The Judas Strain: A Sigma Force Novel (Sigma Force #4)
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The SIGMA Force is one of the truly delicious concepts to be introduced into the popcorn-eating, page-turning, actiony, spy-guy, thrill-o-rama genre. PhD toting scientific brainiacs with Navy Seal kill skills and James Bond spy craft (minus babes and booze…damn).
SIGMA is a covert ops t ...more
I was about 60 pages into the book before I realized that it was part of a series. Some of you know that reading a series out of order is one of my BIGGEST PET PEEVES EVER, so I th ...more
After reading 4 books in the series, I'm completely invested in these characters. I have images of them in my head. I know and love or hate their personalities. I root for their success and worry at their failures and ultimately, I want them to save the world. I thi ...more
Sumatra, año 1293
Marco Polo, su padre y su tío (Los Polo) fueron los primeros en hacer el viaje a China, a su regreso [a Venecia] contaban con una flota de 14 navíos y 600 hombres. En su viaje de regreso, una extraña enfermedad se extendió entre los viajeros y Los Polo se vieron obligados a quemar los navíos y a los enfermos, pues una vez contraída la enfermedad, todos los que la tienen, empiezan a presentar comportamientos erráticos, extrañas máculas en sus cuerpos, etc. Por eso Los Polo se...more
I wish I could say I liked this book, I wanted to, but I just don't/didn't. I was relieved to reach the end. To give credit where credits due...the ...more
I have read just about every book written by James Rollins and in my opinion "The Judas Strain" is right up there at the top. It's a stunning and education portrait of those nasty bugs in the world of biological science. In the "The Judas Strain", the fourth novel in the Sigma Force series I thought Mr. Collins writing style captured the true effects of a loose deadly bacteria that is killing all life in the waters of Christmas Island. The story is full of ...more
An ancient and deadly plague, the Judas Strain, has suddenly re-emerged from the depths of the Indian Ocean, a disease unstoppable and deadly. Dr Lisa Cummings and Monk Kokkalis of SIGMA FORCE search for an answer to this bizarre affliction aboard a cruise liner, transformed into a makeshift hospital. But others had different intentions. In a sudden coup, Guild members hijack the vessel full of plague victims and turn it into a bio-weapons lab.
A world away, SIGMA's Commander Gr ...more
The story behind Marco Polo was spot-on. From what I know of his return from China, Rollins did not deviate from historical record. The science was fascinating, and certainly believable. Rollins does have a background in veterinary medicine, which bears a strik ...more
2.6 stars precisely.
My reason for not giving this supposedly wondrous book a high rating is that I've outgrown them. There is an uncertainty about facts, an incomplete thread of information that blares, "The author hasn't done enough research to engage people with surprising realities and unimaginable possibilities." I was clearly disappointed when Rollins left certain sections to the imagination of people when he could have focussed more on going deeper into the biological facets of DNA or myth...more
We have to give Rollins credit for his tremendous imagination. He comes up with ideas, plots and developments that keep surprising me even after having read all his previous works. Every time the basic plot is intruiging, and so is the Marco Polo trail in this book. He tap ...more
Rollins continues a fine trend of grasping at vague little bits of history and expanding them to Indiana Jones like proportions. The turns and twists are so complex at times you have to slow down to catch up.
Back in action was my favorite character, Monk. I loved that half the book was him freewheeling as a one man wrecking crew. I mean leading a team composed of commando cannibals on a cruise line a ...more
Sigma Force is a clandestine government agency tasked with researching, and when necessary, protecting Earth's most mysterious, and sometimes deadly ancient artifacts and unexplained phenomenon. The members describe themselves as soldier scientists. In this adventure, a super aggressive virus begins to decimate the human population while the members of SF gather to find a cure and battle the equally dangerous Guild from weaponizing the virus for th ...more
But, some of the ideas were hard to visualise - like the hiding place of the pirates and Mistress of the Seas. Towards the end the resolving of the problem ...more
CONS: Unfortunately, the book gets bogged down in details and could have easily been condensed. I fluctuated among being interested, bored, and frustrated. I had to force myself to finish reading the series. I will probably resume the series, but not anytime soon.
PROS: The books in this series blend together scien ...more
I wouldn't say I disliked this book. There are positive bits in there - as I men ...more
This James Rollins book reads more like a crazy movie than a believable book, but you may like that sort of impossible story. I think he tried to throw everything into the mix, unsuccessfully.
* Globe-trotting heroes. Check.
* Scientists who try to destroy/save the world. Check.
* Ancient temples that hold disturbing secrets. Check.
* Sort-of mysterious, evil org ...more
The attention to detail is meticulous, which I attribute to the author's medical (being a veterinarian, which is super cool) and traveling background. He knows his binomial nomenclature, and it's obvious he's been places.
Having said that; THE JUDAS STRAIN is a FAN-TAS-TIC, whirlwind ride that splits into mult ...more
Too much of a mix of Dan Brown's chasing relic locations, including various religious points; Clive Cussler's mythical un-killable heroes; and too many Hollywood shooting action sequences.
The first 30 pages set the hook with a plausible natural mystery. The rest of the book was a chore to continue through. Only near the end did it get mildly interest ...more
In “The Judas Strain” once again we have a conspiracy (sorta) that threatens the humanity and Sigma Force has to stop a disease that is spreading pretty fast. Also, to make it more interesting, Rollins connects the events of the book with one of the most mysterious (and still unexplained ...more
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He lifted his eyes. 'No . . . I'm not. I'm not sure of a damn thing.' He slipped his hands free of the monsignor's and peeled the battery off the phone, cutting the last ring in half. 'But that doesn't mean I won't act.”