I'd like to thank the author for this copy I got, in exchange for an honest review.
I'm familiar with time travel stories and am quite fond of them. II'd like to thank the author for this copy I got, in exchange for an honest review.
I'm familiar with time travel stories and am quite fond of them. I didn't expect anything from this really so I'm neither disappointed nor ecstatic.
Unlike other time travel stories I've read, this one isn't really out of this world. Brandon, Sarah, and Stephen go back 40 years and were able to affect the future. Changes were brought on because they played a part in it. It's just me but I found their stubbornness annoying. Like they deliberately do it and it causes a shift in events. Sure there were a lot of differences between 1965 and 2005, significantly the prices of everything and modern technology.
The author made it seem like there's a sequel and I'd like to know if Brandon and company would try going back hundreds of years before, let's see how they'll handle that....more
I didn't rate this 5 stars because of the charming love story (if it could be called that) between Celyn and Elina, but I loved how the whole novel enI didn't rate this 5 stars because of the charming love story (if it could be called that) between Celyn and Elina, but I loved how the whole novel entertained me, specially the children of Dagmar and Gwenvael. This is a foreshadowing of events that lead to more of Dragon Kin!...more
This was a promising start to a new series and I like how everything was set. The author forewarned of a cliffhanger so it's really exciting to read tThis was a promising start to a new series and I like how everything was set. The author forewarned of a cliffhanger so it's really exciting to read the next in line....more
Once again, James Rollins took me on a wild ride with an impressive storyline, cunning villains, lots of action, explosion, mystery, science, and I'mOnce again, James Rollins took me on a wild ride with an impressive storyline, cunning villains, lots of action, explosion, mystery, science, and I'm losing my breath here...in a nutshell, it rocked my world that I'm inspired to review it.
I've grown to appreciate Gray and Painter, they're such admirable characters. What draws me in is their resilience, the will to survive no matter how dire the consequences. Of course, there's top notch intelligence and how they almost always get back at the enemy.
Mr Rollins just knows how to weave the pieces together in a seamless fashion. I thought I knew how to identify the bad and the good, even suspecting the most honest, but sadly it didn't work out that way. The writing style keeps me on edge. There are a lot of facts and fiction meshed to create an excellent story that would make you wonder, and amaze you.
The scientific explanations and historical notes are obviously researched comprehensively and the author never fails to separate what's fact and what's fiction. This is constant in all his sigma force novels, giving credit where/whom it's due, and references for one's reading pleasure.
I'm overwhelmed to review the actual story, we meet new characters, a lot of changes happen here, tragedy, hope, and my curiosity is piqued for the next Sigma Force Novel....more
I read this for more than a qeek alongside other books and I found my interest waning bit by bit. Given that, I'm gonna rest feom reading this series'I read this for more than a qeek alongside other books and I found my interest waning bit by bit. Given that, I'm gonna rest feom reading this series' books for awhile....more
This was another thriller I couldn't put down and if I didn't need to work I might have finished reading this in one sitting.
In typical fashion, the sThis was another thriller I couldn't put down and if I didn't need to work I might have finished reading this in one sitting.
In typical fashion, the story starts out with history and slowly involves our Sigma team. I was really interested in the subject of the gifted children. Their talents are fascinating and they're fact, seeing 3 seconds into the future and knowing how much research was done made me appreciate the author's masterful writing.
There's a bit of armchair travelling again, which I always enjoy in Mr Rollins's books and how vivid his descriptions are of the locations. It gives a feeling of traveling and exploring with the characters. He gives us an insight of the characters' thoughts and feelings by giving each one focus.
I'm so glad Monk was reunited with the persons who care about him and love him. It would take some time but I'm glad he and Kat are coping.
A semi cliffhanger in the end and almost end about Gray's death just makes me want to read the next one right away....more
I didn't expect to give this a 5-star rating but there were parts when I felt it deserved the highest rating. Frankly I'm not a big sci-fi fan but JamI didn't expect to give this a 5-star rating but there were parts when I felt it deserved the highest rating. Frankly I'm not a big sci-fi fan but James Rollins makes it interesting, his novels are based on history and science, and how some phenomenon have explanations.
