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Relic [Mass Market Paperback]

Douglas J. Preston , Lincoln Child
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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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.
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (Aug 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765354942
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765354945
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 11 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,578,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"What might happen if a creature from Jurassic Park came to New York City." -"The Chicago Tribune" "Wildly cool...Thrill hounds couldn't ask for a creepier environment...a thriller staged in the world's scariest building, with no room for the squeamish." -"Kirkus Reviews" --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child are the co-authors of the Pendergast series of thrillers, including such best-selling titles as "Fever Dream," "The Book of the Dead," and "The Wheel of Darkness." "Relic" became a number one box office hit movie. Douglas Preston's solo novels include the "New York Times" bestsellers "Impact," "Blasphemy," "The Codex," and "Tyrannosaur Canyon." His most recent nonfiction book, "The Monster of Florence," is being made into a film starring George Clooney. Preston is an expert long-distance horseman, a member of the elite Long Riders Guild, and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He has travelled to remote parts of the world as an archaeological correspondent for "The New Yorker." He also worked as an editor and writer at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and taught nonfiction writing at Princeton University. Preston is the Co-president of International Thriller Writers, and serves on the Governing Council of the Authors Guild. Lincoln Child is the author of "Utopia," "Death Match," "Deep Storm," and "Terminal Freeze." He lives with his wife and daughter in Morristown, New Jersey. --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book much better than the film! 13 Sep 2002
Format:Library Binding
I read this book before I saw the film version and like usual the book was much better! I was quite dissapointed with the film as one of my favorite characters wasn't in the film and the ending was totally different.
The Relic is about a creature that lives in the underground basements of the New York Natural History Museum. It creeps around at night time and kills and feeds on its unsuspecting victims brains, eating only the parts that contain hormones. As the story goes on you discover more about the ill fated trip that brought the creature back and the true identity of what it is.
This book is full of suspense and extremely hard to put down.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Lets get one thing clear from the start: the novel of 'The Relic' should not be tarred with the same brush as the film. Book-to-film transitions are rarely spectacular, and the film should have been made as a collaboration between Ridley Scott and Stephen Spielberg, but it wasn't, so the less said about it the better. The book, a union between writer Lincoln Child and scientist Douglas Preston, is the cutting edge of the Michael Crichton style techno-thriller, and at the same time a jolly good horror novel to boot. The balance between science, suspense and action is superbly orchestrated, and at no point does it fail in its narrative. The characters are exceptionally well drawn, the settings, especially the museum and its underlying catacombs, vividly conceptualised, and the issues of grant money, museum and city politics, and FBI/police differences always enthralling and adding an oddly realistic air to the otherwise horrific proceedings.
The book begins as it means to go on, dark and sinister, with guards and children butchered early on in particularly nightmarish scenes. The build up towards the gala opening of the museum's new, eerily consistent Superstition Exhibition and the attempt by the museum officials to let nothing get in the way of its fund raising is both gripping and intriguing. As Margo Green's investigations into a previous exploratory expedition unfolds, and she briefly encounters a terrifying creature in the dark, cynical cop Lieutenant D'Agosta makes headway in his investigation of the killings. The level-headed Agent Pendergast, reminiscent of the unshakeable Agent Cooper from 'Twin Peaks', is a welcome addition to the cast, sparking up various witty repartees with the aforementioned police officer.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent science thriller 11 Jun 1998
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I'm not one to normally pull paperbacks from the bestseller list. The content of these is usually the same banal trash designed to feed the impotent minds of the masses. However, after much encouragement from a friend whose opinion I trust, I gave "The Relic" a shot, and I am certainly glad I did. Preston and Child have created a riviting thriller with enough science involved to ground it somewhat in reality, creating a believability factor that actually gives the book some scary moments; that's _scary_, not merely a cheap blood-fest for sales value. They also managed to incorporate the science in such a way that it is keeps the story interesting without going into the excruciating detail of authors like Tom Clancy. As in most novels, a few of the tricks they try with the computer system are hoaky -- I could probably name the authors who can write accurate technology fiction on one hand -- but they obviously did enough research to get most of the computer concepts fairly close to reality. All in all, a good read. I would recommend this book to a wide variety of readers.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good start 4 Sep 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Ignore the film, which is only the same as in as much as there is a murderous creature in it, most of the characters have the same names and its set in a museum. Quick synopsis, strange creature in the basement of a museum killing anyone who gets too close; scientist, cop and FBI agent trying to hunt it down. Better than that little snippet suggets though! The book starts strongly and builds atmosphere but starts to get bogged down too much in the middle, almost sometimes grinding to a halt with detail before coming back to life at the end. There is a point to this as it fills in a better understanding of the back story and embed some scientific believability, but for me it was not always written well enough to keep me interested. But it overall it kept me involved and I've bought the other books by the 2 authors, which have consistantly improved.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Thrilling Rollercoaster Read 27 July 2009
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I bought this book on the recommendation of a fellow James Rollins fan. Anyone who enjoys James Rollins, Daniel Silva and Steve Berry will, I'm sure, enjoy the Lincoln Preston "Agent Prendergast" series. The hero is as much of a mystery as the case he sets out to solve. The reader is treated to a hair raising chase through the bowels of the New York Museum of Natural History, involving a creature like no other seen before, in the company of a diverse and engaging group of protagonists that leaves you breathless and wanting more.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
First book of the Pendergast series. A typical man-eater suspense thriller which happen in a big museum settings. We have FBI agent teaming up with a Lt. NYPD officer D'Agosta along with museum researcher Margo Green leading the search for the ultimate creature feeding on Fibers and human brains.

The day of a big exhibition launch - is where the action and suspense begins. There are segments where some characters are put in situation they need to fight for survivor and to find a way to destroy the big beast.

There will be a sequel to this when later researcher try to re-develop what is not suppose to be. Good read towards the end but I hope main character Pendergast has more role play in the next book which i find lacking in this one. 4 Star read for Relic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book. Highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Guess it must be a good read might have to borrow
was a Gift for my sister as her old copy fell apart from being read so much !
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The book is used but in a really good shape.
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