Well, Vortex was quite a good read. I easily got over all the profanity, but I should warn that it's nowhere near acceptable to leave lying around near kids. (One of the main character's standard exclamations was "F*** a duck!") It's a great read for those Sci-Fi types who like suspense and intrigue, though the scientific stuff doesn't play much more than a background factor until the end. There were a couple of loose ends I thought needed tying up, but it was left sort of like Star Trek II: can easily be the end, but can also turn into a sequel, if enough of a fan-base is picked up.
Well, I'm onto the first Wheel of Time book, which is The Eye of the World. It's a big fat book, but it looks interesting enough to go through.