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10 thoughts on “Relic

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    Sometimes I really want a hot dog.I don t care that it s filled with crunchy bits of pig hoofs or that it s encased in a horse s transverse colon or even that it will provide enough sodium to last me for the next 75 years I just want to bite into that thick, juicy tube o meat and let the uniquely succulent flavor of indulgence course through my veins even as it drips greasy trails of superfluous yumminess down my chin That s kind of how I feel about thrillers I don t read them all the time, but every once in a while, the mood strikes, and I just want nay, NEED one It doesn t matter that it may be full of clunky expository dialogue or stock characters or logic defying plot twists as long as it s taut and tense and keeps the pages turning, I want it in my literary gullet And, boy, did I treat Messrs Preston and Child like a hearty Oscar Mayer Selects Smoked Uncured Angus Beef Frank vis vis insertion into said gullet I charred them to perfection, slathered them with ketchup, and just about swallowed them whole.Relic was exactly what I was in the mood for a dark and mysterious page turning thriller, one set IN A MUSEUM, no less I m hard pressed to think of a perfect setting one that incorporated history and myth in equal measure, and one, due to the date of its publication, that didn t rely TOO much on new fangled technology to play deus ex machina with one notable exception that I shan t spoil This is the kind of thriller I especially like there are nods to character development even if they don t necessarily go anywhere , and the central investigative figure FBI Agent Pendergast is both entertaining and compelling, a fastidious Holmes archetype with a southern drawl and just the tiniest bit of menace It was creepy, it was engrossing, it was set IN A MUSEUM did I mention that Because that really was a stroke of genius rooms full of dusty old relics, access to a warren of tunnels underneath New York City, a gathering place for super smart academic types well suited to chasing down clues of both a historical and scientific nature brilliant it was, in short, a worthy read, and I will undoubtedly check out Mr Pendergast and company s next adventure Now, if you ll excuse me, I need to go wash the fetid goat stink out of my clothes, because there s a lot of that going on in this story And it s kind of gross But, an effective descriptive device.

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    Every sixty to seventy million years or so, life starts getting very well adapted to its environment Too well adapted, perhaps There is a population explosion of the successful life forms Then, suddenly a new species appears out of the blue It is almost always a predatory creature, a killing machine It tears through the host population, killing, feeding, multiplying Slowly at first, then ever faster The has always been an attractive source for exploration for the scientific community There are so many unknown critters, bugs, fauna, and lost tribes that scientists, regardless of what particular field they are specializing in, will find opportunities to make their career, if they are willing to risk their lives in the deep, dark jungles of Brazil Even if they survive the poisonous snakes, the flesh eating diseases, and the hostile tribes, there are things, monstrous things, that might find them tasty Dr Julian Whittlesey is than a little annoyed when Crocker disappears into the jungle because he is holding up the expedition, but Crocker, as it turns out, has a very good reason for being missing A cloud of fat flies roared and swarmed about the open rib cage Whittlesey noticed that a severed left arm was lashed to the tree trunk with a fibrous rope, the palm sliced open A number of spent cartridge casings lay around the body Then he saw the head It lay face up under the corpse s armit, the back of the skull torn away, the cloudy eyes staring upward, the cheeks bulging.Whittlesey had found Crocker Whittlesey is going to discover that he is leaving the ian jungle one damn day too late The crates of specimens from the expedition make their way back to the museum in New York, but the members of the expedition join the ranks of the many missing explorers and scientists who have disappeared in the mountains, the rivers, the jungles, and the deserts of the world Something has followed the crates back to the United States When savagely mutilated bodies start showing up in the museum basement, the police and the FBI soon find themselves in a desperate battle with a beast that defies categorization When a claw is recovered from the body of a victim, the analysis of the DNA is baffling than helpful The analysis of the claw creates a general caricature of the creature in the question, comprising a primary mix of primate, reptile, and human genes a nocturnal nature a strong sense of smell a quadruped build a maximum speed of 60 70 KPH and thick muscle definition and bone structure Frock describes this hypothetical combination as having the strength of a grizzly bear, the speed of a greyhound, and the intelligence of a human being the ultimate predator Did I say baffling I meant terrifying The team of museum staff, Detective Vincent D Agosta and FBI special agent Aloysius X L Pendergast, are in a desperate race to discover what exactly they are chasing in the bowels of the museum, while at the same time trying to convince the powers that be that the gala event to raise funds for the museum will just be providing a buffet for the monster Further research ties this creature to the Kothoga tribe who worshiped a lizard god called Mbwun HE WHO WALKS ON ALL FOURS It is addicted to a plant that produces the same hormones as the hypothalamus in the human brain Could this be the creature in the bowels of the museum Could this explain the busted skulls and slashed brains of the victims The computer programming that was so intrical in determining the type of creature will seem antiquated to many readers now, but since I was using computers in that era, for me it was just a bit of nostalgia It does not detract from the plot, but it certainly places the situation in historical context The details about the workings of the museum were also fascinating One of the authors, Douglas Preston, worked in the American Museum of Natural History in New York for seven years so that experience lends so much authenticity to not only the culture of the museum, but also the characters Preston also wrote a book called Dinosaurs in the Attic about his time spent working in a museum Wouldn t it be great to work in a museum The movie stars Tom Size and Penelope Ann Miller.There was a movie made of the same name in 1997 It follows the book pretty well, but interesting enough, one of the main key characters in the book is completely erased from the script Special Agent Pendergast, whose character continues to be developed by the writing team in fifteen books after Relic, is sliced from the movie storyline The writers on the movie script expand the role of Detective D Agosta and keep things simple by eliminating the odd, but very interesting character of Pendergast I read this book probably fifteen years ago and recently decided that I wanted to read of the series because I remembered really enjoying this one It holds up well after all these years, and now I ve reopened the gateway to read the rest of the series Memory rebooted Onward to Reliquary If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit also have a Facebook blogger page at

