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  1. Sean Gibson Sean Gibson says:

    Sometimes I really want a hot dogI don’t care that it’s filled with crunchy bits of pig hoofs or that it’s encased in a horse’s transverse colon or even that it will provide enough sodium to last me for the next 75 years I just want to bite into that thick juicy tube o’ meat and let the uniuely succulent flavor of indulgence course through my veins even as it drips greasy trails of superfluous yumminess down my chin That’s kind of how I feel about thrillers I don’t read them all the time but every once in a while the mood strikes and I just want—nay NEED—one It doesn’t matter that it may be full of clunky expository dialogue or stock characters or logic defying plot twists; as long as it’s taut and tense and keeps the pages turning I want it in my literary gullet And boy did I treat Messrs Preston and Child like a hearty Oscar Mayer Selects Smoked Uncured Angus Beef Frank vis à vis insertion into said gullet I charred them to perfection slathered them with ketchup and just about swallowed them wholeRelic was exactly what I was in the mood for a dark and mysterious page turning thriller one set IN A MUSEUM no less I’m hard pressed to think of a perfect setting—one that incorporated history and myth in eual measure and one due to the date of its publication that didn’t rely TOO much on new fangled technology to play deus ex machina with one notable exception that I shan’t spoil This is the kind of thriller I especially like—there are nods to character development even if they don’t necessarily go anywhere and the central investigative figure—FBI Agent Pendergast—is both entertaining and compelling a fastidious Holmes archetype with a southern drawl and just the tiniest bit of menace It was creepy it was engrossing it was set IN A MUSEUM did I mention that? Because that really was a stroke of geniusrooms full of dusty old relics access to a warren of tunnels underneath New York City a gathering place for super smart academic types well suited to chasing down clues of both a historical and scientific naturebrilliantit was in short a worthy read and I will undoubtedly check out Mr Pendergast and company’s next adventure Now if you’ll excuse me I need to go wash the fetid goat stink out of my clothes because there’s a lot of that going on in this story And it’s kind of gross But an effective descriptive device


