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Relic (Pendergast, Bk 1)
Relic - Pendergast, Bk 1
Author: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
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...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780812563580
ISBN-10: 0812563581
Publication Date: 7/1996
Pages: 474
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4 stars, based on 136 ratings
Publisher: St Martins Press
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed Relic (Pendergast, Bk 1) on + 74 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
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.
WestofMars avatar reviewed Relic (Pendergast, Bk 1) on + 162 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
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.
daedelys avatar reviewed Relic (Pendergast, Bk 1) on + 1756 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
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: 1
the movie was okay but the book is a real page turner
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Helpful Score: 1
Don't read this one by yourself in a dark house!
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reviewed Relic (Pendergast, Bk 1) on + 3 more book reviews
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.
reviewed Relic (Pendergast, Bk 1) on + 55 more book reviews
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!
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What a great book with a shocking ending! I loved the museum setting and the characters were great.