Sunday, February 20, 2011
"Altar of Eden" by James Rollins (@JamesRollins)
First off, I'm a big James Rollins fan. You should know this before you read any further. I claim absolutely no sort of objectivity when it comes to him and his novels. There. Full disclosure.
This novel has everything any seasoned thriller readers out there might be looking for--science, suspense, twists and turns, and of course, adrenaline-pumping action. Rollins has taken a break from the Sigma series to go back to his stand-alone-novel roots and give us this nail-biter. I zipped through this sucker in what felt like a minute and a half. Unfortunately, it was actually a couple of days, and my life felt the effects of my lack of presence in it. Fair warning. Pick up this book at your own risk!
For those hey-I-can-take-it-or-leave-it thriller types, here are the hooks that'll grab ya. First, this is the first novel that Rollins (a veterinarian) has written about veterinarians. It's filled with all kinds of first-hand knowledge of what makes vets tick. Second, the protagonist Lorna is also a woman, a slight departure from many of Rollins more testosterone-fueled efforts. She's a fully developed, perfectly realized specimen of a character that will make you care while you're flying through the pages. And finally, the romantic tension that exists between Lorna and Jack keeps things as steamy as the Delta they're skimming through.
So, I guess what I'm saying is, this novel pretty much rocks out loud. Get it now, right here, if you haven't read it already. If you have, buy the paperback for a friend. They will thank you. Profusely.