In bestselling author James Rollins’ next riveting installment of his SIGMA Force series, there is a sort of cool down period compared to his previous Devil Colony and Doomsday Key, as there is less of the jumping from country to country around the world, with great earth-shattering ramifications, as the Bloodline story is a smaller more sinister one. And yet, as it unfolds, the reader learns of a new way to be terrified, not for the fate of the world, but for the fate of their humanity on a genetic level.
The story opens with a short prologue of the Knights Templar in the eleventh century and a supposed hidden female Templar. Jumping to the present day, the President’s daughter is kidnapped by Somali pirates and the SIGMA Force team is sent out to get her back alive. But as the truth is slowly revealed, everyone soon realizes these pirates aren’t interested in a ransom, but in the special child she is carrying; also they’re not your average pirates, in fact they work for a group readers familiar with the series will know all too well. So it’s up to Pierce and the team to get the President’s daughter back, but also to get her child back too, for it possesses a very special genetic code that others would gladly murder and massacre to get their hands on.
Rollins continues to do what he does best in Bloodline, weaving unusual storylines together with links the reader never saw coming. A strong cast featuring some impressive female characters makes this a thrilling read; though it is contrasted with the shocking procedures some other female characters have to endure. Bloodline is not for those with a weak stomach. But for those wishing to get some answers about the clandestine group known as the Guild, this is the book for you.
Originally written on July 17, 2012 ©Alex C. Telander.
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James Rollins’ latest book, The Devil Colony, does everything a thriller should with a compelling storyline, travel to exotic and unusual places, elements of the fantastic, and lots and lots of action. Rollins describes his novels as rollercoaster rides, which The Devil Colony may well be, and reveals this author’s storytelling and writing abilities at their very best.
In this new SIGMA Force novel, Rollins blends some shocking and relatively unknown American history with cutting edge science that defies the mind. Deep within the Rocky Mountains of Utah an incredible discovery is made of Native American mummies buried in a cave beneath the ground, as well as a number of priceless gold artifacts with some very strange ancient writing on them that doesn’t seem to be Native American. As the artifacts are brought to the surface, a terrible explosion rips through the air, causing a number of deaths. Thought to be an act by a radical Native American group, the truth is revealed to be far more dooming as some unusual activated element has been brought to the surface and seems to be eating through matter of any kind with no end in sight.
The SIGMA Force are called in to investigate, with Painter Crowe who is looking to help his niece – who has become tied up in the whole catastrophe – however he can, while Commander Grayson Pierce does his own research with some help from the beautiful and enigmatic Seichan. This mystery will take them from the mountains of Utah to the volcanoes of Iceland to the impenetrable vaults of Fort Knox to the renowned geysers of Yellowstone. It will also take them one important step closer to the ancient and secretive order known as the Guild, until it is realized that far more is at risk when a geological chain reaction is set in motion that could have devastating effects for the entire planet.
While The Devil Colony certainly seems to push the boundaries of the conventional thriller, Rollins is careful to back up his incredible storylines with meticulous historical and scientific research, which he goes into detail with in his foreword and afterword, as he does his best to explain to readers the story behind the ultimate question of this book: Was America founded on a lie? Read the book to find out the story behind this and the supposed twelfth colony, known as the Devil Colony.
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Originally written on June 20, 2011 ©Alex C. Telander.
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For the first time in his career, bestselling author James Rollins takes on the subject of veterinary science, a subject that Rollins spent many years of his professional life practicing. In the ultimate “write what you know” thriller, Altar of Eden is some of Rollins’ best work, employing the plot complexities of his Sigma Force novels combined with the terrifying subject of genetically engineered exotic animals.
Louisiana state veterinarian, Lorna Polk, who works for ACRES, or the Audubon Center for the Research of Endangered Species, joins the U.S. Border Patrol to investigate a shipwrecked trawler linked to a black market smuggling ring. Below decks, she discovers cages with some very strange animals with some very strange abilities: a pair of Siamese monkeys, an extinct saber-toothed cub, and a hairless parrot that can recite the number pi to hundreds of decimal places. Lorna puts the pieces together and realizes that the cub’s mother – a giant, extinct saber-toothed cat – is on the loose in the delta, protecting it’s young, and it’s hungry.
The story unfolds with a spiraling plot that will have readers turning the page, needing to know what happens next. Rollins has outdone himself with Altar of Eden, creating a growing conspiracy that combines cutting-edge science with animals that haven’t walked upon this Earth in thousands of years.
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Originally written on February 9th 2010 ©Alex C. Telander.
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