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      The doomsday key

      by James Rollins
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      • Publisher: Harper
      • Publishing date: 01/06/2010
      • Language: English
      • ISBN-13: 9780061231414
      • ISBN: 006123141X

      Synopsis

      At Princeton University, a famed geneticist dies inside a biohazard lab. In Rome, a Vatican archaeologist is found dead in St. Peter's Basilica. In Africa, a U.S. senator's son is slain outside a Red Cross camp.

      Three murder victims on three continents, linked by a pagan Druidic cross burned into their flesh.

      Commander Gray Pierce and Sigma Force have only days to solve an apocalyptic puzzle dating back centuries. Aided by two women from his past—one his ex-lover, the other his new partner—Gray must uncover a horrifying secret that threatens America and the world, even if it means sacrificing the life of one of the women at his side. The race is on—from the Roman Coliseum to the icy peaks of Norway to the lost tombs of Celtic kings—and the future hangs in the balance. For humankind's ultimate nightmare is locked within a talisman buried by a dead saint—an ancient artifact known as . . . The Doomsday Key


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      • Couldn't Stick With It
        From Amazon

        How can a book with this much plot be boring? Well, it can. My best guess as to the "how" is "lack of character development." There is one marginally or potentially interesting character in the first half of this book -- a fellow named Monk (his name, not his job title). As for the rest of the characters -- I'd say they are interchangeable stick figures running around from location to location shooting at one another. As an avid reader of thrillers -- I might admit to being a Michael Connelly and Jeffrey Deaver addict -- I don't usually get "grossed out" as the nature of the crimes begin to become clear in the book. In this case, however, the book itself was so dry that the graphic nature of the crimes stuck out as highly offensive. So, I tried. Page after page, I tried to stick with this thing. And, shortly after the start of "Part Three" (about halfway through), I am officially throwing in the towel. I quit. Sorry. This review seems to be a minority opinion. Perhaps if I had read prior James Rollins books, I would have developed a fondness for the Sigma team that would have carried over into this book. But, my bias is that thrillers (even those in a series) should ultimately stand on their own. Sorry...

      • A fun and interesting thriller
        From Amazon

        This is my first James Rollins book, and I am really pleased with what I have read. I wanted an entertaining and suspenseful novel for my beach read, and this book delivered just that. Since I never read any of Rollins' works before, I was unfamiliar with any of the characters or the Sigma Force, but that did not hinder my understanding of the plot line. Most of the characters are somewhat generic, even in terms of their idiosyncrasies. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but I can see how they might become tiresome after the readings of a few more of such novels. This novel has a very strong "Da Vinci Code" feel to it - an ancient secret that has been hidden for millennia is being pursued by a secret organization that is bent on destroying the World, or at least our idea of the world. The conspiracy, of course, involves the Catholic Church and the Vatican, although to Rollins' credit he doesn't try to unnecessarily malign this institution. In fact, the novel has a mildly favorable take on the Catholic Church and some of her venerable saints. Rollins is also very forthright about which parts of the book are completely fictional and which ones are based on historic facts. A brief list of the sources of some of his ideas is given at the end, and I felt that the book actually had some good educational value. My biggest problem with the story are the several themes and secondary plot developments that seemed unmotivated and gratuitous. Some of these might be relevant from the point of view of the larger Sigma Force series, but others seemed to be put there just because Rollins thought they were cool and would have added to the thrill factor of the book. These things are a minor objection though, and as long as you don't try to overanalyze what you read you will probably not be too bothered by them. Overall this was a fun and interesting thriller, with some educational value to boot.

      • Even the dog is great!
        From Amazon

        The Doomsday Key by James Rollins is my first foray into this writer's world and I found it both intelligent and intriguing. This book has it all, old legends, spies, corporations of bad guys trying to take over the world and Commander Grayson Pierce and his friends at Sigma trying to figure out what's going on. The trail takes them from ancient hidden chambers to international seed vaults as they follow the Black Madonna legend. The story is interesting and fast moving, keeping up the level of suspense till the very end.

      • Been done before.
        From Amazon

        This is an entertaining book but I'm just tired of the Sigma novels. The characters good and the stories are nice but it's just too generic now. Ever since The Da Vinci Code became such a huge hit the market has been flooded with historical fiction books. Rollins jumped on the bandwagon and created Sigma. It has boosted his popularity but I still like his stand alone first 4 novels way more. This book is no different from all the other Dan Brown look-a-likes out there. The first scene even has a priest getting killed in a church and branded with a historical mark. The rest of the book is the standard clue hunting search that takes the reader to many historical sites but this has all been done before. With that said the story is enjoyable and the writing is good but I just feel like nothing really new was brought to the table here. Good book/series for people who love Dan Brown's style but if you are looking for something different this is not it.

      • More like 4 1/2 stars....
        From Amazon

        Conspiracies abound and the Sigma team has only a limited amount of time to stop a worldwide catastrophe from occurring. The Guild has a diabolical plan and the only clues Sigma has are a series of victims all marked with a pagan symbol. What is the connection between the destruction of a refugee camp, the death of a priest, and a book called the Doomsday Book? James Rollins excels at weaving together fact and fiction to produce high energy thrillers. THE DOOMSDAY KEY is no exception! The pace never relents as the members of the Sigma Force are in a race against time where enemies can just as easily turn into allies, and vice versa. The stakes are never higher as James Rollins ramps up the tension with each new revelation. THE DOOMSDAY KEY is the sixth book in the Sigma Force series and can be read as a stand alone. James Rollins does an excellent job at introducing the characters (and there are quite a few of them, as one might expect) and showing their past histories and relationships with one another. I suspect, however, that a reader already immersed in the series would appreciate some of the nuances of the tale a tad more than someone new to the series, if only because of the conflicted relationships with characters like Seichan. THE DOOMSDAY KEY is a dramatic adventure tale, blending together conspiracy theories from the past and present to create a horrifying scenario. James Rollins is absolutely brilliant at taking seemingly unbelievable situations and theories and making them seem plausible. The plot is stunning in its diabolical audacity but impossible to put down. Superb!! COURTESY OF BOOK ILLUMINATIONS

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