The Seventh Plague by James Rollins

The Seventh Plague by James Rollins; 2016; $27.99; 425 pages; William Morrow, New York, NY; 978-0-06-238168-2; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Fairview; 12/13/16-12/20/16

Why did I read this?  Because I am a big fan of the way James Rollins combines historical and scientific fact with current events and rolls them all into an exciting story.

Following clues left by ancient Egyptians, Mark Twain, Nikola Tesla and David Livingstone the members of Sigma Force have to figure out the reason an ancient plague has resurfaced.  An eccentric billionaire thinks that he can reverse climate change by expanding on Teslas’ idea of using the earth and the ionsphere as a battery. Sigma has to find the cure for the plague, stop the eccentric billionaire from setting the sky on fire.  They travel all over the earth from D.C. to the source of the Nile to the North Pole.

Grade A

 

Warhawk by James Rollins and Grant Blackwood

Warhawk by James Rollins and Grant Blackwood; 2016;$27.99; 368 pages; William Morrow, New York, NY; 978-0-06-213527-8; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Hillsdale; 4/26/16-4/27/16

Why did I read this?  James Rollins is one of my favorite authors, alone or with others.  This is a follow up to The Kill Switch.

Tucker Wayne and his dog, Kane are back.  Kane is half of a duo of dogs that Tucker had in Afghanistan.  They have retired and are just moving around the country trying to get their footing back.  Tucker is approached by an old companion from his time in country, who is worried about the disappearance of another soldier they both knew.  Tucker agrees to look into it and he travels all over the world following the clues, until he finds out what has happened to so many people who have worked together. Some of the plot reminds me of the James Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies, with a media magnate manipulating the news for his own ends.

Grade-B

 

Three Things I learned

The Bone Labyrinth by James Rollins; 2015; $27.99; 471 pages; William Morrow, New York, NY; 978-0-06-238164-4; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Fairview; 12/16/15-12/20/15

Spanning the globe to bring you the constant adrenaline of a good thriller is the Bone Labyrinth.  Genetically modified creatures, the onset of human intelligence, the relationship between animals and humans, the lost civilization of Atlantis, language, Sigma Force and more.  As three separate groups of Sigma operatives chase one secrets from France to Croatia to Ecuador and China.  We get a great story that combines history, science and military espionage.  I will not spoil the story, there are so many disparate parts that Rollins pulls together to make a compelling story.  The hardest thing about reading his books is putting them down.

Grade A

Did I enjoy it?  Immensely.  This is a book that defines the word pageturner.  I couldn’t stop reading until I dropped the book.

What is with the title of the review?  1. 37 is the answer to life, universe and everything.  2. One of my favorite characters gets married.  3. One of my favorite characters dies.

What Uncle Stevie said

Blood Infernal, The Order of the Sanguines Series by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell; 2015; $27.99; 406 pages; William Morrow, New York, NY; 978-0-06-234326-0; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Central; 3/27/15-3/29/15

The suspension of disbelief is critical.  Vampire priest in the employ of the Vatican working to prevent the return of Lucifer to this world.  They are working alongside a forensic archaeologist and a special forces soldier.  The Knight of Christ (a vampire priest), the Woman of Learning (the archaeologist) and the warrior of man(the special forces soldier)  are working together with many others and against the forces of darkness to keep an ancient prophecy from coming to fruition.  The adventure travels all over the world and involves corrupted animals and humans and those who are working for the greater good.

Did I enjoy it?  Yes, there is a great deal of real history in it and I like it when fantastical elements are added in.

Grade-A

What is with the title of the review?  Stephen King in his book Danse Macabre that often the crucial part of reading a book with fantastical or supernatural elements is to suspend disbelief in those elements.  For that seems most possible when the other elements are firmly rooted in reality.

 

World Domination Now and Then

The Venetian Betrayal by Steve Berry; 2007; $9.99; 558 pages; Ballantine Books, New York, NY; 978-0345-48578-6; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Hillsdale; 2/4/15-2/7/15

Cotton Malone, bookstore owner in Copenhagen, gets sucked back into the world of government covert affairs.  The action spans the European-Asian continents moving from Copenhagen to Venice to Afghanistan and spans from the time of Alexander the Great to now.  A despot in Eastern Europe is obsessed with finding Alexander’s body and is attempting to recreate his conquering of the world.  Meanwhile a pharmacologist has found a cure for a worldwide virus but isn’t releasing it because he won’t make enough money and is involved in helping and working against the despot.  Double and triple agents abound and people keeping each other in the dark.

Did I enjoy it?  Yes, it was an exciting adventure that spanned centuries and traveled all over the world.  Plus it featured a cameo by Painter Crowe from James Rollins’ Sigma Force books.

Grade-A

What is with the title of the review?  Alexander the Great tried to conquer his world during his lifetime and now another ruler is trying to do the same thing.