  2. Jeffrey Keeten Jeffrey Keeten says:

    ”Every sixty to seventy million years or so life starts getting very well adapted to its environment Too well adapted perhaps There is a population explosion of the successful life forms Then suddenly a new species appears out of the blue It is almost always a predatory creature a killing machine It tears through the host population killing feeding multiplying Slowly at first then ever faster” The has always been an attractive source for exploration for the scientific community There are so many unknown critters bugs fauna and lost tribes that scientists regardless of what particular field they are specializing in will find opportunities to make their career if they are willing to risk their lives in the deep dark jungles of Brazil Even if they survive the poisonous snakes the flesh eating diseases and the hostile tribes there are things monstrous things that might find them tasty Dr Julian Whittlesey is than a little annoyed when Crocker disappears into the jungle because he is holding up the expedition but Crocker as it turns out has a very good reason for being missing ”A cloud of fat flies roared and swarmed about the open rib cage Whittlesey noticed that a severed left arm was lashed to the tree trunk with a fibrous rope the palm sliced open A number of spent cartridge casings lay around the body Then he saw the head It lay face up under the corpse’s armit the back of the skull torn away the cloudy eyes staring upward the cheeks bulgingWhittlesey had found Crocker”Whittlesey is going to discover that he is leaving the ian jungle one damn day too late The crates of specimens from the expedition make their way back to the museum in New York but the members of the expedition join the ranks of the many missing explorers and scientists who have disappeared in the mountains the rivers the jungles and the deserts of the world Something has followed the crates back to the United States When savagely mutilated bodies start showing up in the museum basement the police and the FBI soon find themselves in a desperate battle with a beast that defies categorization When a claw is recovered from the body of a victim the analysis of the DNA is baffling than helpful ”The analysis of the claw creates a general caricature of the creature in the uestion comprising a primary mix of primate reptile and human genes; a nocturnal nature; a strong sense of smell; a uadruped build; a maximum speed of 60 70 KPH; and thick muscle definition and bone structure Frock describes this hypothetical combination as having the strength of a grizzly bear the speed of a greyhound and the intelligence of a human being the ultimate predator”Did I say baffling? I meant terrifyingThe team of museum staff Detective Vincent D’Agosta and FBI special agent Aloysius X L Pendergast are in a desperate race to discover what exactly they are chasing in the bowels of the museum while at the same time trying to convince the powers that be that the gala event to raise funds for the museum will just be providing a buffet for the monster Further research ties this creature to the Kothoga tribe who worshiped a lizard god called Mbwun HE WHO WALKS ON ALL FOURS It is addicted to a plant that produces the same hormones as the hypothalamus in the human brain Could this be the creature in the bowels of the museum? Could this explain the busted skulls and slashed brains of the victims? The computer programming that was so intrical in determining the type of creature will seem antiuated to many readers now but since I was using computers in that era for me it was just a bit of nostalgia It does not detract from the plot but it certainly places the situation in historical context The details about the workings of the museum were also fascinating One of the authors Douglas Preston worked in the American Museum of Natural History in New York for seven years so that experience lends so much authenticity to not only the culture of the museum but also the characters Preston also wrote a book called Dinosaurs in the Attic about his time spent working in a museum Wouldn’t it be great to work in a museum? The movie stars Tom Size and Penelope Ann MillerThere was a movie made of the same name in 1997 It follows the book pretty well but interesting enough one of the main key characters in the book is completely erased from the script Special Agent Pendergast whose character continues to be developed by the writing team in fifteen books after Relic is sliced from the movie storyline The writers on the movie script expand the role of Detective D’Agosta and keep things simple by eliminating the odd but very interesting character of Pendergast I read this book probably fifteen years ago and recently decided that I wanted to read of the series because I remembered really enjoying this one It holds up well after all these years and now I’ve reopened the gateway to read the rest of the series Memory rebooted Onward to Reliuary If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at


  3. Sarah Sarah says:

    Have you ever read a book that was so intense and absorbing in some areas you were reading so fast and you thought ''did I read all of that part ?'' This is one of those booksI have to thank Matthew for his recommendation on this oneThis was an enjoyable thriller read for me Since I had worked before in an Art Museum as security personal and then curator I could place myself in that atmosphereIt was a great thriller with different twists I can't wait to read from these authorsThis is a perfect novel to read right before you go to sleep at night


  4. Mike (the Paladin) Mike (the Paladin) says:

    This is another book series of books I was introduced to by my late wife we were married 34 years before she passed so there were uite a few books we ended up sharing sometimes to the surprise of each of us I introduced her to things like epic fantasy she introed me to things like well PrestonChild or Koontz I am surprised not only that I liked it them but that I decided to give it 4 stars This is a surprisingly absorbing read and the Pendergast character while he could have ended up a caricature works very well You come to know him and like him even if it would be a lot like being friends with SupermanThis book can be enjoyed on several different levels and you can think about it or not pretty much as the mood hits youSo no spoilers a threat from the jungle invades the museum It turns out to be than what we might first think of as a threat from the natural world at least the natural world we're familiar with This is a bit of a genre bending title and comes closest to a cross between horror and urban fantasy I suppose the closest comparison I might make would be with the repairman Jack books Of course Jack is a somewhat believable human than Pendergast who seems to be a master of all disciplines eastern and western and tough enough to make the incredible Hulk pale green if he happened to know what he was up against in the tall painfully thin Special Agent in unrelieved blackLots of fun lots of action pure brain candy Pretty good book Enjoy


