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Sandstorm [Mass Market Paperback]

James Rollins
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Book Description

April 7 2005
An inexplicable explosion rocks the antiquitiescollection of a London museum, setting off alarms inclandestine organizations around the world.

Lady Kara Kensington's family paid a high price in money and blood to found the gallery that now lies in ruins. And her search for answers is about to lead Kara; 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 actually existed: a lost city buried beneath the Arabian desert, where something astonishing is waiting.

A covert government operative hunting a dangerous turncoat -- his former partner -- is being drawn there as well. But the many perils of a death-defying trek deep into the savage heart of the Arabian Peninsula pale before the nightmare to be unearthed at journey's end -- an ageless power that lives and breathes, an awesome force that can create a utopia ... or tear down everything humankind has built over millennia of civilization.

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If he weren't such a good action writer, Rollins might make a dynamite climatologist. Each of his thrillers has featured as a central character an extreme environment, most recently the Arctic ice (Ice Hunt, 2003) and now the hot sands of Saudi Arabia. But while Rollins writes settings and scenes that sizzle, what's caught in the heat are usually familiar characters grappling with far-fetched threats, and so it is here. That one male lead is a danger-courting archeologist named Omaha Dunn seems less parodic than tired, and the novel's premise of a hoard of antimatter hidden in the legendary city of Ubar is almost as ridiculous as the idea that this cache has been guarded for millennia by an order of women who propagate without men, via parthenogenesis. Rollins writes less like Michael Crichton than Stan Lee. Most of his readers won't care, though, because there's just enough scientific gloss on the nonsense to make it palatable, and anyway, what they want, and what he delivers, is action, as Omaha and an American military agent, Painter, join forces with two Mideastern women, one a scientist, the other a billionaire, to locate the steadily destabilizing antimatter before it's snatched by a villainous cabal, or worse, blows up the planet. And that's why they'll buy this book in numbers big enough to have it flirt with national bestseller lists.
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About the Author

James Rollins is the bestselling author of five previous novels: Subterranean, Excavation, Deep Fathom, Amazonia, Ice Hunt, and Sandstorm. He has a doctorate in veterinary medicine and his own practice in Sacramento, California. An amateur spelunker and a certified scuba enthusiast, he can often be found either underground or underwater.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A rollicking fun read!! July 12 2004
By Xina143
First let me say that Lady Kensington has a much smaller role than I was lead to believe after reading the synopsis. Aside from that, this is a fun read. I have read all of Rollins' previous books and this is one of his best! The plot was fast moving and you don't get confused as to how the characters relate to one another. The ending was a little obvious, which is why I didn't give it five stars, but if you like adventure novels (and I most certainly do!) you will enjoy "Sandstorm."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sandstorm review April 9 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Great book,

I've read most of the subsequent Sigma Force series written by Mr Rollins and I enjoyed all of them.

This particular novel answers all those questions I had about many implied facts that they were using in the follow ups to this book.

The story is well tied together and credible from beginning to end.

Basically, a good relaxing and entertaining read!

I highly recommend!

