The Doomsday Key Unabridged Cd: A Novel Audio CD – Audiobook, Jun 24 2009
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“This guy doesn’t write novelshe builds roller coasters....Rollins excels at combining action and history with larger-than-life characters....A must for pure action fans.” (Booklist)
“Rollins’s prose explodes off the page in a twisty and compelling thriller....Swashbuckling adventure, elite team effort, and religious symbology all add up to another gripping andterrifying read....An amazing and brilliant technothriller that might be his best to date. (Library Journal (starred review)) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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At Princeton University, a famed geneticist dies inside a biohazard lab. In Rome, a Vatican archaeologist is found dead in St. Peter's Basilica. In Africa, a U.S. senator's son is slain outside a Red Cross camp. The three murders on three continents bear a horrifying connection: all the victims are marked by a Druidic pagan cross burned into their flesh.
The bizarre murders thrust Commander Gray Pierce and Sigma Force into a race against time to solve a riddle going back centuries, to a ghastly crime against humanity hidden within a cryptic medieval codex.
Aided by two women from his past,—one his ex-lover, the other his new partner—Gray must piece together the horrifying truth. But the revelations come at a high cost, and to save the future, Gray will have to sacrifice one of the women at his side.
That alone might not be enough, as the true path to salvation is revealed in a dark prophecy of doom.The ultimate nightmare is locked within a talisman buried by a dead saint—an ancient artifact known as the Doomsday Key.See all Product Description
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Commander Gray Pierce and his Sigma team are sent to investigate when three murders on three continents are linked. All the victims were branded with a Druid symbol. A discovery in a peat bog in England is unthinkably tied to a bio tech company producing genetically modified seeds and crops. The bio tech company - Viatus- has revived something that may have been better off left buried in the past. Gray and his team race around the world to discover the key - the Doomsday Key - that may be the only way to stopping Viatus and saving the world.
Rollins writes non stop adventure with lots of action. His characters are bigger than life and twice as tough. There are sub plots involving interpersonal relationships, but the book is plot driven. What's intriguing is the appendix at the end of the book - Truth or Fiction. Many of the story lines Rollins uses in his plots are true. Fascinatingly and frighteningly true, combining modern day science and the mysteries of the past.
If you're looking for a rollicking adventure tale, you'd be hard pressed to beat Rollins.
Fans of Steve Berry and Clive Cussler would enjoy James Rollins.
This is yet another thoroughly researched, keep-surviving-by-the-skin-of-your-teeth adventure. Less pronounced in this book yet still present is Rollins' tendency to move from cliffhanger to cliffhanger, with small breathers in between. It is a book to enjoy during a flight or a rainy weekend - and it will keep you turning pages for hours. However, for a number of reasons this would had been a much better book had it not been yet another Sigma sequel.
Sigma simply does not work that good for me. I cannot buy the small number of people undertaking such critical tasks. In fact, Sigma is so understaffed that not only has to rely on certified idiots (sorry Kowalski, but you know it is true...) but even the director himself has to go into the field. They operate all over the world under thin pretexts, they do not even seem to be official sanctioned. And to add insult to injury, most new recruits seem to suffer the Star Trek's away-party odd crew-member fate...
On top of that, Sigma seems to deal with one crisis after another while under attack from both a shadow power group and other government secret services.Read more ›
His most deceptive point was not giving us enough on Seichan background and what's the deal with Sigma and the Guild. Is she a rogue or a double etc. Let me know what you think.
If you're a fan of action adventure steeped in ancient mystery do try "A Tourist In The Yucatan!" A gritty thriller wrapped in the mystery of the ancient Maya!
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This is a good book to read in the summer. The plot it formulaic, with poor chacteization. Take the book camping or on a trip to burn time. Read morePublished on Aug. 5 2009 by C. Kemp
If you are looking for a formulaic "Custleresque" novel, with unreal characters of superior intellect and physical prowess fighting horrendous villains who want to dominate the... Read morePublished on July 26 2009 by Ian Bennett
I am a big James Rollins fan. Boy was I surprised, when I finished this one I realized that there was not one sub-human or weird animal in this whole book. Only a few killer bees. Read morePublished on July 23 2009 by Alexandra V. Clements