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Black Order (Sigma Force Novels)by James Rollins
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In Copenhagen...a suspicious bookstore fire propels Commander Gray Pierce on a relentless hunt across four continents — and into a terrifying mystery surrounding horrific experiments once performed in a now-abandoned laboratory buried in a hollowed-out mountain in Poland.
In the mountains of Nepal...in a remote monastery, Buddhist monks inexplicably turn to cannibalism and torture — while Painter Crowe, director of Sigma Force, begins to show signs of the same baffling, mind-destroying malady...and Lisa Cummings, a dedicated American doctor, becomes the target of a brutal clandestine assassin.
Now only Gray Pierce and Sigma Force can save a world suddenly in terrible jeopardy. Because a new order is on the rise — an annihilating nightmare growing at the heart of the greatest mystery of all: the origin of life.
"What would thriller writers do without the Nazis? At the start of Rollins's inventive eighth Sigma Force novel, a secret experiment is smuggled out of Berlin in the waning days of WWII. While the Americans have been working on the atomic bomb, the Nazis were delving into the paradoxical tenets of quantum mechanics. In the present day, descendants of Heinrich Himmler are trying to create a new race of Aryan supermen. Last seen in 2005's Map of Bones, Painter Crowe and Grayson Pierce, employees of Sigma Force, a secret arm of the U.S. military, venture to the brink of death to puzzle out mysteries that encompass the theories of evolution, intelligent design, and the physical and spiritual nature of love and God. It's a tall order, but every time the author appears to have stretched too far, he saves the read by throwing in a fascinating scientific or historical fact, plus a scene of heart-pumping action. This is Cussler and Ludlum territory with a dash of Dan Brown, sure to please devotees of any of these authors." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"[A] high-powered thriller....Rollins keeps getting better with every novel, and his fast-paced thrillers are feasts for the imagination....If you like all-stops-out, high-concept adventure, this one's for you." Booklist
"All of these diverse elements blend seamlessly in Rollins's hands. Readers will eagerly await the fourth Sigma Force installment." Library Journal
From the frozen peaks of the Himalayas to the diamond fields of the Congo, the SIGMA Force races to unlock a riddle locked amid cryptic runes and expose a century-old plot that threatens to destroy the current world order and alter the destiny of humankind forever.
About the Author
James Rollins is the bestselling author of seven previous novels: Subterranean, Excavation, Deep Fathom, Amazonia, Ice Hunt, Sandstorm, and Map of Bones. He has a doctorate in veterinary medicine and his own practice in Sacramento, California. An amateur spelunker and a certified SCUBA enthusiast, he can often be found either underground or underwater.
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