When it comes to writing a science fiction/political thriller, James Rollins rules.
His latest Sigma Force novel, "Bloodline," is perhaps his most exciting novel. (William Morrow, 447 pages)
The book is prefaced with some ominous quotes from assassinated presidents.
The prologue is a flashback to the days of the mysterious Knights Templar and one particularly fierce knight's search for the biblical Tree of Life.
The plot progresses to present day, as Commander Gray Pierce of the
Sigma Force is preparing to assassinate President James Gant.
Once again, the Sigma force, that elite team of the Defense Department Research and Development Administration (DARPA), clashes with the Guild, the most secret of all fraternal societies.
Suspicion turns to the stately Gant family, a blue-blooded clan from Charleston that have produced the present President and Secretary of State.
Could the Guild be an extension of this aristocratic family and are they involved in some hellish cabal that involves the atrocious red-market, the illegal trafficking in human organs?
Rollins has created his own riveting triple helix as he weaves the science of DNA and the search for virtual immortality with political intrigue and adds a mixture of interesting characters which include a top-notch military dog, Kane, who understands one thousand verbal commands and one hundred hand signals.
The prolific imagination of James Rollins has delivered another fine story in "Bloodline."