RelicPaperback - 2007
Relic: The #1 New York Times bestselling thriller by Douglas Preston's and Lincoln Child, with more than one million copies sold to date
Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in the museum's dark hallways and secret rooms. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human...
But the museum's directors plan to go ahead with a big bash to celebrate the new exhibition, in spite of the murders.
Museum researcher Margo Green must find out who--or what--is doing the killing. But can she do it in time to stop the massacre?
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The organ of interest:
“What’s that?” asked D’Agosta. He willed himself to look more closely. The brain, sitting in a stainless-steel pan, looked a hell of a lot more liquid than solid. He turned away. Baseball. Think about baseball. A pitch, the sound of a bat ... “The thalamus and the hypothalamus. The body’s regulator.” “The body’s regulator,” repeated D’Agosta. “The hypothalamus regulates body temperature, blood pressure, heartbeat, and the metabolism of fats and carbohydrates. Also the sleep-wake cycle. We think it holds the centers of pleasure and pain. It’s a very complicated organ, Lieutenant.” She looked fixedly at him, anticipating a question. D’Agosta mumbled dutifully, “How does it do all that?” “Hormones. It secretes hundreds of regulatory hormones into the brain and bloodstream.”
More genetics from Epilogue such as this insight that is sort of coming true( http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/08/14/432192398/engineers-make-narcotics-with-yeast-is-home-brewed-heroin-next ):
The possibilities for genetic engineering were endless. And already, Kawakita had ideas for improvements. New genes the reovirus could insert into its host. Human genes as well as animal genes. He controlled what genes the reovirus would insert into its host. He controlled what the host would become. Unlike the primitive, superstitious Kothoga, he was in control—through science.
An interesting side effect of the plant was its narcotic effect: a wonderful, “clean” rush, without the unpleasant down of so many other drugs. Perhaps that was how the plant had originally ensured its own ingestion and, thus, its propagation. But for Kawakita, this side effect had provided cash from which to finance his research.
Introduction of the very special Special Agent Pendergast:
D’Agosta heard a low, mellifluous voice behind him. “Who the hell are you?” he said, turning to see a tall, slender man, wearing a crisp black suit, leaning against the top of the stairwell. Hair so blond it was almost white was brushed straight back above pale blue eyes. “The undertaker?” “Pendergast,” the man said, stepping down and holding out his hand. The photographer, cradling his equipment, pushed past him. “Well, Pendergast, you better have a good reason to be here, otherwise—” Pendergast smiled. “Special Agent Pendergast.” “Oh. FBI? Funny, why aren’t I surprised? Well, how-do, Pendergast. Why the hell don’t you guys phone ahead? Listen, I got a headless, de-brained stiff down there. Where’re the rest of you, anyway?” Pendergast withdrew his hand. “There’s just me, I’m afraid.” “What? Don’t kid me. You guys always travel around in packs.”
The Gecko-Man (techno genetic in the 90's):
Lizard DNA and human DNA in the same sample? But this wasn’t the first time something like this had happened. You couldn’t blame the computer, really. It was an inexact procedure, and only the smallest fractions of the DNA sequences of any given organism were known. He scanned down the printed list. Less than 50 percent of the matches were human—a very low proportion, assuming the subject was human, but not out of the question in a degraded sample. And there was always the possibility of contamination. A stray cell or two could ruin an entire run. ...
Coarse Language: F*** is used very frequently in the second half of the novel. It is used aggressively with its variations: Mother****** ect... Additionally, there are uses of D**k, S**t, son of a B**** and much more.
Frightening or Intense Scenes: One of the most intense books I have ever read!
Violence: Let me start off by saying that this is the most violent book I have ever read. Many people are ripped apart. Their brains and organs are splattered everywhere. The book describes every single graphic detail. Very disturbing scenes. Two of the murders was two little kids. There is a disgusting autopsy scene. Additionally, people are crushed, trampled, kicked around ect...
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