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  • Bloodline

  • A Sigma Force Novel, Book 8
  • Written by: James Rollins
  • Narrated by: Peter Jay Fernandez
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author James Rollins takes you to the edge of modern medicine, genetics, and technology, revealing the next evolutionary leap forward: Immortality - a future conceived through the monstrous ingenuity of man....

Galilee, 1025. A cunning Templar knight uncovers a holy treasure: the Bachal Isu - the staff of Jesus Christ - a priceless icon that holds a mysterious and terrifying power that will forever change humanity if unleashed.

A millennium later, Somali pirates hijack a yacht off the coast off the Horn of Africa, kidnapping a young pregnant American woman and brutally killing her husband. Painter Crowe and his SIGMA team are enlisted for the top secret rescue mission. The kidnapped woman is Amanda Gant-Bennett, the daughter of U.S. President James Gant. Crowe is more than a little suspicious that the kidnapping masks a far more nefarious plot.

In the field, Commander Gray Pierce leads his small team of operatives into the treacherous African jungle to find the missing woman. But what should be a straightforward rescue turns into a fiery ambush and a deadly act of betrayal. As Commander Pierce and his team discover, the hostage is a pawn in a shattering act of terrorism with dark and shocking repercussions. And the danger is only beginning....

Performed by Peter Jay Fernandez.

©2012 James Czajkowski (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Mel
  • 2012-07-17

Deja Da Vinci

Giving a bad review is almost like having to swat your new little puppy for peeing on the carpet--it's so hard. I held off until now because I want the space used for good reviews that encourage readers -- unless someone else experiences the same thing I did. (I like to look at a person's review history to see whether they give fair, consistently good or bad, respectful reviews.) If I think someone with similar reading tastes to mine might benefit from a low, mostly negative review, I write. Sometimes my low reviews are for just plain old stinkers, others - just because the experience was so disappointing, in spite of decent writing. Bloodline falls into the latter category; not really a stinker, just a re-cycled disappointment. If an author is going to use a familiar plot--he owes it to his audience to add something really big and new.

The two reviews available while I'm writing this couldn't be different, and I think both are accurate for a specific audience...how's that for waivering? If you haven't read a lot of books with this similar plot, like the kind of right-out-of-the-box action familiar in this genre, can't get enough of the formulaic military vs. technology, here's your book. It sounded great... Infact, every time I read the publisher's summary I wanted to try again! But, several tries later, I had to "swat the puppy." It may be that I'm jaded, saturated with Templar Knights and religious relics, secret opperatives and mad scientists; Bloodline was just an amalgamation of so many books that have already trampled this plot into the dust. Rarely do I not care for a narrator; Fernandez did nothing to psyche me up for this promise of "shattering," "shocking," and "treacherous" action--instead he sounded already worn out by it all. Bloodline was not for me; but that doesn't mean there isn't an audience.

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  • Darla
  • 2012-08-27

Another Sigma Win!

Would you listen to Bloodline again? Why?

I love to go back and listen to books I've already read because it never fails that there will be a little piece that I may have missed the first go around that I will catch the second time.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Saying Bloodline kept me on edge would be easy, but the edge kept moving! You think that you are on the cusp of understanding it all and then....

What about Peter Jay Fernandez’s performance did you like?

The transitions between male and female voices would seem like it would be difficult but Peter Jay Fernandez manages excellently with his change in enunciation and voice inflection that nails each character individually.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I loved the new perspective we received from Cane's. How interesting to hear how such a warrior can perceive others as well as himself.

Any additional comments?

Keep dishing it up, Mr. Rollins. And don't be afraid to spin off your newest characters into their own world of Sigma missions.

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  • Philip A
  • 2012-07-08

Is It Over Yet??

I suppose I should have know that this being a Sigma Force novel there'd be 1. A secret facility and 2. The secret facility would blow up at the end and 3. It would look like the Guild was going to be victorious right up to the very last chapter and 4. The real villain wouldn't be the one that seemed so obvious.

But the thing that really bothered me most, and I'm not entirely sure why this never bothered me before in the other Sigma Force novels was the casual way Rollins blows up, shoots, drowns or dismembers people in this novel in one sentence . . . and moves on to the next bit of action, without ever looking back . . . it all seemed so callous, bloodles and detached from any feeling or humanity. It left me cold.

I think I won't be listening to any more Sigma Force novels from here on out!

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  • Cayce
  • 2014-05-27

Maybe I'm just not the target reader...

