I have been a fan of James Rollins since I read Map of Bones (Sigma #2) back in 2005. In addition to all the Sigma Force novels, except for the first one, I have read three of Rollins early stand alone novels and all are great! The thing that I like best about the Rollins novels is – the science, no it’s the action, no the political aspects….- the whole package!!! The Associated Press writes….
“The Science…. reads like the best of Michael Crichton.
The machinations of government read like the best of David Baldacci
And the action and thrills read like the best of Clive Cussler. Rollins takes the best of all of these and creates an amazing thriller unlike any other.”
Rollins latest book The Kill Switch co-written with Grant Blackwood, like the rest of his books, has all the above, plus two new heroes, one man and the other canine. Tucker Wayne, an ex-U.S. Army Ranger and his Belgian shepherd Kane have been asked by Sigma Force director Painter Crowe to help the Force out with a simple extraction of a defector from a foreign country. The country is Russia and the defector Abram Bukolov, the Steve Jobs of Russia’s pharmaceutical industry! Soon Tucker discovers that this is not an everyday extraction, and Russia’s military and intelligence divisions plus a deadly sniper Felice Nlsson are out to stop him!!
But why is Bukolov on the run? It all revolves around Bukolov’s research about LUCA – the Last Universal Common Ancestor, of all life on earth – in the right hands LUCA could change the world for the better in the wrong hands it could destroy the world’s ecosystem! Bukolov’s research has led him to the mountains of Nambia, where botanist Paulos de Klerck may have encountered the theoretical LUCA. So now Wayne’s mission expands beyond that simple extraction to finding the LUCA before Russian General Kharzin does!
The trip becomes more hazardous because there’s a traitor in the midst of Wayne’s group, feeding information back to Kharszin, allowing him to keep the heat in the person of Felice Nilsson on Wayne and Kane!! Who’s the traitor? Is the LUCA real and where is it? What would happen if Kharzin got his hands on the LUCA? These are all questions Tucker Wayne and Kane must answer before it’s too late for them – and the world!!
In The Kill Switch Rollins has created two new characters in Tucker Wayne and Kane that you can root for and they need all the help they can get to complete their mission!! The book was a great ride from a Simple Proposition in Vladivosotok, to the Rough Country of South Africa and Namibia, to End Game on the shores of Lake Michigan?? I, for one, can’t wait for this dynamic duo’s next adventure. Until then, I’ll have to settle for Rollins’ latest Sigma Force novel The 6th Extinction!!(
(Book 16 0f 2014)
- Weaving Tapestries of Adventure – James Rollins and BLOODLINE (piperbayard.wordpress.com)
- FREE eBook: Tracker (Sigma Force Novels) by James Rollins @jamesrollins! @WmMorrowBks (randomizeme.net)
- James Rollins Receives a $15 Million Multibook Deal (rss.nytimes.com)