Sandstorm (Sigma Force #1)
A freak explosion in the Meuseum of Natural History in London sets off a chain reaction of events. A race to find out what caused the explosion and find the source begins, with deadly consequences for the civilized world. Painter Crow, hardened CIA operative takes a job at DARPA in the newly organized "Sigma Force." Their first mission takes them into the scalding Saudi desert in search of the unknown. The answers may be older than Christ and rooted in obscure script...more
For those who enjoy Matthew Reilly and Clive Cussler: give this one a go as well. You won't be disapp...more
It's basically an action movie in book form, but it's a good one, like Indiana Jones style. And Rollins seems to know that it's that kind of adventure. One of the characters is referred to as "Indiana Jones" occasionally. It's the kind of humor I like in books, the wink to the audience that everything is kind tounge in cheek.
But even with it...more
This one begins with an explosion of an antiquities collection of a London museum. Lady Kara Kensington's family paid to found the gallery that is now in ruins. In search of answers, she and her friend Safia al-Maaz, the gallery's curator, embark on a quest to Ubar, a lost city buried beneath the Arabian desert. But these two women and their guide, Dr....more
An interesting cast of characters help drive this exciting action/adventure story to greater heights. Lady Kara Kensington, haunted by her father's death, survives with pills and singleminded focus. Her lifelong friend, Safia al-Maaz is equally haunted by an explosion that she feels re...more
Still, even though Sigma and the Guild are importa...more
в «песчаном дьяволе» действие вращается вокруг загадки убара, города, исчезнувшего в аравийско...more
The plot included quick-hitting action scenes in the US, London, and Oman. Painter Crowe emerges as the hero, and he seems preoccupied with his love life as he considers each of the main female characters in the book. The romance angle was fortunately a minor part of the overall plot, with the majority focused on the archeo...more
I read & loved Map of Bones, Rollins most recent release, so I picked up this book thinking it would be just as good. I moved backwards to this predecessor because I had not heard of Rollins before. Mistake!
I cannot start a book & not finish it & I don't like to read more than one book at a time; personal quirks I live with. Usually I read a book a week, because I usually find good reads based on reviews, research & sales. There was nothing to...more
With any literature of this type, you have to be able to muster up a certain suspension of belief. Sigma Force, in itself, is a wild concept - scientist...more
I found it was in general a thrilling and fluently written novel. The story flows without sticking, and the characters are acting like living persons. Also the scientific elements seem to be realistically worked out (so the autor has made his research on the topic of antimatter and geological details), even if I thought from time to time some scenes would be more science-fiction. The structure is logical and from my impression, the length of the chapters...more
There was plenty of mystery and intrigue. A suspension of disbelief is necessary and I have no trouble with that. T...more
I found the writing in Sandstorm to be loose, when compared to the other books in the series and I fou...more
[Snip] "A freak explosion in the British museum in London ignites a perilous race for an earth-shaking power source buried deep beneath the sands of history."
Sandstorm cleverly incorporates interesting facts from science, history and anthropology,while taking you on fast paced adventure across multiple geographic location...more
Fast read. He does a good job with stringing story together to propel you down the plot-road. I'm a science fact and science fiction nut and I feel Rollins does a good job extrapolating from known science into meta-science. Boy did he throw a lot into this one, too. Guys like Crichton picked essentially one near-science theme and wrapped his book around it. Rollins includes several, which I liked but some might find overdone or "trying too hard." I saw it as a curious mind who went where his im...more
Loved the main lead character Safia. Her vulnerability and strength shined throughout the book. I could care less about Painter Crowe who takes up half the book. I felt that some of his thoughts were a bit superf...more
"Sandstorm" is the first book, where the SIGMA Force is introduced - a special USA government group that hires people not only skillful as soldiers but also gifted and talented when it comes to science. But, I must admit, that SIGMA's agents do n...more
it was not very suppenceful and fir not leave me wanting more. it was clearly set up to be series. The only fool part was mix historic ev...more
It really is a good book by a talented author. This one takes place in Oman for the majority of...more
It was ... OK. A lot of the stuff in the book is damn near magic, which is then "explained" at the end with some very vague handwaving. The climax was one damn over-the-top event after another. I think the author was thinking too much about a movie option at the time.
The characters were mostly appealing, if som...more
This is a high stakes doomsday plot that's first r...more
James Rollins is the New York Times bestselling author of international thrillers, translated into more than forty languages. His Sigma series has been lauded as one of the "top crowd pleasers" (New York Times) and one of the "hottest summer reads" (People Magazine). In each novel, acclaimed for its originality, Rollins unveils unseen worlds, scientific breakthroughs, and historical secrets--and h...more