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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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James Rollins is theNew York Timesbestselling author of thrillers that have been translated into 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" (Peoplemagazine). Acclaimed for his originality, Rollins unveils unseen worlds, scientific breakthroughs, and historical secrets at breakneck speed.See all Product Description
Lots of excitement and unceasing actions makes it difficult to put the book or Kindle down. I highly recommend this book and this author.Published 3 months ago by Robert Henderson
This was a very good purchase - lots of action, suspense and great characters !!! I liked how the writer added fact to the fictionPublished 14 months ago by katie
Just a little too much technical descriptions which I could pass over and not lose anything. In other words unnecessary description. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jill Sealey
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 morePublished 15 months ago by Carol Croin
This would make a great movie containing a the important requirements Action, History and Suspense (part Indiana Jones and part Jason Bourne)Published 17 months ago by email@example.com
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 17 months ago by mamaplock
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 18 months ago by Richard Brideaux
Once more James Rollins delivers a non stop action filled story. Had a hard time putting this book down. Sand is scary stuff.Published 19 months ago by wynnie
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 morePublished on March 21 2013 by E.P. Scott