Review: Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Relic is one of the books that Declan sent me home with from NYC. The story is engaging from the first page to the last. There are a few spots that my eyes glazed over, but for the most part, the scientific explanations were easy to understand. Good thing too, because the story would be damn near impossible to understand otherwise.

The characters were interesting and a few I didn’t like got killed, which was satisfying. Unfortunately, a few I wish would have been picked off weren’t, but so is life. I doubt they’ll rewrite the book just for me.

I have always been a huge fan of Michael Crichton’s books, so this was right up my alley. Loved it. Can’t wait to dig into the rest of the series. (Right after I finish the other dozen books I brought home with me.)

The Story

It starts out in the jungles of South America in 1987 with a scientist in search of the Kothoga Indians and the Mwbun legend. Disaster hits the expedition, but relics from the trip are sent back to the New York City Museum of Natural History.

Fast forward to present day New York, days before the much anticipated Superstitions exhibit is about to open. People start dying and/or disappearing causing panic among the patrons and staff. Regardless, the exhibition opens as scheduled.

The story follows Margo Green, a doctrinal student, Bill Smithback, a reporter writing a book at the bequest of the Museum’s Director, D’Agosta, a NYC cop investigating the murders, and Pendergast, the FBI agent sent in to take over the investigation.

My favorite moments in the book
  • The scene where Pendergast sticks to the FBI for giving him a crappy car and driver.
  • When Margo and Dr. Frock hide in the sub-basement of the museum.
  • The explanation in the Epilogue that fills in the gaps left in the story.
The Great
  • I love Pendergast’s passive aggressive personality. He finds subtle ways to stick it to people that upset him.
  • The story has no fluff to it.
  • I did not expect the ending at all.
  • All of the science is fascinating.
The Not So Great
  • I did not like the first killings. They were just little kids.
  • I would have liked the authors to describe the Mbwun completely rather than giving small details here and there and having to try and piece them together.
  • The ending…just no.
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