Author: James Rollins
Release Date: June 26, 2012
Publisher: William Morrow
Genre: Historical Thriller
Rating: 4 out of 5
When a young pregnant woman is kidnapped off the coast of Somalia, Commander Gray Pierce of SIGMA is asked to find her. After all, she’s not just any woman; she’s the daughter of the President of the United States. She needs to be brought back alive, and quickly, and her kidnapping needs to stay quiet. Gray is still reeling from the death of his mother, but he puts that aside. As he and his team delve into the case, they begin to realize that this may not be as simple a kidnapping as it seemed on the surface.
James Rollins’ Sigma Force novels are always a reliably good time and the latest in the series Bloodline is no exception. The book is action packed, from beginning to end. It contains an interesting mystery, complete with ties to the past – this time, to the Knights Templar. Rollins manages to keep his novels from being clichés; they’re always unique and have something fresh to offer, which is what makes them such fun reads.
Bloodline also has some different aspects than other Sigma Force novels, though. Gray is undergoing emotional turmoil over the course of the book. He blames himself for his mother’s death, and as a result, he isn’t quite as on point as he usually is. Rollins shows that, despite Gray’s seeming invincibility, he actually is human. It’s a very nice change. Additionally, Bloodline is much more series-based than the past few novels. It’s the culmination of a storyline that has spanned the entire series, and while it’s in no way the last we’ll hear of Sigma Force, this novel is definitely a game changer. That being said, Rollins does include enough information if you want to pick this novel up as a standalone, though it won’t be as satisfying if you aren’t aware of the background behind the storyline.
If you’re looking for a fun, mindless read – perhaps for a long plane flight – this is definitely a great choice. It will keep you entertained without requiring you to invest too much of yourself in it, which is perfect for a summer read. This series as a whole is an entertaining one, and one you should definitely consider picking up if you enjoy historical thrillers.
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