June 26, 2017

Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

RelicLast year I read Preston and Child’s The Wheel of Darkness, and really enjoyed it. So I’ve decided to start working through the rest of their books. Relic is the first one to feature Agent Prendergast.

And Relic is not as good as The Wheel of Darkness.

It’s a pretty good read – but lacks the intensity and grip and page-turning-ness of the more recent books.

In Relic there are a series of hideous murders in a New York museum. But these occur at the same time as the museum is about to launch a make or break exhibition. So politics get in the way, all leading to the museum staying open, and lots of fighting about who should and shouldn’t be trying to find the killer.

It is a great story – but the plot lines and characters are not as strong and gripping as in their later books.

So if you like slightly sci-fi / paranormal murder mysteries than Preston and Child are worth looking out – but read something more recent.

The Wheel of Darkness by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

I can’t believe I’ve not come across the Preston & Child books before. I really couldn’t put down The Wheel of Darkness!

A fantastic story of saving the world from ancient mysterious powers. Based around a tibetan artifact that goes missing – there’s twists a-plenty and I’m still pondering one of the who-done-its now, so I’ll probably be flicking through again over the next few days to see if I can work it out.

Since picking it up I’ve realised it’s part of a series of books about the hero Aloysius Pendergast, but it really does stand on its own (you don’t need to have read the previous ones to get it). Although it was so gripping the rest of the series is definitely on my list now.

So, if you like a bit of mysticism, a thrilling read, and certain amount of pre-apocolyptic fear then this is one for you.

The Wheel of Darkness by Preston & Child