Reliquary (Pendergast, #2)
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Reliquary (Pendergast #2)

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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
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Paperback, 464 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by Tor Books (first published 1997)
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Stephen
Oh the humanity…the expectation-murdering ugh of the dreadful sequel to the quality original. Unfortunately they happen. Some are a menace to the phantoms of our youthful memories:
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…others make us long for murderous Revenge on the studio that spawned it from their retched, greed-dripping Jaws.
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Some sequels have plot/acting/directing so loaded with mockery- needed fail that we are transformed into staunch proponents of the virtues of franchise euthanasia:
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…and some sequels are just big, bloated,...more
Dirk Grobbelaar
Eighteen months before, she had stared into the face of Mbwun, seen her reflection in its feral red eyes.

First of all: the cover of Reliquary is misleading. I have a vague suspicion that the critter depicted is a rather innocuous and extraordinarily baboon-like depiction of Mbwun, because it certainly isn’t a Wrinkler. It was important for me to get that off my chest, because Reliquary is the first Pendergast novel that I read out of sequence. Why? Well, the closing chapters of Relic and the cov...more
Colleen
I love these books so much. I'm trying to reread the whole series (for what is probably the fourth or fifth time) before the latest book comes out in May. Funny reading this again, I couldn't help but notice how little Pendergast is in this one. All of the later ones focus on him much more, but in the earlier ones, the strength of the book is much more in the cast of characters and not one individual.

I like how fleshed out the world is. And I give major points to both authors for giving me so m...more
Mike (the Paladin)
I didn't care for this one quite as much as I did the first (Relic). Pendergast is still a good character but the story wanders a little farther into the suspension of disbelief area.

There is one point in this book that disappointed me particularly, but to go into what would require a notable spoiler. So, the book is still readable and enjoyable, Pendergast is still a good character (aside from the "Gary Stu" aspects. He is somewhat of a superhero.)...but I still didn't care for it quite as much...more
John
Here's a sequel I didn't expect much from, having read the original "Relic" twelve or so years ago. Not that the original story wasn't excellent, because it was; it's just that the awful movie version stuck with me and drained away any excitement toward revisiting those characters. Surprisingly, despite having had none of the fanfare of "Relic," Reliquary was a solid, down-and-dirty action thriller. Sure, it's much too long, but, like many a Stephen King novel, it's all written so well that you...more
Irena
A year and a half after the events that brought Pendergast, Vincent D'Agosta, Margo Green, William Smithback together, police divers stumble into two headless skeletons. One of them is completely deformed. The details of the case are enough for D'Agosta asks for Margo's help. This story is built upon the previous so even if it could be read as a standalone, it's better to read Relic first. I was beginning to think that Pendergast won't appear at all since he enters a quarter into the story.

The c...more
Rade
real rating would be somewhere around 3.5 stars

Let me just say that I did not think the sequel to Relic was necessary. yes there was a somewhat of a cliffhanger after all the other stuff was wrapped around in the first book, but a second book that featured the same characters was not necessary.

I liked this book, I really did. It was not necessarily bad, just different. I thought this one could have had similar creatures to the Relic book with few improvements to them. That would have been inte...more
Sarah
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StoryTellerShannon
MINI REVIEW: A nice follow up to book one that doesn't suffer through the typical sophomoric slump. Yes, the beast is back but in a totally different manner so no real spoilers there. Focus upon the mole people of NYC with some interesting tidbits of American History that go back quite a ways. Dialog and story plotting are particularly well done and new characters come to visit. If you enjoyed the first book then you should enjoy this one as well.

WHEN READ: July to September 2010; MY GRADE: B p...more
Unauthorized Cinnamon McCann
I wanted something pulpy and easy - a book that tells its story in a straightforward fashion and draws the reader on with an interesting plot. To some extent, this satisfied that need. But I found it a little ham-fisted. Characters are generally either all-good or all-bad, and the obnoxious ones we're meant to hate are introduced through physical descriptions that loudly, emphatically shout, "YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO HATE THIS CHARACTER!"

