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The Doomsday Key: A Sigma Force Novel [Format Kindle]

James Rollins
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“This guy doesn’t write novels—he builds roller coasters....Rollins excels at combining action and history with larger-than-life characters....A must for pure action fans.” (Booklist)

“Rollins’s prose explodes off the page in a twisty and compelling thriller....Swashbuckling adventure, elite team effort, and religious symbology all add up to another gripping andterrifying read....An amazing and brilliant technothriller that might be his best to date. (Library Journal (starred review))


This guy doesn t write novels he builds roller coasters....Rollins excels at combining action and history with larger-than-life characters....A must for pure action fans. --Booklist

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 2039 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 451 pages
  • Editeur : William Morrow; Édition : Reprint (5 juin 2009)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B001NLL0RW
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  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 5.0 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (2 commentaires client)
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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 Aventures sans temps morts 7 octobre 2011
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Aventures histoires esotérismes et sciences
Tout ce que j'aime réuni dans un seul livre.
Les personnages de sigma sont tous passionnants en passant par le charismatique chef Painter Crown,l'intrépide Grayson Pierce à la tueuse sans coeur(pas si sans coeur que ça)Seichan.
A LIRE ABSOLUMENT pour les personnes qui aiment les livres d'actions.
NB:il est préférable de lire les livres dans l'ordre pour mieux comprendre les liens avec les personnages principaux.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 doomsday key 11 mars 2010
i am very pleased with my book and with the service; a very good seller thankyou
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Another winner--why do I even doubt? 23 juin 2009
Par Susan Tunis - Publié sur Amazon.com
Yes, I doubted, very briefly. I'm ashamed. It's not that The Doomsday Key doesn't start off in a readable and totally entertaining manner. It really does. Rollins has what he does down to a science by now. He quickly reintroduces the main players (a few of whom we haven't seen in a while: Rachel Verona and Seichan) and establishes their relationships with each other. In addition to the ladies above, all the main Sigma players make their appearance, but as usual not all of them are heavily featured on this adventure. Seichan fans rejoice, she has a major role and experiences tremendous character development in this novel.

After the characters are reestablished, (again, as you'd expect) the action starts. A motorcycle chase here, a shootout there, a dash of international travel. Now, I love James Rollins with all my heart, but these opening salvos--while very well-written--felt a little... generic. My moment of doubt.

Happily, it didn't last long. Once Rollins set the main plot in motion, all such thoughts vanished. Seriously, WHAT was I thinking? For me, things really kicked into high gear with the introduction of a new character, Professor Wallace Boyle, whose lecture on peat bogs thrilled me to my soul. I know, peat bogs, who'd a thunk it? But again, that's Rollins' gift. He must look at the world through curiosity-colored glasses; he can find the wonder in the most unlikely of places and subjects. And even more brilliantly, he manages to string together a laundry list of disparate fascinating topics into the plot of a tight, tense thriller. And he does it again and again.

I know I'm being very, very vague about the plot. It would be a shame to give too much away. The central plot revolves around a plague from the past and a plague of the future: hunger. As characters in the novel expound, there will soon be a tipping point where there are far too many people on this planet to feed. Who gets to choose who lives or who dies? If you had the power and resources to make the hard choices, what would you do "to save the world?" And would you be a hero or a villain?

It is the exploring of the above questions that entails ancient artifacts, hidden rooms, booby traps, prophecies come true, missing bumble bees, miracle-performing saints, love triangles, the final resting place of Merlin the wizard, polar bears, teddy bears, and the world's healthiest apple. And I didn't even give you a hint of the real shocker!

A lot of thrillers make the goal, save the world, whatever, and end abruptly. Not so here. There was a nice... cooling down period after the action ended. It's a chance to check in with all the major characters, and a chance for Rollins to leave us with another of his signature cliff-hangers. This one isn't as brutal as some he's written, but those invested in the series will be left with a question to keep them wondering for the coming year.

A final note: Is it wrong that the author's afterwards have become my very favorite part of these novels? This may be the longest one yet (And for God's sake, DON'T read it before you finish the book!), and I am staggered by how much true stuff was worked into the novel. I mean, pretty much every too-amazing-to-be-true fact was, in fact, true. James Rollins, you rock my world!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Best. Novel. Yet. 21 juin 2011
Par Susan Tunis - Publié sur Amazon.com
Over the years, I've written a lot of enthusiastic things about the novels of James Rollins. But until now, I've never written this: THE DEVIL COLONY IS THE BEST NOVEL THAT JAMES ROLLINS HAS EVER WRITTEN! (Yes, in all caps even!) Like many readers, I was disappointed in the two-year wait for this latest installment in the Sigma Force series. Now, I'm thinking perhaps he should take two years on all the novels--I don't know if it was the extra time, but something has paid off huge dividends.

