I enjoyed this book more than I expected to. It is the second James Rollins book I've read, the first being "Subterranean." I was not especially impressed with that one, but liked the premise of this one, so decided to give it a try. I'm glad I did. The characters were interesting, and I appreciated how Rollins wasn't afraid to kill off someone we'd had time to get to know a bit. The book does wind up with something of a predictable, cliched ending, but I don't mind that so much. Frankly, I avoid "real life" fiction like the plague. I get plenty of stress, grief, and anxiety in the real world. I prefer to use my reading as a form of escapism where people endure and survive insurmountable odds and perform impossible feats. This book provides all that. The characters were likable, the action entertaining. I will definitely be reading other Rollins novels in the future.