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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

Critic Reviews

"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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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Bradley
  • Bradford, MA, USA
  • 08-01-07

One of his finest

I'v been a long time fan of Rollins.
This story like all of his others , such as Black order which I also give five stars keeps the listener spell bound and wanting more.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Great Book

I completely enjoyed this book, it was filled with interesting events and possiblities. The bad guys get it in the end and there's a number of fun twists. These books are SciFi and meant to entertain and this is one of many of this authors books that have done just that for me. I recommend it if you want to just have fun with SciFi and not necessarily true science and the interpersonal relationships that are created and built upon.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Greg
  • Richmond, IN, USA
  • 03-14-09

Very Good

This was a very good good book. It was not as good as the other two that I have read in this series but still it was entertaining and the characters are work.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Nancy
  • Brigantine, NJ, United States
  • 03-12-09

Silly

Silly & a bit tedious. A lot happens, problem is you won't care.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Nathan
  • Bayfield, CO, United States
  • 11-26-07

Rolings puts out another great one!

If you like the Jason Borne books or Ludlum, get this book! It is every bit as good them! The plot is a little ‘save-the-world’ and (thin) ‘sci-fi science’, but who cares. The action is great, and the plot is twisty and fun. Just a great listen!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Amazing

Here we have a cross between The DaVinci Code and The Andromedra Strain. Very exciting, fast-paced book with interesting characters. The plot jumps from setting to setting, character to character to kee the reader always wanting more.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • William
  • Bowdoinham, ME, USA
  • 11-11-07

This is one you won't want to put down.

This is the first book by James Rollins I have listened to and I must say it was a delight. A thriller that mixes reality and fantasy is just my cup of tea. Rollins keeps you on the edge of your seat wanting to know more and then he delivers the twist. Great book!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Debra
  • West Creek, NJ, USA
  • 09-13-07

Deb

Interesting topic and plot. Although I never read/listen to abridged versions, this would have been an appropriate first time. I found this book tedious - my mind wondered through sections and I felt no compulsion to return and re-listen to the sections I mentally missed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Gary
  • Hayward, CA, USA
  • 08-15-08

A "strain" indeed

A tiresome read. I had high hopes for this book but they were dashed by a convoluted and implausible plot,poorly drawn characters and tedious repetition.

A strain on plausibility, a strain on my ear and a ultimatley a strain on my nerves. I should have learned my lesson after "Black Order"...

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Cheryl
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • 06-27-09

Boring, neverending, complicated, and unbelievable

I'm sorry, but this was a boring, never ending, overly complicated, and unbelievable story. It was also very forgetable and I found it easy to be distracted from reading any more - time and time again. This was not only a waste of my money - but a waste of my time. It was awful. If the author is writes like this regularly --- I will not take any more chances to waste my time trying read another from him.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful