Wow, what a week it has been. I’ve been really busy lately, so I apologize for the lack of posts to whoever reads this (if indeed anyone actually does). I’ll try to post more regularly, but I can’t promise anything. Anyway, it’s time for a book post, so here’s the long promised author review that I never got around to doing.
Today I’m doing a review on James Rollins, an American author who writes primarily action novels and thrillers. I like quite a few of his books, especially his “series” starring his created Sigma Force characters.
Rollins is a great author of thrillers because he can base novels on history exceedingly well, which makes his books highly entertaining. He always has a fast pace in his books, which is great if you’re a fan of action novels. His books always utilize multiple plot lines, with the subplots meeting together at the climax for an explosive ending. His characters are believable, so empathy is not hard for the reader, which helps make the story exciting. He develops both the characters and the plots well, and doesn’t rely on a go-to template for his books. He is by all means a solid author of thrillers and action novels.
He does have some weaknesses which are worth mentioning. Rollins is a bit of a hit or miss author, meaning that when he writes well, it’s great, but when he doesn’t, the books are terrible. I’ve run into a couple books by him that are so boring I couldn’t manage to finish them. However, not many of his books are misses; the vast majority are great. The only other complaint I have with Rollins’ books are that his characters tend to be archtypical; however, that being said, because he develops them really well, this really isn’t a big issue at all.
To summarize James Rollins as an author, he’s an American author of action novels and thrillers who writes exceedingly well…or terrible (but these are very rare). He definitely is a solid author whose books should be looked into by all fans of thrillers, especially his series featuring his created Sigma Force characters.
Strengths: Develops plots and characters well, fast pace, makes good use of subplots, and ties novels in with history in an exciting manner.
Weaknesses: Uses archtypical characters, and his few poor books are so boring that they can’t be finished.
Must Reads: The Judas Strain, Doomsday Key, The Devil Colony
If you’re a fan of thrillers and books filled with action, James Rollins is definitely an author you should look into. Again, not all is reads are fantastic, but the number of good ones far outweigh his poorer showings.