A sinister fire in a Copenhagen bookstore ignites a relent-less hunt across four continents. Arson and murder reveal an insidious plot to steal a Bible that once belonged to Charles Darwin, the father of evolutionary theory. And Commander Gray Pierce dives headlong into a mystery that dates back to Nazi Germany . . . and to horrific experiments performed in a now-abandoned laboratory buried in a hollowed-out mountain in Poland.
A continent away, madness ravages a remote monastery high in Nepal, as Buddhist monks turn to cannibalism and torture. Lisa Cummings, a young American doctor investigating the atrocity, is suddenly a target of a bru-tal assassin working for clandestine forces that want the affair buried at any cost. Lisa's only ally is a hidden pilgrim, Painter Crowe -- director of SIGMA Force, an elite command of American scientists and Special Forces operatives -- who is already showing signs of the baffling malady that destroyed the minds of the monks.
Now it is up to Gray Pierce to save both Painter and Lisa -- and a world in jeopardy -- as SIGMA Force races to expose a century-old plot that threatens to destroy the current world order . . . and alter the destiny of humankind forever.
Combining the historic scope of The Da Vinci Code with the relentless thrills of today's best action novels, James Rollins's Black Order is a classic adventure -- an ingenious and breathtaking tour de force that explodes with revelations . . . while offering a startling new view of our place in the grand scheme of existence....Continua
Once again, science and history meet in an intriguing and beautiful fashion. The new characters are very well thought and fit beautifully the story, whilst the usual characters keep evolving and showing a side of them still unknown.
The adventure is first class, as always.
Really interesting, actually. I started reading it out of boredom and for lack of other books, but I don't regret it a tiny bit.
Differently from usual, the historical facts here are REAL (and that just shows you how much reality sometimes is more unbelievable than fantasy) and I enjoyed how the author was able to fit his plot into that, with some brilliant twists.
Actually, he couldn't let out some clichés, like the main hero and the heroine fallin in love, another character redeeming himself and suddenly growing up and understanding the importance of love and family. Very Americanish, if you can understand what I mean.
But I enjoyed his writing style, how he could mix science, history and his own story without being boring. The charcaters had strong personalities, even if a bit stereotyped, and he seemed to focus more on details and description instead of the people intereacting in the book. I don't know it this is because this book is one of a serie, so I maybe missed some information put in the other books, but after reading another book from him, I'm pretty sure this is just how he writes.
And I appreciated him even more in English, understanding once more how a translation can change an author's style.
Anyway, this is surely a good book to read to enjoy yourself during a trip....Continua