New York Times best-selling author James Rollins returns with a terrifying story of an ancient menace reborn to plague the modern world...and of an impossible hope that lies hidden in the most shocking place imaginable: within the language of angels.
From the depths of the Indian Ocean, a horrific plague has arisen to devastate humankind - a disease that's unknown, unstoppable, and deadly. But it is merely a harbinger of the doom that is to follow. Aboard a cruise liner transformed into a makeshift hospital, Dr. Lisa Cummings and Monk Kokkalis, operatives of SIGMA Force, search for answers to the bizarre affliction. But there are others with far less altruistic intentions. In a savage and sudden coup, terrorists hijack the vessel, turning a mercy ship into a floating bio-weapons lab.
A world away, SIGMA's commander, Gray Pierce, thwarts the murderous schemes of a beautiful would-be killer who holds the first clue to the discovery of a possible cure. Pierce joins forces with the woman who wanted him dead, and together they embark upon an astonishing quest following the trail of the most fabled explorer in history: Marco Polo. But time is an enemy as a worldwide pandemic grows rapidly out of control. As a relentless madman dogs their every step, Gray and his unlikely ally are being pulled into an astonishing mystery buried deep in antiquity and in humanity's genetic code. And as the seconds tick closer to doomsday, Gray Pierce will realize he can truly trust no one, for any one of them could be...a Judas.
©2007 Jim Czajkowski; (P)2006 HarperCollins Publishers
"Action abounds...as the characters from the previous novel range over the globe. There are murders, disfiguring diseases, pirates, cannibals, and, oh yes, people who glow in the dark....this book is great good fun, if readers suspend their disbelief." (Library Journal)
I had high hopes for this book, as the first few chapters were fascinating, but by the time I reached the third portion of the book, I was bored and wishing it would end already.
I like long books, and I like well-crafted stories. Sometimes the two occur in the same book. They didn't do it in this one. The only part of the story line I still cared about by the end of the book was what was happening to Mom and Dad. If you read the book, you'll recognize this storyline. The rest of it is strictly thriller, and not enthralling enough to keep me thrilled. Some of the Rollins books are excellent. Some are not.
When I saw the hardback edition at Costco, I was fascinated, and a light skim made it seem just as wondrous as the cover promised. The delight of a good audiobook makes long trips go quickly, and this looked like a good travel book. Nope. It's too dull and drawn out. By the time the disease reappears, you are rooting for everyone to get it and die. If several hours of editing had occurred the book might be better. In fact this one might be better abridged, though I normally want nothing to do with an abridged edition. I want the entire story as the author wrote it, not as some editor recrafted it.
Future Rollins reads will wait for used paperbacks to appear on the bookstore shelves. I won't go out of my way to pounce on the fresh meat.
While the book is fast paced, it bored me to death. Rollins has three characters: heroes, villians and extras. While he gives them different names and backgrounds, none of them has any distinguishable personality. As a consequence, there is no depth to any of the relationships and it is unclear what the motivations really are for these characters. He describes them as angry, excited, curious, etc., but one doesn't feel it on their behalf because there is no depth to the characters. It felt like a movie script waiting for actors to come along to supply the emotion and the characterization that the author didn't bother to fill in himself.
If you want a frivilous roller-coaster, hop on board, but don't expect anything more.
I had read reviews for this book and thought it would be one that I would like. It was an ok book but I think it was way too long. The author's knowledge on disease is commendable. The outbreak storyline is plausible but the historic storyline was kind of farfetched for me. The narrator was very good. The book struck me as a knock off of The DaVinci Code. I just wish it would of held my attention more.
This is the first book this year good enough to feel like I need to tell others how good it is.
5 stars aren't enough. Most long listening unabridged books do too much repeating. This book moves forward at a good clip and no repeating that I can remember. I am still engrossed in it and don't want to turn it off to work, sleep or anything else that would get in the way of my listening. All of Rollins books are good but this is his best yet
Having read only two-thirds of the book, I am ready to scream. Seeing the length of the rest, I have given up.
Telling you of the many particple phrases used, I hope that you don't read this book.
Really, folks, listening to this book is pure torture. Having read too many books that week, some editor was in a hurry to get this one published.
The bad guys in this books are REALLY bad but the Sigma Force is there is stop the destruction and torture. A wild ride that takes you to many far away places and experience faraway things...like the giant squids and cannibals! And yet even with the fast paced BOND style scenes there are very compassionate lines of dealing with aging parents and Alhzeimers. It is crazy yet so intriging ride...and fun to listen too. The characters are great, strong, caring and have great chemistry with each other. We all have a friend like Kowalski but perhaps want a friend like Monk. It is fast paced and you will wonder who is the good guy and the bad guy....the gray line between the two is fine...just ask Gray Pierce!
The narrator is excellent! The best I have heard, clear voice, changes accents and voices easily. His work makes you understand and appreciate how difficult being a narrator may be. Bravo to Peter Jay Fernadez.
This is one of those books that is hard to turn off. Sure the story was a bit of fantasy, but not unbelievably so, and what book of fiction isn't? Sort of Indiana Jones, Andromeda Strain and Dawn of the Dead all rolled into one. Even the ending leaves you in suspense. If you liked Black Order, I think you'll like this one even more. Narration was top notch.
This was the first James Rollins book I had listened to or read. I am now totally hooked. It is fast-paced, exciting, and almost nerve-stretching at times. The primary characters come to life, and you feel like you know them as friends. I heartily recommend it!
More twists and turns than the roller coasters at Cedar Point. More Cliff hangers than the old Saturday matinees at the movie theaters in the 50's. A gr8 "read." You won't be disappointed. Highly recommend.
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