As always, summarizing the story is the hardest part. First, because I'd hate to spoil any surprises. And secondly, because it's just really hard to summarize one of Rollins's everything-but-the-kitchen-sink plots. The main action of this book opens in present day Utah. From two boys who can't resist the lure of the forbidden, a great and terrible discovery is made at a sacred Native American site. There are bodies. There is an artifact. And, astonishingly, something that goes to the very core of Mormon theology!

Just as the scientists on site are beginning to grasp what they've discovered, there is a huge explosion. The explosion is blamed on a Native American activist, but it's clear that this wasn't your standard bomb. It's something far more dangerous, with implications that spread further and further afield, and which drag Sigma operatives into the story on differing assignments and for different reasons. All the usual suspects are back, including the enigmatic Seichan, who is again paired in an uneasy alliance with Gray Pierce. Painter Crowe is also back in the field this time around. Operatives from the Guild are up to their usual tricks, and even as readers learn more about the shadowy organization in this novel, new questions are raised for the next book. (It's infuriating how he does that.)

In provocative messages leading up to the publication of The Devil Colony, James Rollins repeated asked, "Was America founded on a lie?" The plot of this novel does get right to the heart of the formation of this country. What were Lewis and Clark really up to? What was Thomas Jefferson communicating in secret ciphers? It also explains the fate of some of the most mysteriously lost cultures through history. It delves into the not only the most cutting-edge technology, but also some amazingly advanced ancient technology. And, yes, it also explores the foundation of the Mormon Church. Oh, and there's a super-volcano! And killer whales! And the heist of all heists!

Seriously, I could go on like this all day. The scope of this novel is breath-taking. What's amazing is that Rollins pulls all of these diverse threads together SO plausibly that you'll find yourself wondering if he has indeed solved half the puzzles of the ages in one fell swoop. As always, there's a staggering amount of fact laced throughout his fantastic plot. It's enough to make you go, "Hmmm."

The pace starts to race early on, and it just never slows down. The stakes in the book simply get bigger and bigger. Technically, it's a well-structured page-turner. But in the end, it's the story that got me and held me. Every part of it was just so inventive, exciting, and so darn interesting! I entitled this review "Best. Novel. Yet." I don't anticipate Mr. Rollins topping The Devil Colony any time soon, but I hold out hope. He wrote this one. What wonderful tales can we look forward to in the future?
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Another Solid Sigma Book 27 juin 2011
Par Krimsin King - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
When taking the time to review a book, one must look at several factors: story line, plot development, depth of characters, and research accuracy. Once again this book has all of those factors and more. As with most novels by this author, I could easily sink into the book and get lost in the storyline. I had read the novella that was the framework for this book. I held off till last week to do so, it did nothing but making me want to know more! Then I turn and find a nice little teaser of the book after, it was enough to tell me this was going to be another book, with the characters I look forward to reading more of. I have stolen time during my clinicals, and reading another Rollin's book with my son (Jake Ransom & the Skull King's Shadow) since The Devil's Colony was released to read the book, it is solid.

I was surprised to see the low ratings on here, I go to look, and saw they have nothing to do with the book, but with the pricing. Now was I thrilled to pay 15.00 for my Kindle edition of the book. Nope, not even close. The price is set by the publisher, not by the Author. The authors have no say in pricing, the publishers do. On Amazon, the ratings have no sway with the publishing company, but it does help or hurt the author. If you want to communicate your distaste with the pricing, add it to your review, or contact the company. Do not penalize the Amazon standing of your favorite authors because of the pricing. Content is what is to be reviewed here, not the price of the product.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 More Da Vinci Code formula 30 mai 2010
Par California Will - Publié sur Amazon.com
There is a plot afoot in this novel and it is insidious. The plot is to get you to believe in the blurb enough to buy the book. Sadly, Rollins (or his intern or whomever actually puts all these "ideas" into a readable format relies too heavily on the formulaic and the cliched. When every chapter is written as a breath-taking cliffhanger, when every set of dialogues is so predictable, when every alleged plot-twist is telegraphed from miles away, when the very writing and rhetoric itself is riddled with so many cliches -- the adventure sinks to the bathetic "doodlings" of an adolescent video game author.

