Altar of Eden by James Rollins

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Primarily a creature adventure story with a few scientific twists, this will be snapped up by fans of Crichton, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. It's a good read for a rainy day.
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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 William Morrow. 413 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Nature & Wildlife, Crime, Horror, History, Political & Social Sciences, War. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Ray Palen on Jan 05 2011

James Rollins never fails to deliver intelligent and thought-provoking work, and he continues to do so in such a manner that pleases thriller fans as well as those readers who like their stories filled with scientific research and moral dilemmas.

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Reviewed by Sue Gammon on Feb 19 2010

Primarily a creature adventure story with a few scientific twists, this will be snapped up by fans of Crichton, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. It's a good read for a rainy day.

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