Welcome to the land of shadows, where evil is the greatest power, where nightfall marks the birth of terror, where your very soul is at risk. Join me as I investigate worlds filled with black magic and dark souls and encounter the monsters rule these wicked places.
This review does not represent the opinions of the general public. It reflects my personal thoughts and opinions on the book.
That said, on to the review!
Take an archaeological mission gone awry and mix it with a missing journal. Add exotic, extinct plant fibers. Blend well with a mutated creature and serve it up to the Big Apple. Garnish with proteins and enzymes found in the skull, a high death count, and blood everywhere. Top with a mysterious statuette--a relic--from South America. What do you have? The Relic.
Set within and beneath the Museum of Natural History in New York, this book throws out theories and suppositions that would make any skeptical scientists roll their eyes. The problem is, those crackpot ideas are right. A creature from a land time--and humanity and the conservation movement--forgot pops in New York and does what all living things do: fights for survival. Unfortunately, this creature is basically the ultimate predator. It needs a particular substance found only in plants from its devastated home--and, incidentally, in the brains of living beings--to survive, but that won't stop it from destroying the museum's exhibit on superstitions. What will it take to bring this thing down?
Preston and Child create a beast so terrifying, so real, so chillingly possible--who knows what remains undiscovered in the rainforest--that I wouldn't willingly put the book down. Television and literature have taken advantage of the world beneath New York City--Ghostbusters II, The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest, and the Morlocks of the Marvel Universe spring to mind--but I never imagined they could be so deadly. Remind me never to go exploring sewers unless I'm in a tank.
The book offers an excerpt from the authors' sequel to The Relic, a book whose title, I have learned, means "a storage container for religious relics." This new book, Reliquary, is available in hardcover. Rest assured: the moment I find it in paperback, it's mine! And it's yours, because I'll review it right here!
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