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The 6th Extinction: A Sigma Force Novel [Format Kindle]

James Rollins

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“The science... reads like the best of Michael Crichton. The machinations of government read like the best of David Baldacci. And the action and thrills read like the best of Clive Cussler. Rollins takes the best of all of these and creates an amazing thriller unlike any other.” (Associated Press on Bloodline on THE EYE OF GOD)

” . . . this is your summer beach read writ large.” (New York Journal of Books on THE EYE OF GOD)

“Rollins has done it again. Real history and science play a key role in all of the action, which never wanes. Amid all of the chaos are some terrific characters who get a chance to shine. Definitely keep an eye out for this one.” (Library Journal (starred review) on THE EYE OF GOD)

“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.” (Publishers Weekly on THE 6TH EXTINCTION)

“This is another fast-paced mixture of real science, real history, and wild speculation. For speed freaks (narrative speed, that is), Rollins always delivers the goods. Readers, start your engines.” (Booklist on THE 6TH EXTINCTION)

“Adventure, history, science, and technology-sheer perfection from an author who is used to giving exactly that every time he tells a tale!” (Suspense Magazine 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!” (Library Journal (starred review) on THE 6TH EXTINCTION)

“...[I]mmediately brought to mind the works of Michael Crichton at his best. With the constant action supported by more than a helping of science, Rollins constructs a rare story of the fantastic that feels real.” (Examiner.com on THE 6TH EXTINCTION)

“[This] is everything-but-the-kitchen-sink storytelling at its most unpredictable.” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram on THE 6TH EXTINCTION)

“Another winner. Rollins takes truth and stretches it to create an intense and believable plot, combining pulsating adventure, intriguing history, and cutting-edge advances in science and technology.” (Crimespree Magazine on THE 6TH EXTINCTION)

“The 6th Extinction is a thrilling novel that not only entertains, but makes the reader think a great deal.” (Huffington Post on THE 6TH EXTINCTION)

“Rollins’ smart writing gives us the adventure, the humor, the humanity, and the adventure- nothing is wasted, and nothing is sacrificed.” (Mustard Seed Thoughts on THE 6TH EXTINCTION)

“If you’re a fan of science-themed or techno-thrillers but you don’t know author James Rollins and the Sigma Force series, it’s past time to join the party.” (Sciencethrillers.com on THE 6TH EXTINCTION)

“The action is of course nonstop and over the top, as readers have come to expect and enjoy from Rollins, while the science is startling and fascinating.” (Book Banter on THE 6TH EXTINCTION)

“This is an exciting -- and scary -- legitimate page turner.” (Examiner.com on THE 6TH EXTINCTION)

“The epitome of suspense. The 6th Extinction is relentlessly exciting and thought provoking.” (Portland Book Review on THE 6TH EXTINCTION)

Présentation de l'éditeur

A remote military research station sends out a frantic distress call, ending with a chilling final command:  Kill us all!  Personnel from the neighboring base rush in to discover everyone already dead-and not just the scientists, but every living thing for fifty square miles is annihilated:  every animal, plant, and insect, even bacteria.

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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JAMES ROLLINS is the New York Times bestselling author of international thrillers, translated into more than forty languages. His Sigma series has been lauded as one of the "top crowd pleasers" (New York Times) and one of the "hottest summer reads" (People Magazine). In each novel, acclaimed for its originality, Rollins unveils unseen worlds, scientific breakthroughs, and historical secrets--and he does it all at breakneck speed and with stunning insight.

James Rollins decided to become a writer 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. He honed his storytelling skills early, spinning elaborate tales that were often at the heart of pranks played on his brothers and sisters.

Although his talent emerged and grew, writing was not James' original profession. Before he would set heroes and villains on harrowing adventures, he embarked on a career in veterinary medicine, graduating from the University of Missouri and establishing a successful veterinary. This hands-on knowledge of medicine and science helps shape the research and scientific speculation that set James Rollins books apart.

The exotic locales of James Rollins novels have emerged as a hybrid between imagination, research, and James' 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 travel includes book tours and stops across the country and several European nations to meet readers and 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 temperament and coaching skills have made him a sought-out writing instructor and guest speaker for workshops, symposia, conventions, and other forums throughout the country. He is among the core faculty of the annual Maui Writer's Conference and Retreat.

