Books Read in 2017


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1. Sand Storm - James Rollins - This was a good story that combined anti-matter and ancient and modern times. It starts with an earthquake in the middle east that just about levels an historical site but that also opens up an unknown room where an ancient book had once been stored. This book was supposedly the gospel of Jesus. Then in London, at the British Museum, a strange explosion occurs that has the ear marking of an matter/anti matter explosion. This fact brings in Sigma to investigate specifically Painter Crowe and his beautiful assistant, Coral Novak. When an ancient artifact exposed in the explosion points the way toward Ubar, the legendary “Atlantis of the Sands”. Painter travels across the world in search of the lost city and a destructive power beyond imagining in an attempt to keep it from falling into the wrong hands. Unfortunately Painter has competition. A band of ruthless mercenaries, led by a former friend and ally Cassandra, are also intent on claiming the prize, and they will destroy anyone who gets in their way. Ancient history collides with cutting-edge science with the safety of the world at stake! The description of Ubar is especially vivid. A city underground made of sand stone and glass. This was a good story that I could see myself reading again at some point.
2. The Hunt For Atlantis - Andy McDermott - This was the first book from a new author and I really enjoyed it. McDermott is like a clone of James Rollins who I also really like. The story unfolds as a graduate student is trying to pursue her degree by speculating on where Atlantis might be located. Her adviser rejects her proposal saying Atlantis is just a legend and that she should find something else for her dissertation. In steps an ultra rich Norwegian who offers to finance an expedition to see if she is correct about the location. So off to Brazil they go after following various leads and they find an unknown tribe of natives that are protecting a copy of Atlantis where the Atlantians went after their island off the coast of Portugal collapsed into the sea. They soon find an enemy (which happens to be an ancient society called the Brotherhood) who is trying to erase all traces of the civilization because they consider Atlantians evil. Of course a battle occurs which results in the underground city being totally destroyed. From clues they found prior to the city's destruction they determine the location of the original Atlantis so off they go again. As they are researching the sunken city, they are again attacked by the Brotherhood and their research vessel is sunk in an attempt to destroy all traces of the ancient city. To save the crew of the research vessel from being murdered, the graduate student, Nina Wilde,  offers up herself and leads the Brotherhood to the last remaining Atlantian city in Nepal. Her bodyguard and protector ex-SAS Eddie Chase sets out to rescue her at the final Atlantian site. Come to find out the rich Norwegian backer finds out that about 15% of the people distributed across the Earth have Atlantian genes so he bio-engineers a virus that will kill everyone without this gene so that descendants of the Atlantians can once again rule the Earth like they did in antiquity. Nina is placed on a jumbo jet carrying the virus and will be killed if she doesn't agree to join their cause. Chase get on board and of course messes up their plans and ends up getting the jet to crash into the Norwegian's labratory. In the end the plot is destroyed along with the Norwegian and his lab. This was a good read because the plot twist of having the Norwegian be the bad guy was not revealed until the last minute. I've already download the next McDermott book and an looking forward to another good story.
3. The Tomb of Hercules - Andy McDermott - Another adventure in which Eddie Chase and Dr. Nina Wilde find themselves in mortal danger while trying to find the legendary tomb of Hercules. Dr. Wilde was prohibited from claiming the discovery of Atlantis so she was dead set on finding another ancient marvel that she could discover and confirm her place in the world of archeology. The adventure starts off with Eddie going to Singapore to rescue his ex-wife Sophia. Little did he know that the rescue was all a part of a plan that Lady Sophia Blackwell was hatching to not only get back at (and kill) Eddie but also to kill her other two husbands (both in one week) so that she could take over their vast empires. Her plan was to smuggle a nuke on board a ship heading to New York harbor so she could blow it up and crush the world's financial markets with the chaos that would ensue. Her riches would be protected because of the massive amounts of gold and jewels found in Hercules tomb in Africa. Sophia tries to kill Eddie and Nina over and over again as they got progressively closer to thwarting her plan. In the end of course they destroy Sophia's support system and finally bring her to justice as well. They also find that they still love each other and mend their relationship that was strained by the politics of their jobs. This was a decent read but nothing great. Still, I'll go and find another McDermott novel to read while I'm at it.


















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