ALTAR OF EDEN
Rollins' latest offers well-developed characters and nonstop action. The genetic-engineering plot is intriguing, but the final rescue goes on too long. There's so much information and
action in the concluding chapters that it becomes overwhelming. Nonetheless, the story is original and exciting.
Exotic-animal veterinarian Lorna Polk is summoned to assist with a civil border patrol investigation. That's how she's reunited with Jack Menard, with whom she shared a horrific experience when they were teenagers. Now they join forces against Ironcreek Industries, a group of scientists and paramilitary personnel involved in a biological warfare project.
Scientists are manipulating DNA and recreating long-extinct species with new mental capabilities. After saving a group of children from a creature that resembles a saber-toothed tiger, Jack and Lorna become the hunted ones as Ironcreek attempts to cover up its dreadful project. (MORROW, Jan., 448 pp., $27.99)