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Sandstorm Mass Market Paperback – Apr 7 2005

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Limited edition (April 7 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060580674
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060580674
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3.1 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 299 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #395,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

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 Hardcover edition.

About the Author

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.

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Format: Hardcover
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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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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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
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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