High in the Andes, Dr. Henry Conklin discovers a 500-year-old mummy that should not be there. While deep in the South American jungle, Conklin's nephew, Sam, stumbles upon a remarkable site nestled between two towering peaks, a place hidden from human eyes for thousands of years. Ingenious traps have been laid to ensnare the careless and unsuspecting, and wealth beyond imagining could be the reward for those with the courage to face the terrible unknown. But where the perilous journey inward end - in the cold, shrouded heart of a breathtaking necropolis - something else is waiting for Sam Conklin and his exploratory party. A thing created by Man, yet not humanly possible. Something wondrous . . . something terrifying.
©2000 Jim Czajkowski (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers
I enjoy counter-terrorism, westerns, historical fiction, detective mysteries, and old school comedy like "A Christmas Story".
I'm generally a fan of Mr. Rollins use of history, science and fiction to create a unique brand of entertaining storytelling. I enjoyed a lot.
Fast paced; action is continuous. There are essentially two main characters; when the action relative to one of the characters lessens, the author "switches" to the other character so that things are always at a fever pitch. Although this may seem confusing, the author has defined the relationship between the two such that the switching between characters develops the overall plot without being contrived. Interest remains peaked as the two lead characters work towards a single resolution of the story. The only negative about the book is that the relationship between the male lead characters and their respective female love interests is trite and predictable.
This story was good but to me the parts that really had me interested were rushed through. I thought the crew was really going to get into some long term good action and investigation when they entered the cavern but to me it fell flat. It seemed like an Indiana Jones book with about half the action. In my opinion the story fell kind of flat about 3/4 of the way though. I would recommend a listen just don't have expectations so high as I did to not disapoint. One question I never did get the answer to is: What did the markings on the back of the cross mean? Anyone?
I can only truely describe this book with one word..."Cheesey". This is my first review, and the only reason I am bothering is because the book was so bad, and the overall rating is so good, that I needed to express my thoughts before some other poor soul got sucked into buying it, as I did, based on a weak but passable three and a half star rating. What are you people thinking? The main characters are from Texas (as am I) and the are so dumb. It is a good thing each of them has a good woman by his side to help him think or they would never have figured this out. And of course we have the Gay coward that turns out to be a hero, and the 10 year old child prodigy savage nicotine addict to drop hints to them when they all get confused. The most common phrase uttered by both "heros" is "Whut?" in a horrible, horrible Texas drawl that just drilled my teeth. On the plus side, this is the worst book I have ever read, so I guess life has been good to me. One star was the least I could give it.
I stumbled upon James Rollins by chance, and I really enjoy his writing style. That said, this was not his best book. It has his trademark "magic that is actually science" and "history meets present" style that I enjoy. However, the book was very slow going and dragged in some places. I also felt that (unlike in his fascinating Sigma books) some of the characters were a little flat and unrelatable. He is true to form with a great reveal of secrets, but the listener's journey to the climax is a long one.
I'm not a big reviewer, but have to share that I was unable to even make it through the second part of this book. BORING. And the narrator is one of the worst. Probably the coolest guy - but his voice is very difficult for me to listen to. Wish I could get both my money and my time back.
First off let me say I love child preston books. All amazing in their own right. As this book has similar qualities to the child preston books I tried it. Although I did enjoy it it didnt leave me thinking about it days later as the child preston books do.
Also have to say I didnt enjoy the narrarator much. Another reason I love the child preston books (scott brick is a god)
Good story. It covers several different ideas throughout the story line from different characters which are interesting.
What I appreciate most about James Rollins books is the embedded science which I have to understand for the novel to make sense. What a clever way to teach us James... thanks!
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