The Doomsday Key: A Sigma Force Novel Paperback – May 25 2010
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“This guy doesn’t write novels—he 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))
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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.
Three murder victims on three continents, linked by a pagan Druidic cross burned into their flesh.
Commander Gray Pierce and Sigma Force have only days to solve an apocalyptic puzzle dating back centuries. Aided by two women from his past—one his ex-lover, the other his new partner—Gray must uncover a horrifying secret that threatens America and the world, even if it means sacrificing the life of one of the women at his side. The race is on—from the Roman Coliseum to the icy peaks of Norway to the lost tombs of Celtic kings—and the future hangs in the balance. For humankind's ultimate nightmare is locked within a talisman buried by a dead saint—an ancient artifact known as . . . The Doomsday KeySee all Product Description
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The action takes place mainly in northern Europe with stops in Norway inside the Arctic Circle, Oslo. northern England, and off the coast of Wales. However, key parts of the plot take place in Rome, northern France, and Mali.
As usual in reading a book by this author I found the story educational and informative. I was re-introduced to: the Club of Rome with its prophecies of doom; the ludicrous production of biofuel and its monstrous effect on food supply; the concepts of the human genome; genetically modified organisms and the need for further testing; the early inhabitants of the British Isles featuring the Neolythic tribes and Fomorians around 1,500 BC, and the Celts and Druids. I learned about extremophiles, rare ancient bacteria which play a prominent role in the plot. Our heroes had to defend themselves against new terrifying weapons which the author documents as actually existing..
The characters are extremely competent, intelligent and persevering, especially Commander Grayson Pierce who frequently leads his comrades into extremely dangerous situations but usually succeeds with the help of his admirers such as Seichan, a Guild operative, to extract them from the jaws of almost certain death. Somehow, within all the action and historical and technological description, the author manages to sneak in a fair amount of romance.
An entertaining read, best read with a grain of salt, otherwise you might be looking at your next piece of bread and wondering if it will cause you to die of starvation ;)
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 ›
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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
After plodding my way through the first 150 pages of this I wonder if it is worth my while continuing. Read morePublished on July 23 2009 by Steve Z. McCauley
I enjoyed the Doomsday Key by James Rollins. The author takes historical fact and modern day technology (some of it fiction and some of it not) and weaves together a great read. Read morePublished on July 19 2009 by L. D. Godfrey
Okay people, even if it's summer that doesn't mean the writer should slack on the writing. Unfortunately Rollins felt to me like he ran out of steam. Read morePublished on July 14 2009 by Nath Drouin