A blister like rash that confounds them Soon they realize the sea creatures
Are Floating Dead Dolphins floating dead Dolphins and sea turtles DON T GO IN THE WATER SIGMA force is back and it is up to Dr Lisa Cummings and Painter Crowe to save the world from a pandemic This virus isn t ust any virus Marco Polo s mysterious secret has left clues and the race begins SIGMA s rivalry The GUILD has plans for the virus and they try to prevent SIGMA from getting their hands on the cure which is beyond the scope of normal scientific understanding I How Debuggers Work Algorithms Data Structures and Architecture just can t get over how Rollins captures fact along with fiction in his novels I always learn something new about the world as well as history and cultures centuries before my time Did you know that there are over 18000 Indonesia Islands Only slightly over 900 inhabited and over 8000 unnamed That isust wild In a way I find Rollins books enchanting with the mysteries of treasures that might be hidden and buried as well as the deadly curses fictionally among them I m no Laura Croft though Another great adventure this one I m a little bit embarrassed to give this book a 4 but there you go It s a guilty pleasure I guess because the book is kind of ridiculous in a testosterone fueled Indiana Jones meets Mission Impossible kind of way If this tells you anything I nearly downgraded it to a 3 because of the cannibals Yes cannibalsI was about 60 pages into the book before I realized that it was part of a series Some of you know that reading a series out of order is one of my BIGGEST PET PEEVES EVER so I think it represents a therapeutic breakthrough that I kept reading Really it s ust the book was borrowed and I didn t want to keep it for an unusually long time while I tracked down and read all of the books that came tracked down and read all of the books that came itVery basic plot summary Secret military ish agency must stop end of the world by figuring out the connection between Marco Polo and a strange bacterial outbreak on Christmas Island There s some code breaking and historical speculation that will appeal to the Da Vinci Code enthusiasts out there And did I mention that there are cannibals The Sigma Force is back in action see Map of Bones A deadly microbe has turned parts of the ocean into a toxic flesh eating monster What the hell is going on Gray Pierce and the other fun folks of the Sigma Force team up with the evil Seichan to try to keep their nemesis the Guild from using this biological threat as a new form of bio weapon The action takes place with Grey and Seichan in one group and Lisa Cummings and Monk in the other focused in the Indonesian Islands where this threat to humanity has its origins James Rollins image from World NewsThe formula for actionadventure these
days seems to reuire some puzzle solving regarding ancient writings or artifacts and a mystery that seems to reuire some puzzle solving regarding ancient writings or artifacts and a mystery that been hidden through history In this book the mystery is what happened to Marco Polo during his return trip from China that caused him to lose most of his expedition a secret that is intimately linked to the bio hazard of today It entails having to figure out a secret code on an obelisk that has been stolen from the Vatican and it goes from there The organizations manage to effect whatever actions they need done with minimal dealings with the real world but hey this is pure entertainment Why uibble There is some payload here the Marco Polo bit for one angel writing for another bioluminescence for a third and an intimation that there are awful things lying much nearer than we might have supposed that are not necessarily entirely dead It was a fun fast read and would be a good book for summer reading This is not book club fodderEXTRA STUFFRollins s siteI read and reviewed one other Sigma Force Book 2 Map of Bone. Idemia è così importante E in uale modo è legata all’enigmatico obelisco e al misterioso viaggio di ritorno di Marco Polo dalla Cina mai raccontato nel Milione Da Washington al Sud est asiatico dal Vaticano a Istanbul gli agenti della Sigma sono gli unici a poter scongiurare una minaccia che la Storia sembrava aver cancellato per sempre Ma non potranno fidarsi di nessuno perché chiunue amico o nemico potrebbe avere in sé il marchio di Giud.
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I really was disappointed with this book after starting it and nearly put it down But a funny thing happened it started to get interesting at about page 75 or so I m glad I hung in there and kept with it I ust might read a few by Dr Rollins A friend recommended James Rollins to me as I like books by Dan Brown and Steve Barry I have read a couple of his books so far and am in complete agreement with my friend I find that the books start off in a very exciting way and hold my attention throughout In this book The Judas Strain I am learning about Marco Polo and the book The Judas Strain I am learning about Marco Polo and the surrounding his 24 year voyage that took him to the palaces of Kublai Khan in China I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a historical thriller I truly hate being in this position A friend here on Goodreads with whom I usually agree recommended that I try Rollins Now admittedly this is not the first in the series and I don t often start a series in the middle but I was looking for an audio that I could listen to as I was busy with mindless tasks I m straining not to make a The Alchemy of Culture: Intoxicants in Society joke hereI wish I could say I liked this book I wanted to but Iust don tdidn t I was relieved to reach the end To give credit where credits duethe reader had his problems also At one point he read MI6 as M16 a James Rollins novels generally remind me of some weird combination of Michael Crichton Dan Brown and Tom Clancy none of whom are among my favorite authors Rollins is though I love the combination of mythlegend science and intrigue The Judas Strain starts with a viral outbreak follows Marco Polo to Cambodia via an ancient manuscript and has the SIGMA team tracking terrorists on three continents If that sounds far fetched it s only because you haven t read it Rollins nearly always leaves me thinking huh What if AN ANCIENT PANDEMIC CAUSING VIRUS whose origin and cure is linked to the ANGKOR WAT and the mysterious return voyage of MARCO POLO from the court of KUBLAI KHANyep it looks like another ob for SIGMA FORCEThe SIGMA Force is one