Sunday, July 05, 2009

Pulse by Jeremy Robinson

This story is an action novel with some elements of Greek mythology. Dr. George Pierce, an archaeologist who specializes in Greek history, identifies an ancient artifact found in the Peruvian desert as the immortal head of the mythological hydra. He calls his friend, Jack Sigler, and asks him to come to Peru to guard the find. Jack is the King of the Chess Team, a part of United States Special Forces Delta. In other words, he and his team are extremely elite U.S. soldiers. As Jack is arriving in Peru, he is ambushed, George is kidnapped, the hydra head is stolen, and the rest of the archaeologists are killed. The culprits are working for Richard Ridley, founder of Manifold Genetics, who wants to discover the key to eternal life. Jack manages to survive the ambush; he then takes off in pursuit of his captured friend, but not before calling for backup in the form of his team. This begins a action-packed chase that lasts until near the end of the book.

This book was very exciting and enjoyable to read. I had a hard time putting it down to eat. I like mythology and am familiar with the story of the hydra and Hercules, so the historical elements were really fascinating. However, no prior knowledge of Greek mythology is required to understand the book because each myth is well explained. The book is fast-paced and filled with action and new plot developments. Some of the plot developments were revealed kind of slowly because I knew what was going to happen long before all of the characters. There was also lots of interesting information on military technology and weapons. This book has very little romance and only a moderate level of character development; it is more about the plot than the characters. I recommend this book to people who enjoy action novels, especially military novels, but do not mind some mythological elements thrown in.

This book has lots of gore and violence.

Reviewer Age:15

Reviewer City, State and Country: Royersford, PA United States