Bloodline (Sigma Force Series)

Bloodline (Sigma Force Series)

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by James Rollins

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A yacht bearing a young American couple is attacked by Somali pirates, leading to bloodshed and the violent kidnapping of the pregnant woman on board. To aid in her rescue from the lawless and war-torn jungles of coastal Africa, Sigma Force enlists the aid of a unique search team: former army ranger Captain Tucker Wayne and his military war dog, Kane. But what

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A yacht bearing a young American couple is attacked by Somali pirates, leading to bloodshed and the violent kidnapping of the pregnant woman on board. To aid in her rescue from the lawless and war-torn jungles of coastal Africa, Sigma Force enlists the aid of a unique search team: former army ranger Captain Tucker Wayne and his military war dog, Kane. But what appears to be a straightforward mission turns into a fiery ambush and betrayal—for this most valuable hostage is in fact the president's daughter.

Halfway around the world, a firebombing at a fertility clinic in the United States reveals a group of women collected from around the globe and enslaved to bear children by artificial means. One woman lives long enough to give birth to a stillborn baby, but a genetic study reveals the child bears an impossible abnormality—a triple helix of DNA.

To uncover the dark truth hidden within our genetic code and shrouded by a centuries-old conspiracy, Commander Gray Pierce and Tucker Wayne must team up to save an unborn child, a child whose very existence raises a pair of ageless questions:

Could you live forever?

Would you live forever?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Rollins' eighth thriller featuring the covert U.S. intelligence agency known as Sigma Force (after The Devil Colony) is of a piece with its predecessors—it's fast-paced, full of twists, and thick with intrigue. Beginning strong with an engaging preface discussing the shadowy history of the Knights Templar and 21st-century medical breakthroughs with the potential to make immortality possible, Rollins rewinds to the 12th-century recovery of the Bachul Isu, the staff of Jesus Christ. Just a few pages later, Rollins presses fast-forward again to "Five Days from Now," when Commander Gray Pierce of the Sigma Force has U.S. President James T. Gant in the crosshairs of his sniper rifle. The rest of the novel explains how things got to such a pass, starting with the abduction—apparently by pirates—of President Gant's pregnant daughter, Amanda, off the Seychelles. The narrow escapes and betrayals between Amanda's kidnapping and Gant's imminent assassination are unsurprising, but the momentum of the plot will carry along those looking for an exciting escape. (June)
Library Journal
Another Sigma Force novel, so freshly minted that I can't even tell you about the plot. But Rollins's most recent title, The Devil Colony, debuted at No. 3 on the New York Times best sellers list, all his titles have hit the list instantly since 2004, and the one-day laydown on June 26 and 350,000-copy first printing say the rest.
Kirkus Reviews
Rollins returns with another Sigma Force thriller. Rollins delivers more by-the-numbers mayhem. Cmdr. Pierce travels to Zanzibar to recruit Capt. Tucker Wayne and his war dog Kane, a Malinois. Wayne wants no part of Pierce, his mission or Sigma Force, a supersecret organization affiliated with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The mission: rescue Amanda Gant-Bennett, daughter of James Gant, POTUS. Somali pirates have taken Amanda hostage. Do the pirates know who their hostage is? What evil designs do they have on the baby? Are the British Special Forces on their side? The plot points appear with the regularity of mileposts. Love and gunpowder are in the air. Seichan, Asian assassin extraordinaire, used to kill for the Guild, a shadowy organization with ancient roots and ill intentions. Having defected to the good guys, she bats her lashes at Pierce and flashes dagger-eyes at the evildoers. The stogie-chewing, wisecracking Kowalski is the lovable oaf in residence. From Takoma Park, Md., and Washington D.C., to Somalia, Dubai, the Carolinas and points between, the team hurries, the time zones helpfully noted. A predictable tale in which the hits, and the blood spatter, just keep coming.

In this round of outings, Sigma Force commanders and commandoes must confront must confront twin troubles: the kidnapping of a famous daughter off the coast of Madagascar and a mass murder scene at a South Carolina fertility clinic. As usual, James Rollins manages to pack the excitement of two novels into a single intertwined narrative. High adrenaline fiction; now in mass-market paperback and NOOK Book.

