Book Review: Bloodline by: James Rollins

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: William Morrow

Publish Date: June 26, 2012

Origins: From Publisher for Review

Format: Hardcover

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: In a thrilling masterwork that will make you rethink your perceptions of life and death, "New York Times" bestselling author James Rollins takes you to the edge of medicine, genetics, and technology, revealing the next evolutionary leap forward: immortality--a horrifying truth that is locked inside the "Bloodline"

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?

Review: Sigma Force and The Guild have been enemies since the founding of Sigma Force. Sigma Director Painter Crowe has been slowly putting the pieces together about the origins of The Guild and its Bloodline, which come to bear full force in the eighth Sigma novel, ‘Bloodline’. The forebearers of The Guild started back in ancient times and have always been working toward one ultimate goal: immortality. To further their agenda, the president’s pregnant daughter, Amanda, has been kidnapped for the possibilities her unborn son may hold in his DNA. Sigma operatives are sent on a mission to rescue Amanda, but the trail leads to more questions than answers. As the weight of history and the push to reinvent human existence comes crashing down, Sigma will need to quickly and quietly unravel over a millennia’s worth of history and intrigue. Is human immortality possible? Perhaps it’s not so science fiction as you may believe…

With a blend of high-tech current science, history, and science not-so-fiction, Mr. Rollins has written another spectacular adventure of the Sigma Force. There was plenty of action and I enjoyed the fact the science was readily explained to be understandable to any reader. What’s fascinating is how much of the history and science is true, which is always a big plus to me in telling a story like this one. The new characters, Tucker and his military trained dog, Kane, are brilliant. I was drawn to them and their strong connection, as well as the scenes from Kane’s point of view. Definitely fast-paced, ‘Bloodline’ is a thrilling and twisting action novel which will take cutting-edge science to the next level and unveil a conspiracy and shadowy secrets which will shock you. I can’t wait to see where Mr. Rollins takes Sigma Force next!

Sigma Force series: Sandstorm (1), Map of Bones (2), Black Order (3), The Judas Strain (4), The Last Oracle (5), The Doomsday Key (6), The Devil Colony (7), Bloodline (8)


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