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review 2017-06-10 18:50
Crash and Burn (Sigma Force #11.5) by James Rollins
Crash and Burn: A Sigma Force Short Story (Sigma Force series) (SIGMA Force Novels (Audio)) - James Rollins

New York Times bestselling author James Rollins comes a shocking short story, where a chance mishap leads to the discovery of a weapon like no other in . . . Crash and Burn.

On a transatlantic flight, the two black sheep of Sigma Force--Seichan and Kowalski--must set aside their mutual dislike as a mysterious fiery force knocks their aircraft out of the sky. This unlikely duo must use every skill, weapon, and bit of ingenuity to survive a night on a remote volcanic island, where their only refuge is the haunted, bat-plagued grounds of a seemingly deserted resort. But something horrific awaits the two, something born of the latest science but rooted in our basest human instincts. To survive they will need to learn to work together--but even then, it may be too late.

 

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Right, I'm just going to do a short review of this novella since there is just not much to say about it. I thought I read it since I just got the latest James Rollins book (woohoo!) and I thought this story may be important to the book (or in some way connected). I do like that it featured two of my favorite characters, but to be honest it was way too short to be more than I appetizer. And, not even an intriguing appetizer. I felt that because the shortness of the story did nothing really happened, or rather everything had to happen in a matter of a few pages and then the end. I could see how this could be a prolog but as a short story? Nah, it didn't work for me.

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review 2016-10-20 00:00
Map of Bones: A Sigma Force Novel (Mass Market)
Map of Bones: A Sigma Force Novel (Mass Market) - James Rollins Strange alchemy and a chase between several groups who want the ancient alchemy and the power it suggests it contains.

Entertaining but it felt like it plodded a bit.
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review 2016-09-11 18:11
Map of Bones by James Rollins - My Thoughts
Map of Bones: A Sigma Force Novel - James Rollins

Map of Bones wasn't bad.  I had been hoping for more of an early Tom Clancy type of read, but this was a little thin on most counts.  

 

There was a lot of exposition, feeling as if one character telling the others the whole history of the world at times.  It certainly shows off that the author did a lot of research. I found it all a bit complicated and more than once it felt like a bit of a slog to get through things and get down to the action.  

 

The characters were okay - generic techno-thriller types with an interesting quirk or two that I thought could have been explored a little more.  There was a bit of a romance as there often is in this type of book, but it never hooked me.  I actually wanted to know more about what was going on with a couple of the secondary characters more than the main couple. 

 

There were some interesting twists and turns and one HELLUVA twist that managed to catch me completely by surprise.  I wanted more about the motivations though.  

 

All in all, this was a pleasant read and should the others in the series (yes, this is apparently the first of the Sigma Force books), go on sale for a reasonable price, I'll pick them up.  I wonder if they'll deal with the same characters at all?  Hmm...

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review 2016-01-27 19:48
The Judas Strain: A Sigma Force Novel - James Rollins

Slightly better than Ice Hunt (see above), but again just your average adventure read. I find some of his characters in the Sigma Force novels to be a bit bland.

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review 2016-01-27 17:23
The Last Oracle (Sigma Force #5) - James Rollins

One of Rollins' better works........very engaging plot and the main characters were more interesting and somewhat more believable in this book than other Rollins books. Took a little longer to read because of the holiday, but a fun read.

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