I’m a fan of James Rollins and his Sigma Force series, so I was looking forward to reading his latest, “Unrestricted Access: New and Classic Short Fiction.”
This collection of short(er) stories features several Sigma Force side adventures, including a crossover with a popular character of author Steve Berry.
I enjoyed most of the stories in this book a lot. From the Sigma Force roster of characters, there were two Tucker and Kane stories that I enjoyed the most. The duo are a former military K-9 unit, and I loved that part of each story is told from the dog’s point of view as he interacts with Tucker.
In fact, the book closes with an all new novella featuring the duo, called “Sun Dogs,” set in the mystical area of Sedona, AZ.
Other favorites from the book include the YA fantasy story “Tagger,” in which a pair of teenage street artists must protect San Francisco from a demon who has been seeking revenge for centuries.
I also enjoyed “Blood Brothers,” one of the two “Order of the Sanguines” stories, that incorporates the supernatural in a telling of two long lost half-brothers.
The only story I have mixed feelings about is the horror story “The Pit,” about a young dog that is kidnapped and forced into becoming the bloody champion of a dog-fighting ring. I appreciated the uniqueness of the story being told from the dog’s point of view, but the dog-fighting scenes were so brutal and hard to read.
If you’re a fan of James Rollins writing, especially Sigma Force, you’ll enjoy “Unrestricted Access: New and Classic Short Fiction.” It’ll also give you a broader view of his writing beyond his signature characters.
I’m giving “Unrestricted Access: New and Classic Short Fiction” by James Rollins a 4 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimer: I received an advance e-book copy for review purposes from NetGalley. I was not compensated in any other way. My opinion is honest, and as always, my own.
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