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Bloodline: A Sigma Force Novel, Book 8 | [James Rollins]

Bloodline: A Sigma Force Novel, Book 8

Galilee, 1025. A cunning Templar knight uncovers a holy treasure: the Bachal Isu - the staff of Jesus Christ - a priceless icon that holds a mysterious and terrifying power that will forever change humanity if unleashed. A millennium later, Somali pirates hijack a yacht off the coast off the Horn of Africa, kidnapping a young pregnant American woman and brutally killing her husband. Painter Crowe and his SIGMA team are enlisted for the top secret rescue mission. The kidnappee is the daughter of the U.S. President.
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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author James Rollins takes you to the edge of modern medicine, genetics, and technology, revealing the next evolutionary leap forward: Immortality - a future conceived through the monstrous ingenuity of man....

Galilee, 1025. A cunning Templar knight uncovers a holy treasure: the Bachal Isu - the staff of Jesus Christ - a priceless icon that holds a mysterious and terrifying power that will forever change humanity if unleashed.

A millennium later, Somali pirates hijack a yacht off the coast off the Horn of Africa, kidnapping a young pregnant American woman and brutally killing her husband. Painter Crowe and his SIGMA team are enlisted for the top secret rescue mission. The kidnapped woman is Amanda Gant-Bennett, the daughter of U.S. President James Gant. Crowe is more than a little suspicious that the kidnapping masks a far more nefarious plot.

In the field, Commander Gray Pierce leads his small team of operatives into the treacherous African jungle to find the missing woman. But what should be a straightforward rescue turns into a fiery ambush and a deadly act of betrayal. As Commander Pierce and his team discover, the hostage is a pawn in a shattering act of terrorism with dark and shocking repercussions. And the danger is only beginning....

Performed by Peter Jay Fernandez.

©2012 James Czajkowski (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Melinda UT 07-17-12
    Melinda UT 07-17-12 Member Since 2009

    So hooked by audio that I have to read books aloud. *If my reviews help, please let me know.

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    Giving a bad review is almost like having to swat your new little puppy for peeing on the carpet--it's so hard. I held off until now because I want the space used for good reviews that encourage readers -- unless someone else experiences the same thing I did. (I like to look at a person's review history to see whether they give fair, consistently good or bad, respectful reviews.) If I think someone with similar reading tastes to mine might benefit from a low, mostly negative review, I write. Sometimes my low reviews are for just plain old stinkers, others - just because the experience was so disappointing, in spite of decent writing. Bloodline falls into the latter category; not really a stinker, just a re-cycled disappointment. If an author is going to use a familiar plot--he owes it to his audience to add something really big and new.

    The two reviews available while I'm writing this couldn't be different, and I think both are accurate for a specific audience...how's that for waivering? If you haven't read a lot of books with this similar plot, like the kind of right-out-of-the-box action familiar in this genre, can't get enough of the formulaic military vs. technology, here's your book. It sounded great... Infact, every time I read the publisher's summary I wanted to try again! But, several tries later, I had to "swat the puppy." It may be that I'm jaded, saturated with Templar Knights and religious relics, secret opperatives and mad scientists; Bloodline was just an amalgamation of so many books that have already trampled this plot into the dust. Rarely do I not care for a narrator; Fernandez did nothing to psyche me up for this promise of "shattering," "shocking," and "treacherous" action--instead he sounded already worn out by it all. Bloodline was not for me; but that doesn't mean there isn't an audience.

    13 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Polar Bear Lover Millington, TN, United States 07-02-12
    Polar Bear Lover Millington, TN, United States 07-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent Read"
    Would you listen to Bloodline again? Why?

    Yes, because you always discover something you missed the first time around.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The interaction of the team. I also really enjoyed the two newest members, especially Kane.


    What does Peter Jay Fernandez bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He helps with keeping the pace and brings energy to the performance.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes it made me laugh in several places because I know the characters from previous books. It also made me hold my breath more than once.


