Trailer õ The Judas Strain PDF by ✓ James Rollins 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 job for SIGMA FORCE.
The 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 booze damn 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 Bay summer blockbuster sounding novel could get out of control quickly 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 factual historical background to keep suspension of disbelief possible Despite my not quite 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 usual to 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 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 previous SIGMA 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 jumping 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 bears OH MY Exciting, smarter than your average action thriller and containing highly engaging plot points If you are a fan of this genre, you should definitely be reading this MY GRIPESFor all the love I heap on this novel, there are a few issues I have that keep me from giving it a 4th star though just barely First, as with many of these types of novels, it is very formulaic You know pretty much what you are going to get when you pick it up Good guys win, bad guy lose, world is saved, peace preserved and justice served Nothing horrible about that, it just takes a bit of the tension out of certain aspects of the plot My biggest gripe is that I think the story should be about 150 to 200 shorter than its 550 pages by cutting out the failed attempt to flesh out the characters and provide quiet little family moments and bad romances This is one thing Rollins does not do well and yet he spends too much time trying to make it work His characters are two dimensional and for this kind of story, that is just fine If he were to cut out all of the attempts to round out his characters and show they have any life outside of SIGMA, he could trim this down to 350 to 400 pages of smart, high octane covert action mystery with great historical background and turn this novel into a 5 star thrilltastic joy bringer Alas, he doesn t and it is the extraneous stuff that Rollins does not do well that keeps me from giving this a higher rating Still, the good parts are so interesting and I love the complicated, historical based plots so much that I will continue happily reading the series, hoping for of the same good and less of everything else 3.
5 stars RECOMMENDED 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 myth legend, 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 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, cannibals I 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 just 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 before it Very 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 3 p Marco Polo s 2 year journey 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 quickly 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 a blister like rash that confounds them Soon they realize the sea creatures are floating, dead Dolphins, fish, 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 just 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 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 18,000 Indonesia Islands Only slightly over 900 inhabited and over 8,000 unnamed That is just 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.
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Una Giovane Donna Irrompe Nella Casa Di Grayson Pierce, Agente Della Sigma, E Sviene Tra Le Sue Braccia Sconcertato, Lui La Riconosce All Istante Seichan, Membro Di Una Potente Organizzazione Terroristica La Donna Gravemente Ferita E Ha Con S Un Piccolo Oggetto Un Obelisco Di Pietra Su Cui Sono Incisi Simboli Di Una Lingua Antichissima, Addirittura Antecedente Ai Geroglifici Cosa Significano Quei Segni E Chi Vuole Uccidere Seichan In Un Isola Dell Arcipelago Indonesiano, Si Diffonde Un Epidemia Devastante, Che Costringe Le Autorit A Requisire 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 Perch Quell Epidemia Cos Importante E In Quale Modo 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, Perch Chiunque, Amico O Nemico, Potrebbe Avere In S Il Marchio Di Giuda 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 joke here I wish I could say I liked this book, I wanted to, but I just don t didn 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 and he read the word archangel as arch angel as in arch villain There were other miss pronunciations that bugged me.
Still, the book itself get s it share of the credit We take a bit of historical fact and a smidgen of science and then we use it as a spring board here to launch off into total absurdity, at least that s how it hit me I m a big fantasy fan and I m a big action fan so you d think suspension of disbelief wouldn t be a problem for me, and it usually isn t But there were things here on multiple levels that kept gnawing at me From the protagonist s inability to get his parents including his Alzheimer s suffering father to simply stay behind, or go somewhere, anywhere but with him isn t there an aunt Marthaor something to the cliches we keep stumbling over I just didn t care for it.
Sort of major spoiler below view spoiler See, there s this super secret society that s super, secret.
not super secret Maybe I should have said ultra secret super organization Oh well, you get the idea They re all but all knowing with moles everywhere except where they re not, but pretend to be and see they re seeking this virus that can enter any bacteria and suddenly convert said bacteria into a deadly plague that eats flesh, rots people, melts skin or whatever Well, unless you have this special protein see, and then you can convert it all into a cure and all anyone has to do is drink your blood or eat your flesh and they can get better Inconvenient, but it s okay because you also undergo a sort of metaphysical change to and become one of the wonderful people who are waiting for something in the future but we re not sure whatexcept it s still a long time away and till then you get to go somewhere like heavenmaybe, but we re not sure, again and hang out with people you love who have died of the plague because they didn t get to eat anyone s flesh but now they re happy and okay.
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Did you get that Oh and if you re one of the people with the protein you glow when your ready to be eaten Now this is not to be confused with the whole glowing vampire syndrome.
see that s a sparkle not a glow Just wanted to be sure there s no confusion here I m not sure how to tell if your one of the very few people who can make the virus good, but it seems to have something to do with social consciousness as the doctor who is one and glows also gave us a lecture on how the seas are dying because people use fertilizer and fish too muchand maybe global warming And after she changes she wanders through the jungle spotting endangered tigers and turtles I know she must be special because if normal humans wander through the jungle and meet an endangered tiger species, the human gets eaten You get the idea I suppose.
Oh the history This all started because Marco Polo messed around where he shouldn t haveit was bad There was this opening that let The Judas Strain what they call the virus outor possibly in if you figure the world is a place to let stuff inand the place had to be closed seeOh well hide spoiler 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 consequences 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 relief.
Sigma has one major enemy in the war against terrorismThe Guild, they are a badass outfit that is usually one step ahead of Sigma but Sigma always wins the race Guild agent Seichan, shot in the gut, ends up crashing her motorcycle in Commander Gray Pierce s driveway Seichan and Gray have a past and it s not a friendly one The historical trail involves Gray, Seichan, a Catholic priest and Kowalski reversing Marco Polo s historic journey from China and discovering the cure for a nasty bacteria that is currently killing people off the coast of Australia but which could eventually decimate the entire human population Bad guy on this leg Amen Nasser Guild operative who immediately kidnaps Gray s parents to get the upper hand The scientific trail involves Sigma operatives Lisa Cummings and Monk Kokkalis out on Christmas Island trying to find the cause of the recent plague like outbreak Bad guy here Devesh Patanjali, Guild operative who has hijacked a cruise ship full of evacuees from Christmas Island to use as guinea pigs while looking for the cure so The Guild can use the disease for bio terrorism Fortunately both Lisa and Monk are on board and working against Devesh s evil.
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 exception.
After 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 about.
The 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 of Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
Do 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 book.
At this point, I feel like I really cant go wrong with Rollins style.