We meet the same characters, Commander Gray Pierce, Sigma Director Painter Crowe, Monk and Kat, and Dr Lisa Cummings the new addition. As usual, the story starts with a bit of history; time and again, I've been amazed how the author convincingly writes his own story based on a still-unsolved centuries-old mystery regarding Marco Polo. It's obvious that the research was extensive and the product is a smashing story filled with twists, action, riveting suspense and as always, the fight for life. The "Judas strain" was thoroughly explained by our scientists.
Gray's optimism is highly laudable and the phrase "as long as there's life, there's hope" never gets old. I was excited, saddened, anxious, and I still don't believe that one of the main characters is dead. I couldn't accept it, and I was appeased somewhat and I can't wait to read the next....more
I almost rated this only 3 stars but due to the turnaround of events in the latter part of the novel, the author made an exciting semi-cliffhanger. ThI almost rated this only 3 stars but due to the turnaround of events in the latter part of the novel, the author made an exciting semi-cliffhanger. The middle of the story is basically the same as the previous books. Nina tends to get overly excited about a discovery that would change the world, and in this case, rattle the people's beliefs. I'm liking her less and less. There are pointless and not-so-pointless losses of human lives and in the end, Eddie still saves the day....more
I won't make this a long review. I just found it heavy to digest, and didn't mind the science and history lesson, though I didn't get some of them wheI won't make this a long review. I just found it heavy to digest, and didn't mind the science and history lesson, though I didn't get some of them when they discussed about quantum physics. There's a bit of religion here too, I enjoyed it in a sense that I was ecstatic, it made me palpitate lots of times because of the numerous near-death experiences. James Rollins's writing style was masterful and his storytelling fast paced. The mystery came to a full circle when the members of Sigma Force reunited.
I liked the weaving of fact and fiction, of course the author gives due credits and separates the two....more
I'm not exactly familiar with all things Arthurian or Monty Python, but I still read on knowing I was in for a ride, and I wasn't disappointed.
It starI'm not exactly familiar with all things Arthurian or Monty Python, but I still read on knowing I was in for a ride, and I wasn't disappointed.
It started with a tame setting, Nina about to meet Eddie's family, until a persuasive colleague of her parents' met her in Bournemouth. The action was nonstop after that, lots of murders, senseless deaths, it was an eye-opener for Chase - how far would one risk his life for a piece of old thing? In this novel's setting, it was a significant historical find, and as always Nina disproves myth, turning it into truth.
As long as they're alive, there's hope. The author's plot was a little rusty since I smelled something fishy about a generous benefactor. I hope the next novel is unpredictable....more
This book is more of action and suspense, near death experiences, and they only get to the "quest" part at about 70% in the story.
I don't want to makeThis book is more of action and suspense, near death experiences, and they only get to the "quest" part at about 70% in the story.
I don't want to make this review an analytical one, I had fun with it but there were times the author almost kills Nina and Eddie. They've been together for 1.5 years now. There was trouble in paradise from the beginning of the book, hurtful words were exchanged and it made me really sad to read about them fighting; but that's normal in a relationship. They made up eventually.
Since I'm not the spoiler type, I just wanna say that I hate Sophia (Eddie's ex-wife) to the nth degree! I wanted to claw her eyes out! That's how effectively Andy McDermott wrote her character.
I just want to mention that I really like Eddie, faults and all. He's not the drool-worthy character ladies swoon over, but Mr McDermott built his personality up to the point where I didn't mind that he's "squat and balding". A sense of humor, no matter how bad, lightens things up. He never gave up until the end, even when the odds are stacked outrageously high against them. He's cunning; using and exhausting resources to survive, and he's a master at improvising. It also helps that he's got powerful connections.
