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Product Details

  • Series: Sigma Force (Book 8)
  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; First Edition edition (June 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061784796
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061784798
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (657 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #374,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon Exclusive: Q & A with James Rollins

Q: In Bloodline, you introduce two new characters, Tucker and Kane, a pair unlike any your readers have seen before. Tell us about them, and why you decided to write about them?

James Rollins: First of all, I wanted to honor these unique American heroes. Tucker Wayne is a former captain with the Army Rangers. After two tours of duty in Afghanistan, he leaves the service disillusioned after a bloody battle. Aided by members of his own unit, Tucker steals his war dog, Kane.

What I liked best about exploring this pair's unique relationship is a phrase commonly used by military war dog handlers--It runs down the lead--describing how the emotions of the pair became shared over time, binding them together as firmly as any leash. And it's that bond and ability for the two to operate as one that I wanted to explore in this novel.

Q: Can you tell us about your research into military dogs?

JR: About a year and half ago, I was lucky enough to participate in a USO tour of authors to military bases in Iraq and Kuwait. There, I saw several of these war dogs in action. I was also able to meet and talk to a veterinary school classmate of mine who works with the veterinary corps out in Iraq. After that encounter, it got me thinking about writing this book, of honoring these unique war heroes on the page.

Q: Women play a large role in Bloodline. How are you able to write from the point of view of women so well?

JR: I have three sisters who make sure I get those details correct, but also during my USO tour to Iraq and Kuwait, I got a chance to talk at length to women in the field--to hear what it's like to be a female in the armed services. And that'[s something I tried to capture accurately.

Q: Your novels always delve into the cutting edge of science. What is the scientific basis behind Bloodline?

JR: The root of this book came from a recent article in Time magazine. The cover declared: 2045, the Year Man Becomes Immortal. I read that and wondered how that could become true. Could immortality be achievable in our lifetime? It sent me into a yearlong and chilling investigation into the frontiers of life extension.

Q: What are some of these new discoveries involving immortality?

JR: I've learned that there are actually two competing schools of study when it comes to the search for immortality. On one side, scientists are looking at moving man into machines, moving our consciousness into a synthetic arena. Scientists in Switzerland right now are working with IBM to create the first virtual human brain and say they are about a decade off from achieving this goal.

On the other side of the scientific fence, researchers are also looking at moving machines into us: basically replacing our failing parts with artificial organs. We already have synthetic pancreases and mechanical hearts, and these scientific advancements continue to accelerate, especially with the explosive growth of nanotechnology, which involves engineering at the atomic level.

Q: Now to the last and most pressing question: How close are we to achieving immortality?

JR: That's a good question--and the answer is the most startling revelation I discovered while researching this story, something I share within the pages of this book. In Bloodline, readers will learn a shocking scientific truth about the nature of mankind: That immortal beings already walk among us today.

If you want to know who they are, if you want to learn how to live forever--read Bloodline.

Review

“From the hidden Indian treasure, to the Fort Knox secrets, to the conspiracy at the beginning of the United States The Devil Colony gives you every reason why you’ll want to be a member of Sigma Force.” (Brad Meltzer, New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle on The Devil Colony)

“Terrible secrets, the sweep of history, an epic canvas, breathless action...nobody—and I mean nobody—does this stuff better than Rollins.” (Lee Child on The Devil Colony)

“James Rollins is a master of international action and intrigue.” (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

“Riveting....Rollins gets better with each book, and his position at the top of this particular subgenre remains unshaken.” (Publishers Weekly on The Devil Colony)

“Rollins combines real-world science with high-octane action to create rousing stories of adventure that are as exciting as any movie.” (Chicago Sun-Times) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

James Rollins is the New York Times bestselling author of the Sigma Force series and other novels. Blending science and history, his action adventure novels have been praised as "enormously engrossing" (NPR) and "smart, entertaining adventure fiction" (New York Journal of Books). Before pursuing a writing career, Jim obtained a degree in veterinary medicine and established a successful veterinary practice in Sacramento, CA. He currently resides in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

