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4.01  ·  Rating details ·  37,088 ratings  ·  1,354 reviews
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 Beat. 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 ...more
Kindle Edition, 487 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by Tor Books (first published 1997)
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Sean Gibson
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If reading Relic was the literary equivalent of eating a hot dog, reading Reliquary is like eating a chili cheese dog with extra onions—it’s more of everything that was good (and also heartburn-inducing) about its predecessor. Higher stakes, a more elaborate (and ridiculous) mystery, crazier science/pseudo-science…heck, it even threw in a Scooby-Doo-esque villain (“I’d have gotten away with it, too, if you meddling FBI geniuses with cloying southern accents hadn’t stopped me!”).

So, chances are,
Jeffrey Keeten
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
”Aloysius Xingu Leng Pendergast is generally described as being stoically aloof and eccentric, though his ineffable politeness and unerring intellect imbue him with an irresistible charm or enigmatic sense of danger if the occasion should call for it. Well-learned in many subjects, he converses easily with doctors, scientists, intellectuals, vagabonds, highly specialized masters of specific disciplines, and people of a wide variety of language and culture alike. He is a master of psychological ...more
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:

…others make us long for murderous Revenge on the studio that spawned it from their retched, greed-dripping Jaws.

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:

…and some sequels are just big,
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a fun and suspenseful book to read! Fans of Relic will enjoy Reliquary. All the same characters from Pendergast, Margo to D'Agosta are in this sequel. You'll enjoy a few new characters such as Hayward (a badass woman cop for NYPD) to the chief of police that's the typical narcissistic politician that makes bad decisions. (Woah, sounds familiar, huh?) hahaha

It's got a great setting for a book, the NYC tunnels. This was so fascinating since it's based on facts and the community that live
J.K. Grice
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
The excellent continuation of the Pendergast series.
TS Chan
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
A great sequel to the first of the Pendergast series, Reliquary is an absorbing, page-turner that is better than its predecessor.

Seeing updates of this book popping up in my feed recently was a good reminder that I've been intending to continue with this series. Reliquary is the sequel to Relic with the same cast of main characters who survived the horrors at the Museum of Natural History, after a time-gap of about eighteen months.

I find that it is not easy writing reviews for thriller novels.
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
Jun 17, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable sequel to Relic - it has the same fab characters and the same spooky story but this time set in the underground tunnels of New York. Love all the 'science' bits as before and just think it's a fun creepy story.
To add to the hilarity I listened to this one on audio and the man talking in a girl's voice made me laugh so much and then when they were denoting a thought rather than something said aloud they used an 'echo' effect - heehee! (I am so childish sometimes!)
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*

With that tantalizing wrap-up of Relic, I couldn’t wait to revisit the story and characters in Reliquary. I’m glad the authors decided to continue the story of Mbwun right off, although it’s clear after the prologue that much has happened and mutated behind the scenes.

You get a return of the familiar characters, but most have changed a little, partly from the events they survived and partly from the developments which befell them as a consequence of those events. Margo has rounded out to be a
Chris Berko
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.3 rounded down. A very fun book that is just a tiny step down from the awesomeness that was book 1. The ending was a little too much "Really..?" and "That's who..." for me but not enough so that it took away from the overall enjoyment of the whole thing. I thought it was much more violent than its predecessor, but that is a good thing with me and it definitely had a lot more going on peripherally with many side plots and extra characters. I liked it a lot and it was a good way to spend a ...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
kartik narayanan
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reliquary is to Relic what Aliens is to Alien. Both are them are great books (and movies) and while the first book (movie) focuses on a single predator in a closed space, the latter focuses on multiple predators in larger space.

Reliquary, while being as intense as Relic, also manages to have time for character development. In addition to the gang of four we saw in Relic (Pendergast, D'Agosta, Margo & Bill), we have new characters who also have their own unique stories.The great writing as
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Drug fueled cannabalistic secret underground societies? Mass-affluent revenge driven political coups? Battle of wits between Type A NYPD and brilliant minds of Pendergast and company? You’re god damn right! There was not a single dull moment in this book and enjoyed it considerably more than it’s predecessor. I am so happy to have “lucked” into these authors and this series. If there is the slightest hesitation to read these books, stop. Just do it. Yes, I am only on book 2 but cannot wait to ...more
Nov 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very fun and exicting sequel to Relic. Those who enjoyed the first book would likely enjoy this follow-up, which included several of the original characters. The book is filled with action and science and a great, creepy setting, which is hard to believe is based on reality. I enjoyed very much, and look forward to reading more of the adventures of Pendergast. Thanks to Ginger also, for a great buddy read!

