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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 448 Seiten
  • Verlag: William Morrow (12. August 2014)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0061784818
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061784811
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 3,5 x 22,9 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.7 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (3 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 70.804 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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“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)

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In a masterful epic that combines timeless mystery and ripped-from-the-headlines scientific intrigue, New York Times bestselling author James Rollins takes humankind to its endpoint, to a fate inscribed in rock and ice in an event known as The 6th Extinction

Life always finds a way. . . .

A military research station buried in the remote Sierra Nevada Mountains of Northern California broadcasts a frantic distress call that ends with a chilling order:

"This is sierra, victor, whiskey. There's been a breach. Failsafe initiated. No matter the outcome: Kill us . . . kill us all."

The site is part of TECOMM, the U.S. Army Test Command. When help arrives to investigate, they discover that everyone in the lab is dead—not just the scientists, but every living thing for fifty square miles is annihilated: every animal, plant, and insect, even bacteria. The land is completely sterile—and the blight is spreading.

Only one team on earth has the scientific knowledge and military precision to handle this mission: Commander Gray Pierce and Sigma. The dead scientists were working on a secret project, researching radically different forms of life on Earth, life that could change our understanding of biology and humanity itself. But something set off an explosion in the lab, and now Sigma must contend with the apocalyptic aftermath.

To prevent the inevitable, they must decipher a futuristic threat that rises out of the distant past—a time when Antarctica was green and life on Earth was balanced on a knife's edge. Following a fascinating trail of clues buried in an ancient map rescued from the lost Library of Alexandria, Sigma will make a shocking discovery involving a prehistoric continent and a new form of life and death buried under miles of ice. Gray Pierce and his dedicated team must race through eons of time and across distant continents to decipher millennia-old secrets out of the frozen past and untangle mysteries buried deep in the darkest jungles of today, as they face their greatest challenge yet: stopping the sixth extinction—the end of humankind.

But is it already too late?

The 6th Extinction combines pulsating adventure, intriguing history, and cutting-edge advances in science and technology in a thrilling white-knuckle ride that delivers as only James Rollins can.


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Pünktlich zum 10 Jahres-Jubiläum des ersten SIGMA-Romans "Sandstorm" liefert James Rollins seinen besten Thriller dieser Serie. Nach der Sabotage eines geheimen Forschungslabors verwüstet ein künstlich erzeugtes Virus die gesamte Natur in einem kalifornischen Nationalpark-die Wissenschaftler stehen dieser neuen Bedrohung hilflos gegenüber. Kurze Zeit später wird eine britische Forschungsstation in der Antakrtis von einem schwerbewaffneten Kommando überfallen und dem Erdboden gleichgemacht. Das Ziel: die Bekanntmachung einer rätselhaften Biosphäre unter dem antarktischen Eis um jeden Preis zu verhindern.
Mitten drin: die Agenten von SIGMA. Allmählich kristallisiert sich ein Plan hinter dem zerstörerischen Wahnsinn heraus. Ein genialer , schwerreicher Psychopath plant, das existierende Leben auf der Erde durch seine "Gegenschöpfung" zu ersetzen, in der der Mensch nicht mehr die erste Geige spielt. Kann SIGMA ihn stoppen, bevor es zu spät ist, und nebenbei das entfesselte Virus neutralisieren?
Grenzwisssenschaften, historische Rätsel, rasante Cliffhanger-Action-besser wurden diese Elemente durch James Rollins nie kombiniert. Wer "Amazonia", "Subterranean", bzw. "The Last Oracle" mit Vergnügen gelesen hat, wird auch diesen Roman nicht eher aus der Hand legen, bevor die letzte Seite erreicht ist.
Eine beunruhigende Tatsache, auf die der Roman anspielt, sei hier auch erwähnt: Genetische Manipulation und die Schöpfung neuer Gene sind bereits so fortgeschritten, daß eine "Frankenstein-Kreation" aus dem Labor jederzeit eine unvorhersehbare Kettenreaktion auslösen könnte ...Wenn schon das Bekannte derart erschreckend ist, um wieviel mehr müssen wir dann das (noch) Unbekannte fürchten?
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Von Komiker am 1. Oktober 2014
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Don't get me wrong, this is not a bad book, but the wonder and edge of the seat which, for me, characterized the whole Sigma series is slowly fading.
Some aspect seem forced to Appeal to a bigger audience (oooohhh a female park ranger and ooooh a young, good-looking, nice, tough USMC Gunnery Sergeant.. what could happen between those 2? Don't worry, no steaming Scenes, just some romance).