James Rollins is the author of seven thrillers in the bestselling Sigma Force series (Sandstorm, Map of Bones, Black Order, The Judas Strain, The Last Oracle, The Doomsday Key, and The Devil Colony, Bloodline); six individual adventure thrillers; the blockbuster movie novelization, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull; and the Jake Ransom middle grade series (Jake Ransom and the Skull King's Shadow, Jake Ransom and the Howling Sphinx, and more coming in 2013). The ninth Sigma Force adventure, The Eye of God, is coming in Summer 2013.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 "These go to eleven." 12 août 2014
Par Susan Tunis - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
In his author's note, James Rollins acknowledges that The 6th Extinction is his tenth novel in the Sigma series. He comments, "Knowing that milestone was upon us, I thought I'd use this opportunity to tease to the past." And that he does--the way past. One of the major characters in the book harkens all the way back to Rollins' debut novel. It was a MOST unexpected reappearance!

I think with anniversaries and milestones in mind, Mr. Rollins wanted to make this installment a special one. You know how in Spinal Tap they had the amp that went up to eleven? The 6th Extinction goes up to eleven. He basically includes all the stuff his readers show up for--cutting-edge science, history, exotic locales, action, adventure, monsters--and delivers, well... more. BTW, did you catch that reference to monsters? I know he's not the only guy writing this sort of thing, but in The 6th Extinction, Rollins really reminds us why so many of us fell in love with his work, right from the get go, and just how good he is at what he does. Back off, impostors.

So, I'm pretty much eschewing the plot summary this time around. It's all too much fun to discover on your own. But I do want to single out one element for special praise. I read so many of these thrillers where there's some sort of mad genius plotting some variation on the end of the world. For instance, the old "we need to cull the human race due to overpopulation/lack of resources" storyline. Rollins has done it; everyone has done it. There's an evil genius in this book, too--but what he wants, and how he proposes to achieve it--that, my friends, is nothing I've ever seen before. Now, by my count, this guy has written 29 novels (total, under two different names) and he's still coming up with fresh ideas from a seemingly endless supply. How can you not be impressed?

I opened this review referencing Rollins' author's note, and I shall close with another quote: "Additionally, in this new book, I also wanted to acknowledge what's to come, with some big changes hinted at in these same pages--because Sigma's greatest and boldest adventures are still on the horizon." After a wildly entertaining decade, what better promise could a reader ask for?
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The tepui of Dr. Moreau 17 août 2014
Par Paper or Kindle - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
James Rollins is adept at taking true history, science and politics, and putting a thrilling (and deadly) spin on them. Since his writing style is to take the reader on a wild ride - usually through several countries - and put his protagonists within one hair's-breadth of dire peril after another, there is a restriction on how rounded his characters can be. There are the villains and their henchmen, the innocent and not-so-innocent victims, the ultra-secret government agencies, huge and heartless corporations, and the beleaguered team of good guys - in this case, Sigma Force. I'm used to that and don't expect too much other than the usual gorgeous/brilliant/skilled women and dedicated/brilliant/lethal men. There are some anomalies in this book as well. For example, in one chapter, a man has his leg amputated above the knee, but a little later on the doctors are thinking they can save the knee joint. However, ignoring stereotypical characters and a few editorial oversights, this is an excellent book. It hits North America, South America and Antarctica, covers bio-engineering, synthetic DNA, indestructible organisms, and the possibility that some lunatic will trigger an apocalyptic extinction of everything, including humans, for whatever creed they espouse. I especially like the afterword, in which the author points out the real basis for his fiction. This is a strictly plot-driven thriller, with a breathless pace. I have all of Rollins' books, and this is a worthy addition to his shelf.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 The dog does not die. 24 août 2014
Par lara - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
OK, the Dog does NOT die.

I am telling you this because I hate it when a dog is introduced into a book and then I either spend the entire time worrying about the fate of the dog or turn to the last chapters to see if the dog is still there.

So the dog does not die.

I was so looking forward to this book. I really like Rollins.

This book scared the bejessus out of me. There have only been three other books that scared me. This one is now number four.