Please let me never again read a novel about a race of mutated hoboes living underground.
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Feb 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
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
Oct 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: neo-pulp
Seems like a bit of a cash grab. The novel Relic was a huge success nad made into a fairly successful, albeit bad, movie.

Naturally, the authors wanted to make a sequel. I don't blame them.

The book seems about half baked, and about ten years behind the times (1997). There's a lot of pseudo-science, but it's like the authors read Bonfire of the Vanities, and tried to shove it into a Jaws rip off. There's even a pompous author's statement about homelessness, as if they didn't realize that
Quentin Wallace
Good novel, but not as good as The Relic. The Relic seemed like more of a classic monster story whereas this one took a different approach that I didn't think worked as well.

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Jun 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, horror

That was as entertaining as it was frustrating and sad. There are several misogynistic and elitist white characters that are hard to take.

Our heroes return from Book One but fail to develop as characters, save Margo, and in some cases devolve.

The action mostly takes place in the sewers so I had to turn the audiobook off while I ate. Unpleasant.

The plot could have used more action and a hundred less pages. It ended with a great deal of possibility, enough for me to pick up Book Three but not
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
aPriL does feral sometimes
Relic, #1 in the FBI agent Pendergast series, must be read first before 'Reliquary', #2 in the series. I do not want to reveal anything else about 'Reliquary' because the novel will be spoiled by a review which discusses it too much. The book continues 18 months after the events introduced in 'Relic'. It concludes 'Relic's plot. Maybe.

; )
❀ Crystal ✿ -
I knew when finishing Relic I needed to jump into this book ASAP. I had nothing to base this book off like I did with book one-having seen the movie. (While the basic outline was the same enough details were changed really making the book stand out on its own.) The suspense, mystery and intrigue in this book was just as powerful as the first book. I struggled with putting this book down as the suspense just escalated as the story went on. While book one floored me with the inner workings of the ...more
Sep 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child have created one of my favorite literary characters – Pendergast. I suspect the reason I didn’t enjoy Reliquary more is because Pendergast didn’t put in an appearance until over 100 pages into the book and didn’t play a very major role. This was still a very entertaining read and the details of the homeless living below ground in New York City was fascinating.
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was good - not quite as tight of a story as Relic, but I enjoyed the whole thing. It is fun to read (or in this case, listen to) another story with the same characters to see how they grow and change. It starts to make you wonder how far the author will be willing to go with characters you have come to know well . . .
Horace Derwent
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
sorry for my english, i can't fetch any proper adjectives to describe how good the book is

when i hadn't finished reading it yet, i mean, in the middle part of reading this, i just got gripped and shocked already

say, i nibbled finishing the book
Too much of a good thing is just too much.

This book is a direct sequel to the “Relic”. It ups the science, the danger, the beast and everything else that was in the relic to the point that it lost the tension and became a hot mess. If you have read any of my reviews, I also have issue what I call the “Murphy’s Law” syndrome in books. This is where everything goes wrong for the good guys except for one small thing to defeat the bad guys. The book was full of this and even continued with the
Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
Intense. I didn't guess the twist. I love Hayward and I really hope she comes back, Margo needs lady friends if this is the way this series is gonna go. And I'm sensing a Smithback/D'Agosta bromance and loving it.
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this story! Not quite as dry reading as Relic! Pendergast, Margo, D'Agosta and Dr. Frock are part of this story too! I was very surprised by who the villain was! Good ending!
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't love the first one, but I thought I would give the second book a try. Meh.
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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 ...more

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“I have often found it true that the louder a person speaks, the less they have to say.” 8 likes
“Behind Hagedorn’s back, Kawakita had nicknamed the administrator “Stumpy.” Only Margo and a few of Frock’s other graduate students had known the name referred not to Hagedorn’s diminutive size, but to Stumpiniceps troglodytes, a particularly mundane kind of bottom-feeder that populated the oceans of the Carboniferous period.” 1 likes
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