From the acclaimed coauthors of "The Relic"--made into a major motion picture by Paramount--comes an exciting new thriller, an utterly unique blend of science and sensation. Aided by a police detective, an enigmatic FBI agent, and a brilliant scientist, museum curator Margo Green investigates the discovery of two skeletons found in the mud off the ...
From the acclaimed coauthors of "The Relic"--made into a major motion picture by Paramount--comes an exciting new thriller, an utterly unique blend of science and sensation. Aided by a police detective, an enigmatic FBI agent, and a brilliant scientist, museum curator Margo Green investigates the discovery of two skeletons found in the mud off the Manhattan shoreline who not only show signs of foul play, but grotesque abnormalities pointing unmistakably to the awakening of a slumbering nightmare.
Very good book. Read the first of these 2 books first....Relic...then read this one.
Jul 12, 2007
As usual Preston and Child have come up with an exciting,mysterious thriller. But more than that it is extremely well written and filled with informative facts that prove they always do their research thorougly. It is much easier to follow their books if they are read in the order they are written. They do continually reference the previous book so that a new reader (to them) can get it.
May 22, 2007
This is a sequel to Relic which I thought was better written. However, to get the "rest of the story' one needs to read Reliquary.
Publishers Weekly, 1998-03-02 The netherworld of New York Cityæits subways, aqueducts, sewers and the homeless who inhabit themæproves as shuddery a setting for the authors' latest scientific monster mash as the American Museum of Natural History did for their bestselling Relic, to which this is the sequel. In the earlier novel, Mbwun, a ferocious creature that seemed part reptile, part human, rampaged through the museum killing people. The sequel, set 18 months after Mbwun was destroyed, opens with a police diver finding the headless bodies of two people apparently killed by underground cannibals. The corpses are sent to the museum's lab for analysis, which brings a number of returnees from Relicæburly homicide cop Vincent D'Agosta, anthropologist Margo Green, New York Post crime reporter Bill Smithbackæto the case. They're soon joined by the novels' Sherlock Holmes figure, the irresistibly cool Special Agent Pendergast of the FBI. Forays by these principals into the kingdom of the Mole People (underground homeless), plus some forensic breakthroughs, point to a race of mini-Mbwun at work in an escalating series of savage killings that incite the city's upper crust to civil disobedience. The city's answer, to flood its nether vaults, turns out to threaten a global catastrophe that only Pendergast and company, aided by Navy SEALS, can avert. The story's "surprise" ending makes as much sense as ketchup on popcorn, and the entire novel has a desperate air about it as the authors stuff it with complications and, by pitting the homeless against the swells, try to create a kind of Decapitation of the Vanities. It's high on suspense and tremendous fun in parts, though, especially when exploring the city's nightmare underbelly. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club alternate selections. (May)
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