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Black Order by James Rollins
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Dec 21, 2008

it was ok
bookshelves: thriller
Read in July, 2007

I picked up James Rollins' Black Order on another impulse buy, half-certain that it was going to suck after I'd gotten burned on my last attempt to impulse-buy a thriller. This time around I didn't get a spectacular read, but it turned out to be not half-bad. I did have the disadvantage of coming in partway into a series, which meant several character relationships had been established before the start of this particular story... but it didn't hinder the telling of this one too much.

Turns out this book is the latest in a series about something called Sigma Force, described by one of the character as "scientists with guns". That in and of itself kind of set the tone for the whole thing with me: i.e., something that's kind of fun and is not to be taken too seriously. Kind of like Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, in fact. And hell, this story even had Nazis, giant mutated monsters, and a core cast of characters traveling around to exotic locations all over the world. All in all, it did rather read like one of the better Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea plots, even if its attempt to fuse the concepts of evolution and intelligent design into something it called "quantum evolution" was pretty silly. It did at least do it in an entertaining fashion. Two and a half stars.
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