Thursday, January 28, 2010

Altar of Eden by James Rollins

Author Steve Berry wrote a review of this book on Amazon (find it here). I reviewed Steve Berry's latest book The Paris Vendetta just a couple of weeks ago and enjoyed it. James Rollins writes similar books and is just as enjoyable. He too has about the same amount of violence and language problems but I have to admit I read the whole thing despite the language. It wasn't constant but it was enough to make me cringe. However, I found it really hard to put down the book. It is set in Louisiana's Cajun country with 2 people who have a painful past connection. They reconnect after a trawler shipwrecks while containing very interesting cargo, genetically engineered animals, some of whom have escaped. The animals seem to be unusually intelligent and very deadly. Jack Menard is an agent with the U.S. Border Patrol and is one of the first on the scene. He calls in Dr. Lorna Polk, a state veterinarian. Together they search for the missing animals and try to unravel the mystery behind them. The action is pretty much nonstop, possibly over-the-top at times but a fun read which is why I had a hard time putting it down despite the profanity. Rated R for several f-words and for violence.

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