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The 6th extinction : a Sigma Force novel, James Rollins

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The 6th extinction : a Sigma Force novel
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The 6th extinction
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a Sigma Force novel
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James Rollins
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Sixth extinction
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eng
Summary
A remote military research station in Utah sends out a frantic distress call, ending with a chilling final command: Kill us all! Personnel from the neighbouring base rush in to discover everyone already dead - and not just the scientists, but every living thing for fifty square miles has been annihilated. 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
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  • A remote scientific research facility issues a frantic mayday: something has been let out of the facility, something that could potentially lead to the extinction of life on Earth. Now it’s up to Sigma Force, the covert operations arm of the U.S. government’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), to find out what the facility was working on, why the chief researcher has gone missing, and why some centuries-old maps seem to be vitally important to the man’s work. This is another fast-paced mixture of real science, real history, and wild speculation. Rollins’ popular Sigma Force series is definitely formulaic, but it’s a formula that works splendidly, like a well-oiled machine. We know who these characters are, we know there will be a mind-bending revelation about a historical mystery, and we know there will be plenty of race-against-the-clock action. 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. -- Pitt, David (Reviewed 08-01-2014) (Booklist, vol 110, number 22, p36)
  • When a research site blows up in a remote California desert, releasing a virulent pathogenic entity, the operatives of the secret U.S. agency, Sigma Force, swing into action, in bestseller Rollins's exciting, well-researched 10th Sigma Force novel (after 2013's The Eye of God). Under the command of Grayson Pierce, the Sigma team discovers not one, but two, underground worlds. Scientist Cutter Elwes, who has established his living laboratory inside a mountain in the jungles of Brazil, is targeting—through his minion, Maj. Dylan Wright—the domain of Professor Alex Harrington, a huge cavern under the ice of Hell's Cape, Antarctica. Elwes's wants to cause a mass extinction, the sixth in the planet's history, to save it from the evils of humankind. The book has everything the genre demands: Nazis, ancient maps, alien life forms, a ticking nuclear clock, and exotic, deadly beasts. Rollins makes it all believable, and ties everything together in a satisfying climax that hints at more adventures to come. 10-city author tour. Agents: Russ Galen, Scovil Galen Ghost Literary Agency; and Danny Baror, Baror International. (Aug.) --Staff (Reviewed July 14, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 28, p)
  • Mash up Lovecraft and Ludlum, stir in exotic geography and lashings of mad science, and you've got the latest from the Rollins (Bloodline, 2012, etc.) pop-thriller factory. Given that half of adult Americans reportedly don't believe in evolution, it's daring to open in the chart room of the HMS Beagle, with Charles Darwin pondering an "ancient Fuegian map" redolent of dark, unsettling mysteries. Move forward a couple of centuries, and we're with the steely-jawed Painter Crowe, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency commando par excellence (and who knew DARPA had commandos?), who takes time out from protecting the world from technological mayhem only long enough to ogle his whip-smart fiancee, "to appreciate the curve of her backside, the angle of her hip, the length of her leg." She may be the captain of the chess club we'd all like to join, but she's got the right stuff, like all of Sigma Force, to protect us from evil—until, that is, supreme bad guy Cutter Elwes returns from the grave where he's presumably been, well, not living for a dozen-odd years to do that voodoo that he does so well. He's very, very bad—we know because he's "French on his father's side"—but he's not the only scientist to be tinkering with the innermost workings of nature, attempting to undo all that we know of the laws of Darwinian evolution by, say, bringing extremely irritable creatures back from extinction and unleashing biological mayhem on an unsuspecting world. Cutting-edge science and mad dashes to D.C., Antarctica and highland Brazil notwithstanding, this is a good old-fashioned dust-up, the cliffhanging question being always whether the good guys of the public sector will prevail over the bad guys of the private. Tune in to find out. Literature it's not—more like an industrial product that sort of looks like it, in the same way that a fast-food burger resembles food. Still, it's plenty tasty, if not very nutritious.(Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2014)
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10301847
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1961-
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Rollins, James
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  • illustrations
  • maps
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no index present
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fiction
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True
Series statement
A Sigma Force novel
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book 10
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  • Experiments
  • Death
  • Special operations (Military science)
  • Special forces (Military science)
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a Sigma Force novel
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The 6th extinction : a Sigma Force novel, James Rollins
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000053193471
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24 cm.
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First Edition.
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xvi, 426 pages
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9780061784811
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illustrations, map
Label
The 6th extinction : a Sigma Force novel, James Rollins
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Control code
000053193471
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First Edition.
Extent
xvi, 426 pages
Isbn
9780061784811
Other physical details
illustrations, map

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