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Relic (Pendergast, Bk 1)
Relic - Pendergast, Bk 1
Author: Douglas J. Preston, Lincoln Child
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ISBN-13: 9780812543261
ISBN-10: 0812543262
Publication Date: 1/15/1996
Pages: 480
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 414 ratings
Publisher: Tor Books
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed Relic (Pendergast, Bk 1) on + 240 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
Really scary. An ancient relic goes to the dark halls of the NY Museum of Natural History from South America. Creepy, scary, NO PLACE FOR THE SQUEAMISH READER. This has it all.
WestofMars avatar reviewed Relic (Pendergast, Bk 1) on + 162 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
I loved this creepy tale of the underbelly of a museum. Maybe too much; I haven't been to the Carnegie since I read it 'cause I'm afraid of what's lurking in there!
daedelys avatar reviewed Relic (Pendergast, Bk 1) on + 1756 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
This was a great book. It's been years since I've seen the movie, so I only remembered bits and pieces and a lot was as it happened in the book. (I'll have to watch the movie again now just for old times' sake.) I didn't find it too scary, since it takes a lot to freak me out, but the suspense was really good and the storyline wonderful. I liked the character Pendergast, but noticed he wasn't in the cast for the movie when I IMDBed it to get a "visual" of the main characters. I was hooked into the book early and am looking forward to reading the sequel.
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Helpful Score: 2
I had seen the movie and wasn't impressed. Hence, I was "kinda" reluctant to read the book. I am so glad I did. The book was so much better than the movie. It was a "nail biter" all the way to the very end. Preston & Child are such great story tellers. I can't wait to get started on the sequel....Reliquary. You "gotta" love Pendergast.
singingmoon avatar reviewed Relic (Pendergast, Bk 1) on + 64 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
This a great mystery. I really loved it. Great book.
reviewed Relic (Pendergast, Bk 1) on + 6 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
A real page turner. It will keep you up at night.
seongeona avatar reviewed Relic (Pendergast, Bk 1) on + 40 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
First time I read this novel, I was so scared I stopped reading it when it got dark outside and then slept with the lights on. Same thing the second time around. By the third reading, I was able to read at night, but kept a light on in every room. The fourth reading was my last - no more fright, but still a page-turner. Never a dull moment. As you can tell, this one didn't get old very quickly for me. I'm a sucker for museums, archaeology, and a good suspenseful thriller, and "Relic" combines all 3 flawlessly. I truly don't think I've read any other book so many times and had the same intense reaction each and every time (well, except for the 4th reading). This is, by far, my favorite Preston/Child book.
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Helpful Score: 1
"Jurassic Park" at the Museum of Natural History......gets creepy.
reviewed Relic (Pendergast, Bk 1) on + 27 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
This was the book that got me into the entire Pendergast series. I love all the books in the series and this is definately one of the best!
reviewed Relic (Pendergast, Bk 1) on + 25 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
First book in the Pendergast series. Great character development throughout the series. Great detail. I recommend you read the series in order so you don't miss the nuances in these books. Interesting, creepy. Love it!
jovannap2000 avatar reviewed Relic (Pendergast, Bk 1) on + 3 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
I came upon this book a few years ago while I was home-bround after surgery....I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN!!! ABSOLUTELY GREAT STORY!!!! from page beginning to end....as I read this story I could actually see myself as being part of the story.....I read this book twice...as soon as I finished it I was hoping for an ending to the story....and I was glad when I saw the sequel....again soooo above my expectations.....I loved the sequel as much as the first.....then to my surprise....here came the movie....yaayy!!!! off course I had to go see it....it was a really good movie...the only thing that threw me off was the actual man/monster in the story...I was hoping that they let him stay the was he was sown/described in the book...but for the most part it was a great movie as well.
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Helpful Score: 1
Great book.
Nellie avatar reviewed Relic (Pendergast, Bk 1) on + 12 more book reviews
The first Preston-Child I read. Extremely scary. Scarier than "Salem's Lot".
reviewed Relic (Pendergast, Bk 1) on + 10 more book reviews
this book is so much better then the movie...!!! I was enthralled with it....
althea avatar reviewed Relic (Pendergast, Bk 1) on + 774 more book reviews
Not nearly as funny as their later Cabinet of Curiosities.
Also set in the Natural History Museum. An evil idol brought back by anthropologists from the Brazilian rainforest seems to have spawned a dinosaur-man serial killer who's loose in the unmapped subbasements...
A pretty standard, entertaining horror/thriller.
reviewed Relic (Pendergast, Bk 1) on + 17 more book reviews
great, unexpected, scary, gripping -- i love preston & child.
beastie3 avatar reviewed Relic (Pendergast, Bk 1) on + 48 more book reviews
A bit too graphic for me...
reviewed Relic (Pendergast, Bk 1) on + 30 more book reviews
This was my least favorite in this series of books, but still a good read.
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Raiders of the Lost Ark meets Jurassic Park!! Written in the early 90's, its strangely mindless for a book that is so scientific. A bit far fetched, but I found that to be part of the charm for this book. It was quite fun.
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Very exciting
DEC avatar reviewed Relic (Pendergast, Bk 1) on + 134 more book reviews
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 human...

