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What if Pandora’s Box were real? Blaine McCracken finds himself facing this very question—and the greatest threat to mankind—in his long-awaited return to the page Rogue special-operations agent McCracken has never been shy about answering the call, and this time it comes in the aftermath of a deepwater oil rig disaster that claims the life of a onetime member of his comman What if Pandora’s Box were real? Blaine McCracken finds himself facing this very question—and the greatest threat to mankind—in his long-awaited return to the page Rogue special-operations agent McCracken has never been shy about answering the call, and this time it comes in the aftermath of a deepwater oil rig disaster that claims the life of a onetime member 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 an unimaginably destructive weapon. Joining forces again with his trusty sidekick Johnny Wareagle, McCracken races to stop two deadly enemies who want the dark matter at all costs. A powerful energy magnate and the leader of a Japanese doomsday cult both seek the ultimate prize for their own nefarious reasons, and McCracken and Wareagle’s mission to defeat them takes the duo on a nonstop journey across the world and thousands of years into the past where the truth lies in the ancient Pandora’s Temple, built to safeguard the world’s most powerful weapon.  McCracken’s only hope to save the world is to find the mythical temple. Along the way, he and Wareagle find themselves up against Mexican drug gangs, killer robots, an army of professional assassins, and a legendary sea monster. The hero of nine previous bestselling thrillers, McCracken is used to the odds being stacked against him, but this time the stakes have never been higher. This book features an illustrated biography of Jon Land including rare images from the author’s personal collection.


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What if Pandora’s Box were real? Blaine McCracken finds himself facing this very question—and the greatest threat to mankind—in his long-awaited return to the page Rogue special-operations agent McCracken has never been shy about answering the call, and this time it comes in the aftermath of a deepwater oil rig disaster that claims the life of a onetime member of his comman What if Pandora’s Box were real? Blaine McCracken finds himself facing this very question—and the greatest threat to mankind—in his long-awaited return to the page Rogue special-operations agent McCracken has never been shy about answering the call, and this time it comes in the aftermath of a deepwater oil rig disaster that claims the life of a onetime member 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 an unimaginably destructive weapon. Joining forces again with his trusty sidekick Johnny Wareagle, McCracken races to stop two deadly enemies who want the dark matter at all costs. A powerful energy magnate and the leader of a Japanese doomsday cult both seek the ultimate prize for their own nefarious reasons, and McCracken and Wareagle’s mission to defeat them takes the duo on a nonstop journey across the world and thousands of years into the past where the truth lies in the ancient Pandora’s Temple, built to safeguard the world’s most powerful weapon.  McCracken’s only hope to save the world is to find the mythical temple. Along the way, he and Wareagle find themselves up against Mexican drug gangs, killer robots, an army of professional assassins, and a legendary sea monster. The hero of nine previous bestselling thrillers, McCracken is used to the odds being stacked against him, but this time the stakes have never been higher. This book features an illustrated biography of Jon Land including rare images from the author’s personal collection.

30 review for Pandora's Temple

  1. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    Pandora's Temple is my first experience with one of Jon Land's books and I am impressed! This is a classic tale of high stakes adventure where the hero is literally fighting for the fate of the world. The book is the latest is a series that features Blaine McCracken, now approaching the age of 60. But the man hadn't lost a step. I give Land credit for writing a book that features a protagonist that some might consider past his prime. As part of the plot, McCracken wonders himself if he might hav Pandora's Temple is my first experience with one of Jon Land's books and I am impressed! This is a classic tale of high stakes adventure where the hero is literally fighting for the fate of the world. The book is the latest is a series that features Blaine McCracken, now approaching the age of 60. But the man hadn't lost a step. I give Land credit for writing a book that features a protagonist that some might consider past his prime. As part of the plot, McCracken wonders himself if he might have outlived his usefulness. That only adds to the adventure as he faces his personal concerns and looks back at the eventful life that brought him this far. As McCracken contemplates some of his past experiences, the reader gets a hint at the history this character has experienced throughout the series. But Land doesn't dwell on McCracken's back story. He drops just enough references to make things fun for fans of the series. And his references have me thoroughly hooked. I can't wait to start the series from the beginning. Land's writing is just that that engaging and his McCracken character is so richly nuanced that I want to experience the series from the start. If you are a fan of the series, you have to read this book. If you haven't read any of the McCracken books, this is a fantastic place to start. It was my first exposure to the series and I am nothing short of impressed!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mary Bearden

    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 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!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Joe Noir

    Fun, pulpy adventure. Fast moving. Very cinematic. Some dialogue is razor sharp (the stranger, and Captain Seven for example) exactly like real speech, but other dialogue is overwritten. An actual person would say the same thing better in fewer words. Some of the description and exposition is overwritten, also. There is a great prologue which is very cool and sets the stage extremely well. It drew me right in. Things seemed to drag a bit in the chapters about villain Sebastian Roy. All in all, a Fun, pulpy adventure. Fast moving. Very cinematic. Some dialogue is razor sharp (the stranger, and Captain Seven for example) exactly like real speech, but other dialogue is overwritten. An actual person would say the same thing better in fewer words. Some of the description and exposition is overwritten, also. There is a great prologue which is very cool and sets the stage extremely well. It drew me right in. Things seemed to drag a bit in the chapters about villain Sebastian Roy. All in all, an enjoyable read. I especially like the fact that our heroes are all 60 plus years of age.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Fran

