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Altar of Eden
Altar of Eden
Author: 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, a concealed underground weapons lab is ransacked -- and something even mo...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780061231421
ISBN-10: 0061231428
Publication Date: 11/1/2009
Pages: 448
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 78 ratings
Publisher: William Morrow
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio CD
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Riveting!! Interesting concept!! Left me wanting to read more of the outcome!! Hoping for a sequel
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This book is almost Jurassic Park-like. It's definitely a page turner and quite thrilling! I can't say very much without giving away the plot, but take my word for it, it's worth it for those who enjoy a fast-paced mystery.
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Another good page-turner from Rollins about the nefarious genetic manipulation of DNA in animals and humans! This one reminded me a lot of some of Michael Crichton's novels such as "Next" which was also about genetic engineering and intelligent animals. I was also reminded a lot of H.G. Wells classic "Island of Dr. Moreau" - one of my Wells favorites. I really enjoyed the setting of the first part of the story in the bayous of Louisiana and would give this one a very favorable recommendation.
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mrrob avatar reviewed Altar of Eden on + 75 more book reviews
Yet another good story by James Rollins. What I like about Mr. Rollins, is he doesn't keep writing about just one group of characters. This book is a good example. A fresh group of characters, story line, and a great imagination fuels this story. I really enjoyed reading it, & recommend it highly to anyone who likes a good mystery/adventure. I would love to be able to write stories the way this author does!
SciFiFan avatar reviewed Altar of Eden on + 69 more book reviews
Interesting scenario! Would recommend because it is a different type of James Rollins book and doesn't have the same characters. It kept us guessing throughout!! Enjoy!!!
barbsis avatar reviewed Altar of Eden on + 1076 more book reviews
This is a seriously wild ride. A little different than what I'm used to reading from Rollins but I thought it was really great.

Veterinarian and geneticist, Lorna Polk gets dragged into an investigation when a beached boat is found to contain genetically altered animals. The Border Patrol cop, Jack (who is also Lorna's high school boyfriends brother) brings Lorna in for her expertise. During the investigation of the boat, one of the animals is obviously missing and Lorna is pretty sure by the cub it left behind that it is a saber-toothed jaguar. The massive manhunt for the cat spans most of the Louisiana bayou and the local alligator farm.

This is all action from the first page right up until the last. Wait to you get to the genetically altered humans on the island. Then the fun really begins...and the tension is racheted up a few notches. Totally enjoyable story from Rollins though the possibility that this could become reality is a little freaky.


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