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The Judas Strain Audiobook

The Judas Strain: A Sigma Force Novel, Book 4

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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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    John 02-16-10
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    "YOU WILL LOVE THIS BOOK"

    The SIGMA series is just so captivating !

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    Dewey Bastrop, TX, USA 06-18-08
    Dewey Bastrop, TX, USA 06-18-08
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    "The Judas Strain"

    Action packed. Really keeps you wanting to keep listening.

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    Michael Airmont, NY, USA 02-17-08
    Michael Airmont, NY, USA 02-17-08 Member Since 2015
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    "Half and half"

    Starts out exciting, storyline is definately excellent. It was just all over the place and a bit long. Not bad, not great.

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    Jay Ft Myers, FL, USA 10-23-07
    Jay Ft Myers, FL, USA 10-23-07 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Book!!"

    I loved it. It had drama,action, mystery and all the bells and whistles.
    It kept me interested on the edge of my seat.

    This was the 1st book I've listened to of his, now I want hem all.

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    Hunter St. Louis, MO, USA 09-03-07
    Hunter St. Louis, MO, USA 09-03-07
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    "Good book/crappy narration"

    James Rollins' books are basically mind candy, not that that's a bad thing. I had no problem with the length of the audio or story being far-fetched. I had expected that having read other books of his. In fact, I enjoyed the story.

    What I thought was incredibly bad was the narration. Perhaps it was the fault of the director and not the voice-actor. In either case, it is unforgivable to bounce back and forth between pronouncing "bas relief" as "bah relief" (correct) and "base relief" (wrong)... in the same paragraph! Since the pronunciation bounces back and forth so much, you know that they had to go back and re-record bits of the audio. So why no replace all of the wrong bits? And pronouncing "celtic" as "selltic" instead of "keltic"? Do they not teach these words in English classes any more? That's just two of the many mispronounced words in this audiobook. Sorry, but that stuff just irks me to no end.

    As someone who has worked as an engineer/editor on a couple of audiobooks in years past, I'm also surprised these things got past the editor, too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Howard Ray Folsom, CA, USA 08-28-07
    Howard Ray Folsom, CA, USA 08-28-07
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    "Loooooonnnnnggggg"

    Why say something in 10 words that can be said in 110? That seems to be the MO of this author. That said, he has a unique and interesting plot with unique and interesting characters. The plot, though, develops slowly and laboriously. He describes and redescribes scenes and thouhts of characters. I've never seen an actual copy of the book, but it must weigh 8 lbs. The narrator is very good, but there is just too much material to have a crisp, entertaining story.

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    Cynthia Morley 08-26-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Rollins"

    James Rollin is as good as every. This book really makes you think about what could happen if one person can have so much power.

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    DDomann Cary, NC 08-22-07
    DDomann Cary, NC 08-22-07 Member Since 2015
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    "The Judas Strain"

    Too wordy

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    John Cardiff by the Sea, CA, United States 08-22-07
    John Cardiff by the Sea, CA, United States 08-22-07
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    "Good narration..so-so plot"

    Listening to the excellent narration was a pleasure. (However, I kept thinking I was following Alex Cross, not Agent Pierce.)

    The story is interesting, but not compelling. The bad-guys are bad, but not interesting. The good-guys are predictable, but not too bright.

    All in all it is a good time. I suggest you stop listening before the Epilogue.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 08-21-07
    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 08-21-07 Member Since 2017

    Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 14-year-old daughter.

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    "A bit convoluted"

    I like longer books because I spend a lot of time in my car and these listens help pass the time. This story would have been better if it were shorter. The references to the time of day also started to drive me batty after a while. The characters were also a bit of a stretch. But this is fiction and the story was tolerable. Don't know that I'd listen to this again, but if you like yarns with biological intrigue, this is probably worth your time.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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