Sandstorm: A Sigma Force Novel, Book 1

sandstorm-audiobook-mp3Unabridged Audiobook
Written By: James Rollins
Narrated By: John Meagher
Publisher: HarperAudio
Duration: 16 Hours 17 Minutes

Book Rating: stars_4

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Summary: An inexplicable explosion rocks the antiquities collection of a London museum, and the race begins to determine how it happened, why it happened, and what it means.

Lady Kara Kensington’s family paid a high price in money and blood to found the gallery that now lies in ruins. Her search for answers leads Kara and her friend, Safia al-Maaz, the gallery’s curator, into a world they never dreamed existed. Evidence exposed by the tragedy suggests that Ubar, a lost city buried beneath the Arabian desert, is more than mere legend…and that something astonishing is waiting there.

The two extraordinary women and their guide, Omaha Dunn, are not the only ones being drawn to the desert. Former U.S. Navy SEAL Painter Crowe, a covert government operative and head of an elite counter-espionage team, is hunting down a dangerous turncoat and the trail is pointing him toward Ubar.

What is hidden below the sand is more than a valuable relic of ancient history. It is an ageless power that lives and breathes. Many lives have already been destroyed by ruthless agencies dedicated to guarding its mysteries and harnessing its might. The end may be at hand for Kara, Safia, Crowe, and all of the interlopers who wish to expose its mysteries, as it prepares to unleash the most terrible storm of all…Read more.

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James Rollins: Sandstorm Audio Book Summary

Sandstorm by James Rollins, is an adventure novel belonging to Sigma Force Series. It narrates the adventures of the elite Sigma Force, a group of scientific experts in different fields and a group of adventurers. Sandstorm was the book that started it all, published in 2004, after it came titles such as Map of bones, Black order, The Judas Strain and ten more works published until 2016.

It begins with an explosion in a museum that destroys Arabic artifacts safeguarded by some friends of the protagonists Kara and Safia, in the chaos that comes from the explosion, the protagonists find in a statue, an iron heart that could be the key to find a Lost city called Ubar.

The expedition team to find Ubar, is composed by Danny, Omaha Dunn and student Clay, being pursued by Cassandra. From then on, the plot unfolds giving way to a history plagued with energy, espionage, armed fighting and of course, as the title suggests, the sandstorm.

The story includes fast action scenes in the United States, London and Oman. Another aspect that is appreciated, is the way in which the author takes us to know exotic scenes of the hand of equally exotic personages.

Omaha Dunn is perhaps the most courageous and adventurous character in history, has often been compared by readers with Indiana Jones

Another central character is Painter Crow, leader of Sigma, which is a covert organization within the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The Sigma Force is made up of scientifically skilled agents whose job it is to protect the nation. The Sigma division comes from the author’s inventiveness, while the Advanced Research Projects Agency does exist. Rollins tends to include in his works scientific implications, which are combined with a fictional plot.

What makes the book so special, is the author’s ability to create action that does not stop, twists and turns, ups and downs, a true dose of adrenaline, all that is what awaits the reader Sandstorm.

On the other hand, Rollins’ fort, is not the development of characters, we are faced with flat protagonists and antagonists easy to forget, not deep in relationships between them, nor in the motives of some to do what they do. It is not all bad, because it is understood that it is not the kind of book that you really know and appreciate the characters, but it is not right because there are times when we really do not care what happens to them.

In general, it is a book that is enjoyed, which serves to spend pleasant moments. The best thing about this is its fantastic climax.