Black Order by James Rollins - "A sinister fire in a Copenhagen bookstore ignites a relentless hunt across four continents. Arson and murder reveal an insidious plot to steal a Bible that once belonged to Charles Darwin, the father of evolutionary theory. And Commander Gray Pierce dives headlong into a mystery that dates back to Nazi Germany and to horrific experiments performed in a now-abandoned laboratory buried in a hollowed-out mountain in Poland.
A continent away, madness ravages a remote monastery high in Nepal, as Buddhist monks turn to cannibalism and torture. Lisa Cummings, a young American doctor investigating the atrocity, is suddenly a target of a bru-tal assassin working for clandestine forces that want the affair buried at any cost. Lisas only ally is a hidden pilgrim, Painter Crowe - director of SIGMA Force, an elite command of American scientists and Special Forces operatives - who is already showing signs of the baffling malady that destroyed the minds of the monks.
Now it is up to Gray Pierce to save both Painter and Lisa - and a world in jeopardy - as SIGMA Force races to expose a century - old plot that threatens to destroy the current world order and alter the destiny of humankind forever." *
I must be getting tired of this genre. Or these guys are just not delivering like they used to. I didn't really care for this book very much. The story was never clear and there was too much going on...too much bouncing back and forth between storylines.
I'm getting a little tired of these thriller genre guys all copying each other. Once someone does something cool, they all jump on the bandwagon. Ever since The Da Vinci Code, Matthew Reilly, James Rollins and Preston/Child have all been obsessed with finding the next cool object that can be used in a bid for world domination. Geez. Give it a rest. I don't care about Charles Darwin's Bible or the gold eye that used to sit atop the great pyramid or the petrified left ear of Albert Einstein. I'm starting to think that Reilly and Rollins might be psychically linked or maybe they are the same guy. There's been tons of copying going on between those two. And what's with the giant monster animals. Giant hyenas, giant seals, giant jaguars...giant, giant, giant. It's getting cliche. You guys need to take a deep breath and come up with some original stuff. You guys were the authors I looked forward to. Now, not so much. You've all gone way down the list for me. You're now down at the bottom with Crichton whom I gave up on a long time ago.
I wonder. Crichton lost it and was replaced. So, where are the replacements for these guys? Anybody got a clue? If so, let me know. I need some good books to read.