92. Sandstorm - James Rollins

Monday, December 14, 2009
Yet another Rollins novel. Sandstorm is filled with the usual: action, adventure, archaeology, improbable story lines, cheesy characters and supernatural occurrences. And, of course, sandstorms. However bad it sounds, I find myself reading novel after trashy novel. This one focuses on a long-lost city (don't they all?), this time buried in the sands of Oman, a line of women descended from the Queen of Sheba, lots of guns, secret military organizations and a source of energy so powerful it could wipe the entire Arabian peninsula off the map.

Truth be told, this was one of Rollins' better novels, at least in the ones I've read. As usual, easy reading although for some reason it took me over a month to get back in the habit of reading regularly (was it really July the last time I finished a book?). The characters are very cookie cutter, and the story line? Standard movie-style archaeologist fare. Think Indiana Jones (or in this case, Omaha Dunn...yes, I'm serious) but with undercover secret agents instead of the Nazis. And a lot more guns. If you're looking for something that doesn't require a lot of deep thought, give it a go.

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