Altar of Eden: A Novel: A Novel

Kobo ebook | December 29, 2009

byJames Rollins

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Following the fall of Baghdad, two Iraqi boys stumble upon armed men looting the city zoo. The floodgates have been opened for the smuggling of hundreds of exotic birds, mammals, and reptiles to Western nations, but this crime hides a deeper secret. Amid a hail of bullets, a concealed underground weapons lab is ransacked—and something even more horrific is set free.

Seven years later, Louisiana state veterinarian Lorna Polk stumbles upon a fishing trawler shipwrecked on a barrier island. The crew is missing or dead, but the boat holds a frightening cargo: a caged group of exotic animals, clearly part of a black market smuggling ring.

Yet, something is wrong with these beasts, disturbing deformities that make no sense: a parrot with no feathers, a pair of Capuchin monkeys conjoined at the hip, a jaguar cub with the dentition of a saber-toothed tiger. They also all share one uncanny trait—a disturbingly heightened intelligence.

To uncover the truth about the origin of this strange cargo and the terrorist threat it poses, Lorna must team up with a man who shares a dark and bloody past with her and is now an agent with the U.S. Border Patrol, Jack Menard.

Together, the two must hunt for a beast that escaped the shipwreck while uncovering a mystery tied to fractal science and genetic engineering, all to expose a horrifying secret that traces back to humankind's earliest roots.

But can Lorna stop what is about to be born upon the altar of Eden before it threatens not only the world but also the very foundation of what it means to be human?

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Following the fall of Baghdad, two Iraqi boys stumble upon armed men looting the city zoo. The floodgates have been opened for the smuggling of hundreds of exotic birds, mammals, and reptiles to Western nations, but this crime hides a deeper secret. Amid a hail of bullets, a concealed underground weapons lab is ransacked—and something...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:December 29, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061959146

ISBN - 13:9780061959141

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic This was the first novel I read by James Rollins. I love how Rollins incorporates science & technology with action & adventure and a little bit of romance thrown in there as well. Love the characters, the story and how Rollins brings it all together.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The lost godess This electrifying story places us into the realms of reality.in a sense it can be construed as educational since it depicts who the savage khmer rouge were and it brings us to the realization that numerous other countries are playing games with minds. Interwoven with this story is the sentimental aspect of life whicnh is often heart breaking and one maybe lead to believe that goodness rises out of evil.
Date published: 2015-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Alter of Eden A spell binding adventure. I would say every novel I've read by James Rollins has been a real page turner :-)
Date published: 2014-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Alter of Eden A fantastic gripping ride!!!
Date published: 2014-01-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Thought provoking Rollins usually does better than this. Dividing the story into "Acts" may not have been the way to go. I found it affected the continuity of the story. Rollins does however, put out some good Si-Fi. Some of the animals were dropped only to pop up again towards the end. The whole idea of enhanced intelligence does get one thinking. The end was just so so. If you are a Rollins fan then you should read this one, otherwise move on.
Date published: 2011-07-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not Darwin's Radio An extra chromosome has been added to the cells of several different animal strains...a chromosome that seems to instill hyperintelligence in each of the species. An interesting idea executed badly. While I cannot fault Rollins on his research, I found his characters to be a tad 2-dimensional. The two main protagonists share a secret and despite hating what the other represents, find themselves torn. Meanwhile, the villain is pure villainy...all he needed was a black top hat and a railroad track. And a valuable life-lesson about nobility is learned from an unlikely source. Similarly, the story read as though every now and again he got bored with typing and just wanted to jump to the next exciting idea. All too often, Rollins would meticulously set up a crisis or plot point, only to resolve it incredibly quickly. At other times, he would drag one part of the story on way too long to the point where you didn't care how it ended, as long as it ended. Clearly, Rollins was aiming for something between Jurassic Park and Darwin's Radio. He missed.
Date published: 2011-02-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Altar of Eden by James Rollins I have mentioned many times that novels with themes of technology and science rock my world and James Rollins is one of my absolute favorite action/adventure authors who incorporates these themes. Normally I'm enraptured by the scientific theories Rollins includes in his novels, but in Altar of Eden I felt I was at times being lectured to about the science rather the than the story evolving from the science (this was even more apparent after comparing Altar of Eden to Awakening by S. J. Bolton, which incorporates scientific knowledge as well, but with a more natural feel than in this novel). Maybe it was because Altar of Eden was a departure from Rollins' Sigma series that I felt this way. Other than this aspect of the novel though, I appreciated the story even though it was a bit more far out than usual for Rollins. The main characters were multi-faceted, interesting, resourceful and pulled at my emotions. Read if you are a Rollins fan but if you have never read Rollins before, I would not start with this novel.
Date published: 2011-02-23