Richmond Times-Dispatch
“James Rollins is a master of international action and intrigue.”
Chicago Sun-Times
“Rollins combines real-world science with high-octane action to create rousing stories of adventure that are as exciting as any movie.”
Brad Meltzer
“From the hidden Indian treasure, to the Fort Knox secrets, to the conspiracy at the beginning of the United States The Devil Colony gives you every reason why you’ll want to be a member of Sigma Force.”
Lee Child on The Devil Colony
“Terrible secrets, the sweep of history, an epic canvas, breathless action...nobody—and I mean nobody—does this stuff better than Rollins.”

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Sigma Force Series, #8
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6.52(w) x 9.06(h) x 1.44(d)


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Bloodline (Sigma Force #14) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 246 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like the Sigma books, you will LOVE this one. Tucker and Kane are great additions to the team, seamlessly adding another level of defense and point of view to the group, but not dominating it. Hopefully, they will appear in future adventures. If you are not already familiar with the Sigma group, this is a good place to jump in...and hold on.
roma10 More than 1 year ago
One of his best books! Loved it. Tucker and Kane were a great addition to the book. Hope to see more of them!! Can not wait for the next sigma book.
dckim50 More than 1 year ago
I have read all of James Rollins books, and they’re always a fun, exciting read. He provides a great fusion of the science of Michael Crichton or Robin Cook and the James Bond-style action of Robert Ludlum, with a twist of the mystery and conspiracy of Dan Brown. His books take all of these genres and mix them beautifully! His latest book, “Blood Line,” might be one of my favorite books in his Sigma series. One of the best additions to the series in this book is the duo of Kane and Tucker, a military dog and his trainer. I loved their bond, Rollins really nailed the dog’s point of view. It must be hard to add a dog as a main character and write from the animal’s point of view. Dean Koontz has tried it a few times, and each time, he falls a bit short. Rollins never makes it too over the top, so it works well. If you are a fan of action books, you should read James Rollins’s books! You won't be disappointed.
sunnyaz4me More than 1 year ago
The worst thing about reading a Rollins…it always leaves you wanting for more! The knots in my stomach have finally loosened and my heart rate has returned to normal. I can recommend BLOODLINE for the beach, the airplane, for reading at home, of course…but before a doctor’s appointment…probably not a smart thing. From page one, Rollins transports you out of our mundane world of day to day life and into his world of Sigma Adventure. With a fantastic blend of science, action and history, BLOODLINE is an adrenaline rush from cover to cover. I truly couldn’t put it down. I read through BLOODLINE in two four hour sittings (I did have to go in to work for a while…will have to work on planning that better for the next release!) If you’ve never picked up a Sigma Force Novel, no fear. It’s okay to jump in in the middle of the series. Rollins does a great job at laying out the background so you don’t feel left behind. (Must admit that even though I’m a HUGE fan, my migraine and insomnia riddled mind sometimes forgets the details of past adventures.) Of course, once you read BLOODLINE, your reading schedule will be booked for a while…as I’m sure you’ll be hooked as I was when I picked up my very first Rollins. He has a handy page on his website that lets you know all the Sigma books in order as well as his standalones. Now back to BLOODLINE. I’m not sure how much I can say without giving too much of the plot away and spoiling it (I certainly wouldn’t want to do that!) It takes you around the globe, throughout centuries and lets you view the world from a whole new perspective. I love how Rollins takes his multiple plot lines, weaves them around and then brings them all back together again with twists and turns that I never would have anticipated. He has a whole myriad of characters…from the central down to the briefest encounter and they still leave an impression long after you’ve closed the back cover. I love it when a book stays with you and keeps you thinking, even seeping into your dream world long after you’re finished. BLOODLINE is one of those books! The worst thing about reading a Rollins…it always leaves you wanting for more! Good thing I own the book and can read it again! Even then, I still won’t be taking it with me to the doctor’s office...I wouldn’t want the non-stop action messing up my heart rate and blood pressure testing. :) I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Can't wait for the next one to come out!!!
BreezyL More than 1 year ago