I had another adventure on this one, lots of explosions, gory killing, and betrayals. I didn't enjoy this much as the first one because the puzzles/riddles only came late and there was a small part of it. Most of the time, Nina and Eddie were fighting for their lives. Given that, I'll still read the next book in the series!...more
In this book, Painter Crowe is not behind the desk, not exactly where he wants to be but he's needed there.
I liked this book, but I liked Sandstorm beIn this book, Painter Crowe is not behind the desk, not exactly where he wants to be but he's needed there.
I liked this book, but I liked Sandstorm better. I'll keep mentioning that I'm still amazed how the author seamlessly weaves fact and fiction (with proper acknowledgements of course). We encounter a new team and go armchair travelling again.
There's a lot of scientific explanations, some paranormal stuff beyond us, some history lessons, and some logical explanations for "magical" events. While they're explaining I just stopped analyzing and absorbing everything so I wouldn't get a headache, to just enjoy reading it as an adventure.
This novel is a tangled web of lies, rife with deceit with triple crossing by some of the characters. In the end, I didn't even trust the good guys. There were some aspects where the plot style is similar to Dan Brown's where the good guy is the bad guy in the end, but this one is highly unpredictable. It got me twisted in knots (pun intended).
Our protagonists seldom got the upper hand, they do the legwork only to be held up by the antagonists. We have different parties playing different sides, love in the time of war, but in the end, knowledge is power....more
This is my first Andy McDermott read, and from the title alone I was intrigued. I'm also interested about the mythical AtKudos to this riveting novel!
This is my first Andy McDermott read, and from the title alone I was intrigued. I'm also interested about the mythical Atlantis and I simultaneously read this with James Rollins's "Sandstorm".
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. The tone is light because Eddie is the comic relief. Yes, most of his jokes were bad but I laughed at some, and it's not the jokes but his character, who manages to still laugh in a life-and-death situations, and there are many close calls.
Nina was ok, it's a given she's smart otherwise she won't get a PhD. I'm looking forward to seeing her character develop.
Now on to the story...it threw me for a loop. The usual mystery with betrayals, twists and turns are a little Dan Brown-ish, only I was floored and didn't see it coming. Maybe some readers had an inkling, I didn't. My brain got fried trying to solve the number sequences so I just read about it and stopped analyzing.
I'm a big fan of puzzles and challenges and when it was problem solving time, I was figuratively on the edge of my seat. Bravo for the action, I felt like my heart would explode due to palpitations. I mentioned earlier about their close calls to death. Though in hindsight I know they'll survive because there are 9 books in the series already, the author made a convincing suspense that's effortless in its narration.
Like a treasure hunt, I enjoyed "traveling" to different parts of the world and I feel like I glimpsed them. From Tibet to the Gulf of Cadiz to Norway, it felt like I was with them in the expedition.
There were a lot of high-tech gadgets here that were blown up, lots of fight scenes which were gory, but I loved them, and Nina and Eddie worked together well, though they're the least likely pair I could've put together. I'm definitely up for another adventure with the next novel, "The Tomb of Hercules"....more
I thought I'll take another long rest from this series but that parting chapter was a cliffhanger and my interest is piqMs Gabaldon, you did it again.
I thought I'll take another long rest from this series but that parting chapter was a cliffhanger and my interest is piqued once again You may notice the time it took for me to read this and it's more than a year because I stopped and just resumed a week ago.
This is an epic tale of love, courage, sacrifice, leadership, and many other subjects. I could say Claire really lived. She had purpose and the love between Jamie and her was unfathomable and wasn't bound by time. It's an amazing concept of how Claire conceived from the past and was able to give birth and nurture Brianna. I was a little teary-eyed when they parted. Ms Gabaldon's storytelling is really detailed, one could almost believe s/he is reading fact.
