James Rollins likes to find the seeds for his action-adventures in reality, do his homework well and then, as he puts it, juice it up.
James Rollins thrills us with a story set in the bayou and swamps of Louisiana. In this page-turner, a swamped fishing trawler has shown up on the Louisiana coast, and to help with some animals found on the trawler is state veterinarian, Lorna Polk. When she was summoned, she was not expecting to meet up with a man from her past, handsome U.S. Border Patrol officer Jack Menard. The two share a secret, and to work together they will have to put it behind them. A panther is loose and menacing the bayous of South Louisiana. It is up to Jack and Lorna to stop the big cat from getting into the populated areas of New Orleans. To make things worse, the people responsible for the animals are hunting Lorna and Jack. This story has it all, helicopter crashes, explosions, gunfights, alligators and strange animals.
This book is a fast read and keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout. James Rollins is the author of some of the best heart pounding stories available today. He brings the characters to life and gives us a realistic glimpse of the people in Louisiana. As for a downside to Altar of Eden, it would have to be that it was too short. I await his next book with great anticipation. I would have to give it five stars out of five.