Archive for April, 2010
James Rollins delivers another breathless, action packed blend of science and suspense. Nobody combines history, modern technology, and action like Rollins. Viruses set to consume the world, shadowy organizations, predatory bioluminescent squids, interesting locations including ancient ruins in Cambodia, angelic script, the secrets of Marco Polo…this is just some of what The Judas Strain (3rd in the Sigma Force series, 4th if you include Sandstorm as a prequel) has to offer. Like all of his other works, I highly recommend this novel. That being said, I would advise those just discovering Rollins to check out Ice Hunt, Amazonia, Subterranean, Sandstorm, or Map of Bones (1st Sigma Force novel) before picking up The Judas Strain.
Jeremy Robinson has topped his previous efforts with his new book, Kronos. I felt that Kronos had just the right blend of history, science, Biblical speculation, and action. It contained a very cool and original monster and deeply intriguing characters. I also felt that this book wasn`t nearly as “over the top” as his previous novels, Raising the Past and Antarktos Rising. Don`t get me wrong, I like “over the top”, but I felt that Kronos appealed to a much broader audience, while still maintaining a comparable level of action.
The Camel Cub is an exceptionally well-crafted thrill ride that I enjoyed immensely. It follows a conspiracy theory club (think the Lone Gunmen from the X-Files only older, more intelligent, and more interesting) that stumbles upon a plot against the President. This is probably the best book I`ve read in regards to Islamic ideology. It had character and action. It deals with political issues without being preachy or seeming like a “soapbox” book.
I am huge fan of E.E. Knight`s Vampire Earth series. The books are an incredible blend of sci-fi, horror, vampires, and action crossed with a Civil War/Western-style epic. I know that sounds crazy, but E.E. Knight pulls it off masterfully. Also, the vampires in this book are nothing like the traditional model, so don`t let the title discourage you. Vampire Earth is one of my favorite series, and I would recommend it to any sci-fi and action fan.
I didn`t think the premise of this book sounded all that interesting, but Jeffery Deaver hadn`t let me down yet, and he most definitely didn`t with this book either. Tons of clever plot twists and an incredible amount of detail can always be found in any Deaver book, and this one definitely delivered on all fronts. I would recommend the Lincoln Rhyme series to any fan of suspense thrillers.
Very interesting book with some very cool history about the biblical figure, Cain, and the creator of Superman, Jerry Siegel. The book is a wonderful weave of historical speculation with fictional conspiracies, a good blend of info and action.
This was an okay book, if youre a big Terminator fan. It did contain some of the cool military strategy that Zahn does so well, but all in all it just doesnt have much of a plot. Not that I was really expecting much from it. Basically, the book follows a community being attacked by Terminators years after Judgment Day has occurred. Other than showing what life is like for the survivors, it doesnt really add anything to the Terminator series. It does contain some cool characters that I hope are in the movie (check back for the movie review – coming very soon). Personally, I read the prequel to Transformers before it came out and I like the prequel books, because they get me geared up for the movie. Ive also picked up the prequel to the new Transformers movie and G.I. Joe movie and will try to read those and post reviews before movie day. Its also a quick read at only about 300 pages. So, if youre a huge Terminator fan and want to get pumped for the movie, this book would be worth your time. Ill try to update this review later tonight and give my thoughts on whether or not it would be worth reading after seeing the film, so check back for more.
Isolation is the perfect title for Travis Thrashers supernatural thriller. The story can basically be summed up by this one word, since Isolation is a novel about a family of missionaries cut off from the outside world by the elements, while feeling isolated from God and each other. After the family accepts an offer to move into the secluded mansion of an eccentric millionaire that is being re-tasked as a missionary retreat, they must confront a sadistic killer and their own doubts and fears.
Seven Deadly Wonders is the first book in a series by action/adventure author Matthew Reilly. The books premise is basically that a sunspot, which only aligns with the Earth every five thousand years, is about to cause a global cataclysm. That is unless the Great Pyramids golden capstone can be reassembled and placed in its rightful place. The twist is that the pieces of the capstone are hidden throughout the planet among the remnants of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Whoever reclaims the pieces can recite a certain incantation that makes their nation the most powerful in the world. Naturally, the nations of Europe and the US desire this prize, but a group of small nations have joined together in order to keep any one nation from acquiring such power.
The Matarese Circle is an outstanding novel written by the late, great Robert Ludlum, who is best known for the Jason Bourne books. The premise of the book is that a shadowy group known as The Matarese have infiltrated world governments to the highest levels and are preparing a takeover of the most powerful nations in the world. The only two men who can stop them are two spies, one Russian and one American, who have vowed to kill each other. The two men must join forces in order to save the world from tyranny.