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Bloodline: A SIGMA Force Novel    by James Rollins order for
by James Rollins
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Harper, 2013 (2012)
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* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Just over 600 pages, this latest James Rollins thriller finds Sigma Force, an elite and covert branch of the Department of Defense, engaged on a mission that involves kidnapping, a centuries old genetic puzzle and an attempt to undermine the current U.S. government.

At the heart of the story is a priceless icon uncovered by a Templar knight that dates back to Christ's time and holds a mysterious power that can change mankind.

Forward to today and a young woman has been kidnapped from a yacht off the Horn of Africa. Not only is the American pregnant, but she is also Amanda Gant-Bennett, the daughter of the U.S. president.

SIGMA is sent out to rescue the woman but the group's leaders soon realize the stakes are much higher than just saving Amanda and her unborn child. At the heart of the kidnapping is a shadowy cabal that has been manipulating events throughout history. Ambush and an act of betrayal underscore the fact that the hostage situation really masks an act of terrorism so shattering no one can totally fathom its ultimate consequences.

Rollins opens Pandora's Box here as he raises questions about immortality in this provocative novel. Even if you don't care for long stories you won't mind reading Bloodline. It may look daunting but it is a very fast read!

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