Meanwhile, the plot developments to come are pretty obvious, es...more
Neeke
"He wanted to be God - his God, the God of evolution"

What an adrenaline rush... almost impossible to put down. Hate to say it, but I liked this one better than the prequel, as in terms of; story is as kick-ass as the other one, but reads even faster.
In this book they make up for the -at that moment- not that great and messy epilogue, by mingling it into this story.
Have to say that the start wasn't one of it's best points, as well as the Mole people bits in the beginning, but you just simply can...more
Sue Smith
This book is awesome!!! A fantastic sequel with the familiar characters from Relic, it continues along a similiar vein investigating murders that are, although seemingly different and unrelated, all linked to a horrible mutant past that was supposedly put to rest.

Fast paced, super plot and some awesome twists, this story leads you into the underbelly of New York - quite literally - as the horror has taken root in the forgotten subterranean tunnels under the city. Fighting inept bureaucracy and e...more
Zell
Mbwun strikes back! This time in larger amounts. Maybe these hordes weren't Mbwun at all, but they existed anyway. Pendergast and his faithful company once again must save the World.

The idea for a plot is really poor. Something like: Lets do a sequel with nearly the same evil, but now our heroes are level upped, so we must duplicate the danger... A hundredfold or so. Relic was a horror with a pinch of mystery. Reliquary was a pinch of mystery without horror. Not such a good exchange.

So, what ha...more
Nicole
I read Relic earlier this week which is the first book in the Pendergast series but Reliquary actually reads like a sequal. We return to the story of the Museum Beast and revisit the characters of Margo Green, Dr. Frock, Smithback, D'Argosta, and (of course) Pendergast. While I was entertained and thought the story was interesting, I had very different reactions to the first and second halves of the book.

The first half of the book would have been much more interesting if I hadn't read Relic. Aft...more
Bobby
Starts off with one of the most thrilling and captivating first chapters I've come across in a while. The familiar characters are back- D'Agosta with his cigars, wily Smithback. The information about the underworld is interesting and shocking. I was disappointed with The Wrinklers, I think their apperence could have been more horrific (maybe ritualistic mutilation or macabre tokens?) The old man face was not very scary and I would have loved if their appereance was equal to how dark and terrifyi...more
Mónica Silva
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Douglas Preston e Lincoln Child formam uma dupla imbatível no que concerne a construção de um bom thriller, capaz de prender o leitor até às últimas páginas! Este volume constitui a sequela direta de A Relíquia, dezoito meses após os fatídicos acontecimentos numa noite de pesadelo no Museu de História Natural de Nova Iorque. Rapidamente percebemos que a morte de Mbuwn, a terrível criatura mortífera, não restabeleceu a paz na cidade. Pelo co...more
Jennie
I couldn't finish this one. The Beast that Ate the Museum in the previous book wasn't actually a beast but a scientist with a virus. And in the grand tradition of idiotic mad genetic engineers, someone decides to replicate the virus and create an army of Beasts Who Ate the New York Underground (and one heiress). Throw in the usual complement of idiotic, arrogant police superiors who learned nothing from the time the Beast Ate the Museum, add a bunch of scientists doing pages and pages of scienti...more
Cyn
I read this book AFTER reading all but one currently in the Pendergast series (all but book #12). While this book is good, many of the later books are great. In retrospect, it is interesting to see how well the series develops the characters introduced in these first two books (Relic, Reliquary), namely D'Agosta, Hayward, Smithback, Green, and of course Pendergast. My favorite(s) are #s 10, 11, 12 known as the Helen trilogy ... so keep reading and you won't be disappointed!! Also, for those of y...more
Richard P. Pheneger
This one is even better than the first, as it follows the same characters from "Relic"...still in the Museum of Natural History with lots of additional twists and turns....one totally unexpected, but when you look back on it...it should have been expected...a lot of facts about the tunnels under New York City (some...thirty stories below Grand Central Terminal) and the 'people' who inhabit them...develops into a battle of those on the surface of the earth and those sub-earth with lots of other s...more
Althea Ann
The sequel to Relic.
The dangerous substance that caused the killer man-dinosaur in the Natural History Museum has been synthesized and has spead as a drug through underground NYC. The homeless are being killed at a frightening rate, and rumors of freakish mutants in the lowest levels are spreading, but it takes a debutante's death to catch the attention of the media and the police department.
Will Our Heroes figure out the dastardly plot and succeed in the drastic measures they must take to save...more
Victoria
This sequel to Relic was quite exciting, but a bit more predictable than this duo’s first book. The ending twist was not really a surprise, though it was still exciting to read to see how it all played out. I had a lot of fun reading it, and I am very curious to see where this series goes - I can't imagine that this same plant could cause any more trouble! I like the characters all a lot, too! This was a fast and fun read.
Irenecsi
Amazing twist!

