Thrillers are a tough sale these days. Commando adventures into hostile territory exposing vast conspiracies are more common than vampires and zombies combined, to judge by the bargain bin at your local Barnes & Noble. Nonetheless, James Rollins does something that I never would've given anyone short odds on: He keeps it fresh and interesting.
His new book, Blood Line, is the latest in his Sigma Force series. Sigma Force is the go-out-and-shoot-people wing of DARPA, which you may know as the mad scientists the United States employs to look at the laws of science, piss themselves laughing, then do the opposite in the name of national security. This time around, Commander Gray Pierce leaves his Alzheimer's-ridden father to take a rag-tag team into the mountains of Afghanistan and beyond in an effort to find the President's kidnapped and pregnant daughter.
Sounds simple, right? John McClain could take care of this in time to open Christmas presents. However, what is really going on is an age-old plot by a worldwide conspiracy called the Guild to secure the secret of immortality. The secret was taken by one of the nine founders of the Knights Templar in 1022 from a 500-year-old Arab man.