A fast-paced techno thriller, a very fun read.
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Even though the scientific and anthropologic discussions in the book were believable, there was just too much of that and not enough action for this reader.
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PERFECT!
ellzeena avatar reviewed Relic (Pendergast, Bk 1) on + 149 more book reviews
Well crafted, excellent characterizations, extremely suspenseful; if you've seen the AWFUL MOVIE, don't judge the book by its "cover".
reviewed Relic (Pendergast, Bk 1) on + 33 more book reviews
Interesting book, the heirchy and politics of New York museums and police add to the tension
roundzoom avatar reviewed Relic (Pendergast, Bk 1) on + 8 more book reviews
This was my first experience with Preston and Childs and I was quite pleased. The book was a great read...quite suspenseful with great characters and enough twists to make it hard to put down each night. I highly recommend and will certainly pick up more of their books.
reviewed Relic (Pendergast, Bk 1) on + 208 more book reviews
Sucked me in from the beginning. Enough of a thriller to keep the pages turning, yet I wasn't completely frightened. The scientific explanation at the end was a bit like-what?? But, I enjoyed meeting the characters, Margo, D'Agosta, Pendergast. The Creature gave me enough bad dreams that I had to finish the book during the day! A worthy read of someone wanting a quick thriller.
KrayolaKidd avatar reviewed Relic (Pendergast, Bk 1) on + 48 more book reviews
I enjoyed this book. It was an entertaining thriller adventure.
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New York Times Bestseller. Excellent thriller. Creature runs wild and murders in the New York Museum of Natural History
Dollface avatar reviewed Relic (Pendergast, Bk 1) on + 9 more book reviews
Very enjoyable book! I didn't want to put it down!
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Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savely murdered in the museum's dark hallways and secret rooms. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human... But the museum's directors plan to go ahead with the big bash to celebrate the new exhibition, in spite of the murders. Museum researcher Margo Green must find out who or what is doing the killing. But can she do it in time to stop the massacre? Good book which I read after seeing the movie.
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Murder in the Museum of Natural History by an unknown creature hiding in a shipment from the Amazon.
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Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in the museums dark hallways and secret rooms. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human....
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Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museaum of Natural Histoyr, visitors are being savagely6 murdered in the museaum's dark hallways and secret rooms. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human...

But the museum's directors plan to go ahead with a big bash to celebrate the new exhibition, in spite of the murders.

