"The Codex" is a pretty typical jungle/treasure adventure. However, Doug Preston throws in enough twists and suprises to make it a good read.
Three brothers embark on independent journeys to recover their recently departed father's hidden treasure. Disasters and treachery result in the brothers working together to find the treasure before the bad guys.
The story twists and turns through betrayals,double crosses,love affairs,battles and suprises leaveing the brothers with a fourth heretofore unknown member of the family, a fiance and a medical treasure beyond imagination.
I am a big fan of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child both individually and as a team. This is a solid handling of the story. Few authors could make this well-used storyline interesting enough to keep me reading till the end. The second half of the book gets more and more interesting and ends on a positive.
The chracters are well developed and the backstory is pretty cool. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys adventure, and especially to anyone who likes Preston and Child.
Having read all the Pendergast novels, some twice, I am always thrilled when a new one comes out. It is almost like a trip back home. "Cold Vengence" is no exception.
In this latest novel by Preston and Child I ran into a number of old friends, some I thought to never see again, and resolved several questions from earlier novels.
Aloysius is again on the trail of Helen's killer. As the conspiracy continues to thicken, he learns it was more, and less, than murder. Apparently, Helen and her brother were involved in a post war Nazi plot which continues till the present. After 350+ pages of great reading it appears Pendergast has again been out flanked.
This series reminds me of the old cliffhanger serials I uased to watch at the local theater when I was a kid. I love it!
Agent Pendergast is the detective Sherlock Holmes wishes he (she?) could be.
A work of advice: to get the most of these novels read them chronologically. Although they are all stand-alone, there is a greater impact from reading them in order.
Can't wait for the next one.
Fifty years ago, I cut my teeth on science fiction, but I had moved on to other genres. After reading this book I am glad I did.
There actually is a pretty good story buried in there...I think, but you can't see it for the author's attempts to make it......I don't know what he was trying to do.
As you follow the heroes through millions of years of time plots and subplots abound. The strands weave together and the end is pretty good but the story somehow misses the mark. Or perhaps my 60 year old brain can no longer keep up. I was left confused and unsatisfied.
Don't think I'll try any more Neal Asher books.
"Creepers" was not what I expected, but it is a really great book. David Morrell, the creator of Rambo, is considered by many to be the father of the adventure/thriller genre and this book is one of his best.
Morrell's tragic childhood and life seem to tint his writing with a hard reality that grabs you by the throat and drags you into the story.
A group of urban explorers enter an abandoned and mysterious luxury hotel scheduled for demolition. They encounter a group of thugs and an insane serial killer and former tenent. Two of the group have an ulterior motive, the thugs are motivated by greed, and the serial killer has a prisoner.
As the hotel begins to disentigrate around them, a life and death battle rages between the three parties and few live to tell the tale.
The action is non stop, the characters are easy to identify with, the plot is twisted and the parameters of the battle are constantly changing. I liked "Creepers" so much I have already ordered the second book featuring the same lead character.
I readily reccomend "Creepers" to any fan of this type of book.
This is an amazing book! Jane Jensen puts the Holocaust, string theory, quantum physics, a physicist, a reporter, a couple of rabbis, a secret government agency, and a kabbahlist into a story with more twists and turns than a wounded blacksnake.
Although the start is slow "Dante's Equation" quickly becomes a page-turning rip through the universe. Just when you think you have it figured out the story goes in a new and intriguing direction, finally coming full circle with a neat feel good ending. One thing this book is NOT is predictable. The characters are realistic and everything about the story is original. If you don't read this one you are missing out!
It also gives you a new perspective on the nature of Heaven and Hell......and a lot to think about.
I thought "The Darkening" was a really neat combination of the thriller and horror genres. An unlikely group of heroes and anti-heroes fight for the survival of humankind in an original apocolypse scenario.
