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  • Taschenbuch: 704 Seiten
  • Verlag: Harper; Auflage: Reprint (26. April 2011)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0062017926
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062017925
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 10,6 x 4 x 19 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.5 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (2 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 175.378 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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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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Buried deep within a jungle, ancient ruins conceal a deadly secret...Buried in a tomb in Venice, a great explorer hides a truth that could shatter history...Buried in our own genetic code, a mystery like no other...But nothing stays buried forever-and it will be up to Sigma Force to face what will be unearthed: a plague beyond any cure, a scourge that turns all of Nature against mankind. From the high seas of the Indian Ocean to the dark jungles of Southeast Asia, from the canals of Venice to the crypts of ancient kings, Sigma Force must piece together a mystery that, unless solved, will end all life on our planet. But even this challenge may prove too large for Sigma Force alone. With a worldwide pandemic growing, Painter Crowe and Commander Gray Pierce turn to their deadliest adversaries for help, teaming up with a diabolical foe who thwarted them in the past. But can the enemy be trusted even now? Or will they prove to be another Judas? -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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2 von 3 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von J. Jasper am 25. April 2008
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"The Judas Strain" ist mal wieder ein Abenteuerroman voller Action, Wissenschaft und Spannung - so wie die meisten Werke von James Rollins.
Doch wie gewohnt ist der wissenschaftliche Hintergrund, um den es sich dreht, wieder einmal arg konstruiert und voller Fehler. Da gibt es eine Verschwörung um den Entdecker Marco Polo, mysthische Schriften in verborgenen Kammern des Vatikans, mysteriöse Seemonster und einen Jahrtausende alten Virus, der Menschen tötet, indem er die Bakterien in ihrem Körper infiziert.
Zugegeben, eine ganz nette Idee - gäbe es da z.B. nicht den kleinen Makel, dass man bereits in der 11. Klasse Biologie lernt, dass Viren keine Bakterien infizieren können. Als studierter Veterinärmediziner sollte Rollins das eigentlich wissen - was den wissenschaftlich interessierten Leser an der ein oder anderen Stelle wundern lässt, ob man ihn für dumm verkaufen will.

Aber dennoch: Trotz dürftiger Stichhaltigkeit hat dieser Roman alles zu bieten, was das Herz eines Abenteuer-begeisterten Lesers begehrt: Es gibt Action von der ersten bis zur letzten Seite, und auch die Charaktere sind facettenreicher als in vorherigen Romanen. "The Judas Strain" ist sicherlich eines der besten Bücher von Rollins - und wer einfach nur Unterhaltung will, für den ist das genau das Richtige. Denn eigentlich geht es bei solchen Büchern ums Entertainment - und das bietet dieser Roman in Hülle und Fülle.

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2 von 3 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Arno Gündisch am 7. August 2007
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Man stelle sich vor, eine Seuche ungeahnten Ausmaßes erhebt sich aus dem Dunkel der Geschichte und droht alles Leben zu vernichten. Eine terroristische HiTech-Organisation entdeckt den Erreger, erfindet ein Gegenmittel-und erpreßt die Welt fortan mit ihrem Wissen und nie dagewesenen Biowaffen...
Ein finsterer Ausblick in die Zukunft, der von James Rollins im Sinne der Menschheit, sprich des Überlebens gelöst wird. Seine Wunderwaffe sind wieder einmal sieben Top-Agenten der wissenschaftlichen Elite-Einheit Sigma Force, die seit "Sandstorm" auf der ganzen Welt extremen Anschlägen erfolgreich begegnet.
Was Rollins so spannend macht, ist die Verbindung von Mystik, Religion, exakter Wissenschaft und schweißtreibender Action, die in der Form nur noch bei Matthew Reilly zu finden ist. Dabei bleiben seine Helden trotz ihrer unglaublichen Herausforderungen erstaunlich human-was auch für die "Bösewichter" seiner Romane gilt.
Wer die neuesten Romane von Douglas Preston/Lincoln Child, bzw. Clive Cussler gut findet, und auch schon Graham Hancock auf seiner archäologischen Spurensuche rund um den Globus begleitet hat, wird James Rollins und seine Sigma Force lieben. Und wer anspruchsvolle Action literarisch genießen will, ist bei Rollins ebenfalls bestens aufgehoben.
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Great Fun! 14. Oktober 2011
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I'm not sure who enjoyed this book more, me or my husband. He thought it was so funny as I listed the components of the book - black ops, Vatican intrigue, end-of-the-world pandemic, pirates, cannibals, zombies, angels/aliens and Marco Polo. The book was great fun!
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This is what beach reading is all about! 2. August 2007
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I have to admit that I'm a die-hard James Rollins fan. Cracking open his new book is one of the highlights of my summer. Sure his action can be a bit over-the-top and a few details slightly hyperbolic, LOL. I mean, what's a thriller without the thrills? But the books are consistently well-researched, deftly plotted, and very, very smart.

Probably my favorite aspect of Rollins' thrillers is their integration of science into the story. After all, his team of protagonists, the Sigma Force, is part of a government agency that recruits former special forces operatives and educates them to the Ph.D. level in scientific disciplines. They've got both the military training and the scientific knowledge to investigate technological and scientific phenomenon around the world on behalf of the US government. Not a bad starting premise.

