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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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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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    Amazon Customer Tampa, FL USA 08-27-12
    Amazon Customer Tampa, FL USA 08-27-12 Member Since 2011

    ~Darlyn

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    "Another Sigma Win!"
    Would you listen to Bloodline again? Why?

    I love to go back and listen to books I've already read because it never fails that there will be a little piece that I may have missed the first go around that I will catch the second time.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Saying Bloodline kept me on edge would be easy, but the edge kept moving! You think that you are on the cusp of understanding it all and then....


    What about Peter Jay Fernandez’s performance did you like?

    The transitions between male and female voices would seem like it would be difficult but Peter Jay Fernandez manages excellently with his change in enunciation and voice inflection that nails each character individually.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I loved the new perspective we received from Cane's. How interesting to hear how such a warrior can perceive others as well as himself.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep dishing it up, Mr. Rollins. And don't be afraid to spin off your newest characters into their own world of Sigma missions.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Queen of Everything NE Ohio 12-23-12
    Queen of Everything NE Ohio 12-23-12 Member Since 2009
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    "SCI-FI ACTION SOAP OPERA"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    It's an OK listen if you need to fill the time. Some of it quite interesting but it went on for way too long.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Liked the camaraderie and the action and back story. The story really didn't need all the crab robots-overdone and silly.


    What three words best describe Peter Jay Fernandez’s performance?

    Easy listening voice


    Was Bloodline worth the listening time?

    Yes, but only once.


    Any additional comments?

    Please ask folks who must read medical terms to seek the proper usage. It hurts my head when they don't. C-P-A-P is not ever used as individual letters. It's C-PAP. Any one using a CPAP machine for sleep apnea or medical personnel as in this case neonatal staff, will catch it and wince. Trust me, that's a large audience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 11-29-12
    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 11-29-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Committment and conspiracy"
    What did you like best about Bloodline? What did you like least?

    We revisit some of Rollin's favourite team members, and learn more about their relationships and background, as well as meet some new characters.

    We also get introduced to some new nasty ones.

    There is some now almost obligatory reference to "nano technology" that is somewhat unecessary, but overall, its a fun ride.


    Would you be willing to try another book from James Rollins? Why or why not?

    Of course. He is good with technical jargon and action, as well as his usual conspiracy stuff.


    Could you see Bloodline being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No,too sprawling and violent.


    Any additional comments?

    You'll like it , but it takes some time to get rolling. Stick with it,and you will enjoy I suspect. Id did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Abbie Richardson, TX, United States 11-15-12
    Abbie Richardson, TX, United States 11-15-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Up to Sigma Force snuff"

    Lots of adventure, twists and turns, all the things one might look for in a take-your-mind-off-reality secret mission novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Honolulu, HI 11-02-12
    Michael Honolulu, HI 11-02-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Pretty darn good"
    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book. Saishan (spell?) connection to the blood line was an interesting shift in the sigma series. One review I read about the book that made me aprehensive compared this book to the Dan Brown book called the Da'Vinci Code. Other than the Templers, there is no simularity to that book. As always, Mr. Rollins does a fantastic job with character development and making a common sense case for the plot lines. I can't wait for his next historical/science based fiction book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Keith Arlington, TN, United States 10-30-12
    Keith Arlington, TN, United States 10-30-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Superbly Written Again"

    Here we are at Sigma Force book 8 and I am still interested. It is not like James takes the same outline and uses again. Wait a minute thats what he did. Some big problem arises and a secret agency named sigma investigates. Painter Crow that boss man has to come up with a way to save Sigma Force from the politicians. In every book Painter finds a way to barely get by. The agents of Sigma face their problems head on and always spend half the book getting their butt's handed to them. Finally though good wins out and Sigma saves the day. After 8 books this outline is old, right? NO sir, I still get surprised when the perfect plan fails and Sigma must start again. I still fear the worst when all seems lost and jump for joy when the heros come through. I should just face reality James Rollins is a good author that writes a good quality book. If you have not read any of the Sigma Force novels, what are you waiting for.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Zach San Antonio, Tx, United States 09-26-12
    Zach San Antonio, Tx, United States 09-26-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Just Riviting"

    Rollins is a master of the pen, but this book was just remarkable. There were multiple climactic plot lines, surprises. There was great information conveyed regarding the use of military war dogs, I really loved that aspect of this book.

    I fully recommend this book to any readers of the genre

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. Thurman Canton, GA 09-25-12
    M. Thurman Canton, GA 09-25-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Story and Narration"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bloodline to be better than the print version?

    I have no idea. Personal preference. I like the audio version a lot. This narrator is pretty good. Not as talented as the guy that narrates the Brad Thor books.


    What other book might you compare Bloodline to and why?

    Full Black, books by Steve Berry and Brad Thor


    What about Peter Jay Fernandez’s performance did you like?

    He was fair.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The story was pretty good. Learning who the villian(s) are was instrumental, especially since part of this carried over from the previous novel.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Syed Orlando, FL 09-12-12
    Karen Syed Orlando, FL 09-12-12 Member Since 2008

    Karen L. Syed, Reader/Author/Publisher

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    "Sigma Rocks"
    What did you love best about Bloodline?

    One of my favorite things about this entire series is the narrator. He has the talent to bring each and every character to life and gives them their own distinct personality. James Rollins is one of very few authors who can make the story an actual character. Not sure how to explain that, but every aspect of his books play an integral role.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Sigma books always keep me hanging on. Rollins takes mundane facts and weaves them into interesting tales. From history to mysteries, every book has its own special roadmap that makes the journey worth every minute invested.


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

    This narrator has piqued my interest and while the only books I've heard him read are there Rollins books, I will definitely be looking for more.


    Any additional comments?

    My only problem with this book was Rollin's excessive explanations of medical aspects and the historical points. In previous books he gives us what we need to know, but in terms that most people can easily understand. I found myself a bit intimidated by the details and wanting to skip ahead.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Leaphart Folsom CA USA 09-11-12
    Laura Leaphart Folsom CA USA 09-11-12 Member Since 2011

    Amer Idol Fan

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    "Another great Sigma Force book!"

    I read all of the Sigma Force books and this is another one I can highly recommend. The story was fast-paced and there were several parts that stretched my imagination with the images and action described in the story. The narrator/performer was also excellent and easy on the ears.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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