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Galilee, 1025: A Templar knight uncoversa holy treasure in an ancient citadel—a priceless icon that holds a mysterious and terrifying power.

A millennium later, Commander Gray Pierce of Sigma Force is dispatched to the African jungle, teaming up with former Army Ranger Captain Tucker Wayne and his military war dog, Kane, on a covert mission to rescue the U.S. President's pregnant daughter from Somali pirates. But Pierce fears the kidnapping masks a far more terrible terrorist ...

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Galilee, 1025: A Templar knight uncoversa holy treasure in an ancient citadel—a priceless icon that holds a mysterious and terrifying power.

A millennium later, Commander Gray Pierce of Sigma Force is dispatched to the African jungle, teaming up with former Army Ranger Captain Tucker Wayne and his military war dog, Kane, on a covert mission to rescue the U.S. President's pregnant daughter from Somali pirates. But Pierce fears the kidnapping masks a far more terrible terrorist agenda—a suspicion proven true in a fiery ambush and a deadly act of betrayal . . . and by the firebombing of a South Carolina fertility clinic half a world away.

Suddenly Gray Pierce and Sigma Force are in a frantic race to save an innocent unborn baby whose very existence raises questions about the nature of humanity. And behind it all is a deadly cabal that has been manipulating events from the shadows throughout history . . . and a devastating conspiracy rooted in human genetic code that Pierce must expose before it alters humanity forever.

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Editorial Reviews

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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.

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)
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.”
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.”
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062257161
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/28/2013
  • Series: Sigma Force Series, #8
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 652
  • Sales rank: 81,249
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

James Rollins

James Rollins is the New York Times bestselling author of international thrillers that have been translated into more than forty languages. His Sigma series has been lauded as one of the "top crowd pleasers" (New York Times) and "hottest summer reads" (People magazine). In each novel, acclaimed for its originality, Rollins unveils unseen worlds, scientific breakthroughs, and historical secrets—and he does it all at breakneck speed and with stunning insight.


James Rollins is the New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of Black Order, Map of Bones and other adventure thrillers. He was born in Chicago and grew up in Ontario, Canada, and St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated with honors from the University of Missouri with a degree in veterinary medicine. And like most veterinarians, he presently shares his home with a Golden Retriever, a Dachshund, and a sixty-five year old parrot named Igor. Rollins currently practices in Northern California, and when not writing or working in his veterinary practice, he can often be found underground or underwater as an amateur spelunker and scuba diver. These hobbies have helped in the creation of his earlier books Subterranean, Deep Fathom, Amazonia, and Sandstorm. His thriller, Black Order, skyrocketed to the top of bestseller lists across the country, winning the author countless new fans, and was proclaimed by People magazine as one of last summer's "hottest reads." Map of Bones was chosen by Publishers Weekly as one of the most likely to win over Dan Brown's faithful audience, and the New York Times rated the book as one the summer's top crowd pleasers.

Author biography courtesy of HarperCollins.

Good To Know

Some fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Rollins:

"I often get asked if I still practice veterinary medicine. While I don't practice full-time, I still do volunteer. I work with a group that traps stray cats, brings them to the shelter, where I spend a day spaying and neutering them. It's basically eight hours of removing genitalia. It's a hobby."

"I am a TV junkie. I have two Tivos and they are constantly full."

"My first job was to flip pizzas. I once got a pie spinning that was ten feet across. I had to spin it on my back to keep it going. Yet, I still love pizza."

"Two hobbies I love -- caving and scuba diving -- are also essential research for my novels. Case in point:

I've always been an avid cave explorer, from the vast systems in Missouri to the lava tubes of Hawaii to the tighter squeezes of the California foothills. But one of my most frightening episodes also allowed me to better describe claustrophobia in my novels. While climbing out of the fairly technical wild cavern, involving lots of rope work, I managed to jam myself midway up a narrow vertical chute. Hung up on my ascending gear midway up the chute, I found myself unable to move up or down. My chest was squeezed between two walls, my left knee turned the wrong way. I could not maneuver, and there was not enough room to get a rescue climber to me. I was trapped. I remember the team leader, leaning down from above, shining his helmet lamp at me. ‘You either find a way to un-jam yourself, or you stay there forever.'

So over the course of a long hour -- wriggling, sweating, cursing, and clawing -- I managed to creep a millimeter at a time out of the jam. After this event, I had a better understanding for panic and the determination born of pure desperation, essential ingredients for to writing thrilling fiction.

