Sunday, September 15, 2013

Book Review: Bloodline: A Sigma Force Novel (Sigma Force #8) by James Rollins

Bloodline: A Sigma Force Novel 
(Sigma Force #8)
By James Rollins

Blurb: 
Bloodline, a breathtaking Sigma Force thriller from the phenomenal James Rollins, is further proof that, when it comes to explosive adventure and nail-biting suspense, this New York Times bestselling author is one of the very best in the business! Bloodline is a lightning-paced, unputdownable international thriller chock-full of the trademark elements that have propelled Rollins to the top of virtually every national bestseller list: cutting-edge science ingeniously blending with history and nonstop action. A relentlessly exciting tale that races across the globe, Bloodline ensnares popular series hero Commander Gray Pierce in a deadly conspiracy involving Somali pirates, the kidnapped daughter of the U.S. Vice President, and a dark secret hiding in the human genetic code. This is mystery, suspense, surprise, and ingeniously inventive storytelling as only James Rollins can do it.


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Paul's Review: 
If you could live forever, would you want to?  Should we, as human beings, have the ability to live forever via technology, or is there something inherently wrong with that aspiration?
In James Rollins book Blood Line, he tells a chilling tale of an ultra-secret society bent on not only ruling the world, but also using technology to ensure that they do so as immortals.  Rollins briefly adds the Knights Templar into the fold of his story when he tells of one of the group's sisters (yes, sister, not brother) who finds a staff that belonged to Jesus Christ himself and has great power - one of which is that it can grant humankind immortality.  The ultra- secret society kidnaps the president's pregnant daughter, as it believes her unborn child holds the key to immortality, and this society has been conducting numerous experiments on human beings; the experiments include vivisection of human subjects and attempting to keep the severed body parts (like heads, hearts, and lungs) alive to achieve immortality.

The technology and experiments of which Rollins speaks in this novel are real, and the experiments have actually taken place.  It is very eye-opening to read about where we have been and where we are when it comes to medical technology, and it is frightening to read how far we have come with AI (artificial intelligence) technology.

This novel was fairly good, but this reviewer was expecting more.  It would have been good to have more of the Knights Templar in the story, it felt like the frame of the story was a bit weak, and the end was disappointing.  


Rating: 3 Stars - I Liked It


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