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I've read James Rollins before, and have to give him credit for delivering just about conceivable storylines..In the Judas Strain, we see a worldwide pandemic looming, blossoming from every type of benign bacteria known to man....causing symptoms of every disease known in its victims......no single disease pandemic from THIS author, no sirree!!
Following in the footsteps of a great explorer, Painter Crowe, Commander Gray Pierce and Monk of Sigma force (what macho names) have to turn to their sword enemies, the sinister Guild for help...........the beautiful but deadly Guild assassin of Eurasian birth, Seichan, running around the world with a leaking bullet wound, helping Pierce at every turn. Also aiding in their quest is, of course, the obligatory Vatican representative (because the explorer was Italian, the Vatican had to be involved....) and the Guilds' head of scientific research, the dastardly but dashing Devesh.
From a tomb in Venice, the explorer guards and hides a secret that could shatter history....deep within the tropical jungle, ancient ruins conceal a deadly secret, and, hidden in our genetic code, is a mystery like no other......(cue dramatic music).
Just in case there isn't enough happening, on the way to the solution........Grays' parents, a feisty mother and an alzheimers suffering father are captured by the evil criminal mastermind Nasser and subjected to all kinds of cruelty and degradation, a cruise ship is hijacked and hidden in a lagoon on an island populated by pirates and cannibals, hidden out of sight by giant camouflage net, the billionaire cruise ship owner aids the Sigma boys, a single man on a jet ski takes on dozens, if not hundreds of Indonesian pirates and mercenaries to win the day, saving his bosses girlfriend along the way and also recruits a cannibal army who believe that the stricken scientist, Susan Turner, is ther god because she glows in the dark.....a symptom of her diseases....
So I guess what I'm saying is that the action scenes in this book really do need you to suspend your disbelief..........
It's not bad for it's type, but there seem to be quite a few authors around at the moment 'crafting' this type of Super-Human heroes beat the worldwide Evil Genius' Network, with death-defying actions and a smart quip, a beautiful baddie who turns good etc etc novel. I really don't believe there's any room for more, please!!!!