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(Sigma Force #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  48,228 ratings  ·  2,077 reviews
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
Mass Market Paperback, 608 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published June 29th 2004)
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Shane The later books do have spoilers about earlier ones... if you are going to read one or two, it shouldn't matter, but if you plan to read them all I su…moreThe later books do have spoilers about earlier ones... if you are going to read one or two, it shouldn't matter, but if you plan to read them all I suggest reading them in order.(less)
هادی امینی sci-fi, almost the whole concept of book is based on schi-fi. but supernatural, I don't think so. there are some strange events which you guess are su…moresci-fi, almost the whole concept of book is based on schi-fi. but supernatural, I don't think so. there are some strange events which you guess are supernatural, but at the end you will find a scientific or at least sci-fi explanation for them.(less)

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Jul 11, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-nook, thriller
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.

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Mar 17, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sandstorm is the first Sigma Force novel written by James Rollins. I've seen his name around many times in the past, and years ago, I devoured a bunch of these types of novels... for some reason, I hadn't picked up his. Now that I'm back in the mood for archaeological thrillers with elements of natural disaster, history, religion, and science as influences... I selected five first-in-series this month. Sigma Force revolves around an American agency that protects the world; and Painter Crowe, so ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More)
Jul 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Action adventure fans
Recommended to Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More) by: Hugh the Curmudgeon
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
Jul 31, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Jul 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
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 suggest that I w
Nick Borrelli
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Here's the thing about James Rollins - his books are utterly predictable and he is just unable to create any type of suspense or intrigue. I've read multiple Rollins books and they are all pretty much the same. They are the epitome of the books that you see on endcaps at your local pharmacy or grocery store and that's about the type of reading level they are as well. I just can't read any more of his novels. This one was another disappointment - a wannabe Michael Crichton/Clive Cussler type of s ...more
Alice Lippart
The different settings were great, but this felt overall too long and the characters were kinda flat.
Mar 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 thats clever
The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon)
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
Brian Steele
Apr 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, adventure
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
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Another read out of order for me, but still very excited to read those familiar names and background that made Sigma. This first book is sort of Indiana Jones with Sci-fi. Plenty of adventure and action throughout the story starting in London where an explosion occurred at a section of British Museum then the story led to a search of lost city of Ubar, Oman. 3.5 star... too much going on the middle of the story.
Sep 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
TS Chan
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-book
Sandstorm was like an Indiana Jones adventure set in the Arabian desert, with the added edge of secret service agents. Likeable characters, great action, a semi-supernatural mystery (with well-researched elements) and fast-moving plot made it a really enjoyable and fun read. This is my favourite kind of thriller so I'll definitely be reading more of James Rollins' books. ...more
Good adventure story but I got lost in the science and wanted more operational intrigue. It's non-stop action though, and I plan to continue the series. ...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
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. ...more
My copy has 830 pages due to the fact it's large print.
Phew! What a ride. Can't wait to get the next book in this action-packed, 21 book series. 😍
Going to keep this review short and to the point with hopefully NO SPOILERS. What a FUN read! It is like a cross of Jack Reacher/Indiana Jones/Dirk Pitt all rolled into one. I LOVED how the story just "WHAM", starts out fast, grabs a hold of you, and drags you right into the midst of all the action. Yes, it's the typical thriller story: "something weird has happened so let's get our Special Secret Government agent to investigate it", but as corny and cliche' as it might seem, I thoroughly enjoye ...more
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. ...more
Mike French
Oct 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first book of the Sigma series.The best of series that I have so far. Kept me interested from start to finish!
A solid thriller full of action, adventure, history, and mystery, Sandstorm thoroughly entertained me from start to finish. Yes, it’s predictable and clichéd, and it drops a few plot threads along the way, but it has a host of kick-ass women at the forefront (most good, one bad), it offers up some plausible scientific explanations for Biblical miracles, and it does a fun job of treasure hunting across the Arabian desert.

If I had to sum up James Rollins’ first Sigma Force adventure, I would descr
Aug 22, 2014 rated it did not like it
There are so many series to follow that I guess I require a writer to hit the ground running from the first second chances. At a bare minimum I expect the author to do a bit of homework when he sets a scene and not present something which is totally inane and illogical. Don't get me wrong...I love the imagination of a Clive Cussler, but don't suspend the laws of physics, redefine geopolitics and rearrange geography into the process! Here's how the author introduces the Indiana Jones ty ...more
Feb 04, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
3.5 stars. It's 4 stars for action, adventure, and the historical/mythological fun. 3 stars for the writing. "Once again, she was surprised by his astute intuitiveness" And how many wells are there? Well of strength, well of grief, well of loss, well of strength and vulnerability, well of ice, well of water, well of corruption, well of warm feelings, well of deeper emotion... Seriously, that's even worse than I thought!

I believe these things were a bit more jarring because I was listening to the
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I happened to read Map of Bones first and loved it and had to therefore add the Sigma Force series to my long list of books to read. I like Bones enough I didn't wait long when I got home to get my name on the waiting list to read the first book in the series. I will get the 3rd book the next time I go to the library...I like this series that much!!!! Great story lines, great action, great cast of characters, my kind of book :) I like this series more than Dan Brown's books. Sandstorm is an awes ...more
May 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
2...Okay this one has all the makings of a great novel...great storyline, great characters, a couple of mysteries...Unfortunately, it was overly dramatic, like everything that can go wrong, did go wrong...AND it just felt never ending. I will definitely check out the next couple in this series in hopes it gets better...
Freda Malone
Apr 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Much of what is in the blurb is what I was going to describe in this review so I will try to be brief. Aside from a couple of far fetched incidents during gunfights and wounds, most of the physics, chemistry, cities and tribes described in this story are factual. However, the ‘underground city’ is not. However, the way Rollins blended his facts and fiction make is seem real and adventurous throughout. I love reading about archaeological digs in books when they are coupled with imagination and fi ...more
Jan 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
This is the second book by this author that I've read. There is one thing that I've noticed with these two books. They both have in common a super-fast pace. The action is never ending as the characters go from one event to the next with no time to breath. I liked the action. This author has a flair for this kind of constant motion. BUT......I think in this book, more character development would have been appreciated. And maybe more world building now that I'm focused on my wish list.

I also lik
Michael Adamchuk
The Kensington wing of the British Museum blows up from what appears to be ball lightning. Lady Kara Kensington and the curator, Safia-al-Maaz are dumbfounded but go on an unlikely trail to find out the cause. Meanwhile, Painter Crowe of the Sigma Force is looking into a Chinese agent trying to find out the secrets of a plasma weapon technology. The two events meld together in Arabia with a severe sandstorm and the discovery of an ancient city. This is the first Sigma novel and for me it started ...more
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James Rollins is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of international thrillers. His writing has been translated into more than forty languages and has sold more than 20 million books. The New York Times says, “Rollins is what you might wind up with if you tossed Michael Crichton and Dan Brown into a particle accelerator together.” NPR calls his work, “Adventurous and enormously engrossing.” ...more

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