Sunday, August 17, 2014

The 6th Extinction-James Rollins

The 6th Extinction
James Rollins
Morrow, Aug 12 2014, $27.00
ISBN: 9780061784811

Inside of the U.S. Developmental Test Command station deep within the Sierra Nevada Mountains, people scream in anguish as Dr. Kendall Hess and Irene McIntyre know someone sabotaged Project NeoGenesis.  They send out a warning message to TECCOM to insure all inside are dead before they release the fail-safe destruction of the army lab.  For fifty square miles surrounding the doomed installation and widening nothing organic survived.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency assigns Sigma Force led by Commander Gray Pierce to stop the spread of this potential extinction event.  The unit finds an ancient map that Charles Darwin studied with hints that in a far distant past when Antarctica was warm and green death reined on the unsuspecting ancient world.  In the icy present someone targets Dr. Alex Harrington’s cavern lab.  Further answers can be found at Elwes Cutter’s lab deep inside the Brazil rainforest as this terrorist-scientist works to trigger the sixth mass species extinction.

The terrific 10th Sigma Force drama (see The Doomsday Key, The Eye of God and Bloodline) is an adrenaline-pumping save the world thriller as once again James Rollins combines action and history with scientific theories (focusing this time on evolution especially species extinction).  Series fans will relish the frantic pace as mankind’s relatively small reign at the top of the food chain seems at a suicidal end.

Harriet Klausner

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