- Mass Market Paperback: 718 pages
- Publisher: HARPER COLLINS USA; Illustrated edition (26 April 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062017586
- ISBN-13: 978-0062017581
- Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 10.7 x 19 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 386 g
- Customer Reviews: 1,051 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
James Rollins is the author of international thrillers that have been translated into more than forty languages. His Sigma series has been lauded as one of the "top crowd pleasers" (New York Times) and one of the hottest summer reads (People magazine). In each novel, acclaimed for its originality, Rollins unveils unseen worlds, scientific breakthroughs, and historical secrets--and he does it all at breakneck speed and with stunning insight. He lives in the Sierra Nevada mountains.
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It's a real roller-coaster of action held together by great descriptions and a very evocative sense of place, likable characters and a fun, plausibility straining plot.
This is not a book you should approach with a critical eye for scientific or historical accuracy; my advice is just accept the outlandish explanations and strap in for the ride.
The plot in (sort of) summary, is that a pair of deadly, military-trained scientists are roped into to discovering the cause of a massive explosion in the Arabian Wing of the British Museum. The trail leads them, the archeologist in-charge of the exhibit, the patron of the gallery and a field archeologist and his brother, to Oman to track down where two of the artefacts came from. Naturally they are pursued by some very bad people, working for a shady organisation and shadowed by a secret sect (of sorts). There is plenty of action, hardware and mysticism to keep things interesting.
The characters were likable and only occasionally descended into cardboard cut-out special forces operative or rich-girl haunted by tragedy.
I'd recommend it if you like a good, old-fashioned ripping yarn and can enjoy one without over-analysing too much.
Couple the awful characters with the ridiculous plot (antimatter can be made safe by storing it in rocks), and I found this book to be a slog. I definitely won't be continuing this series.
I didn't want to read them out of sequence so was glad when I got into the book that it turned out to be a good book.
It's a good, fun adventure story with some historical and scientific interest giving it a feel of Indiana Jones or the Da Vinci Code. One of the characters is even nicknamed "Indiana".
I'm sure other people will criticise any scientific, historic or geographic liberties taken by the author but to them I would say, it's a work of fiction not fact. Sit back, read and enjoy the ride.
Hoping the rest of the series lives up to this one as I have another 8 to read before getting to "The Sixth Extinction"!
I found some of the science a little unrealistic - all the static electricity and lightning, but the main character's tracking device survives intact? At the start of the novel, the tracking device has a 24 hour battery, but at the end it's been working for days and days?
The science fiction part was interesting, makes you wonder....
Don't think I'll try James Rollins again soon. Maybe in a couple of months.
The characters are real people rather than just story book people. They are fallible and very human, very easy to relate too.It makes you care about what is happening to them. The story itself was wild and fascinating, exhilarating and made you hold your breath. Everything you want in an intelligent thriller.
This book made me buy the second James Rollins book straight away and is now under way, good job there is a holiday in a couple of days although I may have finished number two and be onto the next book by then :-) Thank you for taking us on a roller-coaster journey. :-)
It killed some time, but makes Jack Reacher look like the protagonist of Roy Hattersley's diaries.
The story revolves around the elite force and starts with an explosion in London and ends with a totally different type of explostion in the Middle East. Great characters, fantastic locations with wonderful historical detail. Throughly recommended.