ë Relic ✓ Download by ✓ Douglas Preston I ll be damned This silly book turned out to be one big, over the top, cheesy, load of fun I enjoyed it quite a bit I ve read some reviews where people called The Relic a mystery horror and I guess in some ways it is but I tend to look at it as a crazy, disaster, monster film If you took The Position Adventure, threw in a furry, brain eating, velociraptor, and then had a total nincompoop in charge of the rescue mission that would be this book Yes it s that crazy There are lots of WTF moments Were the characters one dimensional Hell, yes But I grew to be fond of them D Agosta is the hard broiled New York city cop just trying to do his job Smithback is a slimy journalist who turns out to be not such a bad guy Dr Frock is the crackpot scientist genius Pendergast is the amazing Sherlock Holmes like FBI Agent who comes from out of nowhere to assist Wright is the totally self absorbed RelicSome thoughts.
Now, this isn t really a review, simply because too much time has passed since I actually read the novel to form any objective and cohesive opinion on its literary merit What I would like to focus on is what remained with me.
I m sticking to my original rating This novel is one of the few that my wife and I still discuss on a rather regular basis, even after all this time Relic ticked quite a few of the right boxes Such as 1 Atmospheric setting In this case, the museum When night falls, the museum itself becomes a character in the story creepy as all hell 2 Interesting protagonist Even though Aloysius Pendergast was still sharing the lead role s with Margo Green and Vincent D Agosta when Relic was published he made the series truly his own by book 3 The Cabinet of Curiosities , he is as endearingly eccentric and c Have you ever read a book that was so intense and absorbing in some areas you were reading so fast, and you thought, did I read all of that part This is one of those books.
I have to thank Matthew for his recommendation on this one.
This was an enjoyable thriller read for me Since I had worked before in an Art Museum as security personal and then curator, I could place myself in that atmosphere.
It was a great thriller with different twists I can t wait to read from these authorsThis is a perfect novel to read right before you go to sleep at night This is another book series of books I was introduced to by my late wife we were married 34 years before she passed so there were quite a few books we ended up sharing, sometimes to the surprise of each of us I introduced her to things like epic fantasy she introed me to things like, well Preston Child or Koontz I am surprised not only that I liked it them but that I decided to give it 4 stars This is a surprisingly absorbing read and the Pendergast character while he could have ended up a caricature works very well You come to know him and like him even if it would be a lot like being friends with Superman.
This book can be enjoyed on several different levels and you can think about it or not pretty much as the mood hits you.
So, no spoilers, a threat from the jungle invades the museum It turns out to be than what we might first think of as a threat from the natural world A good mix of science and suspense Reminds me of Michael Crichton Very thrilling lots of good twists that I did not see coming.
I loved Relic and definitely plan to read books in this series Relic was entertaining and suspenseful from the beginning to the end It was totally riveting and the tension just builds and builds I literally could not keep turning the pages fast enough.
What I loved about it The creature was intelligent, cunning and scary enough to freak you out And the mystery behind the origin of the creature was well thought out.
The setting of the dark chambers of the museum was fantastic for a creature to stalk its victims The book is packed with cool science descriptions and a well written narrative.
The dialogue is realistic and the characters were great It s a perfect blend of characters that you will love and hate.
For entertainment level alone, this is well worth the read and I will be investing in books written by these authors.
5 stars rounded up because I liked the characters.
Well I started this in 2016, so it counts Bahahaha Slammed the last 40% last night when I got home most of it and finished the Epilogue this morning Woof Talk about action and pacing and that revelation in the last few pages Yikes Starting this, I felt like I was reading a Jurassic Park knockoff Not in a bad way, but it was all super sciencey and talked about a prehistoric creature from the The museum setting was fantastic it really lent itself to the vibe of claustrophobia which inevitably upped the suspense factor of the book The characters themselves were fantastic Smithback stood out and I hope we see him again I was really annoyed by him at first, but then when everything went to hell and he wound up hiding under a table stuffing his face, I was just like SMITHBACK IS ME And then we were cool for the rest of the book Margo a Hang the f k on people have been telling me to read the Pendergast series but NOBODY told me it started with this book clearly the basis for one of the most awesome awful monster films of the 90s I didn t even know it was a book I feel tragically misinformed.
Come on now, you SHOULD have led with this nobody could say no to a monster in a museum.