    Pandora’s Temple Jon Land Captain John J. Hightower picked up a stranger on Crete Island. This mysterious and unidentified man remained by the research ship’s deck rail watching the turbulent sea and hoping to see what he was looking for. The ship is the Aurora which has been mapping” the seafloor in detailed grids.” Hoping to find something of unknown size, composition and origin by this man. Not really telling him what he was searching for the man gave him some clues but none specific enough to Pandora’s Temple Jon Land Captain John J. Hightower picked up a stranger on Crete Island. This mysterious and unidentified man remained by the research ship’s deck rail watching the turbulent sea and hoping to see what he was looking for. The ship is the Aurora which has been mapping” the seafloor in detailed grids.” Hoping to find something of unknown size, composition and origin by this man. Not really telling him what he was searching for the man gave him some clues but none specific enough to learn what was hidden beneath the dark waters. This man who Hightower named El Capitan insisted they were missing something but what? What happens will shake the core of the Aurora, feel like they were on a huge nonstop roller coaster ride and then the ship lifted in the air as this huge dangerous wave enveloped the ship and the stranger’s final words were “Far out, Man!” Just what this was still remains to be seen as the story now fast forwards to the present and we meet our main character Blaine McCracken. As Blaine and his partner Sal drive up to the home of drug cartel kingpin Morales, they hope to create a ruse so great that this man and his guards will not realize what the end result might be. Hidden beneath the compound and taken, as slaves are four fraternity brothers that was kidnapped by his man. Trained assault rifles pointing in his direction. Arturo Nieves Morales thinking he has the upper hand what follows just might alert other drug lords that the United States is watching and we won’t allow you to take our kids. Asked by Henry Folsom the head of Homeland Security author Jon Land gives the reader the inside information into this mission and why Blaine was the logical and only person who could pull it off. A veteran of the Viet Nam War McCracken’s fee was simple, honorable and definitely quite heartfelt. Placing the names of those men who did not make it back on the Vietnam Memorial was his only request. The mission explained and the players in place you learn just how tough he and his friend Sal really are as they manage to make their way into the compound a day early, convince the drug lord to see them and then the end result was anything but what you would expect. Sal Belamo handcuffed to a suitcase. Turning the key to release his hands will set off a chain of events that would teach this drug lord who was in charge and that what he was about to lose was more than the simple release of the four boys. As the scene plays out the violence is expected, the explosion that took place shocked not only the guards but Morales too as his whole world was about to go up in huge puffs of smoke and his wife would forever not have to deal with his cruelty anymore. Hired by Homeland Security to rescue the four college students it really disturbs McCracken when one of the students is fatally wounded, help really takes a while to get there and Special Forces cannot be sent. Now, with McCracken and his partner Sal, using Hellfire missiles to infiltrate this drug lord’s compound what happens should definitely wise up any other drug lords who think about doing the same thing. Paul Basmajian is the chief engineer of the Deepwater Venture as the story moves to the Gulf of Mexico and the stakes become higher and the seas grow rougher as we learn more about the world of environmental sabotage and espionage from two different sides. The purpose of this ship is to break the record for deep water drilling rig. The ship lost oxygen, it went down and the end result was no response to the mayday signal. Those that received the call would report it as a Level Six. The end result will affect the entire world. As the story shifts to McCracken and we learn more about Katie DeMarco the female that managed to escape the ship before being arrested and her role in this intricate plot. Katie was not whom she claimed to be as an assistant to the Operations Manager on the Venture. Katie is an environmental activist and was part of the group called WorldSafe whose mission it was to plant environmentalists in settings where without the knowledge of the other part, learn how they conduct their business and understand how they destroy our environment. Her job on the Deepwater Venture was routine but certain emails that she was about to read from an organization called Ocean Bore were not replied too. Without any way to communicate on the ship she could not alert her boss, Todd Lipton at WorldSafe of what she had found or warn him to abandon his location. As Katie finally communicates with Todd the message is so unclear and the end result will lead her right into the arms of McCracken and his friend Wareagle. The Deepwater Venture is owned and operated by Ocean Bore and was housed in the Gulf of Mexico where there was little likelihood if any of finding oil. This was to be a record-breaking venture but when the drill reaches its record-breaking depth, what it releases is definitely not fossil fuel. Retired Blaine and Johnny Ware eagle are asked to investigate and never backing away from danger Blaine and Johnny are going to find out more. Just what is this thing that that seems to be controlling the sea? Could this provide a source for unlimited energy, a nuclear weapon or something that will take us right into Greek Mythology and to one of my favorite stories about Pandora? What they uncover both is a powerful unknown force that is linked to the mythical Pandora’s box and you know that happens when it is opened. As the mission comes into focus and the reality of what happened to the men on the Deep Venture is revealed Blaine and Johnny investigate for themselves and what they learn and find out will give you more than just deep sea chills. Checking out the damage from the fire and trying to piece thinks together one thing is for sure whatever caused this destruction is still out there or on the ship. Thomas Landsdale is about to meet his match in Sebastian Roy. Two men with one similar goal to control the power sources for the entire world. One claiming to be concerned about the environment and going Green the other unscrupulous and concerned with profit and monetary gain. So, why did Roy invite this man to visit him and what is wrong with Roy. Well, devoid of emotion and not able to ever see the outside world due to physical disabilities and injuries from a fire, Roy is bent on taking over Landsdale’s companies any way that he can. A home filled with Greek artifacts, urns that tell the stories of gods and goddesses within each part of the urn, Roy tempts Landsdale and taunts him before the final revelation of why he really invited him is revealed. Landsdale calls himself a naturalist and Roy I think more an opportunist. Living in a hyperbaric chamber and in sterile conditions not only as frozen his mind and made him insane but definitely quite dangerous. Discussing energy sources with Roy was quite enlightening finding out his real motives scary. As Roy discusses his reasons for wanting to purchase Landsdale’s companies and his rejects all offers we hear his voice summarize what Landsdale’s companies want to control solar, wind and water power and he even learned that his company won the contract for the battery for every hybrid or electric car manufactured in the U.S. So, why does he want his companies and what happens when Roy reveals more about Landsdale’s family? . But, one billionaire who wants to own all of the energy is just one of the major players there are many more. How about a Japanese doomsday cult and even worse this “dark matter” that seems to be controlling it all. Secrets, lies, betrayals and so many wanting so much but will McCracken be able to stop what has been set in motion? What about Katie DeMarco an eco-terrorist or just someone trying to preserve the environment but what was her real motive and why does Blaine feel there is more to her than meets the eye? As Blaine and Johnny investigate even further on the Deepwater Venture, Johnny uncovers something that will brings in a man called Captain Seven and his technology skills hoping he can help both men understand what might have caused the men on the ship to vanish and the fact that no weapon could cause what happened to the rig. Meanwhile Katie DeMarco meets with a man named Twist who is her only link to what happened to her boss and the fact that The Venture should not have been out in the first place drilling so deep. Enter a Japanese doomsday cult leader whose goal it is to flush out of Katie what she learned on the Venture. But, kidnapping her did not bring about his goal as the author enlightens us further as to his mission and what he wants to do to fulfill his late father’s wishes. Imagine the world coming to an end! Imagine being in control of it! But, Katie’s real mission on the ship was not what he thought but to log the truth that the oil industry was still making the same mistakes and never learned from past experiences. But, Katie is smart and what she does not only will surprise the reader but the Japanese murderer too. But, can McCracken go up against this man and the billionaire and save the world? What secrets does this Japanese man not want revealed? What secrets lie beneath the wool of the mitten on his hand? All of these people are keeping secrets within them. All of them have scars whether visible or hidden inside of them The research that went into writing this novel is extensive. Just learning about oil rigging and drilling plus the oil industry alone is quite interesting. Added in we learn more about the Japanese cult and nuclear and solar power and what would happen if one person controlled it. The author includes information about Pandora’s Temple, its origin and what happened to it. What he includes might seem like fiction but much of what he writes is fact. This fast paced novel will keep you glued to the printed page and holding your breath until you find out what the final fate of each of the major players is and who wins and who loses. As the links fit together and the pieces of the puzzle are placed within its frame you will find that there are many hidden secrets and many hidden scars that have been uncovered. Was doomsday the real reason behind what the Japanese cult leader wanted? What did the vision of his father reveal and what is the history behind the Desert of Lost Souls and its link to Pandora’s Temple? The search for Pandora’s Jar, the coveted goal what will the final outcome be and what is the link to Pandora’s Temple? Characters that are tough, hard nosed, straightforward and definitely should never ever join a gated community. Let’s hope McCracken and his entire team come back for another adventure but not before they fine Pandora’s Jar and hopefully put it back where it belongs. Pandora’s Temple: will it remain under the sea or will it forever be entombed?