Those are my only thoughts about this book. There are a lot of philosophical quotes about life in general, justice, and beliefs that I really appreciated. I'm reading the next....more
Note: Review is written on December 30, 2011 (6 days after reading)
This is the first work of Diana Gabaldon I've read and it won't be the last. This iNote: Review is written on December 30, 2011 (6 days after reading)
This is the first work of Diana Gabaldon I've read and it won't be the last. This is one of those epic novels that start out slow then just sucks you in. There are a lot of violence, injuries, and historical stuff (duh it's time travel fiction) that I really appreciated. Ms Gabaldon effectively used the first person point of view through Claire Randall.
She is married to historian Frank Randall for 8 years, but most of those years were spent apart because of their duties. When Claire suddenly found herself at another time, her reaction was normal and it's disturbing to see your husband's face in someone else's evil person. As the days turned to weeks, then months, she's suddenly married to a younger Scot, James Fraser, whom she falls in love with later. The love is returned by the way, and it's beautiful how their love blossomed.
James Fraser is a wonderful character and he's unpredictable too, who would've thought that with his good looks and virile countenance, that he's really a proper gentleman, never taking to bed someone he won't marry. I was also surprised how innocent he was when he married Claire. He's really adorable and it hurts how he sacrificed himself to save Claire. What happened to him at the hands (literally) of Jonathan Randall (Frank's ancestor) was devastating, something shrinks would have a field day on. It was Claire's determination, and love that brought him back.
I really liked this novel and I can't help but wonder if Claire would ever choose to be back to the present, this novel takes a while to get used to and I plan to read the next....more
Well! I'm still overwhelmed by the length of the book. I have to admit I didn't really love it, but that's the author's way of telling us that we don'Well! I'm still overwhelmed by the length of the book. I have to admit I didn't really love it, but that's the author's way of telling us that we don't always get what we want. The good doesn't always prevail against evil, but as long as there is hope, miracles could happen.
There were a lot of breakthroughs and deaths here, the author is not afraid of killing some major characters; it adds the drama about life and death. The different points of view helped a lot and I'm growing to love the Stark children (Bran, Arya, Jon Snow) more with this. I also appreciate how the author made Tyrion a hero of some sort. It's the dark horse that you need to watch out for, underestimating something breaks the foundation of defense. Warfare tactics and strategy was also written here, and how sorcery is used in those times.
I don't even want to recap the details and because I'm biased, I didn't give this a 5 because my favorite character Daenaerys doesn't have much scenes here. I'm really interested in the direwolves though, I know they're connected to the Stark children and it's like the life forces are joined. Again, there's lust, violence, blood and gore, a little redemption, and when something good happens, expect something bad as a counterpart. Oh, and I hate Theon.
What I liked about the novel as a whole is the way the author put detail into the characters. He named the knights and built his own history of the different houses. While this could only be compared with LOTR because of the epic-ness and war, the similarities stop there. Though this is set in a different country, the race is still human and I'm very intrigued about the children of the forest and all that paranormal stuff.
Another thing that interested me was how men play other men, and that honor is just a word, it's not match for the one who could pay the highest price. I think I'll rest for a bit before starting the next, although I'll definitely read "Storm of Swords"....more
I refrained from reading other reviews so as to form an unbiased opinion of my own. The description was quite misleading since there was no mention ofI refrained from reading other reviews so as to form an unbiased opinion of my own. The description was quite misleading since there was no mention of M/M, there were a lot of those and only a few of the straight M/F coupling.
This is Peter's story and how he found a woman of his own. It's really through the most unusual circumstances. I'll get right to the point, I felt bad about Peter and Valentin's falling out, both of them have a problem in communication, must be because of their prides, or Peter was just too bitter about himself. I hated it during those times he shuts himself out to everyone, even the people who care about him.
I'm not exactly a fan of M/M sex, so I just tolerated those here, not that I'm offended but I learned to read about them without any judgement. After all, there are people who're just born that way. I'd feel something if there really was a love story but sadly, there's none.
Abigail is another matter. I can't say I like her, but I don't hate her, I just didn't connect with her. She and James are more like siblings and aren't sexually compatible, unless there's Peter. I won't spoil anything anymore here, the ending is what the reader makes of it, and though it was open, I'd still like more Peter and Abigail time.