Sunday, June 20, 2010

Doomsday Key and Plain Jane

Doomsday Key by James Rollins

If you are at all a fan of Rollins, Steve Berry, Clive Cussler, Tom Clancy, or Dan Brown, you simply must read (or re-read) Doomsday Key.  And the very least you  need to pick up the paperback version for a peak into Devil Colony.

But what if you aren't a Rollin's fan or you keep trying to talk your non-Rollins fans into his work.  What would motivate you to read Rollins?

I am going to say that usually the reader that is resistant to Rollins is a woman.  Because let's face it, most guys are going to be all over 'scientists with guns' and a series of books based on a team called Sigma Force.

What most chicks don't understand is that while Rollins loves to blow things up and really crank up the tension, he also writes rich prose and has very strong female characters that will go toe-to-toe with any male character and his romantic tension is lightyears beyond most of the male action/adventure authors out there.

So as much as I love Doomsday Key (full of fact/fiction blurring of history and science delving into ancient cartography and killer fungi) I would recommend any newbie to Rollins (especially female) to read Altar of Eden first.  #kindoflikeyourfirsthitofheroin

This novel has a female Hero (a veterinarian, Jim's homage to his previous profession) and is a stand alone book so you can get a sense of his innate, intricate story-telling without having to worry about a lot of back story (although to be fair, he blows a lot of stuff up in this one too, after all, he is still Rollins).

Now, once you've whet your whistle with that baby, grab yourself a copy of Sandstorm.  The first Sigma novel then work your way (I anticipate very quickly if you are anything like most people) through the 6 novels until you consume Doomsday Key (and yes, that pun was intended #onlysuperfanswillprobablygetitthogh :-)

Here is the link to Doomsday Key:

Here is the link to Altar of Eden:

Plain Jane by Cristyn West

First of all, yes this is my own book.  I confess.  So why am I reviewing it with Rollins?  Well, because he said I could! And I'm going to let Jim do most of the talking....

This is the blurb he gave my "Kiss the Girls/Silence of the Lambs" style novel:
"Wickedly macabre and blisteringly paced, "Plain Jane" marks the debut of a thriller for the new millennium.  Brash, funny, terrifying, and shocking, here is a story best enjoyed with all the lights on!  Don't say I didn't warn you!"

So, if you are a guy and like Patterson, it's pretty certain based on that Rollins review that you're going to like Plain Jane.  But what about chicks?

Well, did you know that the majority of Criminal Minds fans are female?

Yep.  So it isn't that chicks don't groove on serial killer stories, I feel they don't like serial killer stories that demean or victimize women (it is one thing to have female victims, it is another thing altogether to victimize them). And being a chick myself I try to... well... empower them #inthecoolway #withguns #notthep.c.way

But enough about what I think...

Here is the link to if you would like to buy the paperback of Plain Jane:

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Until next time!

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