  5. 5 out of 5

    Cory

    Good right up til the end. The ending didn't really explain why the villain wanted Pandora's box in the first place. The Aum Shinrikyo guys' motive I got (nice touch using a real life terrorist outfit, and one who I remembered from my youth), but Sebastian Roy's I did not. Too much irony at the end. Irony is the lowest payoff from the setups. On the other hand, Jon Land did what he does best: visual, cinematic characters with distinctive personalities, ridiculous action that still stays interesti Good right up til the end. The ending didn't really explain why the villain wanted Pandora's box in the first place. The Aum Shinrikyo guys' motive I got (nice touch using a real life terrorist outfit, and one who I remembered from my youth), but Sebastian Roy's I did not. Too much irony at the end. Irony is the lowest payoff from the setups. On the other hand, Jon Land did what he does best: visual, cinematic characters with distinctive personalities, ridiculous action that still stays interesting, and Blaine McCracken faces his mythological namesake at the bottom of the ocean. Not a literary masterpiece, but a fun summer read nontheless.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Hampton

    McCrackenballs is back. Old but back!!! and better than ever

  7. 5 out of 5

    Russell

    Pandora's Temple By Jon Land Reviewed by Russell Ilg Jon Land keeps the heat up with the best thriller writing you can find today. He has taken a break from the best series out there, featuring female Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong, to go all the way back to his roots by bringing back the legendary Blaine McCracken and Johnny Wareagle who’d appeared in nine previous tales that ended with 1998’s Dead Simple. The McCracken series was the first Jon wrote, featuring the rogue agent the government goes to Pandora's Temple By Jon Land Reviewed by Russell Ilg Jon Land keeps the heat up with the best thriller writing you can find today. He has taken a break from the best series out there, featuring female Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong, to go all the way back to his roots by bringing back the legendary Blaine McCracken and Johnny Wareagle who’d appeared in nine previous tales that ended with 1998’s Dead Simple. The McCracken series was the first Jon wrote, featuring the rogue agent the government goes to with impossible missions no one else would even think about taking on. Just another day at the office for McCracken who makes great use of the skills that made him an icon in his return to the page in Pandora’s Temple. I’m not sure if I’ve ever read a book with so many twists and turns and classic action sequences. Make no mistake about it, this is a huge-scale thriller with nothing less than the fate of the world at stake and nothing less than the most powerful force in the universe posing the threat. This as the ever-vigilant McCracken faces turning sixty and beginning to question his skills, not so much because they’ve eroded as the phone has stopped ringing. It’s been two years since the government came calling, when all of a sudden Homeland Security approaches him with a mission to rescue four Brown University fraternity brothers from the clutches of a drug lord with hundreds of well-armed man guarding his compound in Mexico. The impossible rescue Blaine and Johnny undertake opens the book and sets the stage for all the equally redoubtable action to come. But all is not well, because one of the hostages dies in the process leading McCracken to further wonder if he’s lost his edge. That question is swiftly answered when McCraken, and Wareagle, learn that the lone other surviving member of their Special Forces Vietnam A-Team is missing from an offshore oilrig; the whole crew is missing thanks to some inexplicable phenomenon the same Homeland Security that sent Blaine to Mexico dispatches him to investigate. What he and Johnny find on the remnants of that rig lead to a global chase for the most powerful force in the universe somehow connected to the mythical Pandora’s box (a jar actually, we learn). It lies in the equally mythic Pandora’s Temple, the search for which McCracken and his team undertake in order to save the world while battling two groups of adversaries with limitless resources hell bent on getting their hands on the “dark matter” first. One is led by a billionaire energy magnate and the other the leader of a Japanese doomsday cult. Both are hiding terrible secrets that have long scarred them. Both will stop at nothing to gain the ultimate prize. But neither will McCracken who sees in a young female eco-terrorist an oddly kindred spirit. She too harbors scars and secrets, clearly a dominant theme here in a tale that’s as much about healing as anything else.† Pandora’s Temple takes off like a rocket and keeps speeding along at a breakneck pace right up to the climactic mountaintop battle that comes in the wake of confronting killer robots and even a giant squid that pops up to take a bite out of a mini-submarine McCracken has commandeered for the cause. The result is as close to a perfect thriller as you will ever read, immensely satisfying in pace as well as scale, as Jon Land proves beyond any doubt that he is one of the greatest authors of our time and the best action writer in the world today. Less than a year after penning a non-fiction book on Mob kingpin Whitey Bulger (Betrayal) and his best entry yet in the Caitlin Strong series (Strong Vengeance), he’s back with the long-awaited return of Blaine McCracken in a relentlessly entertaining tale that’s everything a thriller is supposed to be.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Victor Gentile

