|In this thrilling third hardcover release, USA Today and New York Times Extended bestselling author James Rollins delivers another great edge-of-your seat read as he takes us to the outer reaches of the vast, arid deserts of the Arabian peninsula to uncover a scientific mystery that has been lost beneath the sands for decades but threatens the world as we know it.|
From the Publisher:
Nationally bestselling author James Rollins has transported readers to the dark heart of the Amazon, the bowels of the earth, far below the ocean, and the top of the world. Now he embarks upon his most gripping and terrifying adventure yet: to a nightmare buried beneath a treacherous desert wasteland.
An inexplicable explosion rocks the antiquities collection of a London museum -- a devastating blast that sets off alarms in clandestine organizations around the world, as 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. And her search for answers is about to lead Kara and her friend Safia al-Maaz, the gallery's brilliant and beautiful curator, into a world they never dreamed actually existed. For new 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.
Two extraordinary women and their guide, the international adventurer 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 counterespionage team, is hunting down a dangerous turncoat, Crowe's onetime partner, to retrieve the vital information she has stolen. And the trail is pointing him toward Ubar.
But the many perils inherent in a death-defying trek deep into the savage heart of the Arabian Peninsula pale before the nightmarish secrets to be unearthed at journey's end. What is hidden below the sand is more than a valuable relic of ancient history. It is an ageless power that lives and breathes -- an awesome force that could create a utopia or tear down everything humankind has built during millennia of civilization. Many lives have already been destroyed by ruthless agencies dedicated to guarding its mysteries and harnessing its might. And now the end may be at hand for Safia, for Kara, for Crowe, and for all the interlopers who wish to expose its mysteries, as it prepares to unleash the most terrible storm of all ...
This sixth action-packed thriller by James Rollins is set deep in the Arabian desert, where various parties race to be the first to a lost city and the secrets it holds. A bizarre explosion destroys a rare and valuable collection of Mideastern antiquities at the British Museum. Lady Kara Kensington, whose family donated the collection, is determined to find out the cause of the accident. Clues lead her and her companions--the collection's curator, a daredevil archaeologist, and a U.S. secret operative--to the semi-mythical city of Ubar. Once there, they will find an ancient energy source and its fiercely protective guardians, a combination that poses a threat to the entire world.
"Rollins writes settings and scenes that sizzle." 06/21/2004
Best Rollins yet!7/7/2004
I have always enjoyed James Rollins books as kind of a guilty pleasure, there was always plenty of action wrapped around a good scientific plot (science stretched by a large imagination), but the stories always did lack in the character development department. Not that I expect much from books of this genre but it is still nice to have some character development. In this book Rollins has done a much better job with his characterizations and dialog. His hard core fans probably won't care either way, but it may help attract new fans. in fact if you are new to rollins I recomend you start with this book! I did just finish an interesting thriller: "A TOURIST IN THE YUCATAN" that scored well on my believabilty scale!