But spelunking through caves was not my only ‘research' lesson. Two decades ago, I also took up scuba diving and went on dive trips all around the world: Monterey Bay, Hawaii, South Pacific, Australia. I particularly remember one trip to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. I was informed by the dive master to beware of the many hazards found in the region. ‘On land, Australia has seven of the ten deadliest snakes. The seas are worse. Box jellyfish can kill in minutes. Local sea snakes are some of the most toxic. But worst of all is the stone fish. It looks like a stone, but its spines are loaded with paralytic poison. So be careful what you touch.'

And down we all went, buddied up in pairs, enthusiastic and excited. I dropped toward the reef and adjust my buoyancy until I'm floating just above the reef. All around spread amazing sights: giant clams, a flurry of colored fish, an astounding variety of coral. But I miscalculated my buoyancy, my weight shifted, and I planted a hand into the sand to stabilize my tumble, careful of the razor-sharp coral. Inches from my thumb, a jagged rock suddenly sprouted fins and swam away. I met the gaze of my buddy diver. His wide eyes firmed up the identification. The deadly stone fish. And I had almost slapped my hand on its back. As the fish scurried away, I understood at that exact moment how little Nature cared about the life of a scuba-diving novelist. Down here, Nature ruled. We were only visitors.

This mix of respect and terror is brought to life in my latest novel, The Judas Strain."

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    1. Hometown:
      Sacramento, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 20, 1961
    2. Place of Birth:
      Chicago, Illinois

Interviews & Essays

In Bloodline, you introduce two new characters, Tucker and Kane, a pair unlike any your readers have seen before. Tell us about them, and why you decided to write about them?

First of all, I wanted to honor these unique American heroes. Tucker Wayne is a former captain with the Army Rangers. After two tours of duty in Afghanistan, he leaves the service disillusioned after a bloody battle. Aided by members of his own unit, Tucker steals his war dog, Kane. Since then, Tucker has been adrift in the world with Kane at his side. After all he saw in Afghanistan, Tucker needs new horizons, new vistas, but mostly, he has a drive to keep moving. Tucker finds purpose when he and Kane run afoul of kidnappers who have taken the daughter of the U.S. president hostage.

What I liked best about exploring this pair's unique relationship is a phrase commonly used by military war dog handlers-It runs down the lead-describing how the emotions of the pair became shared over time, binding them together as firmly as any leash. And it's that bond and ability for the two to operate as one that I wanted to explore in this novel.

Can you tell us about your research into military dogs?

Research has always been an important element in my novels and even more so in Bloodline. The first recorded use of war dogs goes back to 4000 BC, when the Egyptians used them in battle. But the modern use of dogs in the U.S. military really started in WWI. Since then, dogs have become an integral part of the U.S. military-including the dog, Cairo, who was involved with the takedown of Osama Bin Laden.

About a year and half ago, I was lucky enough to participate in a USO tour of authors to military bases in Iraq and Kuwait. There, I saw several of these war dogs in action. I was also able to meet and talk to a veterinary school classmate of mine who works with the veterinary corps out in Iraq. After that encounter, it got me thinking about writing this book, of honoring these unique war heroes on the page.

You're also a veterinarian. How did your profession help you so viscerally portray the bond between man and dog on the page?

After three decades of working with dogs myself, I knew that I wanted to portray these stalwart war heroes as they really are-not just as soldiers with four legs, but as real dogs. In this book, there are scenes written from Kane's perspective. I wanted readers to experience what it's like to be a war dog-to be in their paws-to accurately capture how a dog perceives the world, how he functions in combat with his unique talents and senses.

In Bloodline you also raise the issue of children being used as soldiers, a hot-button topic also raised by the current manhunt for the African warlord Joseph Kony. What made you write about this sensitive issue in a mainstream thriller?

I believe a novel is made stronger if it touches upon the reality of our world. It's a tragedy that children have been brutalized and turned into soldiers by warlords in Africa, but it's also happening on other continents, too. Child soldiers can be found in armies around the world. Often they're hyped up on drugs and tortured into submission. They're forced to kill, even murdering members of their own family. And if they're not carrying guns, they're often used as suicide bombers, or for sex, or even to walk ahead of advancing armies to trigger any hidden land mines.

In Bloodline, my characters encounter several of these children, raising the question: how do you fight such an adversary? Or do you? One of my characters, Seichan, recognizes herself in these kids. She was taken off the streets as a teenager and turned into an assassin by a shadowy organization. This story offered a perfect opportunity to explore what it means to be a child soldier who has grown up. How do you balance such a past with the present?

Women play a large role in Bloodline. How are you able to write from the point of view of women so well?

