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Relic, by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child

  • Feb 6, 2014 · 6:30 PM

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

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  • Anne S.

    For what it is worth, most of the holes in the plot that we noted were cleared up in the sequel

    February 11, 2014

    • Maria T.

      True, but I still felt it was sort of formulated at the end. But it made for good discussion'

      February 11, 2014

  • Deborah

    Small turnout but the discussion was lively and we were able to hear each person without having to speak directly into someone's ear!

    February 7, 2014

    • Maria T.

      That's a good point. And the food was good

      February 7, 2014

    • Anne S.

      And reasonable, for the quality

      February 11, 2014

  • Lorraine F

    I really enjoyed this book. Sorry I won't be able to make this meeting. Look forward to the next book club meeting

    January 31, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This one looks interesting.
    Why did we stop voting on books?

    January 9, 2014

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