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Relic by Douglas Preston
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Jul 04, 11

Read in May, 2004

Long ago, in the days of "Jurassic Park" craze, my imagination had been caught by a couplet that was (supposedly) the sure-shot formula at that time (maybe even now) to produce a best-seller: "techno-thriller". Any reader of James Rollins (and Matthew Reilly, before he abandoned writing novels and started composing video-games through words, a highly praise-worthy process, but not entirely suited to my tastes) would know the essential ingredients that go into making of these books: some exotic technology framed by a straight & clean narrative, a few dastardly villains (preferably supported by some shadowy agency or nefarious foreign powers), a few good men & women caught in the wrong place at wrong time, and action-action-action! Believe me, I had devoured unnumberable no. of such books before I came across this grand daddy of thrillers! If you have read this book, you know what I mean; if not, then run for the nearest bookstore that may provide you with a copy. This AWESOME book deals with a series of gruesome murders taking place in the New York Museum of Natural History, with a bunch of usual suspects and a suitably gothic building, the gala opening of an ominously-themed exhibition coupled with torrential rain outside and something monstrous inside!!! I am running out of steam simply trying to reduce myself into a few words, so I will stop. PLEASE READ THE BOOK. PERIOD!
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message 1: by Paul (last edited Mar 08, 2012 03:47PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Paul Brandel I completely agree with you,Riju. Read Relic when it first came out and it still remains my favorite horror/thriller ever!Btb have you read A CABINET OF CURIOSITIES? Another terrific thriller by the dynamic
writing duo of Preston and Child.
Cheers to you.


Riju Ganguly Yes, I have read it, and found it to be one of the creepiest pieces from amongst the oeuvre of this duo. The mystery component in that novel, as well as the climatic action, both were stunning, to say the least.


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