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The Sixth Extinction (Sigma Force) Hardcover – August 12, 2014
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The land is entirely sterile-and the blight is spreading.
To halt the inevitable, Commander Gray Pierce and Sigma must unravel a threat that rises out of the distant past, to a time when Antarctica was green and all life on Earth balanced upon the blade of a knife. Following clues from an ancient map rescued from the lost Library of Alexandria, Sigma will discover the truth about an ancient continent, about a new form of death buried under miles of ice.
From millennia-old secrets out of the frozen past to mysteries buried deep in the darkest jungles of today, Sigma will face its greatest challenge to date: stopping the coming extinction of mankind.
But is it already too late?
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"Fans of the series and lovers of wall-to-wall action in general will have a great time. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: For speed freaks (narrative speed, that is), Rollins always delivers the goods. Readers, start your engines" — David Pitt, Booklist (Booklist on THE 6th Extinction)
"Best-selling author Rollins has again crafted an excellent nail-biting thriller that all action adventure readers will love. Rollins always provides author notes with the science and historical facts behind his stories, and the creatures the team encounter are frighteningly possible!" — Cynde Suite [*starred review*] (Library Journal on THE 6th Extinction)
"James Rollins tops even himself, fashioning an end-of-the-world thriller that offers the perfect mix of science fact and fiction...The 6th Extinction [is] a tour de force of suspense and pacing. As close to a perfect thriller as you'll ever find." — (Providence Journal on THE 6TH EXTINCTION)
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The Critics Rave
The New York Times says that his "roguish charm comes from his efforts to persuade readers the story is credible [through] real-life sources for his novel's science, history and geography." Rollins' rare blend of action, suspense, and knowledge was also mentioned by the Huffington Post, which stated that "After Crichton passed away in 2008 he clearly passed the baton to James Rollins, who like Crichton, is a renaissance man."
NPR calls his work "adventurous and enormously engrossing..." and the New York Journal of Books had this to say: "If you're a fan of smart, entertaining adventure fiction, this is your summer beach read writ large....All the science, all the history, and all the locations are masterfully intertwined. The characters are multi-dimensional. And the story is, well, a corker."
The Story Teller's Story
As a boy immersed in the scientific adventures of Doc Savage, the wonders of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, and pulps such as The Shadow, The Spider, and The Avenger, James Rollins decided he wanted to be a writer. He honed his storytelling skills early, spinning elaborate tales that were often at the heart of pranks played on his brothers and sisters.
Before he would set heroes and villains on harrowing adventures, Rollins embarked on a career in veterinary medicine, graduating from the University of Missouri and establishing a successful veterinary practice. This hands-on knowledge of medicine and science helps shape the research and scientific speculation that set James Rollins books apart.
Explosive Page-Turning Adventures
The exotic locales of James Rollins novels have emerged as a hybrid between imagination, research, and his extensive travels throughout the United States and Europe, as well as New Zealand, the South Pacific, China, Southeast Asia, Africa, Australia, and South America. Recent jaunts include book tours and stops across the country and several European nations to give talks, seminars, and media interviews.In recent years, much of James' travel has involved meeting readers in small and large groups, at writing and fan conferences, and even aboard seagoing "seminars." James' mentoring and coaching skills have made him a sought after writing instructor and guest speaker for workshops, symposia, conventions, and other forums throughout the country.
James Rollins is the author of nine thrillers in the bestselling Sigma Force series (Sandstorm, Map of Bones, Black Order, The Judas Strain, The Last Oracle, The Doomsday Key, The Devil Colony, Bloodline, and The Eye of God); six individual adventure thrillers; and the Jake Ransom middle grade series (Jake Ransom and the Skull King's Shadow, Jake Ransom and the Howling Sphinx.)
- Publisher : William Morrow; First Edition/First Printing (August 12, 2014)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 448 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0061784818
- ISBN-13 : 978-0061784811
- Item Weight : 1.35 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.37 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #127,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I remember the first time I ever read his books. He isnt my usual type of author but like so many authors I've found that I end up loving, I got his first book on a whim. It was a rainy Sunday, I needed something to read and went to the local drugstore and bought my first James Rollins novel, The Judas Strain. I was mesmerized right away.
I've read many of his books since then and they never fail to impress. They follow a formula; they race at a breakneck speed around the world and always at the end it's seems to be a blend of history,science and usually some kind of mysticism.
I don't mind that the books are set up the same, there are still plenty of twists and turns. My favorite parts are the back of the books where he goes over the fact or fiction of the writing. I've looked up and read more about many things he's brought up in his writings. And I am not a science person AT ALL. It's like his books are ice cream sundeas and he's hidden some Brussel sprouts deep in the ice cream.
Now to this book. The is a classic James Rolliins book that starts with a historical figure and then boomerangs across time and the globe to California, Washington DC, South America and finally Antarctica. The books steams ahead at its usual breakneck speed however I do feel like you get a good idea of the characters and their motivations. I also learned a little bit of science that I didnt know about.
I do have some complaints. I don't know if Mr. Rollins is at a loss for new ideas but I noticed that not only the structure of the book was the same there were definitely events that happened in other books. I read The Devil Colony right before this book.In both books a main character, the SAME main character gets shot in the arm. Both times it's brushed off but wow how many times can someone get shot in the arm? Also both books someone in the field has to have their leg chopped off with an axe. Also there is usually a basically mute ( in some cases actually mute) beautiful cold woman who has a soft spot for children but otherwise is an assassin in many of his books. He uses these devices over and over. I could mention more but you get my point.
Despite those repetition's I liked the book. I'd give it 3.5 stars. Can't wait to read the next one. Just need a few fresh ideas!
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This book starts with the destruction of a remote military research station that not only kills every single scientist in the facility, but also every living thing within fifty square miles. Animals, plants, and yes even bacteria are killed and the infestation is spreading. Now this must find a way to stop it all.
This book takes us both to the jungles of South America and the icy world of Antarctica as the agents of Sigma has to find a way to stop the spreading that kills everything in its way.
The book is split into two parts; Commander Gray Pierce and others travelers to Antarctica looking for the answers below the ice and Painter Crowe and his group is after the scientist that created the scourge and who was kidnapped when the military research station was destroyed. I preferred the Antarctic part of the book, it was most interesting with the lost world under the ice and also the one that felt most adventurous.
Meanwhile, Crowe and his team are after the scientist that was kidnapped by the evil man that wanted to destroy the world that we know. The problem for me with the storyline was that It just got to scientific sometimes, too much scientific babble that dragged the story a bit. It was fundamentally interesting the idea that something could be so devastation dangerous that it could kill everything alive, but it just sometimes felt like the scientific babble just went on and on. That could really be why I just preferred what was going on with Pierce and the others because they had to fight for their lives constantly in Antarctica and the world below was so fantastic and dangerous. Yes, there was danger in Brazil, but I just felt less interested in the storyline.
I liked the book, I think it is well-written and fascinating to read. Yes, sometimes the science went above my head, but that only makes me more impressed because it does make the book feel very well researched. Although it did now and then go on a bit too long for my taste. But still, in essence, a really good book.