  5. Dirk Grobbelaar Dirk Grobbelaar says:

    RelicSome thoughtsNow this isn’t really a review simply because too much time has passed since I actually read the novel to form any objective and cohesive opinion on its literary merit What I would like to focus on is what remained with meI’m sticking to my original rating This novel is one of the few that my wife and I still discuss on a rather regular basis even after all this time Relic ticked uite a few of the right boxes Such as1 Atmospheric setting In this case the museum When night falls the museum itself becomes a character in the story creepy as all hell2 Interesting protagonist Even though Aloysius Pendergast was still sharing the lead roles with Margo Green and Vincent D’Agosta when Relic was published he made the series truly his own by book 3 The Cabinet of Curiosities he is as endearingly eccentric and competent here as he is in any of the later instalments3 Creature feature Ah I specifically liked this aspect of the novel In fact my wife and I were so enamoured with Mbwun we took to calling our dogs by that name 4 Scares Yes there are plenty of them courtesy of the synergy of the aforementioned Atmospheric setting and Creature feature when combined5 Twists I for one did not see that coming Did you?6 Well researched You have to give honour where honour is due Preston and Child go to a lot of trouble to get it right My wife is a medical doctor and we had some interesting discussions regarding for example the function of the hypothalamus and the book’s depiction of forensic autopsyExpect some horror elements police procedural elements and a bit of Michael Crichton I still recommend this novel to everybody I discuss books with Yes not everybody likes it but if you are going to fall for Relic you’re going to fall big time In closingYou can’t help but be dumbfounded by Hollywood’s stupendous lack of foresight by leaving Pendergast out of the film What were they thinking?


  6. Matthew Matthew says:

    A good mix of science and suspense Reminds me of Michael Crichton Very thrilling lots of good twists that I did not see coming


  7. James James says:

    Relic is the first book in the Pendergast series co written by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child I'd heard of the books and knew they were highly recommended but I never dove into them Recently a blogger friend suggested I give the series a chance thanks Mae so I ordered Relic from the library and read this 1995 hit Now I need to watch the movie although I hear they dropped a key character What? This first book combines a bit of supernaturalevolution with science thriller and suspense fiction and I'm glad I took the chance on it Let's dive into a few detailsRelic starts out with a mysterious jungle scene Some objects have been stolen from a local tribe A few team members are missing We learn they're from NYC's Museum of Natural History and they're trying to get back home with this amazing find Fast forward a bit it seems everyone from the trip has died in the last few years Now in present time the crates from their expedition finally arrive at the museum and a new exhibit will open with some of the objects That's when the murders start happening again and the creature killing people has strange claws for a modern beast Is it human? Is it an animal? Is it the end of the world?We follow 4 or 5 key museum employees trying to figure out all the connections then the FBI agent Pendergast comes in And he's uite a hoot What a great personality Loved him but he needs to be even over the top I am curious how he evolves in future books I'm so glad he has a chance to battle the other FBI agent Coffey a painfully awful but well written character I also found myself thrilled by the setting A majority of the book takes place over a week in the museum While learning about history and many of the other artifacts we also learn about how the building was remodeled and connects underground Very cool stuffI enjoy that the books were co written It felt seamless to me I liked many of the characters and the chase murder scenes You have to suspend a little disbelief at the creature's birth process for coming to life but that's the fun aspect Rather than a straightforward thriller there is an evolutionary fear happening and if there's a monster that might have some supernatural capabilities I'm all for it I am really psyched for how the book ended Although the plot is resolved for how it all came together a nice little monkey wrench was thrown in setting up book two the subplot might be even important than the first one I can't tell if the hint at the end will turn the entire book upside down or just give us another intense mysteryLooking forward to reading seeing if I am fond of the series the writing the style or all of it Based on other input it keeps getting better will be back again soon with #2


  8. Ginger Ginger says:

    I loved Relic and definitely plan to read books in this series Relic was entertaining and suspenseful from the beginning to the end It was totally riveting and the tension just builds and builds I literally could not keep turning the pages fast enoughWhat I loved about itThe creature was intelligent cunning and scary enough to freak you out And the mystery behind the origin of the creature was well thought outThe setting of the dark chambers of the museum was fantastic for a creature to stalk its victims The book is packed with cool science descriptions and a well written narrativeThe dialogue is realistic and the characters were great It’s a perfect blend of characters that you will love and hateFor entertainment level alone this is well worth the read and I will be investing in books written by these authors


