Sunday, June 05, 2005

Book Review: Sandstorm by James Rollins

James Rollins knows how to write an action adventure story. His books are always filled with harrowing escapes, devious villians, heroic leads and that ever present nemesis...the locale. Rollins has a knack of putting his characters in some of the most hostile climates on the Earth. In Sandstorm, the action takes place on the scalding sands of Saudi Arabia. It's impressive to note how much research Rollins puts into his novels. His attention to detail is mindboggling. The action follows Scientist Safia al-Maaz and her group of co-horts as they try to stop a disaster of gigantic proportions in a race against time and a group of killers. There's much more to the plot, but it gets very detailed and intricate as the story goes along. Unfortunately, the story get harder and harder to believe as it goes along too. It was a little over the top toward the end, but then again, what action books or movies don't? All in all it was an entertaining read, not his best, but not the worst either. I give Sandstorm ***1/2 out of *****.

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