Military Thriller Review: BloodLine by James Rollins (Outstanding)

Posted June 25, 2012 by Felicia S in 2012 Read, 4.25 Wine Glasses, Reviews / 15 Comments


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In a thrilling masterwork that will make you rethink your perceptions of life and death, New York Times bestselling author James Rollins takes you to the edge of medicine, genetics, and technology, revealing the next evolutionary leap forward: immortality.

Galilee, 1025. Infiltrating an ancient citadel, a Templar knight uncovers a holy treasure long hidden within the fortress’s labyrinth: the Bachal Isu — the staff of Jesus Christ — a priceless icon that holds a mysterious and terrifying power that promises to change humankind forever.

A millennium later, Somali pirates hijack a yacht off the coast of the Horn of Africa, kidnapping a young pregnant American woman. Commander Gray Pierce is enlisted for a covert rescue mission into the African jungle. The woman is no rich tourist: she’s Amanda Gant-Bennett, daughter of the U.S. president.

Suspicious that the kidnapping masks a far more nefarious plot, Gray must confront a shadowy cabal which has been manipulating events throughout history…and now challenges the current presidency.

For this unique mission, SIGMA is aided by a pair of special operatives with unique talents: former Army Ranger Captain Tucker Wayne and his military war dog, Kane. But what should be a straightforward rescue turns into a fiery ambush and a deadly act of betrayal, as Gray and his team discover that the hostage is a pawn in a shattering act of terrorism with dark repercussions. And the danger is only beginning…

Halfway around the world, a firebombing at a fertility clinic in South Carolina exposes a conspiracy that goes back centuries…a scheme that lies within our genetic code. With time against them, SIGMA must race to save an innocent unborn baby whose very existence raises questions about the nature of humanity, asking:

Could you live forever?

Would you live forever?


Read for Review
Overall Rating 4.25
Story Rating 4.25
Character Rating 4.25

First thought when finished: Well that was a non-stop thrill ride that I need to wrap my head around…..

What I Loved: My favorite thing about Bloodline is the team! Sigma Force is made up of many different characters that bring different things to the table. The women are just as strong as the men and in this one, it was Army Ranger Captain Tucker Wayne and his military war dog, Kane that stole the show for me. The case–what happened to the President’s daughter–is quickly morphed into something bigger and more drastic. I love that James Rollins writes the case overseas and on domestic soil. What appears to be a straight-forward “let’s get the bad guys” turns out to be a twisty thrill ride that kept me guessing till the end. Oh, the end scene was FANTASTIC!

What I Liked: So generally I am not a fan of personal relationships in my thrillers. I find they often get in the way but in this case they played perfectly into the story. I really found myself caring what happened to these people and their relationships! I liked all the background we were given on what the team was doing and why. It never felt like an info dump but more like a debrief. The story flowed well and the pacing was terrific.

What made me go huh?: Nothing stood in the way of me enjoying Blood Line!

Final Thought: I can’t wait for the next James Rollins book to release. It is the only downside of reading these quickly!

Felicia S
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15 responses to “Military Thriller Review: BloodLine by James Rollins (Outstanding)

  1. Amy

    Quit reading outstanding books! I can’t keep up. I haven’t read any Rollins, but I live this kind of stuff. I love Steve Berry…kind of similar.

  2. I’m so excited about this book! Absolutely love the Sigma novels and LOVE the team! Can’t wait to get this. My husband was just saying today he wanted to go to the bookstore soon so he could buy it πŸ™‚

  3. I just saw him on the local talk show today and was thinking this sounds like a good one to pick up. It sounds a bit like what’s his name’s books Da Vinci Code guy….Anyway this is definitely on my radar!