoyment of the selection.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy 04-04-14
    Cindy 04-04-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Falls short of the first book."

    I read the first book and took a liking to many of the characters so I was happy to see some of them return here. Given that fact I will likely listen to the third book and hope it gets better.

    If I had rated this before the last hour it would have been 3s all across but the story took a turn for the dumb in the last hour so I took it down to 2 stars.

    I did not enjoy this narrator as much as the narrator of the first book. It seemed that he mixed up the voices of two of the main male characters a couple of times. I figured it out from context but it interrupted the storyline.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Maine Knitter 10-01-16
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    "Bad narration and production"

    Hmmm, what to say about this book? It was interesting enough. Not enough to hook me completely, though. I had a hard time to finish it.

    If I hadn't already read the Diogenes Trilogy and the subsequent few books I may have been tempted to give up on this series. But I know the books get better so I'll chalk this up as an important book as far as character development goes but it's not one I'd reread.

    The narrator was horrible. I've listened to other books that Dick Hill has read and he was good. In those books he wasn't required to show much emotion or voice changes. He ruined this book. All the voices were wrong. I love how Scott Brick (he's just so good) and Rene Auberjonois read the later books. The production was off, too. The "special effects" were annoying.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis 04-29-13
    Dennis 04-29-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Did not live up to the first book"

    I like the Preston / Child team and tend to give them good reviews. This tends to be one of their flat spots. The book has moments, and the premise of peering into life below the city of New York, in all the abandon tunnels is fascinating. The fabrication and ultimate revelation of the monsters and their weakness was just to pat. Every time some thrilling moment was about to box the good guys in, some revelation released them from any real trouble. There was attempts to make the monsters appear to have the upper hand but it was never convincing and you always knew how things were going to end.
    Far to predictable for a recommendation
    Good narration though.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Albuquerque, NM, United States 05-10-12
    Lisa Albuquerque, NM, United States 05-10-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Good Story Awful Narrator"

    If I did not like the story so much I would have quit listening within the first 30 minutes of this book. The voices he does are so terrible they distract from the good writing. I will not buy any additional books he reads. He is just too difficult to listen to hour after hour.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    israel 10-20-11
    israel 10-20-11 Member Since 2017

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    "ruined"

    good story , but just the wrong narrator, hard to keep listening with dick hill doing the reading , bad choice..

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Zippy 01-10-09
    Zippy 01-10-09
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    "No more Dick Hill"

    Dick Hill again proves that he can ruin any novel no matter how good it is. He portrays the characters as either chronically hysterical (especially women) or prone to fits of anger. Spare me any more narration by Dick Hill.

    14 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    W. Hayden Ft. Worth, TX USA 04-22-17
    W. Hayden Ft. Worth, TX USA 04-22-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Love the Pendergast series"

    I have both read and listened to all of the books in the Pendergast series several times. The stories are always gripping and keep the reader wanting to come back to this world.

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    Eliza 04-22-17
    Eliza 04-22-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Enjoyable"

    I really enjoyed this title and Dick Hill's performance. While some of the portrayals, like the couple getting engaged, had that shrill quality other reviewers complained about, it wasn't a pervading tic of the narration. As with Relic, there were multiple storylines to follow that all wove together in the end, plus a dramatic climax that immediately segued into a wrap up of what happened. It was an enjoyable story through and through.

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    Kodo 04-14-17
    Kodo 04-14-17 Member Since 2016
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    "a little hard to follow sometimes."

    a very interesting sequel to Relic. there were many characters in this novel and sometimes the Epic was a little difficult to follow. I repeated some chapters two or three times. all in all it was exciting and an adventure period especially since the setting underground New York tunnels is real. it makes you wonder.

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  • Sondrasbooks
    Halifax, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Superb follow up"

    You must read the relic first to really get this book, but this book too has a brilliant plot and characters. Unusual mix of sci fi, adventure and murder. This book is true escapism, brilliantly read and superbly written. Hours of true escapism at its best.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Charles
    Wrestlingworth, United Kingdom
    4/1/11
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    "Great sequel"

    Like James Cameron's Aliens, this takes the lone monster hide and seek story of the original, and turns it up to a full on war.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. M. Edwards
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    "Relics"

    If the first book was "'Alien' in a Museum" then this is "'Aliens' in the sewers"!
    A fine followup to Relic, expanding and explaining the beast and what makes it.
    Entertaining and fun.

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