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The Judas Strain (SIGMA FORCE)
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James Rollins is a very hot property in the thriller market - he's just received a massive advance for his new book in the U.S. and MAP OF BONES is up for 2006 Barry Award for Best Thriller. Compared Matt Reilly, Clive Cussler and Dan Brown, he spins a pulse-pounding mix of science, adventure and mystery, blending ancient secrets with cutting-edge technology. His stand-alone thrillers have already won him a huge fanbase in the States - now his Sigma force novels are hooking in an even bigger readership. The Sigma force go from strength to strength: a team of elite scientists - men and women who are deadlier than Bond and twice as smart... 'An adventure tale in the grand manner. Rollins takes the reader through the horror and intrigue...like no one else. The action never relents.' Clive Cussler

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James Rollins is the author of eight bestselling novels. An amateur spelunker and scuba enthuiast, he holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Missouri. He currently lives and writes in Sacramento, California.Previous titles:Black Order (TPB Feb 07);Map of Bones (Afmt Mar 07, TPB Aug 06);Sandstorm (Afmt Nov 06);Ice Hunt;Subterranean;Excavation;Deep Fathom;Amazonia

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The special-ops trained scientists of Sigma Force battle the criminals of the shadowy Guild in bestseller Rollins's lively third Sigma Force thriller (after Black Order). An ancient and deadly plague, the Judas Strain (which afflicted Marco Polo), has suddenly re-emerged. Gray Pierce, a Sigma operative, and Seichan, a Guild defector, pursue clues to the nature of the plague to the Vatican, Istanbul (with a fine shootout in the Hagia Sophia mosque), Marco Polo's tomb and, finally, Cambodia's Angkor Wat. Meanwhile, Guild members hijack a cruise ship full of plague victims (to provide experimental subjects for the weaponizing of the plague), and Gray's parents are taken hostage (though the senior Grays prove feistier than their kidnappers reckon). Sophisticated the plot isn't, but Rollins includes more than enough action and suspense to keep readers turning pages. 8-city author tour. (July) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

This exciting but complex and overlong sequel to Rollins's Black Order revolves around the government's super-secret Sigma Group, which consists of scientists and military types determined to prevent terrorists from devastating the country and the planet. This time, life on Earth is threatened by the recurrence of an ancient and incredibly vicious and lethal virus, the Judas Strain, which may have been responsible for eco-disasters in millennia past. Sigma is out to halt the virus, but Sigma has an enemy, an equally shadowy group of terrorists called the Guild. Ironically, both want to prevent a catastrophe, but Sigma wants to save humanity, while the Guild wants to control it. Action abounds on almost every page, as the characters from the previous novel range over the globe. There are murders, disfiguring diseases, pirates, cannibals, and, oh yes, people who glow in the dark. As with all Rollins books, this book is great good fun, if readers suspend their disbelief and sense of logic. Recommended for larger thriller collections.-Robert Conroy, Warren, MI Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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