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    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

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    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 , at least the natural world we re familiar with This is a bit of a genre bending title and comes closest to a cross between horror and urban fantasy I suppose the closest comparison I might make would be with the repairman Jack books Of course, Jack is a somewhat believable human than Pendergast who seems to be a master of all disciplines eastern and western and tough enough to make the incredible Hulk pale green if he happened to know what he was up against in the tall painfully thin Special Agent in unrelieved black.Lots of fun, lots of action, pure brain candy Pretty good book Enjoy.

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    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 competent here as he is in any of the later instalments 3 Creature feature Ah, I specifically liked this aspect of the novel In fact, my wife and I were so enamoured with Mbwun, we took to calling our dogs by that name 4 Scares Yes, there are plenty of them, courtesy of the synergy of the aforementioned Atmospheric setting and Creature feature, when combined 5 Twists I, for one, did not see that coming Did you 6 Well researched You have to give honour where honour is due Preston and Child go to a lot of trouble to get it right My wife is a medical doctor and we had some interesting discussions regarding, for example, the function of the hypothalamus and the book s depiction of forensic autopsy.Expect some horror elements, police procedural elements and a bit of Michael Crichton I still recommend this novel to everybody I discuss books with Yes, not everybody likes it, but if you are going to fall for Relic, you re going to fall big time In closingYou can t help but be dumbfounded by Hollywood s stupendous lack of foresight by leaving Pendergast out of the film What were they thinking

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    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.

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    A good mix of science and suspense Reminds me of Michael Crichton Very thrilling lots of good twists that I did not see coming.

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    3.5 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 and Dr Frock and Moriarty and D Agosta were excellent as well Coffey well, this was me any time he opened his idiot mouth I was a little disappointed in how small of a role Pendergast seemed to have, considering how this is the Pendergast series But I m sure we ll see of him as the series goes along, and I m content with that Also, GR says his name is Aloysius XL Pendergast WHY DO THESE CHARACTERS GET SUCH KICKASS NAMES

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    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.

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    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 director of the museum who cares about money than human life he has a couple of cronies that hang out with him And Coffey OMG that guy was hilarious He gets the Dwayne T Robinson award for being the most obnoxious I m in charge of this operation and we don t need fire exits stupid asshat I m still laughing at that guy And last but not least there s Margo Green the doctorial student She s pretty boring I think of her as the token female character that was put in so it wouldn t be just men It s a full cast DDid I have problems with the book Yes I thought it was too long The beginning is painfully slow I think some text could have been cut out to make the story taut Maybe it would have been interesting if there had been real characters with real dialogue, but that wasn t the case, so it was a bit tedious to read There s lots of science babble, which is repeated several times, and since the scientific theory is so damn silly anyway, it s probably kind of superfluous The ending was great though I couldn t set the book down I wanted to know what was going to happen and find out who was going to get eaten This book has so many clich s, but they are fun clich s I was laughing while I was reading So if you want to read a disaster, monster book that doesn t take itself too seriously, I think you would enjoy this I ll definitely be reading another Pendergast book This was fun.This was a buddy read with Margaret D

Just Days Before A Massive Exhibition Opens At The Popular New York Museum Of Natural History, Visitors Are Being Savagely Murdered In The Museum S Dark Hallways And Secret Rooms Autopsies Indicate That The Killer Cannot Be HumanBut The Museum S Directors Plan To Go Ahead With A Big Bash To Celebrate The New Exhibition, In Spite Of The MurdersMuseum Researcher Margo Green Must Find Out Who Or What Is Doing The Killing But Can She Do It In Time To Stop The Massacre