Authors: Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
Country: United States
Series: Aloysius Pendergast
Publisher: Tor Books
Publication Date: 1997
Media Type: Paperback
Preceded by: Relic
Followed by: The Cabinet of Curiosities
The story picks up where the epilogue of Relic left off. Two headless skeletons are found in the Humboldt Kill. When further decapitated bodies follow, there is suspicion of a second Mbwun monster. Major characters from the original book team up with new ones to solve the puzzle. The mystery soon leads underground to the Mole people, and even deeper towards enigmatic beings called the Wrinklers. In the end, it is revealed that the Wrinklers are led by Frock, who has refined a modified version of the Mbwun plant, created by Kawakita to regain the use of his legs. Kawakita also gave the drug to the people who were to become the Wrinklers, later made into his tribe by Frock. After going underground, the group kills them with an explosion, vitamin D infused water and a flood.
If you are a fan of thriller/horror/suspense films, you’d definitely dig into this series. The book follows the point of view of different main characters so it’s not boring to read. I especially love that my dear AXL Pendergast is here – not the main character but was given enough spotlight to showcase his versatility.
The story was also well made, though there are a lot of scientific references which I’m not sure if accurate or feasible (I hope not). It was also obvious that the duo liked Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s work because Sherlock Holmes’ The Hounds of Baskerville was alluded to here together with his popular quote ‘When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.’
I had a difficult time imagining the underground place where the moles lived, I think it’s because I haven’t seen one. The underground was so deep that there’s a high level of methane down there. Despite this difficulty, I still enjoyed the book.
You don’t need to read Relic to understand this book but you may since a few times the ‘Event’ on Relic has been mentioned here. It also gives you a background of how the Wrinklers came to be so it is a good thing to read that first, but not required.
More book reviews coming your way. Stay tuned! ❤