The is my second book I have read from this author and my last
This installation of the Sigma Force series has it's moments, and is a good read overall. However, it is no where near the page-turner that is The Bone Labyrinth or The 6th Extinction. I must admit to reading the series out of order, and without spoiling anything, this book introduces several characters that you will see for some time to come, and those introductions and connections to future plot lines alone were enough to keep me going. In terms of best and worst Sigma Force novels, I'd put this one somewhere in the middle, maybe leaning a little more towards to top.
I thought it was okay. Entertaining in a Dan Brown sort of way but overall predictable and lacking originality
Awesome second book in the Sigma Force series! Lot's of non-stop action/adventure. Would make a great movie! Rollins is a good writer and keeps the suspense going right up to the end.
I've read this one first out of the Sigma series and I would have to say it was an entertaining thriller. Slow at some points but it has turns and twist which you will definitely not expect. Recommend this if you enjoy thrillers with some history entangled within.
This novel has lots going on, starting with the involvement of Sigma Force, a secret special operations US military group. They are called in to assist the Vatican intelligence on what clearly becomes a significant threat on many fronts. With action in Germany, Italy, Egypt, and France, the two groups battle against a clever enemy with internal knowledge.
The story involves holy relics, interesting science, centuries of religious history, and some pretty interesting gadgets. A spy novel with a healthy dose of violence, good-looking agile heroes and heroines, and a great backstory. What more could you want?
Oh, yeah, there is even a little romance.
Rollins spins a good yarn -- in the same general vein a la Dan Brown --- but, at least in this novel, he's not quite up to Brown's high standards. Having said that, this novel is none the less one that gets your attention and holds onto it until the final end.
The novel features religious history; magi (you know, the three wise men), (check your books on Roman Catholicism or the new testament; gnostic sects (check dictionary as well as your eclesiastical history), abstruse physics (Rollins claims that at least some of what he writes in the physics vein is based on reality --- and who am I to argue with him.
For me at least, this book goes onto the "can't put down" cattegory.
I sure am lucky that all the books I read are good --- maybe its a matter of "I sure can pick 'em". I rate this one at least a four.
I still haven't read a james rollins book that i did not like, i love the way he uses science in his books it is always so fasinating to research after if you liked the sigma force novels i would suggest reading matthew reilly's 7 deadly wonders and the two books that follow 6 sacred stones and 5 greatest warriors - absolutely incredible!
Fast paced work, full of intricate puzzles, which is probably the reason why 400-odd pages made it seem a bit too long.
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