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An inexplicable explosion rocks the antiquities collection of a London museum, setting off alarms in clandestine organizations around the world. And now the search for answers is leading Lady Kara Kensington; her friend Safia al-Maaz, the gallery's brilliant and beautiful curator; and their guide, the international adventurer Omaha Dunn, into a world they never dreamed exi...more
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Published July 26th 2005 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published June 1st 2004)
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Bill
Sandstorm started out in London with a literal bang and ended with a storm of supposedly epic proportions in an ancient desert city. But by the time it did, I didn't care anymore. All I saw was a swirly world of sand, glass, and static electricity populated by cardboard characters. The good ones would probably survive and the bad ones wouldn't and so what. What happened in between was pedestrian and predictable thriller fare with too many guns and action and not enough thrill.

Anti-matter? Bucky...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
Well, if you're going to have insomnia, this is one heck of a book to have handy. It took me a long time to finish this book because I had so many irons in the fire towards the end of last year. I am so glad that I did pick it up now, because it turned out to be a very rewarding read.

Just a few of Danielle's Late Night Review Observations:

1) James Rollins writes detail-oriented, science heavy action/adventure. It took me a bit to get used to his writing style, but I have to say it really worked...more
Whispers from the Pirate's Ghost Whisper
The first Sigma Force Novel.

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
Mike
Aug 02, 2007 Mike rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: action movie fans
This is the first of James Rollins's "Sigma Force" novels. This is different than most of the books that are in my book list, quite different in some cases.
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
Billy
Not nearly as good as I expected...,

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
Brian Steele
Simply put, I love this guy's work. Less "bromantic" than Clive Cussler and more accessible than Micheal Crichton, both of whom I do enjoy, his tales are just fun, adventurous, and often educational. I wanted to read the Sigma Force books in order, so it took me a while until I could track down the first in the series - and I wasn't disappointed.

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
Stephen
3.5 stars. A fun, action packed thriller that reminded me of Indiana Jones meets Tom Clancy with some excellent "fantastical" elements woven into the story as added flavor. I read this novel as it is the first of the SIGMA Force series and I thought the description of the group was interesting (think special forces made up of scientists). I look forward to reading more novels involving this group.
Aaron
This is essentially exactly what I've been looking for: a smart action-adventure techno-thriller with interesting characters (and heroes I cared enough about to fully root for - unlike Robert Langdon, Jack Reacher, Dirk Pitt, Pike Logan, Mitch Rapp, and the rest to date), involving ancient mysteries, theoretical science, and a splash of the supernatural. Indiana Jones and the Uncharted games were my baseline for the kind of story I was in the mood to read. It was fairly hard to lock down that sp...more
Toni Moore
I don't usually read thrillers. OK, I did read "The Da Vinci Code" along with 12 million other people. And I enjoyed reading it, just because I wanted to know what happened next. In retrospect, it's pretty silly. Anyway, I read an interview of James Rollins in a recent writing magazine ("The Writer") and was intrigued by the protagonists in a series he writes. The Sigma Force is a team of special operatives who are also scientists. Rollins calls them "scientists with guns." Anyway, I downloaded...more
Barbara ★
When reading this I didn't realize it was the first in the series, as I have read a couple others but that certainly explains a few things. A freak lightning storm causes an explosion at a London museum which in turns sends all kinds of people racing to the Omani desert in search of the lost city of Ubar.

You have a few DARPA representatives (Painter Crowe and Coral Novak), a Guild operative (Cassandra Sanchez), a millionaire with ties to Oman, the museum curator born in Oman, a few archeologist...more
Zoey
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Nancy Oakes
If you want a great way to spend an afternoon, pick up this book and get going. You won't put it down! It is pure and simple a FUN book with adventure, science & action all rolled into one. Very cool book, a good way to relax & have fun.

If you want serious literature then go read something else!!!!!

Between the covers of Sandstorm, the reader is introduced to SIGMA, a kind of covert operations force. But the action starts in London, at the British Museum, where Dr. Safia Al-Maaz, the Ara...more
Maurean
Jul 19, 2008 Maurean rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Maurean by: Bill
I thoroughly enjoyed this fast paced, action-packed thriller/adventure novel that is the first in his series of the SIGMA Force and Painter Crowe.

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
Benjamin Thomas
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Renee
This is our first introduction to Painter Crowe and the series by James Rollins. I like this author a lot. His background as a veterinarian has led him to be a thorough researcher and lends credibility to his worldbuilding and plots. His characters are more three-dimentional than one might expect in this genre. The good guys have bad points and serious issues and the bad guys all have valid reasons (at least to them) for doing what they're doing.

This is a high stakes doomsday plot that's first r...more
Pam (E.P. Scott)
The first in the Sigma series, Sandstorm is a high action packed adventure that takes us on a wild ride of mysterious explosions, enigmatic elusive tribes, lost artifacts and...(I love this word)...BUCKEYBALLS!

