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

James Rollins
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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!

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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.
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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

Product Details

  • File Size: 1794 KB
  • Print Length: 608 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0060580666
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (October 13, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC1SCW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,145 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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109 of 116 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 83 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Riveting Read! November 21, 2004
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
5.0 out of 5 stars James Rollins whips up a great tale in Sandstorm June 29, 2004
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Archaeologic relics harbors high technology January 11, 2005
The fertile mind of James Rollins conjured up the incredulous plot of his latest adventure thriller "Sandstorm". While Rollins' use of cutting edge technology makes for a mostly interesting read unfortunately the novel gets more preposterous as it proceeds.

The crux of the novel is an unexplained explosion at the British Museum in London thought to be caused by static electricity. The explosion, centered in the Kensington Gallery, was so ferocious in actually melted the bones of an unfortunate security guard that had the misfortune to be present within the gallery. The gallery was a vast collection of Arabian artifacts collected by Sir Reginald Kensington, who had mysteriously disappeared in the Arabian desert during a quest for the fabled city of Ubar. Head of the family Lady Kara Kensington appointed her dear friend and childhood playmate Dr. Safia Al-Maaz, a talented and attractive archaeologist as its curator.

Examination of the rubble that remained of the gallery pointed to a meteoritic artifact in the shape of a resting camel that eminated from the legendary Omani city of Ubar as the source of the outburst. U.S. counterespionage agent and former Navy Seal Dr. Painter Crowe and his amazonlike partner Dr, Coral Novak were called in to lead the investigation as to the cause of the devastation. The use of Geiger counters lead to the discovery of a major source of radiation within the gallery. Amazingly the source seemed to be within a nine foot tall sandstone statue. With the help of Dr. Al-Maaz, an iron relic shaped like a accurately proportioned human heart was extricated from the statue. Inscribed on it were the words U-B-A-R.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Big bang storm
Sandstorm literally starts off with a bang and has the reader panting with anticipatory glee given its unexpected twists and turns also the peeling of different layers in each of... Read more
Published 7 days ago by P.Chandrasekar
2.0 out of 5 stars slow, plodding, flat characters
dramatic without the drama?

very slow plodding pace, characters that never make me care about them

soap opera is what comes to mind to describe this. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
kinda out there but fun
Published 14 days ago by Doyle Bunch
4.0 out of 5 stars sandstorm
Another good read with historical background by Rollins. This story had a lot of good characters with multi- dimensional feelings and personalities. Read more
Published 14 days ago by C. Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
If you like an action-packed thriller, you'll enjoy this book or anyone by this author.
Published 16 days ago by Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book!
Published 17 days ago by Ginna Himschoot
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I've enjoyed reading all of the Sigma series.
Published 21 days ago by Robert M.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read, very incorrect on Biblical facts and history
I enjoyed this book by James Rollins, quite an imaginative adventure. However, as a Christian who studies Scripture, his misunderstanding and very incorrectly citing our Holy... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Priscilla141
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful romp.....
Of a novel. Highly looking forward to delving, head first, into the next one. Lots of well written action. It felt like had just started the novel yesterday. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Russell King
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the read
Very well written, good character development but a little too fictional
Published 27 days ago by Amy k
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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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