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
James Rollins began this series in a spectacular fashion with "Sandstorm." He has continued to raise and meet my expectations with each new entry. "Bloodlines" may be the best yet. This is a very well written novel that could very well stand on its own, completely independent of the series. It is full of James Rollins' signature story telling with a fictional, but realistic twist. His thorough research in to historical facts and current and emerging technology lends his books a scarily realistic. With his most recent installment, Rollins has exposed some of the secrets many readers of the series have been waiting to find out. I have to say that his introduction of Cane in this book sent me togoogle to look up information on military trained canines. This book kept me on the edge of my seat and constantly surprised with its revelations. I have already recommended it to several friends and will probably read it again myself.
I would listen to Bloodline again because it was very entertaining, suspensfull, and well written.
Action, Developed Characters
The sinking Island.
I liked that Rollins introduced a new character that has potential to show up in future novels. The fact that the current characters are well developed keeps the reader interested and waiting for the next installment.
No extreme reactions, just a very fast paced book.
The recipe works with this series, and I liked the new characters. It will be interesting to see where he takes this next. Possibly has a spin off character that could carry its own series, maybe.
This is my favorite audiobook so far.
This one is just a little better than Map of Bones.
Peter does a great job. He gives most of the characters their own personality.
If I could have, I would have listened to it in one sitting.
I really liked the introduction of Tucker and Kane. I look forward to them in future novels.
I'm a singer, songwriter, musician, producer and music educator. I've spent the majority of my life wearing headphones . . .
I suppose I should have know that this being a Sigma Force novel there'd be 1. A secret facility and 2. The secret facility would blow up at the end and 3. It would look like the Guild was going to be victorious right up to the very last chapter and 4. The real villain wouldn't be the one that seemed so obvious.
But the thing that really bothered me most, and I'm not entirely sure why this never bothered me before in the other Sigma Force novels was the casual way Rollins blows up, shoots, drowns or dismembers people in this novel in one sentence . . . and moves on to the next bit of action, without ever looking back . . . it all seemed so callous, bloodles and detached from any feeling or humanity. It left me cold.
I think I won't be listening to any more Sigma Force novels from here on out!
I'm a big fan of James Rollins and always look forward to his latest book.....especially the Sigma Force novels. He's done a great job developing his characters from book to book (including non-Sigma Force) so when I start listening to his newest book I feel like I'm revisiting old friends on new adventures.I have to be honest, I was SLIGHTLY disappointed with Bloodline. Don't get me wrong, I have very high expectations and it's a good book. However, it isn't his best by any means and the story was somewhat predictable. Likewise, part of the reason I'm such a Rollins fan is his intensive research and the historical "mysteries" he weaves into each storyline (Map of Bones, Black Order). I felt the booking was seriously lacking on this aspect and he got wrapped up in his own medical expertise when writing it. Personally, I think his adventures with a focus on the past (more historical) are more interesting to listen to and read then his books with a "future science" storyline.
Somewhat. It was exciting but also a little predictable.
Great performance as usual.
Absolutely. No matter what my feelings were on this particular work, James Rollins is a great author and Sigma Force is a fun series to listen to.
I think my disappointment lies in the narrator. His monotone delivery is distracting, so much so, that if possible I'll return this book leaving the balance "unread".
The genre is one of my favorites.
I don't think so. All his characters have the same voice/accent.
James Rollins is one of my favorite authors and he didn't disappoint mewith Bloodline. The cast of characters, especially the Signma Group, are like old friends that take me on a whild ride with each new book. I learn so much during the adventure. And as always, there's a hook at the end of the book that makes want to know - when is the next book coming out?
I think James Rollins is incredible. Although a few of his earlier, non-Sigma Force, books were weak, I was unable to turn this audiobook off. I actually fell asleep two nights with my earbuds in from exhaustion, not from lack of action in the story.
Rollins has developed these characters so that the reader can't help but care about them. In this novel, he delves deeper into their lives and uses the DNA premise of the book to add to character development. As always, I felt as if I was in the locations where the story took place; feeling the muggy heat of the American South, the jungles of Africa, the tension in a White House that is inhabited by a President who may or may not (no spoilers) be part of the enemy. Rollins's true gift is his ability to link science, history, story and characters into a palette of extraordinary writing and story-telling.
I never quite know where a Sigma Force novel will end (other than with me wanting more). If you haven't read the other books, I do have to advise that you start from the beginning only so that you feel the true richness of these people that Rollins has created. I know that I am always sad when one of these books ends and Bloodline was no exception!
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