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"Next," Michael Crichton

Pros: Fascinating concepts; does a great job of exploring all the potential ethical problems inherent in messing with genetics Cons: A bit scattered; too many sub-stories; interconnections were a bit too convenient; some will want to skip over the dry

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"Sandstorm," by James Rollins

Pros: Great pacing; tons of action; fascinating mystery; great characters Cons: Villains without a lot of depth; bits of trite material; the word ‘mumbled’ Rating: 4 out of 5 Deep Fathom, one of Rollins’s early books, was definitely a light

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"Deep Fathom" by James Rollins

Pros: Great pacing; tons of action; fascinating archaeological mystery Cons: Cardboard villains; occasional difficulties with suspension of disbelief; too-neat climax Rating: 3 out of 5 Because I often don’t grab “the next hot thing” when it comes out, I tend

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"Black Order" by James Rollins

Pros: Beautifully-drawn characters; fascinating plot; complexity without unnecessary confusion Cons: I could live without the word “mumbled” for a while now Rating: 5 out of 5 I seem to have a weakness for techno-thrillers—those books that mix modern-day science with

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