Thursday, April 26, 2012

Review: The Doomsday Key by James Rollins

At Princeton University, a famed geneticist dies inside a biohazard lab. In Rome, a Vatican archaeologist is found dead in St. Peters Basilica. In Africa, a US Senator's son is slain outside a Red Cross camp. Three murders on three continents bear a horrifying connection: all the victims are marked by a Druidic pagan cross burned into their flesh. The bizarre murders thrust Commander Gray Pierce and Sigma Force into a race against time to solve a riddle going back centuries, to a ghastly crime against humanity hidden within a cryptic medieval codex. The first piece of the puzzle is discovered inside a mummified corpse buried in an English peat bog-a gruesome secret that threatens America and the world. Aided by two women from his past--one his ex-lover, the other his new partner--Gray must piece together the horrifying truth. But the revelations come at a high cost, and to save the future, Pierce will have to sacrifice one of the women at his side. That alone might not be enough, as the true path to salvation is revealed in a dark prophecy of doom. Sigma Force confronts humankind's greatest threat in an adventure that races from the Roman Coliseum to the icy peaks of Norway, from the ruins of medieval abbeys to the lost tombs of Celtic kings. The ultimate nightmare is locked within a talisman buried by a dead saint--an ancient artifact known as the Doomsday Key.

It’s been a while since I last read a Sigma Force novel. I’ve been very engrossed with so many other books that I’ve forgotten how much I enjoy reading the Sigma Force novels. I’ve been waiting for so long to read this book, but first, I’d like to say thank you again to my sister for this wonderful birthday present, this means a lot to me sis. Love ya! What could possibly go wrong with a James Rollins book? Nothing. It’s near perfect. My eyes were cemented to The Doomsday Key and once again I was transported back to adventure and never ending suspense that James only can deliver. This time around the story is about a symbol that could mean the end of the world. Gray Pierce and a bunch of other agents will try and solve the mystery that surrounds a Druidic symbol.

I don't want to give so much details on the plot, it's up to you, dear readers to discover it. I haven't read a Rollins book that I didn't like, as far as my memory can back this up. The Doomsday Key is a never-ending action of great proportions, James will give you action per page after page. There wasn't a dull moment in this book, I want to point out the motorcycle chase, it's one of my favorite part in the book, it was so real that I can almost picture it inside my head, like a movie before my eyes, that is how strong the authors' pen can be. Also, I love Kowalski, he's such a duffus, but he's as hard as a rock and you can depend on him when you're in a tight spot. I must stress out that he's a bit funny too. Really good character. 

We also see the soft side of Seichan, if she has one. I think he cares for Grey more than she can admit. I can see a possible relationship with the two of them in the future. That'll be great! Seichan and Grey together? Sparks will fly! I must admit though that when I look back from the rest of the series, The Doomsday Key is not the strongest in the series, he's written way better than this. Regardless, I will continue to read the series. Definitely.

My Rating: 4 ½ Stars

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Review: Killer Heat by Linda Fairstein

It’s August in New York, and the only thing that’s hotter than the pavement is Manhattan D.A. Alex Cooper’s professional and personal life. Just as she’s claiming an especially gratifying victory in a rape case, she gets the call: the body of a young woman has been found in an abandoned building. The brutality of the murder is disturbing enough, but when a second body, beaten and disposed of in exactly same manner, is found off the Belt Parkway, the city’s top brass want the killer found fast, before the tabloids can start churning out ghoulish serial killer headlines. Between dodging the bullets of the gang members who are infuriated by Alex’s most recent courtroom victory and keeping a rendezvous with a charming restaurateur, a serial killer on the loose is the last thing she needs on her plate right now. Then a third victim is found, and it becomes clear to Alex and her team that time is not on their side.Through Alex’s peerless interrogation skillsand one big breakthe search becomes focused on someone who has a twisted obsession with the military, and things grow increasingly dangerous when the chase leads to a chain of small, abandoned islands around New York harbor.


It’s ironic that while I’m writing this review, I’m profusely sweating my ass off! It’s so hot here right now! The heat over here is truly killing me, but enough about me melting in this friggin’ summer's heat. Let’s now turn to Killer Heat. As the title implies, the setting of this particular novel is during the summer. Manhattan District Attorney Alex Cooper is in cloud nine after closing a rape case, after being harassed by a gang inside the courthouse, she is ready to take it easy. It didn't last long when she received a phone call informing her that a body of a woman has been found dead. Then almost instantly, another body was found. It looks like this is not a coincidence at all. 

Alex must now piece this link to a greater puzzle that seems to give her trouble. I enjoyed Killer Heat and all the forensic details it gave me. Alex is a fun character to read, I just want Linda to give more attention to Alex's personal life. Well, Alex did meet a dashing restaurant owner in  this book and they got involve with one another, I hope Mike get knocks in the head and do something about it. I secretly want them to end up with one another. All in all, another superb read!

My Rating: Stars

Monday, April 9, 2012

Captain's Fury by Jim Butcher

After two years of bitter conflict with the hordes of invading Canim, Tavi of Calderon, now Captain of the First Aleran Legion, realizes that a peril far greater than the Canim exists—the terrifying Vord, who drove the savage Canim from their homeland. Now, Tavi must find a way to overcome the centuries-old animosities between Aleran and Cane if an alliance is to be forged against their mutual enemy. And he must lead his legion in defiance of the law, against friend and foe—before the hammerstroke of the Vord descends on them all.


This is the fourth book from the Codex Alera series. I so want to be a writer! Sometimes, there’s this idea I have about a particular story that I want to write, but I know that I can’t write, you know what I mean? So I guess, like some other aspiring people who don’t know how to write, they just create the characters and look for an author who can write the story that they want to materialize into a successful novel. Like, Francine Pascal, she created the characters of her Sweet Valley High series, but she had dozens of different co-authors who wrote the entire series. She’s one of the best examples I can think of.

Enough about me wanting to be a terrific writer, that’s a bit of a stretch. Let’s go back to my review, we’re getting off the topic. Okay, so, Captain’s Fury is just okay. I wasn’t jumping up and down with this one. I think I enjoyed reading Academ’s Fury and Cursor’s Fury a lot more. Those two books offered more dimension and character depth. It’s still a good read but I still need more from it.
This time around, Tavi, Captain of the First Aleran Legion, wants to have a peaceful talk with the Canim, he doesn’t want another bloody war. Hard on his heels is a senator who proclaims that the Canim should be destroyed and be rid of them permanently so that their threat to the Aleran people will finally end. I will still recommend Captain’s Fury to anyone who loves fantasy.  A good read!

My Rating: Stars

Sunday, April 8, 2012

In My Mailbox #47: Easter Sunday IMM!

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by  The Story Siren.

Happy Easter everyone!!! I hope you’re all having a good one. For this week, I got seven books! The three books came from my birthday book wish list and the other four from book requests that Ms. Debbie Macomber gave to me! Thanks to all the people who granted these wonderful reads!

From Birthday Book Wish List:
The Doomsday Key by James Rollins
The Devil Colony by James Rollins
A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin 
Armageddon's Children by Terry Brooks
Plague by Michael Grant

Books given as review copies and bought:
1225 Christmas Tree Lane by Debbie Macomber
Hannah’s List by Debbie Macomber
Out Of The Rain by Debbie Macomber
The Perfect Christmas by Debbie Macomber
Altar of Eden by James Rollins

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