of the truly delicious concepts to be introduced into the popcorn eating page turning actiony spy guy thrill o rama genre PhD toting scientific brainiacs with Navy Seal kill skills and James Bond spy craft minus babes and boozedamn SIGMA is a covert ops team working under the auspices of the DOD as an agency of DARPA Defense Advance Research Projects Agency SIGMA is charged with tracking down and neutralizing threats in the form of advanced technology whether biological chemical or mechanical The threats are always large the explosions are always loud and the pace with a few exceptions I mention in my gripes is always on turbo Now in a less capable story teller s hands this Michael Baysummer blockbuster sounding novel could get out of control uickly and begin to reek of cheese Fear not because James Rollins is a very capable story teller and maintains very good command of his plot His novels are very well researched and incorporate fascinating real life historical events and mysteries which he then extrapolates from to create a wild story with enough factualhistorical background to keep suspension of disbelief possible Despite my not uite 4 star rating for reasons set forth below this is a series that I intend to continue to read as Rollins is a very compelling tale spinner and his plots are big bold and very well thought out Put simply they are both smart and a
ton of fun The Judas Strain is the 4th SIGMA novel and finds the team racing against time as usualof fun The Judas Strain is the 4th SIGMA novel and finds the team racing against time as usual investigate an unusual and highly contagious viral outbreak in the Indian Ocean The plague has the potential to be an extinction level event if not contained or if no cure can be found Complications arise when. Una giovane donna irrompe nella casa di Grayson Pierce agente della Sigma e sviene tra le sue braccia Sconcertato lui la riconosce all’istante è Seichan membro di una potente organizzazione terroristica La donna è gravemente ferita e ha con sé un piccolo oggetto un obelisco di pietra su cui sono incisi simboli di una lingua antichissima addirittura antecedente ai geroglifici Cosa significano uei segni E chi vuole uccidere Seichan In un’iso. SIGMA s evil counterpart the GUILD shows up looking to control the plague
and possibly weaponize it Of course those of you who have read previouspossibly weaponize it Of course those of you who have read previous novels know that there is MUCH MUCH to the plot than that The story of the plague actually begins with Marco Polo s 13th Century return from China after spending 20 years in the court of Kublai Khan Marco left China with 14 ships and 600 men but when he arrived in Italy was down to 2 ships and only 18 men In his famous book of travels Marco hinted at a mysterious tragedy but refused to elaborate This historical mystery forms the umping off point for Rollins story From there clues lead to a mysterious connection between Marco Polo and the Vatican clues written in angelic script the Hindu temple complex of Angkor Wat cannibalism piracy and lions tigers and bearsOH MY Exciting smarter than your average action thriller and containi After finishing The Judas Strain I remain a HUGE James Rollins fan I think Map of Bones and Sandstorm are my favorite books in the Sigma Force series but really they are all superb adventures and The Judas Strain is no exceptionAfter reading 4 books in the series I m completely invested in these characters I have images of them in my head I know and love or hate their personalities I root for their success and worry at their failures and ultimately I want them to save the world I think that s something special about a series of books as opposed to a stand alone novel you really become attached to the people you re reading aboutThe Judas Strain has so much going on pandemics cannibalism cruise ship hijacking Marco Polo and lots It spans the globe from Washington DC to Christmas Island
THE VATICAN ISTANBUL AND FINALLY THE ANCIENT CITY OFVatican Istanbul and finally the ancient city of Wat Vatican Istanbul and finally the ancient city of Angkor Wat CambodiaDo yourself and favor and Google the locations mentioned around the world in Rollins books He bases his adventures on real places so it is fascinating to submerge yourself in the imagery of the locations by looking them up Angkor Wat for example is incredible looking in photos and it was so fun to really see what was being described in the bookAt this point I feel like I really cant go wrong with Rollins style This is the third book in the Sigma Force series that I ve read and absolutely loved James Rollins writing is historically accurate and amazingly detailed It s one of those books that draws you in from the first horrific chapter and keeps you turning pages as fast as your fingers and eyes allow Of course there are multiple things going on a historical trail and a scientific trail which ultimately converges with dire conseuences I particularly liked the inclusion of Kowalski an ex military man who is now doing security for Sigma Force He is included on the mission to provide muscle not brains but his one liners are spot on and hilarious He provided a much needed dose of comic reliefSigma has one major enemy in the war against terrorismThe Guild they are a badass outfit that is usuall Marco Polo s 2 year ourney in 1292 from China is described in this novel It is mysteriously eerie and puzzling but also intriguing and compelling He starts out with 14 ships and over 600 warriors only to be wiped out by a mysterious plague that wipes out all but 18 men including himself and a betrothed princess bound for Persia There is talk of angels and a map cannibals and pirates This secret must be kept hidden at all costs but what is it Christmas Island centuries laterA husband and wife leisurely enjoying a day diving along the coast of Christmas Island becomes overcome by a phenomenon that uickly engulfs the water A neon green algae glowing substance has suddenly surrounded their yacht As the wife boards the boat she is immediately covered in. La dell’arcipelago indonesiano si diffonde un’epidemia devastante che costringe le autorità a reuisire una lussuosa nave da crociera in modo da isolare le persone contagiate da un virus letale e sconosciuto Tuttavia soltanto poche ore dopo alcuni pirati abbordano la nave e ignorando il ricchissimo bottino concentrano invece la loro attenzione sugli individui infetti e sugli scienziati che stanno investigando sull’accaduto Perché uell’ep. ,