Black Order by James Rollins
Sigma Force 3.
A Nazi experiment smuggled out of Germany as the Soviet army approached. An outbreak of insanity at a monastery in Nepal. An increase in black market auctions dealing with books and papers associated with scientists such as Charles Darwin. A mysterious creature of mythology attacks an assistant game warden in South Africa. What do these all have in common? They are all divergent threads leading to one common threat.
Wow. Just wow. Multiple stories within one book focusing on various Sigman Force personnel begin to pick up speed until they converge onto a central location containing a threat simmering since World War II. We join Gray Pierce and Painter Crowe in different parts of the world, added by others old and new, in a fight to save the world from one of the most horrendous plans in the world.
Rollins’ ability to weave these various storylines throughout the book is remarkable. A book of cliffhangers that don’t annoy me. Instead I rejoice in moving from location to location. It is the mark of a great author when they make the reader care about the people who should be the villains of the story. I found myself truly liking Anna and Gunther, feeling a deep sympathy for two people who were struggling to make their way out of the darkness of their family’s history. Their story was so tragic. I hope to see more of Fiona in the future. Feisty, stubborn, and braver than I think even she realizes. And then there is Dr. Lisa Cummings who I believe will be making appearances in the future.
Finally, we have the relationships between Monk and Kat, Painter and Rachel, all of whom are struggling to find a common ground between work and love. These are people I’ve come to care about, so it interests me greatly to see how things are developing from book to book.
And, as always, I have added more non-fiction books to my TBR list, books that will expand the science and fact behind the fiction. Don’t be afraid of the subject matter of this book. Rollins has a deft way of explaining the science so that, while you may not become an expert, you will understand how it applies to the story you are reading. I cannot recommend this series enough to new readers. 5 out of 5.