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Sandstorm (Sigma Force Novels Book 1) Kindle Edition

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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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"Rollins is one of the most inventive storytellers writing today." -- Lincoln Child, coauthor of The Ice Limit

"While Clive Cussler maintains the gold standard in action lit, Rollins has a firm grasp on the silver." -- Publishers Weekly

"Amazonia is a nonstop thrill-a-minute ride. This is just the book for Indiana Jones fans." -- Tess Gerritsen

"Excavation is a real page-turner...A compulsive read." -- Douglas Preston, coauthor of The Ice Limit

"[Subterranean is] a gripping deep-Earth adventure." -- Charles Pellegrino, New York Times bestselling author

"Rollins writes with intelligence, clarity, and a refreshing sense of humor." -- Kirkus Reviews

"[His] fans have come to expect a fun and fast-paced story that is full of suspense...Rollins delivers Fantastic tales of action and adventure -- Booklist

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  • File Size: 1794 KB
  • Print Length: 608 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0060580666
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (October 13, 2009)
  • Publication Date: October 13, 2009
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC1SCW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,148 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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James Rollins is the New York Times bestselling author of the Sigma Force series and other novels. Blending science and history, his action adventure novels have been praised as "enormously engrossing" (NPR) and "smart, entertaining adventure fiction" (New York Journal of Books). Before pursuing a writing career, Jim obtained a degree in veterinary medicine and established a successful veterinary practice in Sacramento, CA. He currently resides in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

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113 of 120 people found the following review helpful By coachtim on July 22, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Having read all of James Rollins' previous novels, I couldn't wait to get my hands on "Sandstorm" and dive in. While Rollins did a good job setting the stage for the plot, I found myself soon losing interest in the story as I got 100 or so pages into it.

Rather than waste your time with another plot synopsis of this book, let me just suffice to say that there are plenty of well-developed characters (a Rollins strength), but his over-wordy style took a book of about 300 pages and turned it into a 500+ page novel.

If you're new to Rollins, start with any of his earlier works to get a better feel for his talent (and he is a talented writer).

This reviewer's recommendations are in this order:

1. Subterranean (his first and still best IMHO)

2. Amazonia

3. Deep Fathom

4. Ice Hunt

5. Excavation

6. Map of Bones (to be read yet)
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72 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Jana L. Perskie HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 21, 2004
Format: Paperback
Imagine Indiana Jones, (his name is Omaha Dunn here), taking-on 'the perfect storm' in the great Rub al-Khali, or Empty Quarter, in central Arabia. In this desert place, beneath the burning sun, hurricane force winds blow up quickly. One can drown in an ocean of sand and remain interred forever. Add to this mix, the obsession to find a great fabled city, and a civilization lost thousands of years ago, now buried beneath the shifting dunes. Ubar, a rich and fabulous trading center of ancient Arabia, ruled by the Queen of Sheba, once rose out of the desert and then mysteriously vanished back into the sands. References to Ubar in the Koran, the Arabian Nights, and countless Bedouin tales told around desert campfires have captivated the imaginations of explorers and archaeologists. But all searches have been fruitless and the city remained lost. The storm, the search for Ubar and for a source of energy strong enough to fuel the entire earth, are just the basics of this enthralling story. James Rollins' "Sandstorm" also contains various subplots, no less exciting than the primary adventure, a terrific cast of characters, fascinating historical and scientific information, a love triangle and enough action, suspense and thrills to keep you reading long into the night. This is one of the most addictive novels I have read in some time. Once I began, I just couldn't put it down.

Dr. Safia Al-Maaz, curator of the Arabian wing of the British Museum was abruptly awakened one night by the smell of smoke and the sound of sirens. She looked out her window and saw her wing of the museum in flames, and chaos in the streets. Dressing in panic she ran to the site, a short distance from her flat.
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56 of 66 people found the following review helpful By B. Larson on June 29, 2004
Format: Paperback
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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36 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Scott Sakatch on May 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
I suppose in an era when Paris Hilton is considered a star and Dan Brown sells 100 books for every two of Alice Munro's, I really shouldn't waste my energy railing against the mediocrity rampant in today's popular fiction. Who am I to say we should expect better books from the big publishing houses that continue to pull in Croesean profits? Why bother to ask for more when the stuff that's being published sells just fine as it is?

Because I believe we're on the edge of a very slippery slope, that's why. More and more genre books - mystery, thriller, sci-fi, etc. - are hitting the shelves these days that should be so much better than they are. Not so long ago this quality of writing was reserved for the ubiquitous Harlequin romance and Mack Bolan novels that delivered every penny of their two-dollar cover price. Now we're expected to shell out $35 for hardcovers written by authors who couldn't write their way out of a wet paper bag. I'm not talking about the Nora Robertses or even the Dan Browns here. They at least can string together a sentence and an intriguing plot, though the grander aspects of theme elude them.

No, I'm referring to an insidious underclass that has managed to worm its way onto the bookshelves and offer itself as a source of books in between major releases from the dozen or so big names in popular fiction. It'll be months before the next Tom Clancy comes out, they whisper. Why not pick me up while you're waiting?

Case in point is James Rollins and his latest tepid thriller, Sandstorm. This amateurish mish-mash of stereotypes, ideas lifted from movies, poor prose and faint-hearted plotting is typical of the new substandard, wallowing in its own mediocrity.
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