Reader, Writer, Reviewer

Bloodline by James Rollins


Published by William Morrow, June 2012 ****

I always love a fun conspiracy thriller, and though I haven’t read every Sigma Force novel, I thought this was one of the better ones that I’ve encountered.  I was immediately captivated by the prologue, which involved the Knights Templar.  Then the action begins in full force.  My favorite aspect of the book was the dynamic between military war dog Kane and his handler Captain Tucker Wayne.  Rollins effectively wrote a few passages from Kane’s perspective, focusing on his instinctual and olfactory intuitions.

This book ties in a lot of subjects that are seemingly unrelated.  It’s “…a tale of immortality, ancient lineages, and modern weapons research,” (pg 423, hardcover edition). Throw in some Templar lore, Biblical references, and scenarios from the X-Files and The Matrix, and you’ve got one imaginative story. There are some corny lines, especially toward the end, but I think that’s just Rollins’ unique sense of humor.  You really have to set aside any incredulity for such an outrageous plot, but it’s fun if you take it at face value.

I received a complimentary copy of this book via the Goodreads First Reads program.

Author: Julie Merilatt

I live in a Chicago suburb with my husband and a house full of books. Book collecting, reading, and reviewing consume my life. I have a special affinity for all things Alice in Wonderland. I began my education at Carthage College, wanting to be an English teacher. Eventually I decided that Carthage and I weren’t a good fit anymore, so I transferred to North Park University, where I realized I didn’t want to be a teacher. So I finished my education with a degree in English with a writing concentration. I was always a voracious reader and wrote my first review in April 2007. I don’t remember why exactly I decided to write a review, only that I had just finished The Agony and the Ecstasy and had a strong feeling that I needed to express how I felt about it. This inspired me to write reviews about each book I wrote and after posting on Amazon for two years, I was invited into the Amazon Vine program. I am also an active reviewer/member of Goodreads and enjoy being an active member of the online book community.

3 thoughts on “Bloodline by James Rollins

  1. Thanks for the review, Julie! And thanks for trying out the latest Sigma book. I’m glad you enjoyed the introduction of Tucker and Kane. As a veterinarian, how could I not write a few scenes from the dog’s POV?
    all the best,
    Jim Rollins

  2. Insightful review . . . Looking forward to buying the book when it comes out in Nigeria.

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