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The 6th Extinction (Sigma Force Series)

The 6th Extinction (Sigma Force Series)

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by James Rollins

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A remote military research station sends out a frantic distress call, ending with a chilling final command: Kill us all! Personnel from the neighboring base rush in to discover everyone already dead-and not just the scientists, but every living thing for fifty square miles is annihilated: every animal, plant, and insect, even bacteria.

The land is


A remote military research station sends out a frantic distress call, ending with a chilling final command: Kill us all! Personnel from the neighboring base rush in to discover everyone already dead-and not just the scientists, but every living thing for fifty square miles is annihilated: every animal, plant, and insect, even bacteria.

The land is entirely sterile-and the blight is spreading.

To halt the inevitable, Commander Gray Pierce and Sigma must unravel a threat that rises out of the distant past, to a time when Antarctica was green and all life on Earth balanced upon the blade of a knife. Following clues from an ancient map rescued from the lost Library of Alexandria, Sigma will discover the truth about an ancient continent, about a new form of death buried under miles of ice.

From millennia-old secrets out of the frozen past to mysteries buried deep in the darkest jungles of today, Sigma will face its greatest challenge to date: stopping the coming extinction of mankind.

But is it already too late?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
When a research site blows up in a remote California desert, releasing a virulent pathogenic entity, the operatives of the secret U.S. agency, Sigma Force, swing into action, in bestseller Rollins's exciting, well-researched 10th Sigma Force novel (after 2013's The Eye of God). Under the command of Grayson Pierce, the Sigma team discovers not one, but two, underground worlds. Scientist Cutter Elwes, who has established his living laboratory inside a mountain in the jungles of Brazil, is targeting—through his minion, Maj. Dylan Wright—the domain of Professor Alex Harrington, a huge cavern under the ice of Hell's Cape, Antarctica. Elwes's wants to cause a mass extinction, the sixth in the planet's history, to save it from the evils of humankind. The book has everything the genre demands: Nazis, ancient maps, alien life forms, a ticking nuclear clock, and exotic, deadly beasts. Rollins makes it all believable, and ties everything together in a satisfying climax that hints at more adventures to come. 10-city author tour. Agents: Russ Galen, Scovil Galen Ghost Literary Agency; and Danny Baror, Baror International. (Aug.)
Kirkus Reviews
Mash up Lovecraft and Ludlum, stir in exotic geography and lashings of mad science, and you've got the latest from the Rollins (Bloodline, 2012, etc.) pop-thriller factory. Given that half of adult Americans reportedly don't believe in evolution, it's daring to open in the chart room of the HMS Beagle, with Charles Darwin pondering an "ancient Fuegian map" redolent of dark, unsettling mysteries. Move forward a couple of centuries, and we're with the steely-jawed Painter Crowe, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency commando par excellence (and who knew DARPA had commandos?), who takes time out from protecting the world from technological mayhem only long enough to ogle his whip-smart fiancee, "to appreciate the curve of her backside, the angle of her hip, the length of her leg." She may be the captain of the chess club we'd all like to join, but she's got the right stuff, like all of Sigma Force, to protect us from evil—until, that is, supreme bad guy Cutter Elwes returns from the grave where he's presumably been, well, not living for a dozen-odd years to do that voodoo that he does so well. He's very, very bad—we know because he's "French on his father's side"—but he's not the only scientist to be tinkering with the innermost workings of nature, attempting to undo all that we know of the laws of Darwinian evolution by, say, bringing extremely irritable creatures back from extinction and unleashing biological mayhem on an unsuspecting world. Cutting-edge science and mad dashes to D.C., Antarctica and highland Brazil notwithstanding, this is a good old-fashioned dust-up, the cliffhanging question being always whether the good guys of the public sector will prevail over the bad guys of the private. Tune in to find out. Literature it's not—more like an industrial product that sort of looks like it, in the same way that a fast-food burger resembles food. Still, it's plenty tasty, if not very nutritious.
“The action is of course nonstop and over the top, as readers have come to expect and enjoy from Rollins, while the science is startling and fascinating.”
Portland Book Review on THE 6TH EXTINCTION
“The epitome of suspense. The 6th Extinction is relentlessly exciting and thought provoking.”
Associated Press on Bloodline on THE EYE OF GOD
“The science... reads like the best of Michael Crichton. The machinations of government read like the best of David Baldacci. And the action and thrills read like the best of Clive Cussler. Rollins takes the best of all of these and creates an amazing thriller unlike any other.”
New York Journal of Books on THE EYE OF GOD
” . . . this is your summer beach read writ large.”
“This is another fast-paced mixture of real science, real history, and wild speculation. For speed freaks (narrative speed, that is), Rollins always delivers the goods. Readers, start your engines.”
Suspense Magazine on THE 6TH EXTINCTION
“Adventure, history, science, and technology-sheer perfection from an author who is used to giving exactly that every time he tells a tale!”
Examiner.com on THE 6TH EXTINCTION
“This is an exciting -- and scary -- legitimate page turner.”
Fort Worth Star-Telegram on THE 6TH EXTINCTION
“[This] is everything-but-the-kitchen-sink storytelling at its most unpredictable.”
Crimespree Magazine on THE 6TH EXTINCTION
“Another winner. Rollins takes truth and stretches it to create an intense and believable plot, combining pulsating adventure, intriguing history, and cutting-edge advances in science and technology.”
Huffington Post on THE 6TH EXTINCTION
“The 6th Extinction is a thrilling novel that not only entertains, but makes the reader think a great deal.”
Mustard Seed Thoughts on THE 6TH EXTINCTION
“Rollins’ smart writing gives us the adventure, the humor, the humanity, and the adventure- nothing is wasted, and nothing is sacrificed.”
Sciencethrillers.com on THE 6TH EXTINCTION
“If you’re a fan of science-themed or techno-thrillers but you don’t know author James Rollins and the Sigma Force series, it’s past time to join the party.”