    Jon Land in his new book, “Pandora's Temple” Book Ten in the Blaine McCracken series published by the author gives us a new adventure of Blaine McCracken. From the back cover: What if Pandora’s Box were real? Blaine McCracken finds himself facing this very question—and the greatest threat to mankind—in his long-awaited return to the page Rogue special-operations agent McCracken has never been shy about answering the call, and this time it comes in the aftermath of a deepwater oil rig disaster that Jon Land in his new book, “Pandora's Temple” Book Ten in the Blaine McCracken series published by the author gives us a new adventure of Blaine McCracken. From the back cover: What if Pandora’s Box were real? Blaine McCracken finds himself facing this very question—and the greatest threat to mankind—in his long-awaited return to the page Rogue special-operations agent McCracken has never been shy about answering the call, and this time it comes in the aftermath of a deepwater oil rig disaster that claims the life of a onetime member 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 an unimaginably destructive weapon. Joining forces again with his trusty sidekick Johnny Wareagle, McCracken races to stop two deadly enemies who want the dark matter at all costs. A powerful energy magnate and the leader of a Japanese doomsday cult both seek the ultimate prize for their own nefarious reasons, and McCracken and Wareagle’s mission to defeat them takes the duo on a nonstop journey across the world and thousands of years into the past where the truth lies in the ancient Pandora’s Temple, built to safeguard the world’s most powerful weapon. McCracken’s only hope to save the world is to find the mythical temple. Along the way, he and Wareagle find themselves up against Mexican drug gangs, killer robots, an army of professional assassins, and a legendary sea monster. The hero of nine previous bestselling thrillers, McCracken is used to the odds being stacked against him, but this time the stakes have never been higher. For all the books I have read I am sorry to admit that I have never read anything by Jon Land before. My error and something that I am going to have to catch up on in a big way–there are nine other previous Blaine McCracken novels out there. “Pandora’s Temple” is one huge action-packed thriller from page one. The world is in deadly trouble, Greek mythology is involved and there is a reclusive billionaire who wants to control the world’s energy supply. Johnny Wareagle and McCracken are up against it this time as their skills are really put to some outrageous tests including a sword battle in a restaurant. This is pure excitement. Mr. Land obviously likes to tell a good story, never mind all the flavors that he puts in it from Science Fiction to Ninja warriors this one has it all. You will not be disappointed with “Pandora’s Temple”. It is a roaring adventure from start to finish. If you would like to listen to interviews with other authors and professionals please go to www.kingdomhighlights.org where they are available On Demand. To listen to 24 hours non-stop, commercial free Christian music please visit our internet radio station www.kingdomairwaves.org Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Partners In Crime. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  9. 4 out of 5

    Inga

    My review: It was one weird book! Pandora's Temple was the first book written by Jon Land which I have read, so I was not familiar with his writing before Pandora's Temple. It was action-packed, fast-paced and easy to read. what was confusing for me, was the mixture of genres used and I was in trouble with deciding if I liked that or not. I usually enjoy when genres are combined, but Pandora's Temple could be categorized everything between Thriller and Mystery to Science Fiction. One thing is sure My review: It was one weird book! Pandora's Temple was the first book written by Jon Land which I have read, so I was not familiar with his writing before Pandora's Temple. It was action-packed, fast-paced and easy to read. what was confusing for me, was the mixture of genres used and I was in trouble with deciding if I liked that or not. I usually enjoy when genres are combined, but Pandora's Temple could be categorized everything between Thriller and Mystery to Science Fiction. One thing is sure - it was definitely not a romance :) With that said, I have to admit, it was entertaining read, even though a tad too much out there - almost like a Fantasy. Since it is fiction and as mentioned I do like combined genres, I could live with that, but it did confuse me. I will come back to it little later in my review. Plot: Blaine McCracken is an ex-special Forces agent pushing sixty years who is about to save the world. He fights with giant squid, deals with a mysterious dark matter, disappearing people, he searches for Pandora's Jar and Temple, travels the world and saves it. Yes, he does all that plus many other things in one story. For me the plot was not very believable. I had severe difficulties with imagining two guys closing their sixties fighting like young untouchable and unkillable James Bonds. I really could not buy it. The other problem I had was mixing the mythology of Pandora's Box with Homeland Security and that is the reason why this book could easily be a Fantasy. It also had way too many story lines for one story, at least for my taste. I was probably expecting more of a thriller than it really was. I do enjoy both military and political thrillers, but I can't say that Pandora's Temple was that. It wasn't Fantasy either. The plot had way too many weird things happening for my taste and I am not usually very picky. Now to the strange part. Even though the plot was confusing, I still liked it because it was captivating. I liked the weird characters and strange and unworldly things happening. I liked the humor which was very visible in the writing and for me reading Pandora's Temple was like reading a comic book of A-Team, just the main characters were slightly older. It was corny and funny reading. I could not take this book too seriously due to far-fetched plot, but I did enjoy it because it was entertaining. Characters: Characters were the ones who saved this otherwise surreal story. They were original and funny. I kind of liked Blaine McCracken and the way the author developed him throughout the whole book. He was a kick-butt characters who was easy to understand. He did have features I did not like, but he was funny. My favorite character was Johnny Wareagle, Baine's long-time buddy. Johnny is an Indian warrior who could do things and see things others aren't able to. The villain was the second favorite character of mine, because he was so stereotypical and evil, so his characters seemed to be taken out of a "How-To-Write-A-Perfect-Villain" handbook. Generally: If you like books which are not ordinary which do not have to have a clear story line, but entertain you, then Pandora's Temple is definitely for you!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kayla West