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The characters are well developed.
Michael Balazinski
The book is fast paced story full of turns and twists. your hooked into the story by the 5th page and you don't want to put it down.
Daniel Laverne
I loved how the novel mixed history and science with action.
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82 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Susan Tunis TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 22, 2012
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After a brief prologue, James Rollins' latest Sigma Force thriller picks up shortly after where last year's superlative The Devil Colony left off. Commander Gray Pierce is dealing with the fallout of his mother's murder, and the team is ready to exact vengeance against the Guild. (Now, those first two sentences should tell readers something. While I certainly think that there is enjoyment to be had reading Bloodline as a stand-alone, this installment of the series is very much built upon what's come before, both in terms of plot and character arcs. In a perfect world, I'd recommend reading this after reading the other books in the series, or at the very least The Devil Colony.) Early in the book, the enigmatic double-agent Seichan shows up unexpectedly:

"`There's been a kidnapping off the Seychelles by Somali pirates. A high-value American target. Painter wanted to know if you were up for a mission.' Gray frowned. Why was Sigma involved with a simple kidnapping? There were plenty of policing and maritime agencies that could attend to such a crime. Sigma Force--made up of Special Forces soldiers who had been retrained in various scientific disciplines--was a covert wing for DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Sigma teams were sent out into the world to protect against global threats, not to address the kidnapping of a single American."

Well, there's high-value, and then there's HIGH-VALUE. And this kidnapping victim is the latter. And wouldn't you know, this crime eventually leads back to the Guild. This is the book Mr. Rollins has been promising readers. It is the ultimate showdown between these two organizations.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By ChibiNeko TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 28, 2012
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One thing I want to make absolutely clear with this review is that if you're looking for the Sigma of the earlier books, the quest for forgotten treasures and past mysteries, you won't find that here. Not really, anyway. This book made it very clear to me that like Steve Berry's books, the plot focus here has officially shifted to a political strategies and power plays. This won't bother some, as many will be readers of military intrigue where such plots are common, but for those who are in this more for the Indiana Jones thrill will find themselves slightly left out.

That aside, there were elements in here I really enjoyed. I still loved the characters for the most part. Kowalski is still a hoot and remains one of my favorite characters. He's not an idiot, but his buffoonery provides a much needed lightness to the book because otherwise it'd be uninterrupted action and seriousness. (Others will probably see him as the Jar Jar of the Sigma team, though.) I also can't help but continue to like the women of the series, especially since they are usually some of the toughest characters. It's nice to have women that can hold their own for the most part. The guys? They're good, but Grey just continues to sail into Gary Stu territory. This doesn't mean that I dislike him, just that at times he's a little too perfect for my tastes.

Plot-wise, the book could have used about a good 50-100 pages shaved off. The idea of genetic engineering and DNA manipulation is an interesting one. It brings up a lot of questions as well as opens up the doors for future plot points in the series. I also rather liked the reveals in this book. Some of them you might have expected, some you might not have. The ending of this was particularly tight.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Ethan on June 26, 2012
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First time mothers are supposed to spend the nine months before birth in a blissful state of anticipatory preparation. With only a few weeks before the arrival of her newborn, Amanda is feeling anything but bliss. After discovering her husband's infertility, Amanda undergoes the grueling process of in vitro fertilization. A couple miscarriages later, she finally carries a healthy child. Despite all of this, she and her husband are fleeing for their lives. A few weeks ago, she received anonymous notification, indicating that the life of her child was threatened. Now, off the coast of Africa, the couple is aboard a yacht, fleeing for the safety of their child. Under the cover of darkness, a group of Somali pirates hijacks the ship, killing the crew, her husband, and kidnapping the pregnant Amanda. This story alone would be enough to capture American headlines, but there is one more detail that makes this an even bigger story. Amanda is the daughter of the President of the United States!

In "Bloodline", the latest installment in the popular Sigma Force series by author James Rollins, Sigma, a secretive US military group, is tasked with finding the kidnapped Amanda. Gray Pierce, field leader of the covert team, is dealing with problems of his own. His mother was caught in the crossfire of his previous mission, in which his pursuit of the elusive organization, The Guild, led to her murder, leaving his father, who is slowly declining into dementia, to live alone. By straddling his protagonist with the guilt of his mother's death, Rollins turns what could have been a mindless super-human warrior into an everyman with genuine emotions.

Sigma enlists the help of a highly trained, army dog, Kane, and trainer, Tucker, to assist with the search.
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