The Judas Strain, James Rollins (Morrow)

The crack, ultrasecret Sigma Force team returns in another adventure that, as usual, unfolds at breakneck speed. Sigma Force, made up of former Special Forces officers trained as experts in various scientific fields (“killer scientists,” one of their number calls them), scours the world for technologies that could help or threaten the U.S. This time … Continue reading The Judas Strain, James Rollins (Morrow)

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The Doomsday Key, James Rollins (Morrow)

A case could be made that this guy doesn’t write novels—he builds roller coasters. Rollins, author of a string of high-intensity action thrillers (and, let’s not forget, his excellent adaptation of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull), puts his characters at the top of the ride, gives them a push, and lets them … Continue reading The Doomsday Key, James Rollins (Morrow)

The Devil Colony, James Rollins (Morrow)

The new Sigma Force novel begins more than 200 years ago, with the discovery of a gold-plated mastodon skull that, if it fell into the wrong hands, could throw the future of the U.S. into jeopardy. Flash forward to the present day. In Utah, a murder-suicide leads to the discovery of hundreds of mummified bodies, … Continue reading The Devil Colony, James Rollins (Morrow)

Bloodline, James Rollins (Morrow)

In the Seychelles, a woman is taken by Somali pirates. It soon becomes apparent that her kidnappers are no ordinary pirates: they seem unusually interested in the child she’s carrying. And here’s a further complication: the woman is the daughter of the U.S. president. Sigma Force, the special-ops arm of the Defense Advanced Research Projects … Continue reading Bloodline, James Rollins (Morrow)

Black Order, James Rollins (Morrow)

The globe-trotting adventurers of Sigma Force, that elite American special-ops team, return in this high-powered thriller. The story begins cryptically. In Nepal, a strange plague has struck a remote Himalayan monastery, and a Nazi swastika is found on a cave wall. In Denmark, someone is buying up rare historical documents connected to Victorian scientists (for … Continue reading Black Order, James Rollins (Morrow)

We’ll Always Have Casablanca: The Life, Legend, and Afterlife of Hollywood’s Most Beloved Movie, Noah Isenberg (WW Norton)

Here’s the best thing about this book: whether you’re a Casablanca devotee or just a film-history buff, the story of how the iconic movie got made and what the world made of it is downright fascinating, an absolute page-turner, even a kind of narrative nonfiction thriller. The 1942 film began life as an unproduced stage play, Everybody Comes … Continue reading We’ll Always Have Casablanca: The Life, Legend, and Afterlife of Hollywood’s Most Beloved Movie, Noah Isenberg (WW Norton)

Dancing for the Hangman, Martin Edwards (Five Star)

For a time, the name Dr. Crippen immediately conjured up images of depravity and murder. In 1910, Hawley Crippen, a homeopathic doctor from Michigan, was hanged in London for the murder of his wife, Cora. Crippen, or so the story went, decided to replace his wife with his lover, killing Cora and burying her body … Continue reading Dancing for the Hangman, Martin Edwards (Five Star)