Friday, February 15, 2013

Pandora's Temple Book Review

What if Pandora's box was real. That's the question facing Former Special Forces commando and rogue agent Blaine McCracken who returns from a 15-year absence from the page in his tenth adventure.

McCracken has never been shy about answering the call, and this time it comes in the aftermath of deepwater oilrig disaster that claims the life of a one-time mem-ber of his commando unit. The remnants of the rig and its missing crew lead him to the inescapable conclusion that one of the most mysterious and deadly forces in the Universe is to blame—dark matter, both a limitless source of potential energy and a weapon with unimaginable destructive capabilities.

Joining forces again with his trusty sidekick Johnny Wareagle, McCracken races to stop both an all-powerful energy magnate and the leader of a Japanese dooms-day cult from finding the dark matter they seek for entirely different, yet equally dangerous, reasons. 
Ultimately, that race will take him not only across the world, but also across time and history to the birth of an ancient legend that may not have been a legend at all. The truth lies 4,000 years in the past and the construction of the greatest structure known to man at the time:

Pandora’s Temple, built to safeguard the most powerful weapon man would ever know.

Now, with that very weapon having resurfaced, McCracken’s only hope to save the world is to find the temple, the very existence of which is shrouded in mystery and long lost to myth. Along the way, he and Johnny Wareagle find themselves up against Mexican drug gangs, killer robots, an army of professional assassins, and a legendary sea monster before reaching a mountaintop fortress where the fi-nal battle to preserve mankind will be fought.

The hero of nine previous bestselling thrillers, McCracken is used to the odds be-ing stacked against him, but this time the stakes have never been higher.
I really liked this book alot once I got further into it and the only thing I was sad about was that our heroes are in their 60's and 70's and I was like, what?  I guess the younger generation just don't know how to get it done in this book!

There are alot of twists and turns and some really suprising reveals and upsets that I did not see coming. I usually am pretty good at spotting who the "real" enemy or killer is in books, but this one had me stumped.

I wasn't too crazy about how it ended with the supposedly green space person but I guess it was poetic justice for all the people that was killed in the years that they were active, including the death of the mother and brother of this person.

I did however, get a great kick out of the Indian and the Captain. I think without them, the story would have just been another spy/terrorist/end of the world kinda book. So, for coming up with those 2 characters, I thank you because even though it was very serious what they were doing, I really got to laugh some too at the both of these amazing characters.

But, did you have to make them so old??? That means not many more books about them afterwhile I guess because how much longer can men of that age go on being super heroes and saving the world?

This one is a keeper, guys, so you really need to read it!

Happy Reading!
Jon Land is the critically acclaimed author of 32 books,     including the bestselling series featuring Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong that includes STRONG ENOUGH TO DIE, STRONG JUSTICE, STRONG AT THE BREAK, STRONG VENGEANCE (July 2012) and STRONG RAIN FALLING (August 2013). He has more recently brought his long-time series hero Blaine McCracken back to the page in PANDORA’S TEMPLE (November 2012). He lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

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Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monitary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you.


CMash said...

So glad you enjoyed this novel. Very nice review and post. Thank you for sharing.

Debby said...

Mary, thank you for this review. I haven't read any of this author's books yet and this one sounds very interesting. I will have to look for it and others.


Jon Land said...

Thanks for the great review, Mary! I especially enjoyed your comment about the age of the characters and you're actually one of the first to pick up on that. Since I hadn't written a McCracken book in 15 years and the previous nine make heavy use of his Vietnam background, I decided to be true to his age and his character. Hopefully that makes him more unique but, no worries, he'll be just as tough to beat for a number of books to come--well, at least until he's 65. Hope you enjoy STRONG RAIN FALLING, my fifth thriller featuring Caitlin Strong, once you receive that one as well. It's due out in August.