This book is, as some others have pointed out, very disjointed. And it all takes place in about 24 hours. Thus there is little to no "looking" for the answers. It is just run, run and run. The bad guys, of course, have gotten there first and blow everything up. Though I am not sure about why they ended up at DARPA headquarters. Supposedly that is to secret that only DARPA, the President and thousands of spies know about it.

There are things in this book that I wish Rollins had spent more time on, especially in Antarctica. The book starts out great [except for the blowing up of the lab, a really sore point with me] with a discussion of the early maps with Antarctica's non ice covered coast shown. That has always really been fascinating. But then, blowing up of things starts.

Now about the lab. I do not believe that any scientist would knowingly create a bio construct that could not be destroyed and thinks that blowing everything up and nerve gassing it would be enough to stop it. Hello, made me wonder if he had been dipping into the happy powder. The scientist, not Rollins.

OK, that was a huge disconnect from reality, but then Rollins points out that most, if not all, of the scientists are totally disconnected from reality. The guy in Peru was no worse, ok he was worse, but in terms of disconnect, he was no worse than the scientist who is doing research on a non "killable" bio construct in California. Though I am suspicious that maybe that was a Freudian slip on Rollins part.

Will I read this again? Probably not. Will I recommend it, yeah. It is, after all, Rollins and he is a good read.

This is a scary book. I read everything before I start the novel. I read the notes in the back, the "history" and the "for further reading" things. So when I start the book I know how much reality I have to suspend.

When I think of all the "eight year olds" who are ostensibly adults, who can order this stuff of the internet and get a "how to book" and who think that they are totally immune from doing bad things, I really wonder what is going to happen in the next few years, or even, months.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Same old same old 3 décembre 2014
Par K. Gregory - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I just couldn't even force myself to finish this book. I was such a huge fan of JR at the beginning of his Sigma series but this is just the same old story, different place. He seems to have latched onto a formula (the world at the brink of destruction, gunfighting, scary villains, etc) and just moves around the characters and places. Gotten so old. Can't believe I spent 13 bucks on this book.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 One can only hope that his book is included in the sixth mass extinction 13 novembre 2014
Par Matt - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
I've read a few of the Sigma Force books, none of which left an impression one way or the other. This book is different.

I'm just over half way through the audio (Audible) version and will probably stop soon. It's awful. The story is absurd - hidden ecosystems under the antarctic and in the Amazon rainforest, complete with the release of an extinction-causing virus, a mad scientist, mercenaries, and more. Some of the absurdities.

The story starts with a park ranger in CA who is investigating a mayday call at a secretive government lab. She gets caught up in the events that follow and is brought on to the highly secretive Sigma Force. Right.

In another situation (no spoilers, don't worry), some of the Sigma Force folks along with a pair of scientists are trying to escape from a mercenary attack. While escaping, the scientists manage to very calmly describe the unusual environment they are in, as if they were not at risk if imminent death.

Oh, and each chapter begins with a date and time stamp. Time is given in PST, AST, GMT, seemingly at random. This is minor, but it's another irritant.

As noted, I'm listening to the Audible version. This has to be one of the absolute worst narrations. In narrator mode, the narrator's voice is, at best, sing song. God help us when he does the voices for individual characters. Every character seems to be amazed at everything that they are told or at everything that happens. Mind you, these are experienced secretive military force operatives, and they sound like high school students caught up in a war games or some other odd scenario. The British characters bring absurdity to new heights. One British scientist sounds like you would imagine a British officer serving in India during the 19th century would sound. And his daughter sounds like she's trying to imitate posh public school girls. It's painful. And one of the Sigma Force members, Kowalski, sounds like the kind of character you'd see in a WWII movie. The gruff, tough New York streetwise soldier. Mind you, this is an elite force member in the 21st century. At one point the author has him draping a bandolier of machine gun rounds over his shoulder. And don't get me started on the Brazilians, who sound like caricatures of Mexican gunfighters in 1950s spaghetti westerns.

Overall, a painful experience.

Edit: I wrote this review while I was roughly half way through. I'm now finished. It only became more painful. Oddly enough, it was the author's note that sort of redeemed the book a bit, as he explained the reality and the fiction more clearly. Only in this note did the author come across as not insulting his readers. Also, the narration continued to be appalling. There were a couple more Hispanic and Brazilian characters who were also awful, almost racist, caricatures.
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