The Resource Relic, Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child

Relic, Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child

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Relic
Title
Relic
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Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
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eng
Summary
  • "In New York, there has been a rash of murders in the Museum of Natural History and the perpetrator turns out to be a monstrous reptile from South America. The beast strikes at a gala opening, and an FBI agent and a woman scientist race to capture it before it eats everyone in sight."--
  • When a team of archaeologists is savagely massacred in the Amazon Basin, all that survives are several boxes of relics and plant specimens. From boat to boat, from port- to port, the battered crates drift. They finally reach New York City-- only to be locked away in the basement of a museum, lost and forgotten. But the black heart of the Amazon never forgets. Just days before the Museum's massive new exhibition opens someone or something other than tourists and school children is roaming the halls and dusty galleries. And people are turning up savagely murdered. Forensic evidence points to a killer of terrifying strength and ferocity. Rumors of a "Museum Beast," never far from the surface, rise again among the Museum staff. But then Margo Green, a graduate student working among 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? 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 -- Book jacket
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Award
  • Garden State Teen Book Award (New Jersey), Fiction (Grades 9-12), 1998.
  • YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 1996
Review
  • With movie and multiple translation rights already sold, "Relic"'s publicity-hungry publisher is solicitously billing the thriller as ""Alien" meets "Jurassic Park"." Although the book's premise is strictly standard horror fare--a flesh-ripping creature runs loose in New York's Natural History Museum--Preston and Child's refreshing penchant for realistic detail elevates their tale far above Crichton's. The apparent relic here is a sacred stone icon that leaves a perished Amazonian expedition and several mutilated bodies in the wake of its shipment to New York. As clawed corpses begin to accumulate in the museum's dim sub-basement, doctoral student Margo Green and iconoclastic evolutionary theorist Dr. Frock become key players in tracking the killer and inadvertently exposing the real relic, a 65-million-year-old virus with the power to completely and insidiously transform human flesh. Preston and Child hit pay dirt with their wonderfully eerie rendition of New York's labyrinthine Natural History Museum. Containing just the right blend of gripping suspense, colorful characters, and credible science, "Relic" has all the ingredients for well-deserved best-seller status. ((Reviewed December 1, 1994)) -- Carl Hays
  • YA--This electrifying thriller opens in an unexplored, mysterious corner of the Amazon basin. A Museum of Natural History expedition is seeking the legendary Kothoga tribe in quest of the vile secret it conceals. The thoroughly terrified tribes nearby infer that the Kothoga and their malicious ways are too awful to discuss with outsiders, except to issue dire warnings. The expedition dissolves, with most of its members opting out of the territory with alacrity, only to perish in a plane crash. Two zealous individuals who heedlessly press on into the jungle vanish, but not before making the horrifying discovery they sought. The crates of the lost expedition, however, arrive back in New York City intact, and are consigned to the basement for cataloging. The story picks up back at the museum where murders have begun to occur with dreadful frequency. Forensics reveal the death blows were delivered with unusual strength, the corpses were dismembered with savage violence, and the perpetrator has mighty unusual DNA patterns. The NYPD, the FBI, and enterprising museum research assistants join efforts to solve the grisly murders but are stonewalled by officials in the head office who plan a revenue-generating exhibition of Amazonian artifacts, recklessly ignoring the impending danger to staff and visitors alike. While the story line contains a bit too much of museum politics and logistics that don't quite mesh, the suspense is sure to please fans of Michael Crichton and Stephen King.--Catherine Noonan, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
  • A monster on the loose in New York City's American Museum of Natural History provides the hook for this high-concept, high-energy thriller. A statue of the mad god Mbwun, a monstrous mix of man and reptile, was discovered by a Museum expedition to South America in 1987. Now, it is about to become part of the new Superstition Exhibition at the museum (here renamed the "New York Museum of Natural History"). But as the exhibition's opening night approaches, the museum may have to be shut down due to a series of savage murders that seem to be the work of a maniac-or a living version of Mbwun. When the museum's director pulls strings to ensure that the gala affair takes place, it's up to a small band of believers, led by graduate student Margo Green, her controversial adviser and an FBI agent who investigated similar killings in New Orleans, to stop the monster-if the culprit is indeed a monster-from going on a rampage. Less horror then action-adventure, the narrative builds to a superbly exciting climax, and then offers a final twist to boot. With its close-up view of museum life and politics, plausible scientific background, sharply drawn characters and a plot line that's blissfully free of gratuitous romance, this well-crafted novel offers first-rate thrills and chills. Film rights optioned by Kennedy-Marshall Productions; audio rights to Brilliance Corp. (Jan.)
