BOOK REVIEW: BLACK ORDER
ďBlack OrderĒ is a diverse story that requires much concentration and patience with some areas of very technical terms. The story in general is good as it weaves several areas of the world into its web of intrigue. The belief of our origins, intelligent design or evolution, is a factor the reader must absorb in order to understand several sections of the book. If you will not allow your mind and your religious beliefs to run free during the reading, I donít suggest you read this book. If you can allow that, you will enjoy the many ways both go in this story.
As World War II waned, the plunders of the German scientists were sought by most of the allied nations. Germany had advanced quite far, a fact known by those in power in the allied nations. The Germanís involved in those scientific advancements fled to various hiding spots throughout the world, thus making the search for them and their knowledge difficult. Some of those fleeing were Naziís attempting to free themselves to avoid prosecution. But many were the knowledgeable persons responsible for the sought research.
The book begins in Poland in 1945 near the end of the war, giving several incidences that occurred while some were trying to flee the entire area. It immediately shifts to present day in the Himalayas where Dr. Lisa Cummings was culminating research of high-pressure systems on humans at various levels of altitude. While Dr. Cummings was researching and taking photos a helicopter approached to request that she come to a local monastery where a mysterious ailment had struck almost all the inhabitants. Reluctantly she went.
Meanwhile, Commander Grayson Pierce of the secret organization, Sigma Force, was summoned to Denmark to assist in some strange happenings. They were searching for Darwinís original family Bible. This led to many adventurous visits and escapes through Copenhagen. Some other Sigma Force members became involved, Logan Gregory, Director Painter Crowe, Monk Kokkalas, and Kathryn Bryant. Also appearing was Commander Pierces love, Rachel Verona.
Another locale was in the game preserve at Zululand, South Africa where more strange things were happening. The scene shifts from all of the areas involved and more people were introduced into the story, all of which made the story get deeper into mysterious and frightful scenes. As chapter after chapter opens new doors to what had happened and what was happening, all of which create havoc with the Sigma Force team and the ones they came to help. You will feel chased by the huge killing machine animals that had been created.
The scientific areas get very involved so be sure you stay connected with what you read. It will all make sense as you proceed thorough the book. Donít give up. I almost did and I would have been much less knowledgeable about the things that author Rollins teaches us while keeping it entertaining.
REVIEWED BY CY HILTERMAN
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