The Doomsday Key: A Sigma Force Novel (Sigma Force #6)
"The Doomsday Key"
At Princeton University, a famed geneticist dies inside a biohazard lab. In Rome, a Vatican archaeologist is found dead in...more
The book opens with the census takers and moves rapidly to what initially appear to be four unrelated murders -- except that all four victims have been branded with the same symbol on their foreheads. A friend of one victim passes an artifact on to his niece, which sets an i...more
Rollins has a lot of balls in the air with this one. Genetically modified crops, ancient history dating back to the Egyptians and encompassing the early roots of England's history, civilization, and religion...shadow organization...more
To this point in the series, it's the most intriguing one yet. (The sequels are just as intriguing, if not more so.) It's all about the threat of overpopulation, and the storage...more
I picked up a copy of Rollins' Map of Bones when it was first released. I was blown away; it was a great book (I gave it 5 stars). I then moved back to Sandstorm and was dumbfounded; how could that have been by the same author? It was horrible (I gave it 2 stars) and I swore off of Rollins.
But, here came a story that sounded really good, so I gave Rollins one more chance. This book is okay. That is the best I can say about it. Its not horrible and its not great; it just....more
A special forces team, recovering from a major set-back, split up to figure out why bad guys are killing people and branding them with a symbol known for ecological groups. There's a lot of explanation about the...more
The plotline of this entry focuses on an influential owner of a bioengineering company who has plans to "save" the world through controversial means as well as following alo...more
I enjoyed the book. I listened to t...more
The book opens with the destruction of an experimental farm in Africa and a massacre of all the staff and refugees in the farm. A member of the staff was the son of a US senator and the Sigma Force was given the task of investigating what happened. Monk Kokkalis, member of the Sigma Force, was about to interview the colleague of the senator's son, when a group of assasins killed the colleague and blew up his...more
I've only read a small number of James Rollins' books; but, from my understanding, THE DOOMSDAY KEY is exactly what fans of his will expect and love. It has an easy to read and enjoyable plot involving multiple murders, biotechnology, chemical agents, history, and lore. THE DOOMSDAY KEY is truly an adventure, taking readers from Africa to locations all over Europe, to the Arctic.
I am not familiar with the characters, but I believe they have made appearances in previous Rollins...more
My thanks to the Amazon Vine program through which I received this book.
It's really tough for me to write about books that are out of my comfort zone. I'm not a huge fan of adventure/action thriller type books, and I rarely read them. I'm much more likely to read a mystery, biography, history, work of literary fiction, or to indulge in the guilty pleasure of a horror novel or two here and there. But the fact is, there are only a few authors in the rockem-sockem wo...more
These books are surprisingly dev...more
In Doomsday Key there's multiple times when military jets and helicopters attack our intrepid heroes, and this force is projected on multiple continents and in public areas...more
Guess I need to read another of his books to find out. Fortunately I have...more
This story is told from SEVEN points of view, which throws off the pacing a number of times. Just when a POV gains momentum, the chapter ends and Rollins switches over to someone else. Rollins tries to tell the story from the multiple villians' POV, but for me it just weakened the tension, rather than winding the reader...more
Rollins does a fantastic job with the plot, with the details, and keeping the suspense up. The amount of research into historical archives for each book is impressive. This is the book that made me fall in love wi...more
Sul serio: sapere qualcosa della vita sentimentale dei protagonisti ci può stare, ma questa era una storia d'azione allungata con un Harmony. E a proposito di azione, c'è un limite all'assurdo, oltre il quale la suspance si trasforma in ridicolo. (view spoiler...more
The history part of the book is about the early settlers in what is now England. I really like that most of the history and myths he tells you are true to life (at the end of the book he'll tell you what is true and give recomended reading).
The modern part of the book dealt with geneticaly modified crops and population overgrowth/food scarcity. And although this book is a work of fiction... it is also kind of...more
I was afraid it was going to be a kind of a Dan Brownesque treatment of the Cath...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