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Publisher's Summary

Hidden deep beneath Manhattan lies a warren of tunnels, sewers, and galleries, mostly forgotten by those who walk the streets above. There lies the ultimate secret of the Museum Beast. When two grotesquely deformed skeletons are found deep in the mud off the Manhattan shoreline, museum curator Margo Green is called in to aid the investigation. Margo must once again team up with police lieutenant D'Agosta and FBI agent Pendergast, as well as the brilliant Dr. Frock, to try and solve the puzzle. The trail soon leads deep underground, where they will face the awakening of a slumbering nightmare.
Prolong the suspense: listen to the first book, Relic.
©2008 Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (P)2008 Brilliance Audio
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Critic Reviews

The netherworld of New York City...proves as shuddery a setting for the authors' latest scientific monster mash as the American Museum of Natural History did for their bestselling Relic, to which this is the sequel. ( Publishers Weekly)
"This should do for the New York subway system what Jaws did for Long Island beaches." ( Booklist)
"Dick Hill's reading of this fascinating sequel to Relic builds the suspense and horror." ( AudioFile)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Anastasia on 02-22-09

Should have made this one into a movie...

I really enjoyed "The Relic" but "Reliquary" was much better on so many levels. The writing is smart and scientific but I never felt lost. There is much more action in this novel than the Relic and the suspense is much higher. One of the better novels I've listened to

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4 out of 5 stars
By Jim "The Impatient" on 03-14-13

The Louder a person Speaks the Less He has To Say

And Art is that which is not art. Just some wisdom to be found in this book.

I seemed to like stuff that is a little edgy. Stuff with science and maybe some pseudo-science. I like looking at things from a different point of view. Preston and Child have a knack for filling that niche.

This is a sequel to Relic, but it also a stand alone novel. There are some mentions of Relic, but not enough to make it a must that you read Relic first. Having said that I would suggest you read Relic first, simply cause I liked it better. But only by about half a star. I also must mention that I prefer Koontz, when it comes to this type of novel, but it is well worth the four stars I gave it.

This is a lot here about the underground of NY city, about those that live in the tunnels and sewer pipes under the city. As mention in the Afterword, even though this is a made up story, there is a population of people who live underground and it goes several stories deep. These tunnels are not charted or mapped.

The entertainment value of this is rather high, but I was getting a little bored between chapters 51 and 57 and then it picks up.

These c/o authors also take a hard hit on conservatives. Accusing them of mob behavior. Which is actually the opposite of the truth. See Anne Coulter, Demonic. She shows that conservatives rarely if ever protest or bend to mob rule. Protesters through out history have always been liberals. Those occupying the parks around the United States were very liberal. But that is a very small part of the book and should not keep you from listening.

If I ever give Dick Hill less then six stars, please take my temperature.

I also like Mount Dragon and Ice Limit.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sondrasbooks on 04-07-13

Superb follow up

You must read the relic first to really get this book, but this book too has a brilliant plot and characters. Unusual mix of sci fi, adventure and murder. This book is true escapism, brilliantly read and superbly written. Hours of true escapism at its best.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Charles on 04-01-11

Great sequel

Like James Cameron's Aliens, this takes the lone monster hide and seek story of the original, and turns it up to a full on war.

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4 out of 5 stars
By andy on 05-28-15

Decent sequel to relic

More of the monster but with yet another clever twist. I note many preferred relic and indeed you should read it first. But I found this to be just as worthy. Unlikely sequels it manages to explore plenty of new (under) ground.

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