by James Rollins
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (5 stars)
James Rollins combines an entertaining mix of pseudo-science, conspiracy theories, and history to weave a fantastical world that it is so tempting to believe. Artfully done. I picked up the phone and googled a few things while reading, interested in more info on the real stories behind his ideas. Fun stuff.
Just be aware that, as tempting as it is to believe some things in the books are real, there’s an awful lot of stuff pulled from conspiracy theories or the fringes of scientific or wannabe scientific theory. That’s the skill of the author; he’s able to pull together a world of fantasy, but make it believable in our world. And he does a really good job in this book.
The story is fun and exciting, a good thriller adventure. Keeps the pages turning. I like how the military hero stuff wasn’t too overdone as it is with some authors. The story focused more on the story and people than on slick military action.
One criticism: It’s getting a little old having people discover some fabulous place or treasure and constantly having it destroyed. Why does the ceiling always have to come literally crashing down at the end?
I like the part with the shrunken heads. That was fun.
And I’m a big fan of Seichan and her character journey; it’s the best in the Sigma series. Love that bad girl gone good; redemption arcs are great. It’s good reason to read the entire Sigma Force series. I love it when an author creates a really good character journey like this and can string it out over multiple novels. And have the romantic interest be the lead character. Too many books have the main protagonist a player consorting with a different female every book. It gets too repetitive.
And, maybe it’s me and my affinity for animals, but everything with Baako, the ape, tended to be the most moving part of the story. And, for that and another sentimental reason, the ending was a real punch in the gut, tear-jerking moment. Wasn’t expecting such drama in the story. Well done, James. For prompting that much real emotion, I bumped my review from 4 to 5 stars.
Thanks for the book! 🙂