The plots of Rollins' novels tend to be complex, multi-stranded affairs that are difficult to summarize. In Judas Strain, as has been noted by other readers, there is an urgency brought on by a possible pandemic outbreak of bacterial infections. That, in and of itself, is not the most original plot. But in a Rollins novel, it's never that simple. Did you know that only 10 percent of the cells that make up your body are human, and the other 90 percent are alien--bacteria, parasites, etc? It's true, absolutely true. Did you know that the difference between a commonplace, harmless bacteria and a potential killer disease is just the tiniest alteration to its genetic code? What would happen if something altered all the zillions of harmless bacteria we have contact with daily and suddenly they turned on us in the most horrific way imaginable? And I do mean the most horrific way imaginable, because James Rollins is a bit of a sicko, and nothing seems to be off limits for him. What he puts his poor "patient zero" through is--yuck--awful!

But what does all this have to do with the travels of Marco Polo? The architecture of Angor Wat? The behavior of red crabs on Christmas Island? The development of "Angelic" text? The religious beliefs of cannibals? How the heck does Rollins COME UP WITH all this stuff? And most impressively, how the heck does he tie all the strands together! Because he does, most satisfyingly. Although, it must be warned that The Judas Strain leaves readers with a simply terrible cliff-hanger that will have us all on tenterhooks until next summer. Waiting for the next book in the series is going to be torture!
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Campy Action fun 27. August 2007
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This book has it all...Cannibals, killer squids, glowing people and barbie-squad villains, and I enjoyed every guilty minute of it! I'm a big fan of disaster fiction- and in this novel the disaster is a toxic virus that has infected the waters off of Christmas Island. Enter: Sigma Force. Sigma force a GI Joe'esque group of professionals who contain the problem and send medical experts to investigate on a donated Yacht.

I liked the bacteria plot and the Marco Polo backstory, and I really liked Kowalski, he was funny! I was less excited about Gray's romance, and I found the villains really cheesy, particularly the sadistic (but hot and multi-cultural) women. They seemed so stereotyped. Does the guild hire from Barbizon? Seriously.

I was torn about Gray's Parents subplot. On one hand I found them endearing, on the other hand I found them distracting. Maybe I would care more if I read the first book. I was grateful when that subplot ended.

Overall, a solid entertaining book with some fun ideas and lot of shallow characters. I could easily see this being made into a movie. 4 stars.
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Sigma Force does it AGAIN! 2. Juli 2007
Von Jeff Edwards - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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James Rollins does what many authors fail to do: He continues to get better. While I still believe 'Map of Bones' to be his best all-around novel, 'The Judas Strain' is certainly no light-weight follow-up. This is great storytelling, simply put. While you would be hard-pressed to find an action/adventure oriented novel by almost ANY author that doesn't stretch the limits of credibility to SOME extent, I like that no matter how difficult some of Rollins' stories seem to be, he manages to put enough believable science into the mix to make what would otherwise be hard to swallow right into the What If category.

I liked the premise from the first page, which is ALWAYS a good sign in my book. The voyage of Marco Polo from Asia back to Italy was beset by some kind of major tragedy which nearly wiped out all those who participated on the journey...a voyage which Marco never spoke about to seemingly anyone, even at his deathbed...or DID he? Yet another fantastic What If scenario begins as we jump to the modern day world where what seems to be a particularly nasty plague is infecting, and then altering the very DNA of those inflicted. It seems to be originating from the ocean, and after a very short time, scientists from Sigma Force kidnapped by the infamous Guild are working side-by-side attempting to stop what could very well be a planet-wide catastrophe. As always, those in the Guild may or may NOT be what they seem, and all the while we factor in the Vatican and surprisingly the possibility of an actual language of the Angels being translated which somehow seems to be all connected. But to what end? Never fear...Mr. Rollins has control, and he takes us on another thrilling roller-coaster ride that never fails to entertain as well as inform -- which always seem to be the best kind of books to read (IMHO).

For those familiar with the novels by Rollins, this is one of those No Brainer decisions: you simply MUST get this book, it really IS awesome...however, for those who may be new to these books, by all means, buy, read and then run to go purchase the complete works by Mr. Rollins. IF you have the chance, while you do not have to, I would buy and read his books in the order they were released. Entertainment written by a real master...and definitely worth the wait. Kudos again to James Rollins boundless imagination. Now the wait for the NEXT Sigma Force novel begins...
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Good Material, Annoying Writing 14. Oktober 2007
Von Raving Reviewer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Rollins certainly did his homework when researching the science and the locales in this book, the result being some intriguing content for a story, but then it went downhill from there. The characters lacked any real substance and the action was described a bit too superficially to be believable. In addition, many of the desperate situations in which the characters find themselves seem to have very convnient resolutions, like a movie with predictable plot twists. And what's with the repetitive use of one-line parahraphs? The book is infested with them! Instead of nicely flowing narrative, many of the scenes read like a list, one thing right after the other, written in repeated one-line sentences or fragments.
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