scary cause it’s realistic

Crucible by James Rollins; 2019; $29.99; 461 pages; William Morrow, New York, NY; 978-0-06-238178-1; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Midland; 2/5/19-2/8/19

Why did I read this?  I really like the characters in the Sigma Force books and Rollins tells great stories that mesh history with current events.

On Christmas Eve Grey arrives home to find his pregnant girlfriend missing and Monk’s wife Kat unconscious.  Also missing are Monk and Kat’s two young daughters.  An old nemesis of Sigma Force has kidnapped them all to help locate a historical artifact.  Other groups are also after the artifact and want use it to hasten the end of the world as we know it.  (do I have to credit R.E.M. here).  There is at first no indication who is behind the kidnapping and the only person who might be able to help is unconscious and approaching comatosity.  A brilliant thinks she might be able to tap into Kat’s brain and see what she knows.  James Rollins does a great job meshing the past, present and future into an exciting thriller.


What is with the title of the review?  There are people who would like to end the world for a variety of reasons and the group at the heart of this story is another example of that.


The Demon Crown by James Rollins

The Demon Crown by James Rollins; 2017; $28.99; 441 pages; William Morrow, New York, NY; 978-0-06-238173-6; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Hillsdale; 12/11/17-12/16/17

Why did I read this?  Because I have read most of James Rollins previous work and especially enjoy the Sigma series, which always combines history, science and current events.

A new, yet ancient species of wasps are wreaking havoc in the state of Hawaii.  The operatives of the Sigma Force are tasked with tracking down the origin of the species, who is responsible for unleashing the wasps and how to contain them all the while dealing with personal issues of varying types. Rollins deftly combines scary science, historical insights and modern life in a page turning suspenseful story.

Grade A



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.



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.