    I have to admit that I was a bit reluctant to read Pandora's Temple by Jon Land. The title interested me, but not to the point where I was actually excited to pick it up and read it. That all changed, however, when I read that dark matter would play a big part in the storyline. I have always been interested in the subject of dark matter and was intrigued by how it would be incorporated into this book. Therefore, I immediately decided right then and there that I would try it and see what happens. I have to admit that I was a bit reluctant to read Pandora's Temple by Jon Land. The title interested me, but not to the point where I was actually excited to pick it up and read it. That all changed, however, when I read that dark matter would play a big part in the storyline. I have always been interested in the subject of dark matter and was intrigued by how it would be incorporated into this book. Therefore, I immediately decided right then and there that I would try it and see what happens. Pandora's Temple is a continuation of a series of books by the author Jon Land with Blaine McCracken as the main character. The novel starts two years into McCracken's retirement (according to McCracken, What retirement?), when he is called to save four college boys who are being held as hostages. The culprit? A man by the name of Arturo Nieves Morales, head of the Juarez drug cartel. McCracken poses as a man looking to provide Morales with new routes to bring his supplies into the U.S. Of course, every person going undercover has to have some plan with which to foil his foes. McCracken, indeed, has a plan. So, after kicking some butt and showing Morales and his men who's boss, McCracken goes on his merry little way. Well....as merry as a rogue agent can be.... Cue Paul Basmajian, a friend of McCracken's, aboard the Deepwater Venture. An oil rig on the verge of making history, drilling to a level no oil rig has drilled before: past 32,000 feet. Mr. Basmajian senses that all is not as it seems concerning the rig. The location they are drilling, according to a cartoon rendering, shows no indications of the sandy sediment layers that signify oil beneath. He begins to wonder if there is something more to it. Something more to where they are drilling. And he is right. A strange thing happens once the drill reaches past the target depth. A thing so bizarre that it causes the entire crew of the Deepwater Venture to just simply vanish. The disappearance of the crew, along with the question of what could have caused it, brings McCracken back into the picture. He along with his buddies, Johnny Wareagle and Captain Seven, are called in to bring the situation to light. What they do not know is that what happened to the Deepwater Venture and its crew, is just a small factor in a much bigger plot. A plot that might, ultimately, mean the destruction of the world itself. All in all, I have to say that this Pandora's Temple a very well-written novel. The action scenes were very vivid, and the more technical aspects seemed to be very well researched. Having never read a Jon Land novel in all my life, I was very pleasantly surprised to enjoy what I read. I look forward to reading many more books by Mr. Land, and hope to find each one as interesting and action-filled as this. Recommended for people who love action, adventure, and a bit of science. For more reviews visit: ireadabookonce.com

  11. 5 out of 5

    Bob/Sally

    When reviewing a book I generally avoid talking about the mechanics of the book itself - the layout, the format, the editing, etc. - since most if that is rarely the author's fault. However, there are books where the formatting is such an impediment to enjoying the story, that I feel the need to call it out. Such is the case with Pandora's Temple, which looked like a direct conversion of a PDF print layout, complete with lines that arbitrary break in the middle of the page, and hyphenated words When reviewing a book I generally avoid talking about the mechanics of the book itself - the layout, the format, the editing, etc. - since most if that is rarely the author's fault. However, there are books where the formatting is such an impediment to enjoying the story, that I feel the need to call it out. Such is the case with Pandora's Temple, which looked like a direct conversion of a PDF print layout, complete with lines that arbitrary break in the middle of the page, and hyphenated words resulting from physical margins that don't exist within an EPUB. I found myself challenged to find a flow with so many visual distractions, which is a shame because the story was quite enjoyable - so much so, in fact, I plan to give it a second, more leisurely read in paperback. Anybody who knows how rare it is for me to give a book a second read will appreciate the significance of that. I've heard Jon Land most often compared to the likes of Clive Cussler, which is a bit of an unfair comparison. While both write formulaic adventures with charismatic leading men, Cussler has a more grounded, realistic feel to his novels. Anybody expecting the same from Land will find themselves severely challenged, if not disappointed. Based on what I've read (and I've cued up a pair of his other titles for a read), he seems to be more extreme in pushing the boundaries of disbelief, almost cartoon-like in his imagination, making a comparison to the likes of Matthew Reilly or James Rollins much more apt. It is Blaine McCracken, the roguish hero who plays by his own rules, who makes the novel work. Very much grounded in the action hero mold of the 80s, he's an intriguing character with a wry sense of humour. Definitely eccentric, but immensely likeable from the start, he's the kind of hero who you can very well imagine having a few drinks with after a long, hard day of saving the world. Surrounding Blaine is an action-packed, fast-paced story with some exceptionally well-choreographed action scenes. It's a novel that has big-budget Hollywood thriller written all over it - with the understanding, of course, that Blaine would likely be cast as younger and more physically attractive. From a hostage rescue south of the border, to a climactic battle high atop a mountain, Pandora's Temple offers a heady mix of ancient mythology, violent robots, sea monsters, and the requisite wealthy supervillain. It's an odd story, and definitely takes a while to become comfortable with but, like the craziest of rollercoasters, it is definitely worth the ride. Originally reviewed at Beauty in Ruins

  12. 5 out of 5

    Vivian

    First let me say that I've never actually read a true thriller before and have I been missing out! (I've read suspense-thrillers and psychological thrillers but never a true, action-packed thriller.) Pandora's Temple is a phenomenal read that incorporates Greek mythology, environmental terrorism, a Japanese Doomsday cult, dark matter, the US Government, contract government agents, an international energy company, and science fact along with science fiction. Amazingly, all of these elements (and First let me say that I've never actually read a true thriller before and have I been missing out! (I've read suspense-thrillers and psychological thrillers but never a true, action-packed thriller.) Pandora's Temple is a phenomenal read that incorporates Greek mythology, environmental terrorism, a Japanese Doomsday cult, dark matter, the US Government, contract government agents, an international energy company, and science fact along with science fiction. Amazingly, all of these elements (and oh such much more) are deftly handled by Mr. Land to provide a story that has as many ups-and-downs, not to mention twists-and-turns as the most elaborate roller coaster. Blaine McCracken and Johnny Wareagle are true comrades-in-arms. They've been buddies since Vietnam and have had numerous adventures over the years. An inexplicable event on a Gulf drilling rig followed by a kidnapping attempt on a young woman result in Blaine and Johnny being co-opted by Homeland Security to investigate. Their investigation leads them on a search for not only the young lady in question, Katie Demarco, but answers to the truth about the myth of Pandora and Pandora's Box. Pandora's Temple has action that takes place around the world, including the US, Mexico, Japan, Spain and Greece. Blaine and Johnny seem to be blends of James Bond, MacGyver, Batman and Robin, along with the Lone Ranger and Tonto. They are definitely the good guys and can always get the job done, no matter what. They are assisted in their quest for the truth by some interesting characters. My particular favorite was Captain Seven. A technology genius that is always searching for the next marijuana high (he insists it helps him to think more efficiently). The bad guys are just as awesome since they do not fear death but seem to embrace the idea of death and doom, namely the remnants of the Aum Shinrikyo or Japanese doomsday cult. The incorporation of science fact, science fiction (I hope it's science fiction), history and Greek mythology into the international intrigue and thrills was quite masterful. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed reading Pandora's Temple. This may have been my first action-thriller read by Mr. Land but it certainly won't be my last. NOTE: I wish Goodreads allowed half-stars because this is more of a 3.5 star read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jamais