James Rollins has done it again! I've enjoyed James Rollins books since first discovering Deep Fathom, over a decade ago. He's quickly become a "must buy" for me. I really enjoy the bonds between the members of Sigma, and I’ve looked forward to this book with bated breath for months now. Mr. Rollins left some interesting questions at the end of his last book (Last year’s excellent The Devil Colony), and he doesn’t shirk the emotional fallout in Bloodline. A mysterious Templar Knight rescues a staff from a man much older than he ought to be. But this knight is not all she appears—and she leaves no witnesses. Then we jump to modern day. A young pregnant American woman is kidnapped, her husband brutally murdered by Somali prates. But this woman isn’t your average tourist, though she’s traveling on a fake passport. She’s the president’s daughter and she and her baby could be used to leverage all sorts of unspeakable things. What do the kidnappers want with her? Is it money? Are political machinations afoot? Sigma is brought in to find the woman and extract her. And the story is off to an explosive start. As Gray, Kowalski, and Seichan search for answers, Painter is unraveling a mystery of the Guild, Sigma’s greatest enemy. When he finds a tie to the US government, he decides to keep it quiet—for the time being. As Kat and Lisa work Stateside and the rest of the team, aided by former Army Rangers Tucker and Kane, his military dog, circumstances quickly mushroom out of control. The president’s daughter is dead—or is she? And is the true target her or her baby? What can one woman’s tie to eternal life be? Is the president’s daughter expendable? What about his grandchild? Mr. Rollins weaves science and adventure seamlessly, presenting high-concept DNA and PNA in a manner that is accessible to everyone, not just those with a scientific bent. The action flows from Somalia, to the excesses of Dubai, and to South Carolina. Throughout, the action never wanes. There were some excellent—and some very unexpected—twists and turns in the book. Though I figured out the true power behind the kidnapping, there was a subplot featuring one of the characters that came as an absolute shock to me. I can’t wait to see how Mr. Rollins addresses that in the next book. The addition of new characters Tucker and Kane was seamless. I loved seeing the action unfold through Kane’s point of view, and the bond between them was almost a tangible thing! I loved that both Kat and Lisa were in the field at the same location, yet they had such vastly different experiences. I loved seeing Painter having to deal with the upper echelons of government and justifying Sigma's role in the rescue op. And I loved that Mr. Rollins dropped a few Easter Eggs in for readers—the mention, or appearance, of characters who starred in past books. The resolution brought up even more questions, and I’m very eager to learn more. At times, Bloodline reminded me a bit (in theme) of Steve Berry’s Jefferson Key. There were some interesting parallels, including parts of the action occurring in the Carolinas. The books are completely different in feel and execution, but it was something that was definitely noticeable. Mix science and action, add a sprinkle of exciting locales, and mix well with fantastic characterization, and you have the perfect summer novel. James Rollins has another winner here!
Maheegan More than 1 year ago
WOW ! OUTSTANDING ! Once again James Rollins delivers another nail biting, page turner, right from the beginning pages up till the end. I had a hard time putting the book down at night and couldn't wait to get home from work the next day to pick up and start reading from where I left off the night before. There's a lot of "OMG" & "No way!" going on in this book. Reading BLOODLINE will definitely leave you wanting more.IF you've read all the SIGMA FORCE books like I have, you MUST READ BLOODLINE.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read evry single James rollins book and this one was very good. There are many interesting concepts and there are some huge twists that made every page a blast to turn. This is a must read. I could not put this book down. James rollins once again shows me why he is my favorite author.
sstafslien More than 1 year ago
James Rollins latest entry in the Sigma Force series – Bloodline – is a piece of literary fiction that epitomizes the notion of greatness. From the first printed word to the very last, Mr. Rollins crafts the perfect balance of mystery, suspense, intrigue, tension, fear, blood-chilling evilness, heart-felt compassion and lip curling humor that takes the reader on a roller coaster ride of emotions. The characters are wonderfully textured and full of depth. The plot is ingeniously complex and thought provoking. The technological and scientific advances that lace the narrative are as amazing and astonishing as they are disturbing. The litany of unexpected twists and turns keeps the reader on the edge of their seat, anxiously awaiting the next startling revelation to grab a hold and drag them deeper and deeper into the story…longing never to return. And just when you think --“how in the world can the story possibly proceed from here and do the series justice?”—Mr. Rollins eloquently lays the foundation in the final few chapters from which the Sigma Force crew can certainly launch their next adventure with the potential for even more intrigue and heart-pounding excitement. Every now and then something special comes along. Something that re-calibrates our measuring stick of what greatness truly is. Something that causes us to simply shake our heads in a state of utter amazement and a sense of profound appreciation for having witnessed or been a part of something extraordinary. Something that reminds us of just how incredibly talented and gifted some folks truly are. In the realm of fictional thrillers, Mr. Rollins has achieved this feat with Bloodline. Bloodline is Mr. Rollins Picasso. A stroke of perfection. The only question now is when and where can the rest of us “Sigmaholics” pre-order the next installment?
felixWes65 More than 1 year ago
