Saturday, May 19, 2012

In My Mailbox #48: Terry Books

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by  The Story Siren.
After reading Armageddon's Children by Terry Brooks, I can't wait to learn what will happen next, so for this week, I got two of the last novels from the Genesis of Shannara trilogy. Can’t wait to read these!

The Elves of Cintra by Terry Brooks
The Gypsy Morph by Terry Brooks

How about you guys?

Monday, May 14, 2012

Review: Altar of Eden by James Rollins

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, an underground secret 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 crew is missing or dead, but the boat holds a frightening cargo: a caged group of exotic animals, clearly part of a black market smuggling ring. Yet, something is wrong with these beasts, disturbing deformities that make no sense:  a parrot with no feathers, a pair of Capuchin monkeys conjoined at the hip, a jaguar cub with the dentition of a saber-tooth tiger. They also all share one uncanny trait--a disturbingly heightened intelligence. To uncover the truth about the origin of this strange cargo and the terrorist threat it poses, Lorna must team up with a man who shares a dark and bloody past with her, now an agent of the U.S. Border Patrol, Jack Menard. Together, the two must hunt for a beast that escaped the shipwreck while uncovering a mystery tied to fractal science and genetic engineering, all to expose a horrifying secret that traces back to mankinds earliest roots. But can Lorna stop what is about to be born upon the altar of Eden before it threatens not only the world, but also the very foundation of what it means to be human?

If you scroll down a bit on this page you're reading, you might wonder if I'm only reading one author, James Rollins, but no. I've just missed reading his books that I now read three in a row of his titles. Yeah. He's that good. Can't get enough of him! I'm in a bit of a problem here, honestly, I don't know what to say anymore regarding this author! I think I've said all that I needed to say from my last two reviews. Those reviews were nothing but praises. But I guess I have to find words to review this book, okay then, Altar Of Eden is as good as his previous works of fiction. No surprises there. I think James has found the perfect formula to keep his readers interested on whatever latest offering he has, great plot + great characters + great story + great ending = Greatness. I know he does research and all, but like any other author, he goes to places to do some background check of a certain area where his novels will be set and that's really fun. I often wonder if to become a writer, you need to study first, or you're born with the ability to write. I think it's both ways, I know a friend who has written a novel and she was good at it. So I guess I can also write if I set my heart on it. But for now, I am content to be a reader at the moment.

I've recently met a James fan, his name is Joey, I took the opportunity to talk to him. It's seldom that I encounter a fellow fan who reads the books I've read, we talked almost non stop. It's really good to share your passion for a certain author to a fellow reader. We traded ideas on how the next book should be. It was really fun! Thanks Joey for a wonderful conversation!  

My Rating: 4 ½ Stars

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Review: The Devil Colony by James Rollins

Deep in the Rocky Mountains, a gruesome discovery—hundreds of mummified bodies—stir international attention and fervent controversy. Despite doubts to the bodies’ origins, the local Native American Heritage Commission lays claim to the prehistoric remains, along with the strange artifacts found in the same cavern: gold plates inscribed with an unfathomable script. During a riot at the dig site, an anthropologist dies horribly: burned to ash in a fiery explosion in plain view of television cameras. All evidence points to a radical group of Native Americans, including one agitator, a teenage firebrand who escapes with a vital clue to the murder and calls on the one person who might help: her uncle, Painter Crowe, director of Sigma Force. To protect his niece and uncover the truth, Painter will ignite a war across the nation’s most powerful intelligence agencies. Yet, an even greater threat looms as events in the Rocky Mountains have set in motion a frightening chain reaction, a geological meltdown that threatens the entire western half of the U.S. From the volcanic peaks of Iceland to the blistering deserts of the American Southwest, from the gold vaults of Fort Knox to the bubbling geysers of Yellowstone, Painter Crowe joins forces with Commander Gray Pierce to penetrate the shadowy heart of a dark cabal, one that has been manipulating American history since the founding of the thirteen colonies.   But can he discover the truth—one that could topple governments—before it destroys all he holds dear?

It's official, The Devil Colony is the second best novel I've ever read from James Rollins! Amazonia, my very first book from James, still is my number one. I will not tire to recommend this book to all of you because it is one of the very best. Really amazing book! James is an unpredictable author, there are authors' who are predictable, you'll know ahead of time what will happen in the story, I like surprises, I like to be taken to a twist and turn ride from start to finish. When I first read the plot of The Devil Colony, I wasn't that excited to read it, my immediate thinking was that, the story will be centered on the founding of America, and I must honestly say that American History doesn't interest me, maybe because I'm living oceans away from the country, I don't know. Can't explain it. But then I thought, this is James Rollins, the guy can make any boring subject into an interesting one. I relied on all the books that I've read from him and surprised to learn that I liked all of them! This is just a true testament that James can't do anything wrong with his books. I hope he continues to bring almost real life action novels for all of us. 

The Devil Colony has it all, action, mystery and great characters. I especially liked the nanotechnology part in the story, James somehow connected this intriguing phenomena to the native people of America. That somehow, nanotechnology was first discovered by these people and they've been protecting it all these hundred of years. Unfortunately, somebody discovered it and triggered some kind of devastating reaction around the world. The scope of this book is so huge that sometimes I wonder how James do it. Maybe he also take notes or something, just to keep everyone of his characters in check. Sometimes, I take down notes when I'm reading, it's easier for me to understand the story more. But that's just me. Would I recommend this book? Absolutely. I suggest you read the very first book in the series before you go to this one, but you can read it regardless if you haven't read the previous ones. It's as good as a stand alone thriller anyway.

My Rating: 4 ½ Stars

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