Book 44 is a book that has been on my to read list for way to long. Actually it was the third book that I added to my Goodreads list after I made my account back in 2014. I can’t say why I didn’t read this book as my mom owned it and it was by a favorite author of mine, but I waited until I could find it as an audiobook and listened to it instead. The book is Altar of Eden by James Rollins. Like I mentioned, James Rollins is one of my all time favorite authors. My mom got me into his book back in college and I have burned through his book so fast that I impatiently wait for his next one to be released (should be at the end of this year). That being said, there are some of his stand-alone books that I still haven’t read yet, mostly because they are older and no set up around the Sigma Force like I am used to.
So Altar of Eden as an audio book was super weird for me. One, it was a woman reading the whole book but there was only two women really in the cast of characters (I am not really counting Jack’s mom because she only talked like 2 times in the whole book). So while listening, a woman was trying to do voices for a lot of male characters, it was kind of weird. Not only that, she tried to give everyone the accent that they should have and it through me for a loop on the two main characters. I guess because they are from bayou near New Orleans and there is definitely an accent from people who grew up around the bayou the reader decide to do a different accent then just an average American but still through me for a loop. I really enjoyed all the other character’s accents, especially the children from the beginning and the end that are from Bagdad.
Two, Rollins likes to combine science, things that are only now becoming researched more and more, with history in his Sigma force novels, but since this is a stand alone, the history element was missing. The science was not. And listening to the explanations instead of reading them made it harder to understand as usually there are maps to look at and images to help the reader to understand what is going on. I will admit there was a good amount of “fractal intelligence” that I just didn’t get at all. I am more of a history person, not really a science person. I always learn something new with Rollins’ books but this time, I think it was just a little too much for me. I did try to understand it, but I found myself drifting off in thought when characters were starting to explain experiments and their findings and such. I hated doing to so I tried to pay attention but like I said, just a little to over my head.
The characters were interesting. I liked the history between Lorna and Jack. Gave an interesting side to the story that wasn’t about science. It also created a bond between the two that made Jack’s rescue and recovery at the end really sweet.
Well that is all I have for this book. I loved it but it was a new experience hearing a James Rollins book instead of reading one. I don’t think I like it so I will stick with reading his books. If you haven’t read his books but don’t want to start a series, I recommend Amazonia or Excavation. If you don’t mind series, Map of Bones is a great place to start. See you next book.
Let's enjoy the many worlds there are to enjoy, in just our own heads.