Firediver :o)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sandstorm rocks! June 30 2004
Sandstorm, from its first page (which launches the first mystery), is a true page turner. Rollins is a combination of Michael Crichton, Clive Cussler, and Tom Clancy. He is able to bring to life scientific mysteries with fully fleshed, believable characters reminisent of Crichton. Like Cussler, Rollins weaves a tale of archealogical wonder around mysteries that have their roots in our most ancient history and mythology. Yet what Rollins does best is blend Clancy-style military intrigue into the mix. But he does it with three-dimensional characters that are believable because they are human and humane, flawed and fascinating. Like all three authors, Rollins' plot steams along, taking you on a sweeping journey of adventure and excitement. There is enough cutting edge technology to keep a techno-geek like my husband happy. But as a woman, I appreciate Rollins strong female characters and the fact he cares for his romantic sub-plot in a way the other three male authors I mentioned don't. So if you like scientific mysteries, archeological adventures, and military thrillers, you are going to love this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars exciting nature tour science fiction thriller June 30 2004
The explosion destroyed much of the Kensington Gallery antiquities collection of the British Museum when a bluish light struck the Iron Camel artifact killing guard Harry Masterson in the blast. Various people and government agencies want to know what caused the detonation.
Lady Kara Kensington, whose family founded the devastated gallery and its curator Safia al-Maaz find clues that lead to Ubar, a city buried beneath the Arabian Desert. They hire renowned explorer Omaha Dunn to escort them to this legendary ancient city.
In Connecticut DARPA Agent Painter Crowe is working an operation when his assignment is changed. His superiors show him the British Museum video and hand him a chunk of meteoric iron that came from the Iron Camel explosion. They assign him to learn what caused the explosion with the clues leading to Ubar.
As these four people and others head to Ubar, none comes close to conjecturing what awaits them in Ubar: a force that could destroy humanity. Those ruthlessly guarding this force believe the outsiders are the wrong hands because they want to control the secrets at a cost that could mean the end.
This exciting science fiction thriller shows once again that James Rollins is one of the best at taking readers on a nature tour like none they have ever been on except in his action-packed novels (see ICE HUNT and EXCAVATION). His latest tales hooks the audience the moment Harry takes his third puff on his cigarette and never lets up until the end. The key quartet each has distinct personalities and a bit of romance adds to understanding the varying motives of the foursome. Fans will cherish this powerful story.
Harriet Klausner
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5.0 out of 5 stars James Rollins whips up a great tale in Sandstorm June 29 2004
With Sandstorm James Rollins takes his story telling skills to a new level. Sandstorm like all of his previous works is a fast paced, action packed adventure that takes to fabulous locations and keeps the action moving. This is the best Rollins book yet and it is sure to please.
Sandstorm begins in England, and after a mysterious murder, an artifact is found inside an ancient statute. It leads to a race in the desert between two groups searching for the lost city of UBAR.
The story leads of a fact paced, and exciting finish that will have you on the edge of your seat turned each page faster and faster. The writing takes you into the desert and you can feel the Sandstorm heading towards you. If you are looking to be transported away for a fun filled journey, this is the book for you!
Along the way there are the normal twists and turns that keep you wanting more. Some in the past have said there was not enough character development in Rollins' books, but this time, I think there is just enough. You get to know what is driving the characters and can see why they are doing the things that they are.
This is a great book for that summer weekend at the beach or just sitting out on your front porch! Fans of Rollins will love this new book, and if you are a first time reader of Rollins, I am sure that you will be hooked. I HIGHLY recommend Sandstorm by James Rollins!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story - very well written
This was a very good purchase - lots of action, suspense and great characters !!! I liked how the writer added fact to the fiction
Published 3 months ago by katie
3.0 out of 5 stars Not enough of the Sigma enterprise
Just a little too much technical descriptions which I could pass over and not lose anything. In other words unnecessary description. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jill Sealey
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous quality of paperback
Anybody liking thriller/suspense/science type books will like James Rollins. You start and can't put any of these books down, especially the Sigma Force series. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Carol Croin
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great one by James Rollins
This would make a great movie containing a the important requirements Action, History and Suspense (part Indiana Jones and part Jason Bourne)
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5.0 out of 5 stars riveting
I could not put this book down, found the archeological details and scientific information fascinating and the use of the two storms as another evil character was perfect!
Published 7 months ago by mamaplock
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read book . can't put it down
Lots of action. Lots of surprises. It's great to learn about some of the places as well as the past that has taken place in years gone by.
Published 7 months ago by Richard Brideaux
5.0 out of 5 stars Action and suspense
Once more James Rollins delivers a non stop action filled story. Had a hard time putting this book down. Sand is scary stuff.
Published 8 months ago by wynnie
5.0 out of 5 stars Safia, Painter, Omaha! Fabulous Book!!
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... Read more
Published 19 months ago by E.P. Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars What an incredible book
What an incredible book. Once you start reading it, you won't be able to set it down. I even got yelled at by my boss for reading the book on company time. Read more
Published on Oct. 30 2007 by Maree J. Drew
2.0 out of 5 stars NOT HIS BEST. BY FAR.
Try another of his books. AMAZONIA was OK, ICEHUNT even better.

This one is VERY late to get things going then fizzles and dies. Read more
Published on Sept. 6 2007 by NeuroSplicer
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