By James Rollins
William Morrow, $27.99, 447 pages

This story, about an ancient lineage seeking immortality through modern genetics research, opens with the kidnapping of a young pregnant woman from a yacht off the horn of Africa. Commander Gray Pierce is sent by the secretive government agency SIGMA to find and rescue her. She is the daughter of the American president. Pierce is aided by former Army Ranger Captain Tucker Wayne and his military war dog, Kane. The clues they follow lead them through jungles, under the sea, and ultimately back to the U.S. where they learn more about a secret guild that is engaged in weapons development and genetic experiments, and both are being tested on kidnapped people.

James Rollins is the author of seven Sigma Force thrillers, and five other adventure thrillers. He creates best-selling novels based on solid science and known for explosive action and suspense. He holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine, is an avid spelunker and scuba enthusiast.

Bloodline has it all: science, romance, politics, family drama and macho heroes swooping in to save their ladies. There are exotic locations, shoot outs, adrenalin-fueled brawls, buildings collapsing and enough intrigue and suspense to satisfy anyone.

Reviewed by Fran Byram