Finished reading the book last night (June 19, 2014). I’ve been working 12 hours shifts, so reading took a little longer than intended.
Overall, I enjoyed the book. Interesting premise along with an array of likeable, and not so likable, characters. The science is plausible and the use of actual tombs, sites and artifacts made for a tangible read. I did have a couple of issues with the book. The first was the information dumps early in the book which seemed to slow the pace in dramatic fashion. The second was in the final scene with the antagonist, Cassandra. I felt that she moved off character in a way which appeared awkward. She tries to thwart and disrupt the plans of Painter Crowe, Safia and the other characters, and then she . . . I’ll let you find out for yourself.
I recommend this book and I think you will enjoy. It was fun to read. I will give it 4 out of 5 Stars.
I’ve already picked up Map of Bones and Subterranean for future reading.
I started this the other night. This is my first James Rollins books.
by James Rollins @jamesrollins
— Book Description —
A freak explosion in the British museum in London ignites a perilous race for an earth-shaking power source buried deep beneath the sands of history. Painter Crowe is an agent for Sigma Force, a covert arm of the Defense Department tasked with keeping dangerous scientific discoveries out of enemy hands. When an ancient artifact points the way toward the legendary “Atlantis of the Sands,” Painter must travel across the world in search of the lost city-and a destructive power beyond imagining.
But Painter has competition. A band of ruthless mercenaries, led by a former friend and ally, 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!
— Taken From Amazon Product Page —