EXCELLENT - great start for Lincoln Child & Douglas Preston. You get to meet Pendergast, who is the protagonist in several following books. After you read this, you have to read RELIQUARY. Sometimes you may see the two listed together as RELIC/RELIQUARY, but they are 2 separate books.
This was my first Preston/Child book, and I loved it. Deep, dark, spooky... somehow implausible, yet I found that the next time I was in the Carnegie Museum of Art and Natural History, I was eyeballing dark corridors and elevators a little more closely than before...
Pendergast is a very real character, as are almost all of the folk who populate this novel. Yeah, there are a few whose deaths inspire cheers, but overall, you're pulling for the good guys to win.
Make sure you check out Reliquary, the sequel, once you've read this one.
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.
the movie was okay but the book is a real page turner
Good book!! Scary & suspenseful.
Don't read this one by yourself in a dark house!
What a great thriller! A VERY scary monster is loose in the Museum of Natural History - what fun. If you like scientific thrillers and are interested in the behind the scenes workings of giant institutions, as well as being totally engrossed in a book, then you will love this. I literally couldn't stop reading it and finished it in a day.
I was looking forward to reading this book because the story sounded like something I would like. And it got a lot of good reviews.
But I could not even finish it! I felt like it was very "B" movie monster movie. Many compare it to Jurassic Park. I read JP a long time ago but I remember loving that book.
About 1/2 way through Relic I realized the story was not holding me and the characters were not strong enough to keep me reading. I have about 40 books in my TBR pile so I'm putting this one down.
The first book by the duo Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, and it was a great start to their series of incredible books!
It itroduces you to Agent Pendergast who is a recurring figure through their works, and an incredible character. He's intelligent, quick-thinking, SOUTHERN with an accent, and has the oddest and most varied tastes!
The setting in a large natural history museum in New York is amazing. It is described wonderfully so you really can imagine the long hallways packed with oversized dino bones and drawers upon drawers of maps and records.
I totally reccomend starting with this book, and then reading through all the works created by Preston and Child!
What a great book with a shocking ending! I loved the museum setting and the characters were great.
Great suspense/horror book! This was a book club choice, so I didn't know what I was in for, but it was definitely a page turner. Wonderfully shocking ending, interesting characters, great plot development.
The only downside was getting character names confused - there are a lot of them!
Great book. Not what I expected. I guess I expected to get to know Pendergast a bit. Maybe in the next books? Guess I'll have to read to find out. It was fascinating to read about this huge museum. I'd love to try to map it out and explore the non public parts.
Great read with twists and terror and well, not a book I would recommend to read before bed. Unless you like nightmares!
This is a great thriller with action and adventure. It starts out in the Amazon Basin - the New York Museum where,visitors are savagely murdered.
Super read. Suspenseful page turner.
Infinitely better than the movie, this was an engrossing read. Special Agent Pendergast has the intelligence and logic of Sherlock Holmes, with the élan of Nick Charles.
I would like to see even more character development, but since I already know that at least Pendergast, D'Agosta and Smithback appear in more novels by Preston & Child, I am hoping my wish will be fulfilled in later works.
From Publishers Weekly
A monster on the loose in New York City's American Museum of Natural History provides the hook for this high-concept, high-energy thriller. A statue of the mad god Mbwun, a monstrous mix of man and reptile, was discovered by a Museum expedition to South America in 1987. Now, it is about to become part of the new Superstition Exhibition at the museum (here renamed the "New York Museum of Natural History"). But as the exhibition's opening night approaches, the museum may have to be shut down due to a series of savage murders that seem to be the work of a maniac-or a living version of Mbwun. When the museum's director pulls strings to ensure that the gala affair takes place, it's up to a small band of believers, led by graduate student Margo Green, her controversial adviser and an FBI agent who investigated similar killings in New Orleans, to stop the monster-if the culprit is indeed a monster-from going on a rampage. Less horror then action-adventure, the narrative builds to a superbly exciting climax, and then offers a final twist to boot. With its close-up view of museum life and politics, plausible scientific background, sharply drawn characters and a plot line that's blissfully free of gratuitous romance, this well-crafted novel offers first-rate thrills and chills.
I enjoyed this book very much. Exciting, and, in a way, educational. It was good to get back to the beginning and meet the characters.
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?
just days before an exhibition opens in the NY museum of natural history people are being killed in the museum by something in human
Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in tne 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 murdres. 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?