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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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The Judas Strain

Too wordy

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  • John
  • Cardiff by the Sea, CA, United States
  • 08-22-07

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.

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  • Ed
  • Saint Augustine, FL, United States
  • 08-21-07

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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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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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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the judas Strain

like a tale - not believable

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Katja
  • Tampa, FL, United States
  • 12-14-10

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.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A rollicking adventure

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

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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The Judas Strain

Very engaging.

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  • Susan
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 10-17-07

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.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful