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
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.
Yes, because you always discover something you missed the first time around.
The interaction of the team. I also really enjoyed the two newest members, especially Kane.
He helps with keeping the pace and brings energy to the performance.
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.
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!
While the characters and overall plot were quite interesting, the twists and turns were so farrfetched as to be laughable. It's like the author has a bag of generic events and characters, shook the the bag, poured the characters and possible events onto a table, and wove a story around them. Or maybe he has a magic eight ball. Bad science too. Once you catch on that it's a chain of impossibilities, it is fun to keep listening and try to guess what the next ridiculous event is going to be.
Physician in Healthcare IT. Commuter. Listen to a lot of books. Recently introduced to Audible. I am hooked.
Rollins makes every story gripping, energetic, exciting and complete. You can imagine the movie being made with each of his stories. I can even see which actors and actresses would play each role! Great book!
Maybe, depends on what they're wanting it for. Working out-No. A Long drive across 5 states-Yes.
This story never got to the point. I don't like it when books are drawn out. I also don't like making you wade through 3 chapters of boring dialog just to find out if a great character gets out alive. The story is great but the length was long.
Sounded very nice. He hit the female parts & the British accents great.
No to Genealogy......
great book and can't get enough of this series. I've listened to the entire sigma series multiple times and all Rollins books. they just keep getting better
Rollins never ceases to amaze me with his talent at storytelling. I have been listening (and only listening) to Sigma novels since my dad introduced them to me as a young high schooler in 2007. The amenable characters, the thrilling adventures, and the venerable heroes, are all marks of a Rollins SIGMA novel. The Bloodline is no exception.
As an engineer and scientist now, I love and respect Rollins's love for science and history - combining secret societies and historical records with hard cutting edge science.
Mr. Rollins; Please don't stop writing these novels - they make for an absolutely incredible read.
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.
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