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James Rollins is a bestselling author and an amateur spelunker and scuba enthusiast. He currently lives and writes in Sacramento, California.
Bestseller Rollins (Subterranean) explores the genetic engineering theme popularized by Jurassic Park, if less imaginatively than, say, Warren Fahy did in his 2009 debut, Fragment, in this solid stand-alone thriller. During the looting of the Baghdad zoo in the early days of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, 12-year-old Makeen and his younger brother observe two men, one dressed in a khaki military uniform and the other in a dark suit, remove a large metal briefcase containing embryos from a secret facility at the zoo. About five years later, a U.S. Border Patrol helicopter lands at the New Orleans Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species to take Dr. Lorna Polk, a postgraduate resident, out over the Mississippi Delta to an abandoned trawler. In the boat Polk sees cages filled with bizarre creatures like Siamese twin capuchin monkeys and oversized vampire bats. The science mostly takes a backseat to generic suspense scenes of animal attacks, gunfights, and abduction.Å(Jan.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
Taking a break from his "Sigma Force" series, Rollins still captivates with this stand-alone work. Veterinarian Maura Kelly discovers a horrific menagerie of animals that have been genetically altered to not only be an ugly aberration of nature, but also extremely intelligent. She has very little time to contemplate who or what's happening, because one of the animals escapes. With the help of a U.S. marshall she knows from her past, Maura discovers an even more sinister plot that involves humans as well. Verdict Writing about a profession he knows intimately as a practicing vet, Rollins gets the details right in this exhilarating page-turner. The main characters are intriguing, and he does an admirable job balancing character development with the mayhem. Rollins's career is on the rise, and this further solidifies his reputation. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 7/09.]-Jeff Ayers, Seattle P.L. Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.