    Sometimes you need to go with the action and not the science. A long time ago someone discovered a substance that could destroy the world and commissioned //Pandora's Temple// in order to hold it. Fast forward a few thousand years and Sebastian Roy has discovered the same substance underneath the ocean. His platform is destroyed attempting to get some of this "dark matter", so Roy looks elsewhere. Meanwhile the Aum ShinRikyo is raiding labs hoping to find enough to destroy the world when they fi Sometimes you need to go with the action and not the science. A long time ago someone discovered a substance that could destroy the world and commissioned //Pandora's Temple// in order to hold it. Fast forward a few thousand years and Sebastian Roy has discovered the same substance underneath the ocean. His platform is destroyed attempting to get some of this "dark matter", so Roy looks elsewhere. Meanwhile the Aum ShinRikyo is raiding labs hoping to find enough to destroy the world when they find Roy may have some. Throw in some fatal internecine struggles along with high adventure, and you have a fun little romp as Blaine McCracken and his sidekick Johnny Wareagle attempt to recover the dark matter. If you like your adventure fast and loose, this is your book. The action can get seriously over-the-top, as they must face a wide variety of threats along the way, including at one point both ninja and killer robots in the same building. It makes for some serious fun, as you never know what they will be facing next. With two Bond-level villains in the sandbox, it gets a little crazy as they struggle to control something to complete their evil plans. The crises of McCracken and Katie Demarco make for some great icing on the cake. Some of the characters get a little annoying, such as Captain Seven's eternal search for weed, and the science gets a little iffy, as dark matter does not quite work that way, but those are sniggling problems, as there is just enough seriousness to leaven it and keep it from being to over-the-top. This is a great book for fans of the pulp heroes, especially Remo Williams, and readers will not want to put this book down. As written by Jamais Jochim for http://sanfranciscobookreview.com/

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ruth Hill

    When it comes to thrillers, sometimes I really like them, and there are other times when I am just not too sure. This is a book that is very well-written, and I found the story very fast-paced. In fact, once I started it, I really didn't want to put it down. There was never a dull moment, and I was even able to keep the characters straight. Sometimes I feel really lost when I read thrillers, but this one was fairly easy to follow. I could have done without the profanity, but since a man wrote th When it comes to thrillers, sometimes I really like them, and there are other times when I am just not too sure. This is a book that is very well-written, and I found the story very fast-paced. In fact, once I started it, I really didn't want to put it down. There was never a dull moment, and I was even able to keep the characters straight. Sometimes I feel really lost when I read thrillers, but this one was fairly easy to follow. I could have done without the profanity, but since a man wrote the book (I know, I'm sexist), and it is a thriller, I can be forgiving. I am glad there were no sex scenes nor overly descriptive violence. Yes, there was violence, but I could handle what was being written. There is one portion of the book that just didn't seem to make sense. I struggled to set aside the reality I know and go searching for the lost Pandora's temple. And the ending really did make me roll my eyes. I know what the author was trying to do, but I would have preferred a different explanation for the happenings in the book. But maybe that is my realistic side kicking in. Except for that, this is one of the better thrillers I have read, and I can recommend to those of you who like thrillers (or even if you want to try a well-written thriller, this may be for you). I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Malandrinos

    Fascinating! Thrilling! Superb! All these words and more describe Land's latest Blaine McCracken novel. From the moment I opened this book on my Kindle, I didn't want to put it down. A masterful storyteller, Land draws on an ancient legend to create a fast-paced, exciting "What if..." novel that twists and turns until its explosive conclusion. McCracken and his cronies provide tons of intense action coupled with a healthy dose of humor. Captain Seven, a dope smoking science and technology geek, i Fascinating! Thrilling! Superb! All these words and more describe Land's latest Blaine McCracken novel. From the moment I opened this book on my Kindle, I didn't want to put it down. A masterful storyteller, Land draws on an ancient legend to create a fast-paced, exciting "What if..." novel that twists and turns until its explosive conclusion. McCracken and his cronies provide tons of intense action coupled with a healthy dose of humor. Captain Seven, a dope smoking science and technology geek, is by far my favorite character. While McCracken and Johnny Wareagle are a bit more on the serious side, Captain Seven is brilliant and funny. Part of his appeal is his child-like anticipation when he thinks they discovered Pandora's Temple. What I feel Land did extremely well with the character of Captain Seven is allow him to share his wealth of knowledge without making it seem like an information dump. The dialogue flowed naturally, providing the reader with the information he needs, but not boring him with so much detail his eyes glazed over. I'll definitely be on the lookout for more books by Jon Land. If you enjoy intense novels filled with action, you can't go wrong with Pandora's Temple.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Gary Sedivy

    First time I've read a novel by Jon Land. It was okay. The two heroes, McCracken and Wareagle, are Vietnam war veterans with special forces training. They are 'problem' solvers, doing 'black ops' for various government entities. Since this is the tenth novel in the series, they've had a lot of experiences. The action in the novel is fast paced, but too cliched. There at least three sets of bad guys in this novel - the evil industrialist, the crazed Japanese doomsday cultists, and the twisted env First time I've read a novel by Jon Land. It was okay. The two heroes, McCracken and Wareagle, are Vietnam war veterans with special forces training. They are 'problem' solvers, doing 'black ops' for various government entities. Since this is the tenth novel in the series, they've had a lot of experiences. The action in the novel is fast paced, but too cliched. There at least three sets of bad guys in this novel - the evil industrialist, the crazed Japanese doomsday cultists, and the twisted environmental terrorists. So who is the worst of the bad guys? The one who wants to monopolize the energy of the world, or the ones who want to end the world as we know it, or the ones destroying the environment in order to 'save the world? The story has a 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' bent - or maybe 'Pinky and the Bean - in that all the villains are looking for that single item that will enable them to rule or destroy the world '. Of course, the heroes thwart all the dastardly plans (otherwise they wouldn't be the heroes, right?). Don't think too hard reading this book, just blow through, and enjoy the ride.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Athena Nagel

