Altar of Eden by James Rollins

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Baghdad falls . . . and armed men are seen looting the city zoo. Amid a hail of bullets, a concealed underground lab is ransacked--and something horrific is set loose upon the world.

Seven years later, Louisiana state veterinarian Lorna Polk investigates an abandoned shipwrecked fishing trawler carrying exotic caged animals, part of a black market smuggling ring. But there is something disturbingly wrong with these beasts--each an unsettling mutation of the natural order, all sharing one uncanny trait: incredibly heightened intelligence.

Joining forces with U.S. Border Patrol Agent Jack Menard--a man who shares with her a dark and bloody past--Lorna sets out to uncover the truth about this strange cargo and the terrorist threat it poses. Because a beast escaped the shipwreck and is running amok--and what is about to be born upon the altar of Eden could threaten not only the future of the world but the very foundation of what it means to be human.

About James Rollins

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New York Times bestselling author James Rollins holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine and resides in the Sierra Nevada mountains. An avid spelunker and certified scuba enthusiast, he can often be found underground or underwater.
Published December 10, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 413 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Nature & Wildlife. Non-fiction

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A veterinarian/author explores the hazards of genetic engineering in this fast-paced thriller.

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Before I had a chance to really settle into that idea, Rollins ups the ante by including a huge mutated jaguar that’s gotten away and is going to go on a kill spree to feed herself and her young cub.

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Having been confronted with the same question many times myself, I appreciate Rollins’ answer to the question that sparked the writing of Altar of Eden.

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As Lorna is shown the true intentions of the Babylon Project, she is horrified at the implications it has for both the animal kingdom and humanity --- and she may be the next subject of this experimentation if Jack and his makeshift team of rescuers cannot save her and stop these atrocities.

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Their discoveries about animal intelligence are real as are the hunting habits of jaguars and so much of the science discussed.Maybe the most important scientific fact Rollins presents in this book is the bond between humans and animals.

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When a fishing trawler is wrecked off the coast of New Orleans, the Coast Guard is called in to investigate the cargo found below deck.

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