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Relic Mass Market Paperback – 1 Aug 2005

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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: 10.6 x 2.9 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,903,235 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"

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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When a team of archaeologists is savagely massacred in the Amazon Basin, all that survives is a solitary box of relics. From boat to boat, from port to port, the battered crate drifts. It finally reaches New York City - only to be locked away in the basement of the New York Museum of Natural History, lost and forgotten.

But the black heart of the Amazon never forgets. On the eve of the Museum's massive new exhibition, someone or something other than tourists and schoolchildren is roaming the echoing halls and dusty galleries. And people are turning up savagely murdered.

Forensic evidence points to a killer of terrifying strength and ferocity. Rumours of a 'Museum beast', never far from the surface, rise again among the Museum staff. But then Margo Green, a graduate student working in the Museum, uncovers a link between the killings, the failed Amazonian expedition, and an odd figurine that will be displayed for the first time. Will she be able to put the pieces together and stop the deadly menace before terror strikes again?

THE RELIC is Margo's race against time and death and an enemy so horrifying that she must find the strength within herself to destroy it and save the Museum from disaster. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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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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Totally loved this book. I'd already read some other books from these authors & was enthralled by them so it was an easy decision to download Relic the first of the Pendergast series.

Who doesn't love a great lead character? Special Agent Pendergast is so unusually curious and his knowledge seems endless. He has a great way of making people do what he wants & allowing them to believe it was their own idea. He's always under control, very cool, calm & collected.

This is a story of fiction & it's great to be able to enjoy it as such but let's not kid ourselves it is not beyond the realms of science for this to actually happen for real. Who knows what creatures have still to be discovered.

Allow yourself to be entertained, I'm off to get the next book in the series.

If however you don't have time to read all the books in the Pendergast series then my advice would be not to miss

"Still Life With Crows" and "White Fire"
you will not be disappointed.
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Format: Paperback
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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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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