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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 (6 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 175.594 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 StarbooksIH am 27. Januar 2015
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Interesting story, very interesting facts about current state of research and multiple facetts to the story. Of course, quite some action is coming your way, too. I certainly like stories where all these aspects are included. The characters are interesting, each has their story. Yes, I will read more from this author, because I enjoyed the fact that the menaces were not so extremely blond curling as other books of this genre. But dont get me wrong, they still are scary. The horror is just not spelled out in such excruciating details. Well done.
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