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by James Rollins

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This latest outing of the Sigma crew lives up to its predecessors and shows why Rollins is one of my favorite series authors in the thriller field. The usual gang is all here and doing their usual good Sigma work and battling their own personal demons and issues, and we meet a couple of new characters of the "a man and his dog" variety. And they make wonderful additions here, even if it's only for the one outing. (Or is it?) The overall story is interesting and fun and is plausible enough, although it does require a rather significant number of functional psychopath types to all find a way to work together. As for the science behind the story, I like that Rollins keeps it realistic for the most part, and I like that he continues his tradition of talking about it in some detail in some commentary after the conclusion of the story. Still, there were once again a couple of over-the-top story elements outside of the realm of science that I really wish he would have avoided. Think of a typical James Bond movie and its stunt/special effects craziness and you get the idea. Given that Rollins himself is clearly no dummy and that he does his homework, it seems unfortunate to me when these pandering plot elements (as I see them) find their way into his novels. I'd like to think that his readers don't need to have stuff exploding left and right and buildings (and entire artificial islands) blowing up and collapsing in a display of overkill that is hard to match, and I firmly believe that a thriller can be thrilling without such things. So it's enough to cost things a star in my book, even though most of the story is top-notch. Cut out those twenty or so offending pages of what I consider to be unnecessary overkill and the book instantly becomes a four-star read. ( )
  jimgysin | Jun 19, 2017 |
Awesome read!! I can't wait for the third Jake Ransome adventure now!! ( )
  Deankut | Sep 26, 2016 |
Could you live forever?
Would you live forever?
  MerrittGibsonLibrary | Jul 9, 2016 |
it was good not spectacular enough for me to remember much about it other then alot of fighting, moving around, unneeded killings etc. ( )
  nraichlin | Jan 26, 2016 |
In his latest addition to the series, James Rollins, picks up right where the last book left off. This time Grey, Seichan, and Kowalski are sent to Somalia, in search of the President's daughter who has been kidnapped. Along the way they pick up two new characters, Tucker Wayne - a former Army Ranger, and the comabt dog he trained, Kane. Like all of his novels, Rollins, sends the Sigma Force operatives on quite the roller coaster ride, throwing in copious amounts of real world science. While you can probably guess that they will complete their mission, how they get there is always a surprise.

I never thought I would rate a Sigma Force novels only 3 stars, but I guess you just never know. The newest characters, just didn't work for me. I really wanted to like Tucker and Kane, but they just fell flat to me. And while I love animals and love reading about all the amazing things that they can accomplish, when I had read the story from Kane's point of view, it just killed the momentum for me. Don't even get me started on how many times we had to hear about their amazing bond.

The plot itself wasn't bad, though I didn't enjoy it as much of some of the others. I was quite grateful, however, for finally getting to heart of who The Guild is, where they came from, and what their goals are. Learning more of Seichan's history was another huge bonus. I'm looking forward to finding out what she discovers in future books.

In all it was a good book, though it never compelled me to pick it back up. I've gotten used to James Rollins writing an above average thriller, and this one unfortunately wasn't. It however won't keep me from reading the next Sigma Force novel as soon as it's ready. ( )
  Mootastic1 | Jan 15, 2016 |
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We are opposed around the world bay a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence ... building a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations.

   ~John F Kennedy,
      from a speech given at the Walford-Astroia Hotel on April 27, 1961
Surely God would not have created such a being as man, with an ability to grasp the infinite, to exist only for a day! No, no, man was made for immortality.
    ~Abraham Lincoln
Three brothers and three sisters
Cheryl, Doug, Laurie, Chuck, Billy and Carrie,
After being in the trenches this past year, it seemed fitting for us to be together here too. 

Love you all.
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They once called her a witch and a whore.
June 30, 11:44 AM EST
Takoma park, Maryland

Gray Pierce pulled into the driveway with a coughing grow of the 1960 Thunderbird's V-8 engine.
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Galilee, 1025: A Templar knight uncovers a holy treasure in an ancient citadel - a priceless icon that holds a mysterious and terrifying power.

A millennium later, Commander Gray Pierce of Sigma Force is dispatched to the African jungle, teaming up with former Army Ranger Capt Tucker Wayne and his military war dog, Kane, on a covert mission to rescue the US President pregnant daughter form Somali pirates. But Pierce fears the kidnapping masks a far more terrible terrorist agenda - a suspicion proven turn in a fiery ambush and a deadly act of betrayal. ... and by the firebombing of a South Carolina fertility clinic half a world away.

Suddenly Gray Pierce and Sigma Force are in a frantic race to save an innocent unborn baby whose very existence raises questions about the nature of humanity. And behind it all is a deadly cabal. that has been manipulating events from the shadows throughout history .... and a devastating conspiracy rooted in human genetic code that Pierce must expose before it alters humanity forever.

In his first-ever collaboration, New York Times bestselling author James Rollins combines his skill for cutting-edge science and historical mystery with award-winning novelist Rebecca Cantrell’s talent for haunting suspense and sensual atmosphere in a gothic tale about an ancient order and the hunt for a miraculous book known only as...
An earthquake in Masada, Israel, kills hundreds and reveals a tomb buried in the heart of the mountain. A trio of investigators—Sergeant Jordan Stone, a military forensic expert; Father Rhun Korza, a Vatican priest; and Dr. Erin Granger, a brilliant but disillusioned archaeologist—are sent to explore the macabre discovery, a subterranean temple holding the crucified body of a mummified girl.

But a brutal attack at the site sets the three on the run, thrusting them into a race to recover what was once preserved in the tomb’s sarcophagus: a book rumored to have been written by Christ’s own hand, a tome that is said to hold the secrets to His divinity. But the enemy who hounds them is like not other, a force of ancient evil directed by a leader of impossible ambitions and incalculable cunning.

From crumbling tombs to splendorous churches, Erin and her two companions must confront a past that traces back thousands of years, to a time when ungodly beasts hunted the dark spaces of the world, to a moment in history when Christ made a miraculous offer, a pact of salvation for those who were damned for eternity.

Here is a novel that is explosive in its revelation of a secret history. Why do Catholic priests wear pectoral crosses? Why are they sworn to celibacy? Why do the monks hide their countenances under hoods? And why does Catholicism insist that the consecration of wine during Mass results in its transformation to Christ’s own blood? The answers to all go back to a secret sect within the Vatican, one whispered as rumor but whose very existence was painted for all to see by Rembrandt himself, a shadowy order known simply as the Sanguines.

In the end, be warned: some books should never be found, never opened—until now.
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A yacht bearing a young American couple is attacked by Somali pirates, leading to bloodshed and the violent kidnapping of the pregnant woman on board. To aid in her rescue from the lawless and war-torn jungles of coastal Africa, Sigma Force enlists the aid of a unique search team.… (more)

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