In the beginning, Rollins' books were slapdash, but entertaining. There were a few unexpected twists and treacheries; no longer so. Like Dan Brown's and Dean Koontz's, this is factory-wrought prose of the "cheaper, faster" variety melded sloppily with character behavior that is not so much "expected" as it is "re-hashed" without flavor or depth. Motivation is reduced to absurdity. Rollins has always tailored his "adventure" stories to a lower common denominator reading public, but this sinks the travesty to a new level of "take the money and run" novelism. If you can taste the bitter grief of a reader seeing a former entertainer not simply stumble but plunge willingly into the abyss of sheer commercialism, then you can grasp the point of my review. Sic transit gloria, James Rollins...I shall not read nor buy another.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 An Aging Sigma Force Gets the Job Done, Barely... 4 août 2011
Par Dr. David S. Waugh - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
I am an avid reader, especially of the thriller genre, and there are a handful of authors who's work I actively look forward to and seek to get my hands on as quickly as possible, even if it means buying and Advanced Reader's Copy on e-bay. For me, James Rollins is one of those authors. In this instance, I exercised the patience to borrow it from the local library (but I got on the wait list very, very early). I was anxious to read this novel because it features great characters from past Sigma force works like Painter Crowe, Gray Pierce, Monk, Kowalski, and Seichan. Good start. However, overall, I found the story line to be rather dull. The aging Sigma crew came off as old, tired and ready for retirement. Yet, against all odds, they still managed to save the world from imminent destruction. By the end of the novel, it is clear that one of them is ready to retire, one or two of them SHOULD retire, and the operation needs "new blood" in a big way if it is to continue. The plot intermingles native american lore with secrets kept by some of America's founding fathers, most notably Thomas Jefferson, and the threat posed by so-called "nanotechnology". The author's opinion that nanotechnology has ancient roots is, to me, difficult to swallow. This conjecture was not proven to my satisfaction in "The Devil Colony". Just because we don't understand how an ancient sword was manufactured, and even if microscopic analysis of the material revealed the presence of "nano" strands of something, this does not necessarily mean that the creators of that sword understood the concept of nanotechnology. In fact, the term nanotechnology itself is nebulous. Basically, the "nano world" is the level of individual molecules. We have very few tools to observe the nano world. One is high powered electron microscopy, which can generate images of the "nano world" at its upper end--that is, molecules that are multiple nanometers in length. The other is X-ray diffraction of crystalline molecules, which can image, via electron density, atomic resolution images of molecules at a accuracy of 0.1 namometers or even slightly better. A strand of DNA is part of the nano world. And cells carry out nano reactions involving DNA all the time. So nature uses nanotechnology all the time. So how do humans use it? So far, mostly it is done by chemical rather than biological reactions. One group recently produced DNA molecules that resembled a "smiley face". Eventually, molecular polymers may revolutionalize computer science, body armor, and other things mentioned by Rollins. But at present, this science is in its infancy, and no one understands its potential. What is totally off the wall in "The Devil Colony" is the idea that ancient people not only understood the advanced concept of nanotechnology (they didn't even know what a molecule was!), but were somehow also able to harness its potential to create a dangerous substance with the potential to destroy the world. I ask you: how could they have done this (maybe it came from an advanced alien culture?), and why? Where did the "nanonests" described in the novel originate from? This is not explained. And what was their purpose? Also not explained. There are additional scientific questions that the book raises. For instance, if these nanonests, presumably consisting of nanobots, are breaking down matter into something that resembles dust, then where are they getting the energy to do so and where is the energy that is dissipated by breaking matter into smaller (unspecified) entities dissipated? E=mc(2). When mass is destroyed, energy must be produced. One would think this energy would be liberated in the form of heat, which, according to the novel, would destroy the nanonests. So how exactly does that work? It doesn't. At least not for this reader/scientist. "The Devil Colony" is a slow read for a Rollins novel, and by the end I was skimming the pages and hoping it would all be over soon. This is a far cry from previous recent novels by the same author, which this reader/scientist found to be more scientifically plausible and more suspenseful. I'm sorry to say that I was disappointed by this latest Sigma Force novel. And I think it may be time to put the Sigma Force to rest. I have focused mainly on the scientific aspects of this novel but the character development and general story line were also weaker than what I have come to expect from Rollins. This novel ended up being an unsatisfactory meld between a by now run-of-the-mill type Dan Brown decryption plot and the Michael Crichton novel "Prey". However, Crichton did a better job making the science of nanobots seem credible.
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