A team of archaeologists are savagely massacred in the Amazon Basin, and the surviving box of relics is locked away in the New York Museum of Natural History. When people in the museum start getting murdered, a link is uncovered between the killings and the failed expedition.A team of archaeologists are savagely massacred in the Amazon Basin, and the surviving box of relics is locked away in the New York Museum of Natural History. When people in the museum start getting murdered, a link is uncovered between the killings and the failed expedition.Read Less
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More suspense and violence than I usually read, but I couldn't leave it. Very well crafted and written.
Sep 8, 2011
Great book, first of a wonderful series.
I got all the the books in this series, and am now about half way throughthem. When I finish this series I will start reading some of there other books .
Nov 5, 2009
A Real Page Turner!
This is an absolutely fantastic read! It kept me on the edge of my seat all the way through (which didn't take long). I could not put it down. Action, adventure, suspense in a real thriller of a story! I didn't realize how quickly I went through this one. Great Read!
Jan 22, 2009
great book to read, hard to put down once you get started
Oct 5, 2007
Oldie but Goodie
This is an older book, written when the partnership of Preston and Child was young, but it is still great. A wild, rollicking thriller about a monster loose in the New York Museum of Natural History in New York City. Special Agent Pendergast steals every scene he is in. A perfect Southern gentleman with a mind to match Einstein. He couldn't exist. He is too perfect, but the reader wants him to and this reader thoroughly enjoyed his adventure in New York and wants to read more. Be sure all the doors and windows are locked if you read this one at night. Enjoy.
Publishers Weekly, 1994-12-05 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. Film rights optioned by Kennedy-Marshall Productions; audio rights to Brilliance Corp. (Jan.)
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