    Any additional comments?

    The author writes in such a way as to pull you in to the story. I always look forward to a new book by him. In fact, I have gone back and bought many of his other books before the Sigma team started. The only dismay I feel right now, is knowing I have to wait a long time for the next book!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Cayce Atlanta, GA, United States 05-27-14
    Cayce Atlanta, GA, United States 05-27-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Maybe I'm just not the target reader..."

    This is my second James Rollins novel and I chose it based on my algorithm recommendations at Goodreads (largely because I love the Pendergast books by Child/Preston). Despite that, it didn't completely suit me. The story is quite good with an intriguing plot, but there's so much fighting and running and hiding that it kind of got lost in the shuffle for me. I'm not totally opposed to those kinds of books as I love the Gray Man series, but I need to spend more time in the heads of the characters.

    I think in the end the Sigma books are geared toward the physical more than the mental (similar books to the Pendergast series, but totally opposite emphasis) and I just got bored by the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William 04-08-14
    William 04-08-14
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    "the blood line is cold indeed"

    Again I was not disappointed by Rollins. This was his usual page turner, and continued development of the relationship between the main characters is a continued delight. I am looking forward to the next book in the series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gail MISSION VIEJO, CA, United States 10-26-13
    Gail MISSION VIEJO, CA, United States 10-26-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Exciting story"
    What made the experience of listening to Bloodline the most enjoyable?

    Excitement and bravery by both men and women. It was not just one dimensional. I really liked the characters. It may be farfetched in some places, but it doesn't matter. It was still a great thrill ride.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 06-24-13
    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 06-24-13 Member Since 2014

    danmc

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    "I Think you have to be a Rollins Fan"

    This is my second James Rollins book, and while I enjoy the technical and research aspects of his books, I simply find them too boring at times.

    The concept and overall story seem good, and I like the genre and believe there are a lot of really good fun and interesting points and story lines throughout this book. For me; however, there are simply too many slow periods and lulls in the story to keep me from calling this a "Can't-Put-Down" book, or in this case a "Can't-Quit-Listening" book.

    I may try another Rollins book but I'm not going to jump out there and grab it anytime soon. From what I can tell by a lot of the reviews, it looks like Rollins has a very loyal following.

    .....sooo if you like or love Rollins, I would highly recommend it.

    Overall it's a decent story and decent listen as the narrator does a good job. I just don't think Rollins tickles my reading/listening bone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Connie Lebanon, Ohio, United States 05-25-13
    Connie Lebanon, Ohio, United States 05-25-13 Member Since 2014
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    "The best of the Sigma Force Series"

    I debated whether I wanted to listen to any more of the Sigma Force novels. I love the characters, but the last few were just okay. This one however did not disappoint!!! I'd rank it with the Da Vinci Code in story telling. I loved it, loved it, loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    vincent Tucson, AZ, United States 03-16-13
    vincent Tucson, AZ, United States 03-16-13 Member Since 2013
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    "amazing"
    Would you listen to Bloodline again? Why?

    yes I already listened to it three times because its amazing


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    kawalski because he kicks ass


    Have you listened to any of Peter Jay Fernandez’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    yes peter jay fernandez does a great job always


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lilly2734 Mentone, AL, United States 02-08-13
    Lilly2734 Mentone, AL, United States 02-08-13
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    "Not a Rollins best"

    I started with the strange books and enjoyed most. Then the Sigma Force came along and I really got into that. This one doesn't do it for me. Maybe it's the topic - there were a few yuks along the way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James columbus, OH, United States 01-21-13
    James columbus, OH, United States 01-21-13 Member Since 2011

    sports announcer, cyclist, enjoys to travel and the outdoors.

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    "I enjoyed the story - A good Read"

    This was my first Rollins book I have ever listened to / read. And I enjoyed it, its a good book with a lot of action. I am always worried that a book this far into a series of characters will leave me not understanding part of the story line, I never felt that way at all. I am not looking at getting another book in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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