I have three sisters who make sure I get those details correct, but also during my USO tour to Iraq and Kuwait, I got a chance to talk at length to women in the field-to hear what it's like to be a female in the armed services. And that's something I tried to capture accurately. In many action-oriented books, women are relegated to the role of arm candy for the hero or to function as damsels in distress. Not in my books. Here they fight and bleed alongside everyone else. And I'm always thrilled to hear from female readers who stumble upon my books and share letters or post comments on Facebook about how much they enjoy the stories, often because of the heroic and dynamic women featured in the novels.

Bloodline also shines a light on a disturbing and secretive marketplace that is functioning in plain sight, though most of us don't know it Can you tell us about that?

Everyone has heard about the black market, that world of clandestine negotiations and illegal transactions. But today, there is also a red market: a term coined to describe the wholesale buying and selling of of human organs. It's going on all around us. Some legal, much of it illegal. In Bolivia, murderers hunt down victims-not for the money in their pockets, but for the fat in their bodies, which is harvested and sold to European beauty supply companies. In China, prisons have become profitable body farms, turning inmates into a source for new hearts, kidneys, and corneas, all to be sold to the highest bidder. It is just such a marketplace that my characters stumble upon in Bloodline-one happening upon U.S. soil.

Your novels always delve into the cutting edge of science. What is the scientific basis behind Bloodline?

The root of this book came from a recent article in Time magazine. The cover declared: 2045, the Year Man Becomes Immortal. I read that and wondered how that could become true. Could immortality be achievable in our lifetime? It sent me into a yearlong and chilling investigation into the frontiers of life extension: scientific inquiries involving medicine, technology, and genetics. The research even delved back to the Cold War, to a frightening study done by Soviet scientists who were attempting to revive the dead-a study that still has ramifications today.

What are some of these new discoveries involving immortality?

I've learned that there are actually two competing schools of study when it comes to the search for immortality. On one side, scientists are looking at moving man into machines, moving our consciousness into a synthetic arena. Scientists in Switzerland right now are working with IBM to create the first virtual human brain and say they are about a decade off from achieving this goal.

On the other side of the scientific fence, researchers are also looking at moving machines into us: basically replacing our failing parts with artificial organs. We already have synthetic pancreases and mechanical hearts, and these scientific advancements continue to accelerate, especially with the explosive growth of nanotechnology, which involves engineering at the atomic level.

In Bloodline, I shine a light into both of those shadowy arenas-into some truly inspiring and scary realm-while also revealing an even more terrifying project, a third path to immortality, one tied to our own genetic code.

In Bloodline, you also delve into the morality behind the quest to live forever. Does morality have a place in scientific discovery?

How can it not? Scientific exploration regularly tests society's moral compass. Is human cloning good or bad? What about stem cell research? At every turn, the fringes of science test a society-morally, spiritually, and economically. And at the accelerating pace of such exploration, we are quickly outstripping our abilities to rein in our advancements or to adequately judge where that knowledge will take us.

Such questions are wonderful fodder for a thriller writer to explore. Because the true challenge of science and technology is not whether its cogs and wheels work, but how it will change us. And even more frightening . . . will we even have a voice in this next evolution?

Now to the last and most pressing question: How close are we to achieving immortality?

That's a good question-and the answer is the most startling revelation I discovered while researching this story, something I share within the pages of this book. In Bloodline, readers will learn a shocking scientific truth about the nature of mankind: That immortal beings already walk among us today.

If you want to know who they are, if you want to learn how to live forever-read Bloodline.

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  • Posted June 28, 2012

    The worst thing about reading a Rollins…it always leaves

    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!!!

    14 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    This one is great!

    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.

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2012


    Dont write a review just becus u liked all of the author's other books! You have no business leaving a review if youve never even read the book.

    11 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 2, 2012

    Could not put it down!!

    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.

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 27, 2012

    James Rollins has done it again! I've enjoyed James Rollins boo

    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!

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 30, 2012

    Literary immortality achieved with Bloodline

    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?

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 9, 2012

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    Highly recommended....a MUST READ

    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.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 2, 2012

    Highly Recommended - a must read for action fans!

    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.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 28, 2012

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    As always, another page turner by Rollins. Highly recommended.

    As always, another page turner by Rollins. Highly recommended.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2012

    James Rollins Delivers again!

    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.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2012

    I stayed up until four in the morning to finish this book becaus

    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!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2012

    The Best so Far

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2012

    Amazing as usual!

    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!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2012

    I am a huge fan of Bloodline & James Rollins in particular.

    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!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2012

    Love James Rollins

    Haven't read this book yet...but James Rollins is always good..I've read all of his books....

    4 out of 40 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2013

    One of his best!

    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!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 10, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    The author never disappoints. What an amazing story and extremely informative on some historical facts.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    Steve Berry and James Rollins are my favorite authors now after

    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.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2012


    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2012

    James Rollins does it again

    It was hard to put this book down

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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