Museum researcher Margo Green must find out who - or what is doing the killing. But can she do it in time to stop the massacre?
reader-junf avatar reviewed Relic (Pendergast, Bk 1) on + 7 more book reviews
Great story to start the Pendergast series. Couldn't put the book down!
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I loved this book and laughed my way through it, because I am a retired museum professional and can think of several patrons I wish had been prey!
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A veil of mystery surrounds the New York Museum of Natural History after murders that were savagly conducted by something that autopsies proved couldn't be human. A great mix of Anthropology and Lore.
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For all of you who have seen the, movie forget about it. The book, as in most cases, is the real winner here. The character we know and love, Agent Pendergast, is introduced to us. Honestly, I don't even remember if he was in the movie. What a great book! Start here and you will definetly want to continue the series.
Linda avatar reviewed Relic (Pendergast, Bk 1) on + 770 more book reviews
Excellent book from Child & Preston ....
reviewed Relic (Pendergast, Bk 1) on + 24 more book reviews
Another one of those instances where the movie does NOT do the book Justice. You'll fall in love with the mysterious Agent Pendergast and be hooked... This is only the beginning.
reviewed Relic (Pendergast, Bk 1) on + 38 more book reviews
Never disappointing, the only fault with this book was that it ended. Pendergast leads us down a suspensful trail of bones.
Josiejo avatar reviewed Relic (Pendergast, Bk 1) on + 48 more book reviews
Great read. Much better than the movie.
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What a beginning to the Pendergast saga. Characters that are strange at first become old friends as the saga continues. Enough excitement to keep you reading and reading and reading.
VCD3 avatar reviewed Relic (Pendergast, Bk 1) on + 193 more book reviews
GREAT read ... fast paced both in content and in time reading ... Stayed up way too late several nights to read ... Really good concepts ... This is 1st in a series of 2 (as of this writing anyway) ... the 2nd is Reliquery ... plan for time to read both ...
reviewed Relic (Pendergast, Bk 1) on + 6 more book reviews
Was not impressed at all with story line. Will not recommend this book. I gave it 1 1/2 stars for writing. The authors are talented and certainly can tell a story but i did not like the subject matter. I will read reviews on some of their later books and possibly check them out.
nerdgrrl avatar reviewed Relic (Pendergast, Bk 1) on + 33 more book reviews
This book was recommended to me by my niece - she is a big Pendergast series fan. I enjoyed as well - very well written - great character development.
TLC297 avatar reviewed Relic (Pendergast, Bk 1) on + 9 more book reviews
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 human...
But the museum's directors plan to go ahead with a big bash to celebrate the new exhibition, in spite of the murders.
Museum researcher Margo Green must find out who - or what - is doing the killing. But can she do it in time to stop the massacre?
reviewed Relic (Pendergast, Bk 1) on + 211 more book reviews
The team's first book. What an auspicious beginning. Hope they keep them coming.
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This takes place in the New York Museum of Natural History. A murder happens there and it talks about the lower basements that are never used and how people are being murdered while being in the building. Good suspenseful reading. Big words. This is a book you can take to work and read instead of working. I mean REVIEW the book while at work.
CraftyTJ avatar reviewed Relic (Pendergast, Bk 1) on + 381 more book reviews
A New York Museum of Natural History is going to open even amist savage massacres that some believe are not committed by a human.
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fantistic series
Chesara avatar reviewed Relic (Pendergast, Bk 1) on + 153 more book reviews
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 human...

But the museum's directors plan to go ahead with a big bash to celebrate the new exhibition, in spite of the murders.

Museum researcher Margo Green must find out who-or what-is doing the killing. But can she do it in time to stop the massacre?
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This was a great book. I read it after the movie came out and was pleasantly surprised that the movie followed the book well.
reviewed Relic (Pendergast, Bk 1) on + 23 more book reviews
couldn't put it down
romeo avatar reviewed Relic (Pendergast, Bk 1) on + 333 more book reviews
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 human... But the museum's directors plan to go ahead with a big bash to celebrate the new exhibition, in spite of the murders. Museum researcher Margo Green must find out who-or what-is doing the killing. But can she do it in time to stop the massacre?
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Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in the museums's dark hallways and secret rooms. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human...
But the museum's directors plan to go ahead with a big bash to celebrate the new exhibition, in spite of the murders.
Museum researcher Margo Green must find out who--or what--is doing the killing. But can she do it in time to stop the massacre?
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Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the New York Museum of National History, Visitors are being savagely murdered dark hall ways and secrets rooms. Autopsies indicate the killer can't be human...
But the museume directors plan to go ahead with a big bash to celebrate the new exhibition inspite of the murders.
Museume researcher Margo Green must find out who-or what-is doing the killing.
But can shs do this in time to stop the massacre.
tamara avatar reviewed Relic (Pendergast, Bk 1) on + 78 more book reviews
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 ahllways and secret rooms. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human...