Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Amazonia by James Rollins

The Back of the Book:
 The Rand scientific expedition entered the lush wilderness of the Amazon and never returned. Years later, one of its members has stumbled out of the world’s most inhospitable rainforest—a former Special Forces soldier, scarred, mutilated, terrified, and mere hours from death, who went in with one arm missing . . . and came out with both intact. Unable to comprehend this inexplicable event, the government sends Nathan Rand into this impenetrable secret world of undreamed-of perils to follow the trail of his vanished father . . . toward mysteries that must be solved at any cost. But the nightmare that is awaiting Nate and his team of scientists and seasoned U.S. Rangers dwarfs any danger they anticipated . . . an ancient, unspoken terror—a power beyond human imagining—that can forever alter the world beyond the dark, lethal confines of Amazonia.
My Review:
James Rollins is one of the best adventure writers working today, and this early example of his work is typical of his writing and is a great escape. With his usual blend of adventure, science, politics, culture, myths and a little "what if" and romance added in, Amazonia is another exciting roller coaster ride of suspense. If you need sleep, don't start one of his books, as it's very hard to put them down once started.
A science/military team is going deep into the rainforest of Brazil, following the years old trail of an earlier expedition that disappeared. The prize: a potential miracle drug with regenerative properties. The dangers are numerous, from monstrous caimans, head-shrinking shamans, man-eating locusts, to double-crossing humans working for morally bankrupt, greedy pharmaceutical corporations.
As team members are killed off willy-nilly, time is running out for the desperate, remaining members of the expedition. Readers will be kept guessing as to who survives in this thrill ride of a novel.

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