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The 6th Extinction: A Sigma Force Novel par [Rollins, James]
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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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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 443 pages
  • Editeur : William Morrow; Édition : Reissue (12 août 2014)
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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.
24 internautes sur 27 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
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.
51 internautes sur 64 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
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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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Booooorrriiinnng! 24 mars 2015
Par Joseph M. O'Connor - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
For all the "imagination" Rollins supposedly has, I would think he could do better than put random books from Conan Doyle, Crichton, Tom Clancy, Ian Fleming, Stephen King and Robin Cook into a blender and actually sell the carp that came out. This is just too much all at the same time. Genetic manipulation and lost worlds and evil geniuses and big-breasted anti-heroines and the Nazi legacy and global warming and impending extinction... all in one hodge-podge package with airhead characters doing unexplainably stupid things. I was going to give it two stars. But I changed that to one. Actually, make that one-half of one star.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Childish, cliche, ex machina, not a good read at all 29 juillet 2015
Par James924 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
-- Crummy cartoonish characters (the computer geek makes cliche "computery" remarks and jokes that no computer geek would make, another character who had children makes way to many remarks about the fact that he has children.

-- The team members are too "token" (you've got the token science guy, the token computer guy, the token assault guy, the token intel girl, the token this and token that and they are just all too cliche.

-- Masked/black clad "bad guys" who show up randomly and come out of the wood work in unrealistic ways like something out of a video game or G.I. Joe cartoon.

-- Horrible and unrealistic dialogue. People talk as though the author too a wikipedia paragraph and inserted it between two quotation marks. Much of this would have been fine as narrative but it seems like the author later changed his mind and converted it to dialogue without bothering to adjust the style to make it seem like an actual human was saying it.

-- Incredibly naive and cliche descriptions of military personnel and how they interact and speak.

-- Horrible handling of technical military concepts (must've launched RPGs huh?, why capitalize Special Forces and then say "from all the branches"?, marines... Parachuting... Into a sucker hole within a sea of poison gas... Right),

-- No gritty realness associated with traumatic situations (one minute the ranger is sobbing, shooting, almost dying multiple times and literally 90 seconds later she's checking out a marine and thinking "handsome fella").

-- Weird and awkwardly written sentences.

-- Comic-book style combat abilities (the ex machina group of bad guys who shows up at an unrealistic point in the book get defeated by a sigma six guy who pulls all sorts of tricks including elevator shaft gymnastics.

-- The types of stuffy curriculum vitae that a kid would come up with to make a story sound cool (literally everyone including characters who are only mentioned and not even featured are members of international this or federal that with a phd in this or a BS in that and contributing to this noble, high visibility initiative or that one - giving the impression that the author is projecting his image of the ideal person or perhaps someone he wishes he were in his dreams)

-- An odd tendency to stuff a paragraph worth of back story describing the origin of an object or habit into the middle of a sentence between two commas.

Ultimately this reads like an episode of Johnny Quest where you know the characters are invincible and will not die or fail and you basically watch them slay legions of "bad guys" with little effort. Never are you actually afraid for these guys. And ultimately the author found a topic that he wanted to talk (preach) about and inserted it into the template of a suspense novel (hence all the obligatory suddenly appearing bad guy scenes). Nothing feels real or gritty (i.e. you can compare this to Brad Thor or Harlan Coben or Thomas Perry novels that have a sense of realness as though the characters were flesh and bone). There's probably much more but I'm not willing to flip through the pages again.
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