This is my second James Rollins novel and I chose it based on my algorithm recommendations at Goodreads (largely because I love the Pendergast books by Child/Preston). Despite that, it didn't completely suit me. The story is quite good with an intriguing plot, but there's so much fighting and running and hiding that it kind of got lost in the shuffle for me. I'm not totally opposed to those kinds of books as I love the Gray Man series, but I need to spend more time in the heads of the characters.

I think in the end the Sigma books are geared toward the physical more than the mental (similar books to the Pendergast series, but totally opposite emphasis) and I just got bored by the end.

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  • Polar Bear Lover
  • 2012-07-02

Excellent Read

Would you listen to Bloodline again? Why?

Yes, because you always discover something you missed the first time around.

What did you like best about this story?

The interaction of the team. I also really enjoyed the two newest members, especially Kane.

What does Peter Jay Fernandez bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He helps with keeping the pace and brings energy to the performance.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes it made me laugh in several places because I know the characters from previous books. It also made me hold my breath more than once.

Any additional comments?

The author writes in such a way as to pull you in to the story. I always look forward to a new book by him. In fact, I have gone back and bought many of his other books before the Sigma team started. The only dismay I feel right now, is knowing I have to wait a long time for the next book!

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  • Matthew
  • 2012-11-29

Committment and conspiracy

What did you like best about Bloodline? What did you like least?

We revisit some of Rollin's favourite team members, and learn more about their relationships and background, as well as meet some new characters.

We also get introduced to some new nasty ones.

There is some now almost obligatory reference to "nano technology" that is somewhat unecessary, but overall, its a fun ride.

Would you be willing to try another book from James Rollins? Why or why not?

Of course. He is good with technical jargon and action, as well as his usual conspiracy stuff.

Could you see Bloodline being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No,too sprawling and violent.

Any additional comments?

You'll like it , but it takes some time to get rolling. Stick with it,and you will enjoy I suspect. Id did.

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  • Keith
  • 2012-10-30

Superbly Written Again

Here we are at Sigma Force book 8 and I am still interested. It is not like James takes the same outline and uses again. Wait a minute thats what he did. Some big problem arises and a secret agency named sigma investigates. Painter Crow that boss man has to come up with a way to save Sigma Force from the politicians. In every book Painter finds a way to barely get by. The agents of Sigma face their problems head on and always spend half the book getting their butt's handed to them. Finally though good wins out and Sigma saves the day. After 8 books this outline is old, right? NO sir, I still get surprised when the perfect plan fails and Sigma must start again. I still fear the worst when all seems lost and jump for joy when the heros come through. I should just face reality James Rollins is a good author that writes a good quality book. If you have not read any of the Sigma Force novels, what are you waiting for.

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  • Sasquatch
  • 2017-12-21

Too much religion, not enough science.

Seems as if the last few are drifting that way, unlike earlier sigma novel storylines

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  • Daniel McAfee
  • 2013-06-24

I Think you have to be a Rollins Fan

This is my second James Rollins book, and while I enjoy the technical and research aspects of his books, I simply find them too boring at times.

The concept and overall story seem good, and I like the genre and believe there are a lot of really good fun and interesting points and story lines throughout this book. For me; however, there are simply too many slow periods and lulls in the story to keep me from calling this a "Can't-Put-Down" book, or in this case a "Can't-Quit-Listening" book.

I may try another Rollins book but I'm not going to jump out there and grab it anytime soon. From what I can tell by a lot of the reviews, it looks like Rollins has a very loyal following.

.....sooo if you like or love Rollins, I would highly recommend it.

Overall it's a decent story and decent listen as the narrator does a good job. I just don't think Rollins tickles my reading/listening bone.

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  • Queen of Everything
  • 2012-12-23

SCI-FI ACTION SOAP OPERA

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

It's an OK listen if you need to fill the time. Some of it quite interesting but it went on for way too long.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Liked the camaraderie and the action and back story. The story really didn't need all the crab robots-overdone and silly.

What three words best describe Peter Jay Fernandez’s performance?

Easy listening voice

Was Bloodline worth the listening time?

Yes, but only once.

Any additional comments?

Please ask folks who must read medical terms to seek the proper usage. It hurts my head when they don't. C-P-A-P is not ever used as individual letters. It's C-PAP. Any one using a CPAP machine for sleep apnea or medical personnel as in this case neonatal staff, will catch it and wince. Trust me, that's a large audience.

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