Bloodline by James Rollins

80%

32 Critic Reviews

...the momentum of the plot will carry along those looking for an exciting escape.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

In a thrilling masterwork that will make you rethink your perceptions of life and death, New York Times bestselling author James Rollins takes you to the edge of medicine, genetics, and technology, revealing the next evolutionary leap forward: immortality.
Galilee, 1025. Infiltrating an ancient citadel, a Templar knight uncovers a holy treasure long hidden within the fortress's labyrinth: the Bachal Isu -- the staff of Jesus Christ -- a priceless icon that holds a mysterious and terrifying power that promises to change humankind forever. 
A millennium later, Somali pirates hijack a yacht off the coast of the Horn of Africa, kidnapping a young pregnant American woman. Commander Gray Pierce is enlisted for a covert rescue mission into the African jungle. The woman is no rich tourist: she's Amanda Gant-Bennett, daughter of the U.S. president. 
Suspicious that the kidnapping masks a far more nefarious plot, Gray must confront a shadowy cabal which has been manipulating events throughout history...and now challenges the current presidency.  
For this unique mission, SIGMA is aided by a pair of special operatives with unique talents: former Army Ranger Captain Tucker Wayne and his military war dog, Kane. But what should be a straightforward rescue turns into a fiery ambush and a deadly act of betrayal, as Gray and his team discover that the hostage is a pawn in a shattering act of terrorism with dark repercussions. And the danger is only beginning... 
Halfway around the world, a firebombing at a fertility clinic in South Carolina exposes a conspiracy that goes back centuries...a scheme that lies within our genetic code. With time against them, SIGMA must race to save an innocent unborn baby whose very existence raises questions about the nature of humanity, asking: 
Could you live forever? 
Would you live forever?
 

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 June 26, 2012 by William Morrow. 465 pages
Genres: Other, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, War, Crime, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Bloodline
All: 32 | Positive: 28 | Negative: 4

Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Jul 01 2012

A predictable tale in which the hits, and the blood spatter, just keep coming.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Sep 10 2012

...the momentum of the plot will carry along those looking for an exciting escape.

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Sandra Cruz on Jul 13 2012

The science parts are easy to follow and the action scenes read like a spy novel.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Ray Palen on Jun 29 2012

...all are guaranteed to lose breath, and perhaps some sleep, over the incredible plotlines James Rollins weaves through this engaging, insightful and witty thriller.

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Look At OKC

Excellent
Reviewed by John Harrington on Jul 22 2012

The action is continuous. The questions raised are thought-provoking, and Kane is one heck of a dog.

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Look At OKC

Excellent
Reviewed by John Harrington on Jul 22 2012

The action is continuous. The questions raised are thought-provoking

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Mysterious Reviews

Excellent
Reviewed by Mysterious Reviews on Sep 01 2012

Bloodline is a fast-paced, techno-thriller that incorporates several different sciences.

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The Big Story

Excellent
Reviewed by Jeff Ayers on Jul 02 2012

The science in "Bloodline" 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.

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US Daily Review

Excellent
Reviewed by Candace Salima on Jun 24 2012

The veterinarian turned New York Times Bestseller had delivered yet another page turning book which keeps you guessing until the end.

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The Morning Sun

Excellent
Reviewed by Jeff Ayers on Jul 07 2012

Readers unfamiliar with the previous novels in the series will not feel lost starting here.

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Luxury Reading

Good
Reviewed by Jennifer Rasmussen on Jul 24 2012

Even though this is the 8th book of the Sigma series, you don’t have to read the first seven before you get to this one.

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BlackFive

Good
Reviewed by Elise Cooper on Jun 25 2012

Rollins has the reader ponder the innovative aspects of science and technology. He does all this in an action packed, fast-paced thriller that the reader will not want to put down.

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S. Krishna's Books

Good
Reviewed by Swapna Krishna on Jul 13 2012

If you’re looking for a fun, mindless read - perhaps for a long plane flight - this is definitely a great choice.

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Geeky Bloggers Book Blog

Good
Reviewed by Geeky Bloggers on Jun 25 2012

Nothing stood in the way of me enjoying Blood Line!

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Criminal Element

Good
Reviewed by Clare Toohey on Jun 26 2012

...Bloodline offers the high-octane, globe-trotting, popcorn-chomping thrills you already know you enjoy, but this time, with even more family and fur!

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Bibliophilic Book Blog

Good
Reviewed by Star on Oct 01 2012

With a blend of high-tech current science, history, and science not-so-fiction, Mr. Rollins has written another spectacular adventure.

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The Speed of Write

Good
Reviewed by Maria on Jul 03 2012

It’s chocked full of action, adventure, science and long reaching conspiracies to keep you satisfied. 

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Mystery People

Good
Reviewed by MysteryPeopleScott on Jun 28 2012

...Rollins is in the business of providing wonder and adventure. His characters are colorful, locations exotic, and his writing has a smooth visceral feel I really enjoyed.

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JulzReads

Below average
Reviewed by Julz on Jun 16 2012

You really have to set aside any incredulity for such an outrageous plot.

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Crimespace

Good
Reviewed by Kittling on Jun 30 2012

Lots of action, lots of things blowing up, you get to root for the Good Guys and hate the Bad Guys.

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For Winter Nights

Good
on Jul 22 2012

There are twists galore in Bloodline. There are revelations to make your jaw drop. From the first page I knew I would be hooked and I kept on reading with barely a break. It is quite astonishing how James Rollins continues to excel even himself.

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Curious Book Shop

Good
Reviewed by Audrey Barton on Jul 16 2012

The corkscrew plot is certainly not predictable; loyal fans and newcomers should find Rollins' latest effort exhilarating.

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A Book a Week

Good
Reviewed by Ethan on Jun 29 2012

Despite being the eighth novel in the series, "Bloodline" has enough back-story to stand on its own. 

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Mrs. Mommy's Booknerd's Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Mrs. Mommy Booknerd on Jul 22 2012

Saturday morning comes around and my mind is preoccupied with the story.

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ScienceThrillers.com

Good
Reviewed by Amy Rogers on Jun 18 2012

Rollins’ novels are just plain fun to read. Highly recommend. As a bonus, they’re suitable for a wide audience (PG-13 at most), are always imaginative, and have excellent portrayals of female characters–some of the best written by a male author.

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Seeley James

Good
Reviewed by Seeley James on Aug 29 2012

He cares about his craft, his finished product, and ultimately, his readers. By doing his work diligently, Mr. Rollins deserves a debt of gratitude from the reading community in these turbulent times for publishers. Long may he write.

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Iceberg Ink

Below average
Reviewed by GunMetalBlue on Jul 03 2012

...for one of my favourite author’s to have delivered what can only be construed as a typical science thriller was quite disappointing to me. I was truly expecting something more like the previous Sigma books, but the history was seriously lacking here and that put me right off.

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Stuff and Nonsense

Good
Reviewed by Amy on Sep 23 2012

James Rollins' novels never fail to be exciting, involving and achieve the goal of being effective thrillers. 

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Megalith

Good
Reviewed by Megalith on Jun 25 2012

I feared Blood Line was going to be another in a long line of  formulaic, Templar-themed thrillers. I'm pleased to say I was wrong. 

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Tim's World

Below average
Reviewed by Tim on Jul 27 2012

I would not recommend reading it without reading the other books.

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The Book Zone

Good
Reviewed by Bookzone on Jul 31 2012

If you are a Rollins fan then you need to read this now.

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Lifestyles of a Contradiction

Below average
Reviewed by Amber Gates on Jul 14 2012

I had a hard time trying to grasp what exactly he was getting at.

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