Deep in the Rocky Mountains, a gruesome discovery - hundreds of mummified bodies - stirs international attention and fervent controversy. Despite doubts to the bodies' origins, the local Native American Heritage Commission lays claim to the prehistoric remains, along with the strange artifacts found in the same cavern: gold plates inscribed with an unfathomable script.
During a riot at the dig site, an anthropologist dies horribly. All evidence points to a radical group of Native Americans, including one agitator who escapes with a vital clue to the murder and calls on the one person who might help - her uncle, Painter Crowe, director of Sigma Force. To protect his niece and uncover the truth, Painter will ignite a war across the nation's most powerful intelligence agencies. Yet, an even greater threat looms as events in the Rocky Mountains have set in motion a geological meltdown that threatens the entire western half of the U.S.
From the volcanic peaks of Iceland to the blistering deserts of the American Southwest, from the gold vaults of Fort Knox to the bubbling geysers of Yellowstone, Painter Crowe joins forces with commander Gray Pierce to penetrate the shadowy heart of a dark cabal, one that has been manipulating American history since the founding of the 13 colonies. But can he discover the truth before it destroys all he holds dear?
©2011 James Czajkowski (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers
I have read (and enjoyed) a number of the Sigma Force novels. Usually, I enjoy the ride and can ignore the junk science that Mr. Rollins love to throw into his novels. His formula is to take a piece of true history, mix it with some science and a lot of junk science, season it with a little lust and maiming and top it off with a good strong sprinkling of larger than life heroes. This time he just went too far. It seems as if it is more a paen to Mormonism than it is a novel. That's okay, but his own science gets in the way of the what to me was blatant proselytizing. Anyone remotely familiar with anthropology and natural history will simply turn off to his book. It was bad enough that I doubt I will read the next Rollins book. There are a lot better books that give the respect that Mormonism and every religion is due.
Yes it's fiction and yes I've read all the previous Sigma Force novels - which I enjoyed. James Rollins has run off the rails with this one. He's preaching his religion, inventing history and trying to pass it off as a Sigma Force novel. The world is headed for unstoppable destruction because an advanced ancient civilization (who else?) has created an unstoppable force that no one today can disarm. Unstoppable. Did I mention the end of the world is unstoppable? Bad guys are everywhere and at all the key times to shoot the good guys. Lots and lots of bad guys dressed in black against a few good guys. The supposedly super elite Sigma Force is helpless and out-maneuvered at every turn. This is without question the end of the world and nothing can stop it. Except that a little C4 and a woman's body blocking a crack in the rock manages to save the day. Sure. Why not? But even more annoying is the non-stop preaching about mormons. No one is reading Sigma Force novels to hear about religious beliefs. We want adventure, not preaching.
NO! Jay Fernandez is why. He is the king of dropped word endings. Consistantly throughout the book MANY TIMES PER PAGE - he drops s's t's ed's. He drops the end of the word. I remember now returning multiple books read by him in the past. I decided to deal with it this time. BUT NEVER AGAIN!
It's a decently entertaining book but the narrator is horrible
He drops the end off more words than is acceptable
Rollins sets the bar so high with his strategically precise pace and story content. I am blown away by his research leading to a creative masterpiece.
Historical Techno Mystery
I have been to everyone of the settings of the story, so that was a fun surprise. Great links beween the past and the present.
I'm a huge fan of James Rollins and the Sigma Force novels. Like his other novels, this book combines science, history, and mystery to keep you on the edge of your seat. Rollins is great at crafting multiple story lines and weaving them together seamlessly. In this book, the mystery dates back to the days of the American Revolution and a secret hidden for centruies by Native Americans to protect the world.
Rollins switches things up teaming Kowalski, normally CDR Pearce's sidekick, with Director Crowe on a race to beat the Guild to artifacts made of a dangerously explosive material. CDR Grey Pearce, Seichan, and Monk are teamed up to search through American history for any information on the material. They also face operatives of the Guild.
It's a great story. Kept me interested from beginning to end. I did have some trouble with the relationship between Director Painter Crowe and his "neice". In particular because it appears he had no relationship with her up until the day she called and pulled him into the mystery of the artifacts yet he throughout the book he feels incredibly responsible for her. It's the only thing that didn't exactly gel with me.
This book seemed to last forever, but not in a good way. The story line, although imaginative, was too far fetched to be believable. Even suspending disbelief didn't work. It seems the author wanted a modern day spy/whodunit sort of book with a backdrop of the ancestry of civilization in the US, add some nanobots in with a doomsday scenario and there's the book. Sort of wacky, which is okay, but it was not entertaining. I do not think I will consider another book by this author.
No. Became monotonous at times. The historical details went on and on. Good story.
Definitely not a book that would hold your attention
The story was all over the place. And strange/weird.
I am willing to give all authors a 2nd chance. It could have just been this particular book.
The reader was fine, may have been the material.
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