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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,260 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Rollins Narrator: Paula Christensen Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Louisiana state veterinarian Lorna Polk stumbles upon a shipwrecked fishing trawler carrying a caged group of exotic animals. Yet something is wrong with these beasts: a parrot has no feathers, a pair of Capuchin monkeys are conjoined at the hip, and a jaguar cub has the dentition of a saber-tooth tiger. They also all share one uncanny trait—a disturbingly heightened intelligence. To uncover the truth, Lorna must team up with a man who shares a dark and bloody past with her: United States Border Patrol agent Jack Menard. Together the two must hunt for a beast that escaped the shipwreck while uncovering a mystery tied to fractal science and genetic engineering, all to expose a horrifying secret that traces back to mankind’s earliest roots.

But can Lorna stop what is about to be born upon the altar of Eden before it threatens not only the world but also the very foundation of what it means to be human?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Mach-speed mayhem…Drum-tight in its execution…I read Altar of Eden in two sittings (yeah it’s that good)…A terrific writer.”

    Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author

  • “This latest James Rollins offering, a science-based thriller, brings his fans the fast pace and violence they’ve come to expect.”


  • “Rollins is as sure-footed on new ground as he is in the familiar Sigma Force world.”


  • “Rollins gets the details right in this exhilarating page-turner. The main characters are intriguing, and he does an admirable job balancing character development with the mayhem. Rollins’s career is on the rise, and this further solidifies his reputation.”

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ann Rye godsey | 2/17/2014

    " I've read all of James Rollins' books and in my opinion this on is the BEST! He takes the "what if" factor down a whole new avenue. Couldn't put it down until I was finished. If you even think you like James Rollins read this book first. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Gail | 2/13/2014

    " Not as good as his Sigma Force books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sarah | 2/12/2014

    " I've never read anything by James Rollins before but I shall be checking out some of his other work after enjoying this. It does involve some suspending of disbelief and there's a might too much action and adventure but it really had me hooked almost from the first page. I didn't hate the female character and the villains weren't too one-dimensionally evil *mwuahahaha* and I thought the whole pace of the thing was good. The plot whizzed along and I didn't find myself bored or not interested in reading further on any occasion. I highly recommend if you want an action-packed thriller that skirts the edge of too much then this is for you. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jerome | 2/5/2014

    " Over all it was OK, but I found parts of it a bit to contrived for my taste. The ending reminded me a bit of a James Bond novel, Dr. No. "

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