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Crucible

A Thriller
Narrated by: Christian Baskous
Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (389 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

In the race to save one of their own, Sigma Force must wrestle with the deepest spiritual mysteries of mankind in this mind-expanding adventure from the number-one New York Times best-selling author, told with his trademark blend of cutting-edge science, historical mystery, and pulse-pounding action.

Arriving home on Christmas Eve, Commander Gray Pierce discovers his house ransacked, his pregnant lover missing, and his best friend’s wife, Kat, unconscious on the kitchen floor. With no shred of evidence to follow, his one hope to find the woman he loves and his unborn child is Kat, the only witness to what happened. But the injured woman is in a semicomatose state and cannot speak - until a brilliant neurologist offers a radical approach to “unlock” her mind long enough to ask a few questions.

What Pierce learns from Kat sets Sigma Force on a frantic quest for answers that are connected to mysteries reaching back to the Spanish Inquisition and to one of the most reviled and blood-soaked books in human history - a Medieval text known as the Malleus Maleficarum, the Hammer of Witches. What they uncover hidden deep in the past will reveal a frightening truth in the present and a future on the brink of annihilation and force them to confront the ultimate question: What does it mean to have a soul?

©2019 James Czajkowski (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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Thriller? Maybe a Third of One

There were parts of this story that I found exciting enough to carry me through. Unfortunately, these parts were only about 1/3 of the story. There are a lot of subplots and side-diversions that drag on. The reader Christian Baskous, is fine. I think this may be the first book I've had where he is the narrator. I think under other circumstances, I would enjoy his reading. I just found this book to be too boring to push through. This is just my opinion. I'm kind of stuck in a thriller-only mode these days. If every page isn't burning or exploding, I can't do it.

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Terribly Disappointing

I am a big fan of the Sigma Force series, but the Crucible was terribly disappointing. The problem was not the passable narration, but the story. For the second straight book, the lead field operative does not use his preternatural and intuitive puzzle solving abilities and is relegated to being another generic action hero. Another lead character actually intentionally shoots a fellow Sigma team member with no consequence. Sigma’s able leader is almost a non-presence. The idea of a super AI is intriguing, but there is also an anti-male attitude throughout with respect to the AI’s virtual Eden. This bias bleads over into the non-AI portion of the story. All of the thinking is done by female characters while the male characters are cartoonishly brutal. One of the few Sigma team members who has the technical ability to understand the AI (and is male) is shot about halfway through and sidelined until the end. There are other jarring, uncharacteristic moments. One of the Sigma team members, now pregnant, actually considers shooting an innocent child. One of the Sigma contacts actually pulls a gun on the Sigma team for no apparent reason. The scenes where one of the Sigma team members is in a waking coma and you see what she is going through, are powerful but not enough to make up for numerous flaws, only some of which I’ve mentioned.

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Wow....wow.....wow

I'm rarely ever really scared by a story, but this one has me SERIOUSLY spooked. So good.

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Not Sci Fi, but would have been 20 years ago

An intriguing dilemma for Sigma Force and the real world, complete with cutting edge technology, history and plenty of intrigue from secret societies and evildoers. While characters from previous books are included, this book can stand alone outside of the series.

The narrator is annoying at times, as if his voice is more important than the story he's reading.

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Volume

Story was great. Performance was good but constantly going from shouting to whispering a problem. I had to adjust the volume continuously.

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yet again another gem from mr. Rollins

this book is thought provoking and suspenseful! yet another gem from mr. Rollins. can't wait for his next one!

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and he scores again

Mr Rollins has the perfect way of combining action with detailed science and history. I had a hard time putting this one aside.
I would add that the narrative goes a long way in making this happen .

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Best Sigma yet

Edge of seat. Wonderful integration between past, present & future. Really great twists you don’t see coming.

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I had a great deal of trouble with the audio.

I found the narrator's volume and voices extremely irritating . I almost gave up on it .

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Boring for a "Thriller"

Got halfway through and stopped. Story was uninteresting and and hard to follow. Too many characters that sounded similar.