Review of Eight: Terror Has a New Species

eight-terror-has-a-new-speciesThe amazon blurb:

TERROR HAS A NEW SPECIES

Deep in the Amazon, the solution to the global energy crisis has been found; a mysterious source of power set to end our dependency on oil.

When she receives stunning photographs related to the discovery – courtesy of expedition leader and former partner, Ed Reardon – entomologist Rebecca Riley finds herself on the next flight to Brazil, heading down to join the team of scientists assembling there. She hasn’t seen Ed for more than a year, and their relationship hadn’t ended well.

But his revelation is impossible to ignore.

What she and Ed uncover is beyond imagination: strange statues in the jungle… a ruined city built by the refugees of a lost Pacific continent… and a terrifying new species of animal.

Forced to confront a crippling childhood phobia she’d thought long dead and buried, Rebecca realises this new species is no ordinary enemy.

It is an ancient enemy, one whose very existence has implications for all of humankind… and the planet itself.

What I thought:  5 Stars

It’s safe to say I’m always up for an Amazon jungle adventure, and this one, going by the blurb, had a distinct James Rollins flavor to it. So I figured I’d give it a try. I thought the author did quite well sticking with genre expectations and delivering a fun adventure story set in an exotic locale. He also did his research going by the way the Amazon jungle and river environs make their presence felt like actual characters in the story. There’s plenty of suspense and danger and cloak and dagger conspiracy plots. Plenty of pulse-bounding action. Big scary spiders. Big scary lots of things, really.

The novel is a place where big ideas meet big action, for instance. The author didn’t just do his homework with respect to the Amazon jungle region, but with respect to mythological studies, pseudo-science, and actual science going on around the world that converges in such a way as to support some pretty far out ideas put forth in the novel. Original theories about Atlantis, Lemuria, and other prior ancient civilizations are proponed. It’s still some pretty wild speculation, but it’s the fun kind that usually goes a long way to powering these kinds of stories.

If you like your thrillers and travel lit to come together under one cover, you like the future and the past to intermingle, you could do a lot worse than Eight. Is the book on par with Rollins’ own work? Probably not. But it’s damn close. And if you’ve run out of Rollins books to read, or you just can’t get enough of this sub-genre of thriller, you might want to move this author and this book up your tbr list.

Note: I want to thank NetGalley for supplying a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.