I have never enjoyed such appealing writing for quite some time!

The powerful writing does not only apply to the main characters, but also those around them. I fear for the life of the SEALs and almost torned between keeping turning the page and lay it aside for a while to recover. Although growing ever more fond of Pendergast, I started to have more respect for tactical units or SEALs that come in for the resuc and sacrifice in completing the mission.

There was a magical touch that...more
Brandon Cooper
Preston and Child try a bit too hard at times to lay on the social metaphors, but when they stick to page-turning action, they fare quite well. Thankfully, with Reliquary the authors avoided simply repeating the same plot from Relic. The action here is somewhat piled into the last hundred pages or so, but I'm learning here that the multifaceted third act is why you want to read a series like this one. Regarding characters, it would appear as though others pointed out the same issue with Relic as...more
Daniel Rudge
The second installment of the Pendergast-D'Agosto series focuses on how to save New York from underground "moles". Much like Relic, the plot is fast-paced and delivers some creepy action sequences. Unfortunately, this book is about 100 pages too long. First we have to explore some bizarre murders. Then we have to explore the warren of underground tunnels and pipes of Manhattan. Then, we have to endure political idiots fighting over how to best deal with the situation which runs counter to our pr...more
Michael
Nov 27, 2007 Michael rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Noah
Shelves: really-good
This was another good, quick thriller. I enjoy the style - a sort of cliff-hanger like quality that keeps you reading - of these books, and I think I will continue the series when I need some good fun. Pendergast, the albino, know-it-all, MacGyver-like, FBI agent, is a fantastic main character.

The order so far:
Relic
Relquary
I think there are 8 more...
Laura Ruetz
This is the follow up to Relic. This one takes place after the events of the first novel but yet something similar is happening, headless corpses are being found. Similarities between the horrific events at the museum with the deadly creature are stirring up bad memories for Margo and D'Agosta, the Lieutenant. Pendergast is back to help them put together this newest puzzle. This book takes us far underneath New York, into the deepest recesses of the town to discover the truth. While still an exc...more
David Orphal
I might be done with this series. A good friend recommended the 5th in this collection, which was a very good urban fantasy/detective novel. The protagonist, Special Agent Pendergast of the FBI and his Watson, a New York city cop are excellent. Their banter is quite good - not Spenser-Hawk good, but quite good.

The fifth episode of their adventures was good enough to encourage me to go back and read the 1st in the series. That first book was strong enough to warrant a reading of the 2nd. However,...more
Lise
Sep 01, 2009 Lise rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Fans of pulp SF
Shelves: library
The series is really light and fun. Pendergast, the superhuman FBI agent, is reminiscent of Sherlock Holmes, but with modern day sensibilities and actual social skills. The world feels a little bit like the 1930's pulps, complete with sinister arch-enemies and exotic worlds (lost tribes in South America, empires under the streets of New York City). The good guys and bad guys are clearly marked, but some characters do 'fall from grace', and I wouldn't be surprised if later in the series others pe...more
Libby
3.5 - Another fun thriller from this solid writing team – Preston and Child know they niche. While I felt the predecessor to this book, Relic, needed more to it, in contrast Reliquary, needed less. While I certainly don’t expect this type of thriller to be realistic, Reliquary crossed over into ridiculous with one disastrous element after the next converging together to create a potential global crisis. Nonetheless, I confess that I really enjoyed this via audiobook and it made my commute time f...more
Celine
Reliquary
By Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
480 pp. USA
Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC, $7.99
ISBN: 9780812542837

Ever wondered what happens in the museums late at night? When people are no longer around? I have. Would you dare sleep in a museum alone? I wouldn’t. Although it’s practically impossible that the animals and exhibits on display come alive like the ones in the Museum of Natural History in the movie Night at the Museum, I still don’t believe I would be safe.

Reliquary is a sequel to...more
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Douglas Preston was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1956, 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...more
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