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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

Critic Reviews

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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  • Emiko
  • Grannis, AR, United States
  • 08-10-09

Not Bad

I absolutely LOVED Relic. So I was excited that there was a sequel. And though this is a good book, the switch in narrators did nothing for it. I was accustomed to the characters as portrayed by David Colacci (who did an excellent job) Dick Hill made the reporter sound like a whiney wimp....the narrator made all of the characters much less likable. Though I still liked this book- it doesn't come anywhere close to being as good as Relic.

4 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Reliquary

Thrilling

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  • Rickapolis
  • Annapolis, Maryland, United States
  • 02-25-11

Read the book

Love the story, love Pendergast. HATE Dick Hill. He is just a terrible narrator. Avoid him at all costs.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Excellent Download

This was a great purchase. The dramatization was excellent. It definitely kept you involved with the story. Definitely not for children.

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  • Cynthia
  • Monrovia, California, United States
  • 01-26-13

A thrilling, necessary follow-up to Relic

I listend to Preston & Child's "Relic", and I was puzzled. There were some unfinished threads in the plot. The disappearance of Greg Kawakita, a scientist with the New York Museum of Natural History, was one of them. That's not to say "Relic" isn't a satisfying read on its own - it was, and had a thoughtful end exciting end.

"Reliuary" is a great sequel to "Relic", and I definitely recommending listening to both of them in the proper order.

One of the most fascinating parts of "Reliquary" is its use of the New York Subway system as a major setting. In Preston & Child's narrative, it became not only a place, but a complex entity with some light and beautiful places and a very dark heart. It was a character in the novel.

The description of the subway system was so interesting, I read more about it and found photos of ghost stations and abandoned lines. There are a lot of resources available - if you decide to look, skip Wikipedia entirely and go to Columbia University's site and read Joseph Brennan's "Abandoned Stations."

The plot was fascinating, and it's a great way to see the development of Pendergast as the major protagonist he becae.

I liked the book so much, I finished listening two it over a period of two days. Great listen for a cold winter day.

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4 of 10 people found this review helpful

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The Children of the Kothuga!

If you could sum up Reliquary in three words, what would they be?

Inhuman Subterranean Under-dwellers!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Reliquary?

It was a mandatory follow up to "The Relic" - you discover the truth about the monster, some character's real motivations, and get more action from characters you've already come to care about. Near the end, it actually becomes so action driven it seemed like an Edgar Rice Burroughs novel, but really had a keen darkness much like Robert E Howard's "Children of the Night" series.

Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

Special Agent Aloysius X. L. Pendergast; he is the Elric of Melnibone of the F. B. I. - in this tale he becomes more pale (nearly albino), more strangely alien, and wizard-like. The story passes from a New York dectetive noir story and veers towards becoming a sword and sorcery adventure. Quite exciting, and very twisted!

If you could rename Reliquary, what would you call it?

The Relic - Part Two: or... "The Lurking Fear: Pendergast vs the Morlocks".

Any additional comments?

Tremendous writing that goes way past a cop story, and walks down one of those 6 block long dark museum hallways towards H.P. Lovecraft material: actually It's a LOT like Lovecraft's "The Lurking Fear", but with more action worthy of Edgar Rice Burroughs and Robert E Howard's "Children of the Night" stories. I enjoyed it very much!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Even Better than Relic

I liked Relic ... a lot. But Reliquary is even better because of the details about the underground (literally) life in NYC. Pendergast is back in his usual great form. Other characters return and are even more clearly drawn. I highly recommend this book. I'm now officially working my way through the entire series.

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  • GH
  • Sherborn, MA, United States
  • 05-10-12

A fitting sequal to Relic

Would you consider the audio edition of Reliquary to be better than the print version?

Yes. I love the way characters are performed. To me, performance gives life to the novel in a tangible and memorable way.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Margo Green continues to kick butt. She even out shines Pendergast. I am going to miss her in later novels.

Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

Margo Green.

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

At the climax of fining the mastermind, just they way it was laid out, i was surprised and sadened.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Bonita
  • Exeter, CA, USA
  • 09-19-08

More of the same

These books are all starting to sound the same to me. The stories are not different enough (from Relic to Reliquary) to interest me enough to listen to the rest of this book. I like Special Agent Pendergast and would like to see him have more presence as as does in later books. Sorry ... not for me.

2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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interesting

i enjoyed it and found the settin of underground New York very interesting and engaging.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful