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Sandstorm (Sigma Force Novels Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

James Rollins
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (526 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The explosive first adventure in James Rollins' bestselling Sigma Force series!

A freak explosion in the British museum in London ignites a perilous race for an earth-shaking power source buried deep beneath the sands of history. Painter Crowe is an agent for Sigma Force, a covert arm of the Defense Department tasked with keeping dangerous scientific discoveries out of enemy hands. When an ancient artifact points the way toward the legendary "Atlantis of the Sands," Painter must travel across the world in search of the lost city-and a destructive power beyond imagining.

But Painter has competition. A band of ruthless mercenaries, led by a former friend and ally, are also intent on claiming the prize, and they will destroy anyone who gets in their way.

Ancient history collides with cutting-edge science-with the safety of the world at stake!


Editorial Reviews

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.
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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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105 of 111 people found the following review helpful
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 81 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Riveting Read! 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 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars James Rollins whips up a great tale in Sandstorm 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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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Who cares about character developement? July 15, 2004
Format:Paperback
First of all I liked this book. It's fun, fast, never overly silly, but just silly enough. It's one of his two best. Now, I'd like to rant about something that bothers me. I've been an avid reader for well over twenty years and I can't help but cringe whenever I hear someone talking about character developement in an action/thriller where all of the action takes place in a matter of a few days. First off, when someone is staring at an enemy army with no hope of escape and a potentially Earth destroying antimatter bomb under their noses... who cares if they once had a puppy that died or if their favorite color is blue?!? This isn't an epic saga of the Russian Revolution where it might be important to know what events have molded our characters in the past. This is a fast-paced action adventure where we get to know all we need to know about the characters in order to enjoy the story. We have tough guys and even tougher gals fighting for their lives in extreme, supernatural circumstances. It's GREAT for a fun weekend read. I love some author's ability to coax a lot out of his characters, but in a book like this more character developement would have slowed down the pace and seriously hurt the overall book. As far as character developement, Dean Koontz is the champ, Matt Reilly is at the other end, and Rollins is in the middle somewhere. However, I can get just as big a kick out of Rollins and Reilly as I do from Koontz. Overall, for this kind of book, I think Rollins does pretty good in the overrated "Character Developement" category. It's an enjoyable read and you won't get cheated out of anything. I gave it 4 stars only because I save 5 star reviews for the truly GREAT works.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
This was an excellent book, well written and extremely well researched. I learned a lot while reading it. Always a plus.
Published 1 day ago by Peter A. Moulton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great adventure!
I'm hooked on James Rollins. This is the first book of his that I have read. Couldn't put it down. Great adventure!
Published 3 days ago by tsmith4u54
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Great read!
Published 6 days ago by Chip Arrington
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
James Rollins is a great author. I read all of his books and they have all been enjoyable. I especially like the Sigma Force series.
Published 6 days ago by vaftocrt
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story line
Good story line, just became a little hard too believe that sooo much could happen in the space of a few days.
Published 8 days ago by Dick Klemundt
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
I am a sciences fan. So I been drawn to book that combine scifi with real science and loving it. The characters where cool and well thought out. Enjoyed this book.
Published 9 days ago by Brian Stagemeyer
5.0 out of 5 stars my first read of J Rollins a little dragged out ...
my first read of J Rollins a little dragged out but interesting to read well written will read more by author
Published 9 days ago by Dziadzia
4.0 out of 5 stars Anyone that loves action adventure stories would love this one
Anyone that loves action adventure stories would love this one. Perfect mix of history,science fiction and military. Hope you enjoy it!
Published 10 days ago by John E. Elliott
3.0 out of 5 stars Undemanding action thriller
I have seen a few reviews that suggest this is like the Dan Brown books, apart from being a thriller dealing with ancient history, it is nothing like Brown’s heavy handed writing. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Nick Brett
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love James Rollins's books
Published 19 days ago by Cathy G.
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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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