Altar of Eden
The story begins in Baghdad, Iraq, and quickly moves to New Orleans and to a deserted fishing trawler discovered after Hurricane Katrina destroyed the region. Lorna Polk, the regional ve...more
The plot of the book has been summarized by many reviewers before me so I'll spare reiterating what's already been said. What I WILL say though is that this is about as good as thriller/mystery as you're likely...more
The story picks up seven years later and a grounded troller with mysterious cargo. Local Veterinarian Lorna Polk is called in to help with what is found inside.Animals, each deformed in some way, and a kitten, but upon examination, not just a wild cat but one with Sa...more
слишком изобильными оказываются приключения, кочующие из книги в книгу, из сюжета в сюжет. наука безгранична, как и неожиданные ее стороны, издали кажущиеся натянут...more
Following the fall of Baghdad, two Iraqi boys stumble upon armed men looting the city zoo. The floodgates have been opened for the smuggling of hundreds of exotic birds, mammals, and reptiles to Western nations, but this crime hides a deeper secret. Amid a hail of bullets, a concealed underground weapons lab is ransacked—and something even more horrific is set free.
Seven years later, Louisiana state veterinarian Lorna Polk stumbles upon a fishing trawler shipwrecked on a barrier island. The c
Very much a cross between the Michael Chrichton classic, Jurassic Park and the ground-breaking Peter Benchley novel, Jaws, FAKP tells what happens when a saber tooth jaguar escapes into the bayous of Louisiana.
Not only does this cat have big teeth, it's smart... really smart, I mean, romp Bobby Fischer with three moves in Chess smart. This cat's IQ is higher than all the...more
The characters were cardboard cutouts, the plot was obviously manipulated, the scenarios were so unlikely...the story was more like a series of explosions and gunfights loosely linked together until it finally expired. Having survived to the end, I know a lot more about weaponry and am reassured that one-dimensional good guys can only get wounded no matter how many rounds are fired per minute, while no-dimensional bad guys inevitably get something she...more
Jack Menard, an agent with the U.S. Border Patrol, shows Lorna the blood stained bulkheads (walls) and the absence of any crew members. She is also shown the caged exot...more
The book begins with Lorna, a biologist at a local conservation lab, being called out to a shipwreck for her input on several animals that were stashed inside the boat. At first Lorna assumes that it's a case of illeg...more
Now imagine it's not just people being made into weapons. It's animals, too. Big cats, foxes, monkeys, even birds. Any kind of sentient animal. Only with increased intelligence. Increased to the point of sapience. Scarier thought. Something as vicious as an animal with near-human intelligence? Shudder.
That was exactly what veterinarian Lorna Polk had to face in J...more
I shouldn’t be quite so harsh, the attempts at good science fiction are noteworthy and perhaps as my undergraduate degree is in genetics I am too sceptical.
The basic storyline is: The government is conducting genetic engineering experiments and creating intelligent monsters. A vet (animal doctor) and a vet (Iraq) team up to stop this evil experimen...more
Rollins' last handful of novels (i think he's up to 6 or 7) have been part of a lose series called the "Sigma Force" novels, which are enjo...more
The animals are discovered by the police as they are being moved from one location to another and a local geneticist veterinarian is brought in to discover what she can about these odd animals. Little does Lorna know th...more
This one is not about the Sigma Team but the setting of New Orleans and the swamps made up for the loss of my team. Lorna is a vet working to clone endangered animals and is brought in as a consultant to examine some strange 'wrong' animals left abandoned from a supposed animal smuggling ring...Wrong...as parrots with no feathers, a...more
This particular story involved genetic engineering, exotic animals, and mysterious military implications. The character development w...more
I like it because it is not all pure fiction, many of the facts are really true and they all make sense. I believe in the genetic throwback, the snake with legs is true. The viral code in junk DNA is true and I also believe i what the author thought of the reason why the junk DNA are still kept for such a long time, w...more
James Rollins is the New York Times bestselling author of international thrillers, translated into more than forty languages. His Sigma series has been lauded as one of the "top crowd pleasers" (New York Times) and one of the "hottest summer reads" (People Magazine). In each novel, acclaimed for its originality, Rollins unveils unseen worlds, scientific breakthroughs, and historical secrets--and h...more