The main idea of the plot reminded me in some parts of an old Tom Clancy novel, "Rainbow Six", rewritten a la Sigma.

All in all not bad, but not worth five stars.
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Von Michael am 24. November 2014
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Der neue James Rollins hat mir im Vergleich zu den Vorgängern
wieder wesentlich besser gefallen. The 6th Extinction geht wieder
ein bisschen in die Richtung von Rollins älteren Romanen, mit sehr
exotischen Schauplätzen, absolut wilden wissenschaftlichen Theorien und
einer sehr aktionsgeladenen Handlung.
Starkes und sehr unterhaltsames Buch.
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"These go to eleven." 12. August 2014
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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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Jim's best book so far. Rollins does great Monsters. Highly Recommended. 2. Oktober 2014
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This is perhaps Jim's best book so far, and I've read most of them. Rollins is the undisputed Mystro of Monsters, and this book is his Magnum Opus. He outdoes himself with myriad monsters, from microscopic viruses to Mega fauna, and with legions of dangerous creatures running amok on three continents.

His writing seems to get better with each novel. His plots are multi-threaded and complex, but simple to follow and entertaining to read. So many Thrillers have cardboard (almost cartoon like) superheroes and thin villains, but his characters are understandable (if sometimes weird) human beings with plausible feelings, limitations, motivations, and fears.

Best of all for me is that Jim does meticulous research and he gets the details right. I write Thrillers myself and some of my books touch on bioweapons and have settings in Antarctica. "Terra Australis Incognita" is a compelling setting for Thriller novelists. I've done a huge amount of historical and political research on this cold, lonely, and hostile land, but still learned useful things from reading this book.

I characterize this novel as wild ride into ecoterrorism, with a huge dose of edgy science and fascinating history. The work that most comes to mind for contrast is Michael Crichton's 2004 "State of Fear," a book that got him death threats and perhaps blacklisted by Hollywood. Both have settings in Antarctica, both have politics and science, and both are excellent novels. My personal view is that in 50 years, State of Fear, not Jurassic Park, will be hailed as Crichton's best work.

State of Fear

Not that I agree with all Jim's premises, of course. My views on climate alarmism are well-known and probably differ greatly from his. I'm skeptical of politicized "Global Warming," but not the science of studying climate and weather. In truth there HAS been global warming and also global cooling. Compared to 100 years ago (a mini-ice age where Niagara Falls froze solid), the planet is slightly warmer. Compared to 1,000 years ago (when Vikings visited Greenland in winter with open boats and grew wine grapes) it is much cooler. For the past 18 years, and much to the embarrassment of Al Gore, there has been no warming. Temperatures have flat-lined.

But a novel is a novel, and this difference in views does not in the least stop me from saying this book deserves "5-stars." It is an excellent novel and a fun read. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

John D. Trudel writes Award Winning Thrillers including Raven's Run, Soft Target, Privacy Wars, and God's House.
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The tepui of Dr. Moreau 17. August 2014
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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.
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The dog does not die. 24. August 2014
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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.
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Not Rollin's best effort. The Sigma force are their usual selves ... 28. September 2014
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Not Rollin's best effort. The Sigma force are their usual selves but the plot is just too unbelievable even for fiction. Rollins is usually can hold my interest with his plots but I was a little bored with this one and grew tired of the fanciful creatures that kept emerging. I just expected better.
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