As always, another page turner by Rollins. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I stayed up until four in the morning to finish this book because I simply couldn't bring myself to put it down. True to Rollins's past novels, "Bloodline" was fast paced and filled with action and scientific intrigue, and I appreciate the way he puts the science out there without causing your eyes to roll into the back of your head. The horror and peril experienced by the characters in facing psycho slice and dice doctors and robots with equal slice and dice prowess made any and all victories experienced by our heroes that much sweeter. And of course the tension breaking personality and smart mouth of Kowalski made me laugh on more than one occasion. This book had both the action monger and romantic in me cheering. It was also nice to be visited by an old friend (Jack - "Deep Fathom"). I hope to see Tucker and Kane in future novels as they brought something new and fresh to the team, and I can't wait to see what potentially world-ending perils challenge Gray, Painter, Seichan and the rest of Sigma next. Definitely looking forward to the next adventure!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This one is the best so far out of all the sigma force novels. I recommend this book highly; you will not be able to put down bc it is so good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another outstanding book by James Rollins. His books are so clever it makes for such a quick read. I could barely put it down. Unfortunately it makes it go by way to fast and you don't want it to end!Even though this was just released I can't wait to read his next novel I know it will be just as amazing! Write fast Mr. Rollins!
DeedraM More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of Bloodline & James Rollins in particular. After reading Bloodline, I have a new favorite Sigma Force Novel. Blending the view points of humans and animals is the perfect recipe for his best story yet. This novel offers an entirely unique experience by writing from the perspective of some of our greatest heroes, military dogs. This novel is the perfect book for bibliophiles, action seekers, and animal lovers alike!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Probably the best of the Sigma Force series. Love the opening and the twist at the end. Rollins always entertains but Blood Line stands out as more minute to minute excitement!
MizDiane More than 1 year ago
The author never disappoints. What an amazing story and extremely informative on some historical facts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this book and let me just say it was AWESOME!!!! BLOODLINE is a mix of science and action adventure. The best thing is is that the science was not overwhelming. I could not put this book down. I look forward to the next installment of this seris.
Bacaczar More than 1 year ago
Rollins has done it again. A great, exciting story line, and Kane is one fine dog.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Steve Berry and James Rollins are my favorite authors now after having grown up on Leon Uris, JRR Tolkein, and Robert Lludlum. Rollins edges out Berry because I like Commander Gray Pierce a little more than Cotton Malone. Bloodline picks up from where Devil Colony left off with Sigma Force investigating a secret bloodline with ties to the presidency. Also love the whole Scooby Gang with Monk, Painter Crowe, Seichan and of course, Kowalski. The characters all have their own distinct personalities that Rollins expertly weaves through the storyline. Another comparison to Berry, is that while both rely on history, Rollins also interjects some kind of cutting edge of technology or scientific theory (not in a geeky way but with a compelling story line like Michael Crichton )…this time to create immortality. From the jungles of Africa to South Carolina to the exotic Dubai the settings are both central to the story and enticing to the reader. As with all Rollins’ novels, I highly recommend Bloodlines.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very entertaining, as are all of the Rollins books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was hard to put this book down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic read!!!! Loved it.
EurekaDB More than 1 year ago
I was surprised at some of the negative review. If you are a fan of Rollins and his Sigma series books than you will enjoy. I agree that it did start out a bit slow, but really evolves. Without being a spoiler, there are some actions that take place in Dubai that was some of Rollins most exciting writing. Additionally, the characters continue to evolve and the ladies (Kat & Lisa) show that can be as bad-ass as the men.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can always identify a James Rollins story or at least a"SigmaForce" series and this is only my 2nd one. I fellin love with the dog. You can tell the author has done his homework. Lot's of action and a good ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once again, James Rollins has blended facts and fiction into a thrilling escapade. Since a lot of the science behind his writing is real, Bloodline, like his other works, leaves you wondering "what if..". I hope he writes many more books, because I can't stop reading them!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tucker & Kane are a GREAT addition to the team! Glad I read Tracker first. REALLY glad that another Sigma Force book is FINALLY coming out too!