by Candace Salima, US Daily Review Contributor
Book: Bloodline, A Sigma Force Novel
Author: James Rollins
James Rollins has done it again. The veterinarian turned New York Times Bestseller had delivered yet another page turning book which keeps you guessing until the end. And this one … this is his most unnerving yet.
We pick up where The Devil Colony left off. And that one left us with a cliffhanger that kept me anxiously awaiting the release of this new novel. To be released June 26th, I was delighted to have an advance copy to review. I opened the book, settled into my easy chair and began to read.
This book centers around an ancient bloodline, hence the title, who has completely crossed over to insanity. Seeking immortality, the descendants of this bloodline will stop at nothing to achieve immortality…or has it been achieved already?
The backliner reads:
Galilee, 1025. Infiltrating an ancient citadel, a Templar knight uncovers a holy treasure long hidden within the fortress’s labyrinth: the Bachal Isu — the staff of Jesus Christ — a priceless icon that holds a mysterious and terrifying power that promises to change humankind forever.
A millennium later, Somali pirates hijack a yacht off the coast of the Horn of Africa, kidnapping a young pregnant American woman. Commander Gray Pierce is enlisted for a covert rescue mission into the African jungle. The woman is no rich tourist: she’s Amanda Gant-Bennett, daughter of the U.S. president.
Suspicious that the kidnapping masks a far more nefarious plot, Gray must confront a shadowy cabal which has been manipulating events throughout history…and now challenges the current presidency.
For this unique mission, SIGMA is aided by a pair of special operatives with unique talents: former Army Ranger Captain Tucker Wayne and his military war dog, Kane. But what should be a straightforward rescue turns into a fiery ambush and a deadly act of betrayal, as Gray and his team discover that the hostage is a pawn in a shattering act of terrorism with dark repercussions. And the danger is only beginning…
Halfway around the world, a firebombing at a fertility clinic in South Carolina exposes a conspiracy that goes back centuries…a scheme that lies within our genetic code. With time against them, SIGMA must race to save an innocent unborn baby whose very existence raises questions about the nature of humanity, asking:
Could you live forever?
Would you live forever?
Rollins is a deft, descriptive writer with the ability to unfold a story that constantly surprises. Even in this one, where we thought we knew who the bad guy was, Rollins gives us a plot twist in an entirely different direction. As usual, it is a must read, and has already found its place on the bookshelf of my home library.
As of the writing of this review, Bloodline is ranked #228 on Amazon.com, and the book doesn’t even release until Monday!
Bloodline gets 5 out of 5 stars from this reviewer. Now pardon me, while I read it one more time before diving into next week’s book.