Sunday, July 22, 2012

REVIEW: Bloodline: A Sigma Force Novel by James Rollins


Galilee, 1025. Infiltrating an ancient citadel, a Templar knight uncovers a holy treasure long hidden within the fortress's labyrinth: the Bachal Isu--the staff of Jesus Christ--a priceless icon that holds a mysterious and terrifying power that promises to change humankind forever.

A millennium later, Somali pirates hijack a yacht off the coast of the Horn of Africa, kidnapping a young pregnant American woman. Commander Gray Pierce is enlisted for the covert rescue mission into the African jungle--for the woman is no rich tourist; she's Amanda Gant-Bennett, the daughter of the U.S. president.

Suspicious that the kidnapping masks a far more nefarious plot, Gray must confront a shadowy cabal, one who has been manipulating events throughout history . . . and now challenges the current presidency.

For this sensitive mission, SIGMA is aided by a pair of special operatives with unique talents: former Army Ranger Captain Tucker Wayne and his military war dog, Kane. But what should be a straightforward rescue turns into a fiery ambush and a deadly act of betrayal as Gray and his team discover that the hostage is a pawn in a shattering act of terrorism with dark repercussions. And the danger is only beginning. . . .

Halfway around the world, a firebombing at a fertility clinic in South Carolina exposes a centuries-old conspiracy to manipulate our genetic code. With time against them, SIGMA must race to save an innocent unborn baby, one who holds the key to a mystery and whose very existence raises questions about the nature of humanity, asking:

Could you live forever?

Would you live forever?




Today's post is different.  It should sound different, feel different, the genre of the book is not something you see often on this blog.  Mrs. Mommy Booknerd has been hijacked for a day by Mr. Mommy Booknerd.  When the Mrs. received a copy of James Rollins Sigma Force Novel: Blood Line, I was intrigued.  Finally a book came into the Mrs. Mommy Booknerd vault that sounded interesting to me.  This book which clearly has an established character from the Sigma Force series did not leave me confused or feeling like I was lacking valuable information that would be necessary to understand this book.  I slowly worked my way into this book, reading 40 pages on a Friday.  To give a little background on my reading habits, I read current events, non-fiction, and still have a reading hangover after completing my Masters degree over a year ago.  So 40 pages in one sitting is kinda a big deal for me.  Saturday morning comes around and my mind is preoccupied with the story so I start reading a few pages with the standard cup of morning coffee.

I am intentionally not diving into details or even a general synopsis of this novel for fear of potentially ruining some aspect of the story for someone.  This novel contains multiple story lines, traverses the globe, secret societies, advancement in bio technologies, advanced robotics, and human guinea pigs.  I finished this book on day 2.  I spent an entire Saturday reading this book because I was so preoccupied that I had to see where the story was going and how it was going to end.  The one detail I will give some vague insight to is the dog.  The dog in this book is short of amazing and quickly becomes an integral character that you are rooting for and worried about as he  enters one intense mission after another. This novel is a great read and I look forward to diving into additional Sigma Force novels.  I rate it 5 stars!



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