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The Judas Strain: A Sigma Force Novel, Book 4 | [James Rollins]

The Judas Strain: A Sigma Force Novel, Book 4

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.
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Publisher's Summary

ju-das strain, n. A scientific term for an organism that drives an entire species to extinction

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    "Action Packed"

    This is an excellent book! It is full of action, twists and turns. Worth the money. Rollins also reminds us that the creatures we cannot see can be the scariest. Highly recommended!

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    Raleigh F. Lane, Jr. Nashville, TN United States 08-12-07
    Raleigh F. Lane, Jr. Nashville, TN United States 08-12-07 Member Since 2015
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    "Incredible"

    This is one of the best, if not the best mysteries I have ever read. Every time I think I know what is going to happen, I am wrong. A absolute must read. You will not be disappointed.

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    Katja Tampa, FL, United States 12-14-10
    Katja Tampa, FL, United States 12-14-10
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    "James Rollins never fails to tell an exciting tale"

    All of our favorite characters from Sigma Force are here in another adventure to save the world. Twists and unexpected turns are the norm and are never predictable! Love this book. But then I love all James Rollins's books.

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    Elizabeth Kingswood Seattle, WA 10-23-08
    Elizabeth Kingswood Seattle, WA 10-23-08 Member Since 2008
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    "A rollicking adventure"

    James Rollins hits another home run. Great narrator, great story.

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    Marianne 02-14-08
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    "The Judas Strain"

    Very engaging.

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    Susan Atlanta, GA, United States 10-17-07
    Susan Atlanta, GA, United States 10-17-07 Member Since 2001
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    "Annoying"

    Fantastic premise and overall a diverting read except for the author's annoying use of the word "still" over and over and over throughout to indicate counterpoint. "Still, Monk couldn't help but feel ..." " Still, Gray wasn't sure ..." Now that I've mentioned it to you, you'll start counting the number of times he uses it. And there were numerous places where I (a fantasy and sci fi fan no less) could simply not suspend my disbelief and laughed out loud at the absurdity. And what's with the hand SOS thing at the end? That was a preposterous way to leave open for a sequel I suppose.

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    Jim San Diego, CA, United States 08-12-07
    Jim San Diego, CA, United States 08-12-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Don't Bother"

    To compare this book to The DaVinci Code is to compare Ripple to Opus One. I listened to half the book thinking that it had to get better and that I had to get my monies worth. Finally, I couldn't take it any longer due to the incredibily thin character development and unbeleiveable plot which seemed to get worse as the book went along.

    If there is an abridged version of this book and you half to read it, then don't bother with being bored for 18 hours.

    A cold shower would be a better bet.

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