There isn't anything to dislike in this book. James Rollin's has done a spectacular job with his crisp writing style that takes the reader on a rollercoaster adventure with these wonderful characters. Suspense, thrills, excitment, love, pain... all expertly portrayed by the author.

Vivid im...more
Alexander Draganov
Fun adventurous novel with some interesting ideas, but a bit longer than necessary. Strong ending and likeable characters make up for the dull middle part.
Karen Booklover
3.5 stars

A nice fast paced read , but I like my Matthew Reilly much better.
Joy
I was hungry for some action and adventure when I remembered this series was suggested by a friend. I noticed here in Goodreads that readers who enjoyed this book also liked Matthew Reilly and Andy McDermott so I checked it out. This is the first book I've read from James Rollins and it's one of those riveting, fast-paced, action-packed novels with mysteries worth exploring.

I simultaneously read this with Andy McDermott's "The Hunt for Atlantis". I'm what the author calls an "armchair traveler",...more
Kyle
Sandstorm is the first book in the ongoing "Sigma Force" series. The story is a bit of a cross between Indiana Jones and a special forces thriller with some physics mixed in.

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
Samie Foster
Sandstorm By James Rollins

Overall rating: A Great Climax, But Not Much Beyond That

This was interesting. After reading Subterranean by James Rollins, I really did want to read some of his other work. When looking at his other books, they all seemed similar in very stereotypical “Indiana Jones” like set up. So when it came to picking one, it is like pulling a random number out of a hat. So I just picked Sandstorm.
Sandstorm is a odd novel. It’s a adventure novel that starts off with a strange explo...more
Andy
Yahhhhh loved it, 4* read, t'rrific Harry! :)

It's all there, has the right formulae for a good read & glad I finally got around to this series.

Starts with a BANG, a mystery evolves, scientists & government agencies come to the fore as the lead protagonists, many with obvious sterotypical flaws which is all good fun, a nemesis comes into the fray.... BOO HISS.... whose well... you'll see, there's a few good scientific leaps which are kinda viable if not plausible, there's the Oh yeah that...more
Rachel Amphlett
Sandstorm marks the introduction to James Rollins' Sigma Force series and after finishing this today, I'll definitely be reading the others.

A slick action adventure, Sandstorm begins in London, at the British Museum, seconds before a mysterious explosion erupts through an exhibit, and the action doesn't let up from there.

Cleverly weaving an introduction to the main cast of characters within the first four chapters, while never letting the pace slacken, Sandstorm whips along to the (literally) ea...more
Charlene Intriago
I have no idea where this author gets his ideas but he certainly can take the reader on a wild ride. This is the first book in the Sigma Force series and the third in the series that I have read. I still like The Doomsday Key: A Sigma Force Novel best (probably because I read it first and the plot had a little bit more plausibility). I'm not familiar with antimatter, buckyballs, and a lot of the other stuff in this novel, but loved the setting.
bookczuk
Jul 03, 2010 bookczuk rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to bookczuk by: Audio bookbox
Shelves: audio, bookcrossing
Kind of a disappointment, to be honest. I was not expecting literary greatness, but maybe some campy fun. The storyline was muddled, the descriptions not particularly descriptive and all in all, I probably would have stopped listening had I another book at hand to pop in the car player.

Will pass it on in the next book box. Oh -- the best moment in the whole experience was listening to my stepdaughter read the blurb on the back of the box in breathless wonder. As a thriller, it's a so-so romance....more
Cher
1.5 stars - I didn't like it.

DNF'd around 20%. Just not my type of book - very plot driven and action packed which normally leaves me bored and distracted; quite the paradox.

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First Sentence: Harry Masterson would be dead in thirteen minutes.
Yona
One really good book. Soon I'll read the rest of the Sigma Force Series.
James Rollins became one of my favorite authors. This is the third book, that i`ve read from him, and I wansn't disapointed.
Read it!!!
Anne
If you like thrillers which are clean, you will love this book. Very suspensful and lots of excitement. I recommend it. This author is also recommended by Glenn Beck of Fox News, from whom I learned about him.
Holly
5+++ stars

Definitely one of the best books I have read all year.
This is the definition of a rollercoaster ride, and I for one loved every second of it.
Rai
A great thriller I didn't want to end!

Oh baby, was this a fantastic action/adventure/thriller. I am a huge archaeology/Indiana Jones fan and this book 'had me at hello' (so to speak!)
It starts off with a bang, laden in mystery & intrigue & keeps zooming along to ever greater, more mysterious fascinating places, with a cast of characters you will really grow fond of. These characters really have lives of their own and you'll find yourself rooting for various outcomes in their relationship...more
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JAMES ROLLINS is the New York Times bestselling author of international thrillers that have been translated into more than forty languages. Known for unveiling unseen worlds, scientific breakthroughs, and historical secrets, Rollins' knack for breakneck pacing and stunning originality has been hailed by critics and embraced by scores of millions of readers around the world.
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