The action begins in the first paragraph when a widowed karate expert begins to battle a supernatural force. Add a couple of abductions and an unknown twin, along with a host of Lovecraftian "old ones" and a group of people with unknown motives and a dog, and the stage is set for a journey and fight through time and dimemsion for the survival of the human race.
Although I started this book expecting a straight up thriller, I was pleasantly suprised at how well the supernatural and the Lovecratian were woven into the plot. This book is really a good read....Good enough that I plan to search out other books by Chandler McGrew.
"Day Before Midnight" is a good, fsst-paced military/techno/nuclear/end-of-the-world thriller with lots of action and good character development.
It is a pretty straight forward plot with a few small suprises. The combat action is sometimes a little unrealistic and, as is the case with most books of this genre, luck plays a large part in the good guys winning.
Jack is a normal man caught up in abnormal circumstances simply because he is handy. Concern for his family forces him to make hard decisions and he does what he thinks he has to do. In the end he makes the hardest decision and saves the world from madmen attempting to start world war three.
Although a bit dated and jaded now, "Day before Midnight" is still a decdent read if you have nothing to do for a few hours.
James Rollin's "Devil Colony" again places Sigma Force between the world and those determined to destroy it.
Gray and Painter are both in the field to investigate a mystery which dates before the founding of America while at the same time dealing with a plethora of family and personal problems.
Rollins always comes up with new obscure historical facts, legends, and myths. This time he combines our founding fathers, the lost tribe of Israel, the mysterious Anasasi, and the super volcano that is Yellowstone into an adventure encompassing all of North America and the last thousand years of history.
As always, we meet old friends and make new ones in the race to save the world and preserve the human race. The action is non stop and the suspese will keep you turning pages well into the night.
Rollins is ome of the best. I never miss a book by him.
This massive tome has a bonus at the end. Rollins includes a novella about assasin-turned-Sigma-agent Seichan which is really good in it's own right. Don't let this one get away!
I have been a fan of Little for years but I must say I was a little disappointed with " The Disappearance".
It's a good story, if somewhat jaded, and there were a few twists which were interesting but it was not that compelling a story.
The first half of the book moves extremely slowly. There is an almost overboard attempt to develope the characters which results in a pace that is somewhat plodding. The second half moves along quite well but discloses few suprises.
It is worth a read, but is not amoung his best work.
"Divine Blood" presents a tenant which is interesting and original. Although it mirrors, to some extent, the Dan Brown style stories regarding the Catholic Church, this book takes everything a step further.
Unfortunately, it is quickly apparent that this is Martinez Hewlett's first book and that he is a product of academia. The writing is a bit dry with some sections reading a bit like a college textbook.
The characters could be better developed and the action is non-existent. This story has so much potential which is not embraced. It should have been an exciting 600 page book.
Nevertheless, Mr. Hewlett has produced a book well worth the read. It will make you think about the ever expanding use of technology in both archeology and religion.
I doubt Mr. Hogan dreamed,in 1987, that by 2000 the Soviet Union would be gone.
So this book tells a tale of the ongoing cold war in the mid 21st century which has expanded the battleground into space. I am a science fiction fan born in the early 50's and can well remember the cold war. That actually made this book entertaining for me and brought back the concerns and fears of the mid 20th century... almost commically.
"Endgame Enigma" is a really good book. It is adventure, science fiction, politics, and suspense all rolled into one and told from the perspective of the mid 20th century time frame. For younger readers it could almost be a history text and for the older generation it is an entertaining and thought provoking read.
I was sure I had it figured out up... right up until the last 50 pages or so. The end is a real kicker which hits you out of left field and is one of the most ambitious plot twists I heve ever read.
I had a ball reading this book. It reminds me of a young dog running circles in the yard just because he likes it.
Excalibur is science fiction, alternate history, military thriller, and action/adventure all rolled into one. World-spanning non-stop action is combined with an interesting plot and a good host of characters for a book that is simply fun and entertaining.
This is the second Area 51 book I've read and I plan on reading all the others.
Bear in mind, this is not a serious book. It's just a lot of fun.