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Publisher's Summary

If the biblical plagues of Egypt truly happened—could they happen again—on a global scale?

Two years after vanishing into the Sudanese desert, Professor Harold McCabe comes stumbling out of the sands, but he dies before he can tell his story. Then an autopsy uncovers a bizarre corruption: someone had begun to mummify the professor's body—while he was still alive.

Subsequently, the medical team who had performed the man's autopsy has fallen ill with an unknown disease. Fearing the worst, a colleague of the professor reaches out to Painter Crowe, the director of Sigma Force. The call is urgent, for Professor McCabe had vanished into the desert while searching for proof of the ten plagues of Moses. As the pandemic grows, a disturbing question arises. Are those plagues starting again?

To unravel a secret going back millennia, Director Crowe and Commander Grayson Pierce will be thrust to opposite sides of the globe. As the global crisis grows ever larger, Sigma Force will confront a threat born of the ancient past and made real by the latest science—a danger that will unleash a cascading series of plagues, culminating in a scourge that could kill all of the world's children…decimating humankind forever.

©2016 James Czajkowski (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Pilgrim
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma United States
  • 03-01-17

I Really Wanted to Get Passed the Narration

I love James Rollins books and have read or listened to most of them. Rollins always provides an interesting ride, and I appreciate the research that is evident in his novels. The Seventh Plague is a good example of that. The debate over whether or not the biblical plagues actually occurred and the Egyptian cultural/history are evidently well researched. The characters are also developed well. However, the narrator seemed to either not understand or not be interested in the story. In my 40+ audio books, I have listened to some extremely talented narrators. I wish I could say that this one is among them because this is a very good, fascinating book. However, life is too short to listen to boring narrators.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Good story...narration...not so much

What did you love best about The Seventh Plague?

The science, as always is intriguing.
Action is intense and compelling.

What other book might you compare The Seventh Plague to and why?

Most any other James Rollins novel...The man has a formula for his writing and it works very well.

Would you be willing to try another one of Christian Baskous’s performances?

Not by choice, no. The accents were off-putting. Kind a Texas by way of London vibe to a lot of them and it distracted from the story a great deal at points.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The last time the plagues were set loose - a nation fell. This time it may be the world.

Any additional comments?

Loved the author, writing and series characters.
The narration though...it distracted from the enjoyment of the story.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Narrator should keep his day job,

Still working on first chapter and the narrating is so bad Im going to see if I can return it.

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  • Diane
  • RALEIGH, NC, United States
  • 12-18-16

Took me 4 tries ...

...but I finally finished the audio book. I do not care for Christian Baskous as a narrator at all. This time I mean it when I say it is the last Rollins book (and I LOVE his books) that I will purchase in the audible version if Mr. Baskous is narrating. Good story, but could have been a soooo much better listen had accents been appropriate and differentiation of characters would have been a nice touch.

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  • Jason
  • BUCKNER, MO, United States
  • 12-20-16

Not sure about certain characters

When I say not sure about the characters. I was talking about Painter Crow. He seemed kind of linear in this book than he had in previous books. His actions in previous books were calculated where this book they were cold. His wife was mentioned in passing but not a warm person who he is spending his life with. I wonder if this was part of editing. Normally, I enjoy all of his characters, with the exception of Noah and his lion, perhaps Grey, they were a little flat. I really enjoy James Rollins' Sigma force series. Just a little disappointed in this one.

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Another Exciting Tale

I enjoyed this new edition to the Sigma series. I really felt some of the text quite moving with references to grieving, love and end of life. The narration at time was so fast I needed to check my audio speed and it seems that Christian would finish a whole sentence in the one breath, his characters were spot on.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Decent enough

It's entertaining, but find it not up to the standard of many of the previous series offerings... As usual the science is intriguing, and there is some pretty harrowing action, but the story seemed to stop and start a bit, until the final third or so... I also found the characters a bit flat at times... Definitely not enough Kowalski;). Noah and Rojo were excellent and truly brought something needed to the story... The exploration of the elephantine society and rituals was moving and simultaniously fascinating... The narration is better than average, although some of the accents aren't differentiated very well... Hope I'm wrong, but the series seems to be declining... ...Here's to the next installment proving me wrong...

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  • Tedd
  • United States
  • 02-27-17

entertaining

Where does The Seventh Plague rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

A tught plot and great cast of characters. I love this series.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Baskous is a solid narrator on the whole but has a really annoying way of losing volume in the midst of sentences. Could be a Mic or breathing issue. Makes listening difficult.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Always fantastic

As usual a great Sigma read, truly enjoy James Rollins and Christian Baskets! Keep up the good work!

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Cringeworthy narration

I like James Rollins overall, I might have liked this book but I just COULD NOT GET PAST THE HORRIBLE NARRATION! Sorry for yelling but I wanted to make sure you heard me!

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  • Karole
  • 12-22-16

Mummies vs xmas .....

One of his better ones. Good characters and elements. Fabulous xmas listening if it all gets too much ... Sterling work by narrator. Enjoy !!!!

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  • NT007
  • 04-05-17

Narrator

I really struggled with this narrator. The voice is monotone and makes it so difficult to get engaged.

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  • Gillian
  • 02-28-17

Oh Dear

Having enjoyed James Rollins books made the decision to listen to one for a treat. Unable to give a synopsis as the narrator drove my bananas. Within the first 15 mins found myself having to concentrate so hard to listen that it became a chore rather than a pleasure. I am unable to give anymore than 1 star as the narrator made me want to scream in frustration. Looks like I'll have to purchase the book after all.

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  • Philip B Walton
  • 01-17-18

Good book

Love the author enjoyed the series, loved reading the books. Did not enjoy this narrator. Won’t buy any more if this is narrated by the same person

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  • chris p
  • 11-17-17

Good but not great

A good book but not really keen on the reader who has a strange voice that did not in my opinion suit the book.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-23-17

Perhaps the worse story of the 12

Found it very hard to finish. Did Not keep my attention as many of the other 11 books have done






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  • Mark
  • 06-03-17

Great book to read, ruined by narrator.

I should have read this book not listened to it. I found it difficult to follow the narrator even at high volume. I need crisp syllables, not whispery voices. Also, when he did different charactet voices, they were inconsistent. However, clearly a story with a lot of effort by James Rollins once again.