    I will start by saying I have not read any other "McCracken" books. But I think I am hooked. There are very few serial type books that I can really stay focused on but I can definitely see these being part of that elite company. There are so many different relationships going on in this book. At the beginning I found it odd that I just could not see the relationship between them all and how they will eventually become intertwined. As the story moves farther along the relationships begin to come I will start by saying I have not read any other "McCracken" books. But I think I am hooked. There are very few serial type books that I can really stay focused on but I can definitely see these being part of that elite company. There are so many different relationships going on in this book. At the beginning I found it odd that I just could not see the relationship between them all and how they will eventually become intertwined. As the story moves farther along the relationships begin to come together and form an intricate web of adventures. Pandora's Temple is an adventure packed, intricately thought out, web leading up to a defining moment where it all comes together. If every one of John Land's book are this elaborate - count me in! This book had mythology and history interwoven into its plot making it even more enjoyable and captivating. Definitely a five star book. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    Just as the blurb on the cover suggest Jon Land is a great thriller writer. this is a fast paced, action packed, thriller. This is the first I have read of the McCracken series and it will not be my last. Blaine McCracken is facing a milestone his 60th birthday. In the face of this milestone and the fact that he hasn't had a mission in two years leaves McCracken feeling that he no longer has what it takes. He is given a suicide mission and proves himself. Then the real test begins. McCracken an Just as the blurb on the cover suggest Jon Land is a great thriller writer. this is a fast paced, action packed, thriller. This is the first I have read of the McCracken series and it will not be my last. Blaine McCracken is facing a milestone his 60th birthday. In the face of this milestone and the fact that he hasn't had a mission in two years leaves McCracken feeling that he no longer has what it takes. He is given a suicide mission and proves himself. Then the real test begins. McCracken and his long time friend and partner in crime find themselves up against formidable opponents. Land really made me thing about what our retired service men and women are doing with their spare time. I also wonder how many former special service persons contract themselves out for the safety and security of our nation? I'm sure many of them feel as McCracken does. I am also sure that their services can still be used today.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

    Just as the blurb on the cover suggest Jon Land is a great thriller writer. this is a fast paced, action packed, thriller. This is the first I have read of the McCracken series and it will not be my last. Blaine McCracken is facing a milestone his 60th birthday. In the face of this milestone and the fact that he hasn't had a mission in two years leaves McCracken feeling that he no longer has what it takes. He is given a suicide mission and proves himself. Then the real test begins. McCracken and Just as the blurb on the cover suggest Jon Land is a great thriller writer. this is a fast paced, action packed, thriller. This is the first I have read of the McCracken series and it will not be my last. Blaine McCracken is facing a milestone his 60th birthday. In the face of this milestone and the fact that he hasn't had a mission in two years leaves McCracken feeling that he no longer has what it takes. He is given a suicide mission and proves himself. Then the real test begins. McCracken and his long time friend and partner in crime find themselves up against formidable opponents. Land really made me thing about what our retired service men and women are doing with their spare time. I also wonder how many former special service persons contract themselves out for the safety and security of our nation? I'm sure many of them feel as McCracken does. I am also sure that their services can still be used today.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Andy K

    First book I've ever read by Jon Land and also happened to be a series book about a 60 year old ex-special agent named Blaine McCracken. One feature I particularly liked about this book was that it was easy to dive into despite it being the 9th book in the series. It was also a decently entertaining read with characters that were easily understandable. However, one thing that irked me greatly was the fact that this book had 93 chapters in it and was only about 400 pages long. Some scenes would sp First book I've ever read by Jon Land and also happened to be a series book about a 60 year old ex-special agent named Blaine McCracken. One feature I particularly liked about this book was that it was easy to dive into despite it being the 9th book in the series. It was also a decently entertaining read with characters that were easily understandable. However, one thing that irked me greatly was the fact that this book had 93 chapters in it and was only about 400 pages long. Some scenes would span 4-5 chapters and it just felt completely unnecessary. Another small annoyance was that each chapter attempted to end with some sort of cheesy quote or cliffhanger. It just felt a bit too forced in my opinion. That being said, I'm pretty meh on how I feel about this book. On the one hand, the story was intriguing and held my attention well. But some technical errors or unnecessary dialogue distracted me from enjoying it more than I had hoped

  21. 5 out of 5

    Molly

    Really enjoyed catching up with the characters from some of Land's earlier books, seeing how they've aged but not really changed. Blaine McCracken, Johnny Wareagle, and Sal Belamo make a great team and their banter is entertaining while also informative. The story in this book wasn't my favorite - shadowy figures searching for Pandora's temple, a structure built in ancient times to house the evils of the world, translated into modern times as dark matter, which has the ability to destroy the wor Really enjoyed catching up with the characters from some of Land's earlier books, seeing how they've aged but not really changed. Blaine McCracken, Johnny Wareagle, and Sal Belamo make a great team and their banter is entertaining while also informative. The story in this book wasn't my favorite - shadowy figures searching for Pandora's temple, a structure built in ancient times to house the evils of the world, translated into modern times as dark matter, which has the ability to destroy the world. It was just too far fetched for me, and that's coming from someone who devoured all the old McCracken books about evil cabals of international power players trying to rule the world. I enjoyed the book while I was reading it, but I wasn't caught up in the suspense like with the old books, or even with Land's more recent series about Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong, which I really love.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Star

