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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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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.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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 Great story - very well written June 23 2014
By katie
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This was a very good purchase - lots of action, suspense and great characters !!! I liked how the writer added fact to the fiction
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not enough of the Sigma enterprise June 20 2014
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Just a little too much technical descriptions which I could pass over and not lose anything. In other words unnecessary description. Not one of his best, but will read the next one with his dog as his partner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous quality of paperback June 2 2014
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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. Purchasing from this seller was great, quality of book was superb.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great one by James Rollins April 13 2014
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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 March 17 2014
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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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read book . can't put it down March 11 2014
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Action and suspense Jan. 30 2014
By wynnie
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Once more James Rollins delivers a non stop action filled story. Had a hard time putting this book down. Sand is scary stuff.
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