  • One suspects that Child, who has edited numerous ghost and horror anthologies (e.g., Dark Company, St. Martin's, 1984), read Dinosaurs in the Attic (LJ 10/15/86), Preston's wonderful history of the American Museum of Natural History, and decided the pair should collaborate on a horror novel in this wonderfully spooky setting. The heroes (an FBI agent and a journalist) and heroine (a spunky graduate student) wander through basements, sub-basements, and tunnels, searching for the savagely murderous predator inadvertently sent to the museum from the Amazon. Despite the headless bodies turning up all over, the museum director is determined to proceed with the lucrative opening ceremony for the new "Superstition" exhibit. Then the monster gets loose among New York's rich and powerful. This is a real page-turner, part Jaws, part Poseidon Adventure. Essential for horror collections.-Marylaine Block, St. Ambrose Univ. Lib., Davenport, Ia.
  • An eccentric, grisly, thoroughly original thriller sure to please doctoral candidates and gore junkies alike. The real star featured by Preston (Jennie, p. 1080, etc.) and former St. Martin's editor Child isn't the brain-eating, evolutionary aberration, quaintly dubbed the "Museum Beast," that hunts victims in the subterranean catacombs of New York's Museum of Natural History: It's the museum itself. While the creature is never dull, thrill hounds couldn't ask for a creepier environment in which to encounter grad student Margo Green, journalist Bill Smithback, FBI Special Agent Pendergast, and a mob of bureaucrats, genetics geeks, and NYPD cops. On the eve of a heavily promoted megashow, the shredded bodies of two boys are discovered in the museum's basement. As the death toll mounts, Agent Pendergast attempts to postpone the opening of an exhibit called Superstition. But he's vetoed by a publicity-conscious superior. Meanwhile, Green and Smithback combine forces to get the lowdown on some mysterious crates from a failed Amazon expedition that no one wants to talk about. It turns out that the "Museum Beast" is really a freak of nature, its DNA half-reptile and half-primate. It followed the crates to New York because they contained the last samples of its only food -- when the supply ran out, the monster began snacking on nutritionally similar human brains. Fast, smart, and almost bulletproof, the beast also served as the central figure in the rituals of a vanished Amazon culture. If this all sounds wildly cool, it's nothing compared to the novel's final third, in which several groups of characters (including the mayor) are trapped in different parts of the museum and must fend off repeated attacks from the lizard-ape, which munches on SWAT teams and socialites before squaring off against Green and Pendergast. A thriller staged in the world's scariest building, with no room for the squeamish. (Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 1994)
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050630
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Preston, Douglas J
Dewey number
813/.54
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3566.R3982
LC item number
R45 1995
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fiction
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Child, Lincoln
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Agent Pendergast
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1
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  • Indians of South America
  • Antiquities
  • New York (N.Y.)
  • Indians of South America
  • Antiquities
  • Indians of South America
  • Amazon River Valley
  • New York (State)
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Relic, Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
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"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
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ocm31607036
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25 cm.
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1st ed.
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382 pages
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9780812543261
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94044321
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Relic, Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
Publication
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"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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25 cm.
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1st ed.
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382 pages
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9780812543261
Lccn
94044321
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
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(OCoLC)31607036

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