When it comes to James Rollins I have to admit to being a little split on the quality of his work. On the one hand the rollicking, rapid pace makes his novels page turners of the first order. The other hand is the literary mind brought up on the giants of literature that sometimes feels short changed. The reality of course is that Rollins is not and does not pretend to be more than a pulp fiction writer. Whether in the stand alone novels like Deep Fathom and Amazonia or in the SIGMA series Rollins gives the reader an entertaining, plot driven read that can be put down and picked up again without losing the sense of immediacy and intensity of his fast pacing.
As is his wont Rollins once again combines light science fantasy with the action genre to give us an incredible tale of solar flares, time displacement, international policy and a little love action on the side. With most Rollins novels things start off with a bang but Deep Fathom is a little slower paced for the first few pages. Rollins takes his time, comparatively speaking, in setting up the start of the action but once there make no mistake about it you are in for a ride. Frequently Rollins makes use of commonly known or at least easily knowable facts and then spins them into his own unique brand of SF/Fantasy/ Thriller and such is the case once again with Deep Fathom. This time around we are treated to the Dragons Triangle, the pyramids of Yonaguni Jima, the continent of Mu, Nan Madol all tied together with the Easter Islands! Really it is a brilliant little package and just might put you through an hour of web searches just to look into the background of the novel.
This is a nicely researched, quick read that is entertaining and really what more could one ask for? Pick it up, you won't be disappointed.
Other James Rollins Reviews
Amazonia: A book that will hold your attention - a lighting fast read.
Map Of Bones: A mass murder at the Cathedral of Cologne is the preface to an adventure which hold the very fate of humanity in the balance.
Black Order: A Sigma Force Novel: Painter Crowe is trapped in the Himalayas, Grayson Pierce botches a simple surveillance in Europe and Nazis are once again threatening the world.
Sandstorm: A Sigma Force Novel: Painter Crowe is off to investigate an explosion at the London museum as it may point the way to the most important energy source of all time.