  9. Ashley Marie Ashley Marie says:

    35 stars rounded up because I liked the charactersWell I started this in 2016 so it counts Bahahaha Slammed the last 40% last night when I got home most of it and finished the Epilogue this morning Woof Talk about action and pacing and that revelation in the last few pages Yikes Starting this I felt like I was reading a Jurassic Park knockoff Not in a bad way but it was all super sciencey and talked about a prehistoric creature from the The museum setting was fantastic it really lent itself to the vibe of claustrophobia which inevitably upped the suspense factor of the book The characters themselves were fantastic Smithback stood out and I hope we see him again; I was really annoyed by him at first but then when everything went to hell and he wound up hiding under a table stuffing his face I was just like SMITHBACK IS ME And then we were cool for the rest of the book Margo and Dr Frock and Moriarty and D'Agosta were excellent as well Coffey well this was me any time he opened his idiot mouthI was a little disappointed in how small of a role Pendergast seemed to have considering how this is the Pendergast series But I'm sure we'll see of him as the series goes along and I'm content with that Also GR says his name is Aloysius XL Pendergast WHY DO THESE CHARACTERS GET SUCH KICKASS NAMES


  10. Willow Willow says:

    I'll be damned This silly book turned out to be one big over the top cheesy load of fun I enjoyed it uite a bit I’ve read some reviews where people called The Relic a mystery horror and I guess in some ways it is but I tend to look at it as a crazy disaster monster film If you took The Position Adventure threw in a furry brain eating velociraptor and then had a total nincompoop in charge of the rescue mission that would be this book Yes it’s that crazy There are lots of WTF moments Were the characters one dimensional? Hell yes But I grew to be fond of them D’Agosta is the hard broiled New York city cop just trying to do his job Smithback is a slimy journalist who turns out to be not such a bad guy Dr Frock is the crackpot scientist genius Pendergast is the amazing Sherlock Holmes like FBI Agent who comes from out of nowhere to assist Wright is the totally self absorbed director of the museum who cares about money than human life he has a couple of cronies that hang out with him And Coffey OMG that guy was hilarious He gets the Dwayne T Robinson award for being the most obnoxious I’m in charge of this operation and we don’t need fire exits stupid asshat I’m still laughing at that guyAnd last but not least there’s Margo Green the doctorial student She’s pretty boring I think of her as the token female character that was put in so it wouldn’t be just men It's a full cast DDid I have problems with the book? Yes I thought it was too long The beginning is painfully slow I think some text could have been cut out to make the story taut Maybe it would have been interesting if there had been real characters with real dialogue but that wasn’t the case so it was a bit tedious to read There's lots of science babble which is repeated several times and since the scientific theory is so damn silly anyway it’s probably kind of superfluous The ending was great though I couldn’t set the book down I wanted to know what was going to happen and find out who was going to get eaten This book has so many clichés but they are fun clichés I was laughing while I was reading So if you want to read a disaster monster book that doesn’t take itself too seriously I think you would enjoy this I'll definitely be reading another Pendergast book This was funThis was a buddy read with Margaret D


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Relic [EPUB] ✸ Relic By Douglas Preston – Thomashillier.co.uk 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 tha 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 humanBut the museum's directors plan to go ahead with a big bash to celebrate the new exhibition in spite of the murdersMuseum researcher Margo Green must find out who or what is doing the killing But can she do it in time to stop the massacre.

  • Paperback
  • 468 pages
  • Relic
  • Douglas Preston
  • English
  • 25 May 2016
  • 9780765354945

About the Author: Douglas Preston

Douglas Preston was born in Cambridge Massachusetts in and grew up in the deadly boring suburb of Wellesley Following a distinguished career at a private nursery school he was almost immediately expelled he attended public schools and the Cambridge School of Weston Notable events in his early life included the loss of a fingertip at the age of three to a bicycle; the loss of his two fr.