    ‘Pandora’s Temple’ is a rip-roaring rollercoaster ride featuring a cast of characters who could have starred in a weekly serial. Blaine McCracken and Johnny Wareagle along a few interesting secondary characters, such as Captain Seven, go head to head with some chilling enemies to find Pandora’s Box/Jar before it falls into the wrong hands. I enjoyed the whimsically incredible characters (who doesn’t enjoy a character with the nickname “McCrackenballs” or another who smokes up to understand the p ‘Pandora’s Temple’ is a rip-roaring rollercoaster ride featuring a cast of characters who could have starred in a weekly serial. Blaine McCracken and Johnny Wareagle along a few interesting secondary characters, such as Captain Seven, go head to head with some chilling enemies to find Pandora’s Box/Jar before it falls into the wrong hands. I enjoyed the whimsically incredible characters (who doesn’t enjoy a character with the nickname “McCrackenballs” or another who smokes up to understand the physics of metaphysics??), the over-the-top plot, and the non-stop action. ‘Pandora’s Temple’ is definitely a book where you can sit back, relax, turn the autopilot on, and enjoy the ride!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl Kravetz

    I am almost finished reading Pandora's Temple by the fabulous author Jon Land. What an exciting book! I especially love the way Jon Land develops his characters, making them come to life as the story progresses. Few authors have his unique ability to do that. Mr. Land has a fascinating mind to be able to tell such wonderfully detailed and believable stories. I have read almost all of his books and it would be difficult to determine a favorite story or character since all are so well done and so I am almost finished reading Pandora's Temple by the fabulous author Jon Land. What an exciting book! I especially love the way Jon Land develops his characters, making them come to life as the story progresses. Few authors have his unique ability to do that. Mr. Land has a fascinating mind to be able to tell such wonderfully detailed and believable stories. I have read almost all of his books and it would be difficult to determine a favorite story or character since all are so well done and so different. Jon Land is truly a gifted writer and I look forward to reading his next book, Strong Rain Falling.

  24. 4 out of 5

    James Hein

    Many, many years ago I read my first Jon Land book and I was hooked on Blaine McCracken. I eagerly devoured every book and then he started writing about a pair of police in Israel and Palestine and my interest waned. Then out came Pandora's Temple, the memories came flooding back and this book did not disappoint. Blaine and the Indian were back and I read this book in a very few sittings. I gave the book five starts because I enjoyed it, the characters were the same if a bit older and because I w Many, many years ago I read my first Jon Land book and I was hooked on Blaine McCracken. I eagerly devoured every book and then he started writing about a pair of police in Israel and Palestine and my interest waned. Then out came Pandora's Temple, the memories came flooding back and this book did not disappoint. Blaine and the Indian were back and I read this book in a very few sittings. I gave the book five starts because I enjoyed it, the characters were the same if a bit older and because I was just so happy that some of my favourite characters were back in print.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dan Barbier

    Bless you Jon Land. You brought back Blaine McCraken and you brought him back with everything that made him a favourite hero of mine. Matthew Reilly, Brad Thor, Ted Bell, all these guys owe a little debt to Jon Land. You pioneered a genre that prospered for years to come. A word about the novel. Entertaining! History, action, fights, sea monsters, world travel, everything is included in this fun-filled novel.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    I loved Pandora’s but have to admit it took me a bit to come to terms with Blaine being 60.. (and Sal closer to 70!) I know today's 60 is like yesteryear's 40, but not always easy to visualise. I’m happy the author kept true to the timeline though.. It would have been too easy to conveniently forget McCracken and Wareagle's origins were in Vietnam.. It’s a little of ‘damned if you do, damned if you don’t’! I'm so hoping this isn't the last we see of Blaine, Johnny and Sal! I loved Pandora’s but have to admit it took me a bit to come to terms with Blaine being 60.. (and Sal closer to 70!) I know today's 60 is like yesteryear's 40, but not always easy to visualise. I’m happy the author kept true to the timeline though.. It would have been too easy to conveniently forget McCracken and Wareagle's origins were in Vietnam.. It’s a little of ‘damned if you do, damned if you don’t’! I'm so hoping this isn't the last we see of Blaine, Johnny and Sal!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Brian Tracey

    Nominated for the Best E-book Original Novel Thriller Award, PANDORA'S TEMPLE has it all. Ninjas. Monsters. Burnouts. Well, just one burnout. Mostly, it has a wise-cracking protagonist named Blaine McCracken. McCracken takes you on a ride from Mexico to New Orleans to way below sea level to the Pyrenees. Excellent twists and turns, PANDORA'S TEMPLE has its on unique voice, much different from Land's Caitlin Strong series, which is also excellent. Nominated for the Best E-book Original Novel Thriller Award, PANDORA'S TEMPLE has it all. Ninjas. Monsters. Burnouts. Well, just one burnout. Mostly, it has a wise-cracking protagonist named Blaine McCracken. McCracken takes you on a ride from Mexico to New Orleans to way below sea level to the Pyrenees. Excellent twists and turns, PANDORA'S TEMPLE has its on unique voice, much different from Land's Caitlin Strong series, which is also excellent.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    This is the very first McCracken novel I have read and I'm hooked! John pens his plot with strong characters, mystery, thrills, twists and turns with mythology and history woven in. A really nice paced story that hooks you in and doesn't let go. Highly recommended for all readers! This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review. This is the very first McCracken novel I have read and I'm hooked! John pens his plot with strong characters, mystery, thrills, twists and turns with mythology and history woven in. A really nice paced story that hooks you in and doesn't let go. Highly recommended for all readers! This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Hana

    It was really interesting with lots of action, lots of theories and it didn't matter that I haven't read any of previous books. A combination of greek myth and theory about dark matter was really smart and catching. I loved it and if I encounter another bokk from this author I will be happy to read it. It was really interesting with lots of action, lots of theories and it didn't matter that I haven't read any of previous books. A combination of greek myth and theory about dark matter was really smart and catching. I loved it and if I encounter another bokk from this author I will be happy to read it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Antigo Martin-Delaney

    First Lan book, but now the last This was my first Lan novel and I selected it as a Kindle free selection. I'm glad I did. I enjoyed the characters and now will backtrack and read the previous nine books in the McCracken title option. I enjoyed Tom Clancy's books with Jack Ryan and this is nice contrast to his character. First Lan book, but now the last This was my first Lan novel and I selected it as a Kindle free selection. I'm glad I did. I enjoyed the characters and now will backtrack and read the previous nine books in the McCracken title option. I enjoyed Tom Clancy's books with Jack Ryan and this is nice contrast to his character.

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