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Sigma Force Series , #10
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author

James Rollins is the New York Times bestselling author of thrillers that have been translated into forty languages. His Sigma series has been lauded as one of the "top crowd pleasers" (New York Times) and "hottest summer reads" (People magazine). Acclaimed for his originality, Rollins unveils unseen worlds, scientific breakthroughs, and historical secrets at breakneck speed.

Brief Biography

Sacramento, California
Date of Birth:
August 20, 1961
Place of Birth:
Chicago, Illinois

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The 6th Extinction (Sigma Force Series) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 80 reviews.
Mallory_SupernaturalFan More than 1 year ago
Review: THE SIXTH EXTINCTION by JAMES ROLLINS A riproaring adventure thriller with unstoppable chills, terror, and fatality (not to.mention fatalism), THE SIXTH EXTINCTION presents a very near future of unimaginable horror. I am fond of praising the concept of Implacability in horror, but I think.the premise here beats it all out. One need only view headlines and do some research to comprehend that the consequences in this novel are far beyond Probable. James Rollins' trademark excellent carries this graphic and horrifying story, which I predict will find a wide audience--and maybe inspire more of us to consider the ultimate fate of this planet. I reviewed an ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the sole purpose of my fair and honest review. No fees were exchanged.
Dean_Kutzler More than 1 year ago
Marking the tenth anniversary of James Rollins best-selling Sigma series, The 6th Extinction takes you on a roller coaster ride of the real possibility of where this world is heading.  It also hints at the sad fact of the possible irreversibility in the situation of our fate.  This Sigma adventure is balls-out on action as well in truth and fiction with historical data and the latest technological advances.  It's an eye opener that you shouldn't miss.
rwmatse More than 1 year ago
This book is a good read and good story line, however, it takes about a 150 pages or so to get into, but, it is worth it. I like the narrative style of the author (almost like, but not quite like Jack Reacher) AND, the premis of the story is just a little too real. This is the first Rollins book I've read (Sigma Force) and will read another one.
Harold_McFarland More than 1 year ago
If you can look past the preposterous science that forms its premises, James Rollins' The Sixth Extinction is an entertaining adventure. Unfortunately, Rollins' science consists of a series of pop-sci articles which he collected without understanding. The plot centers on a universally infectious man-made super-virus with a virtually indestructible capsid (outer shell). That shell would make a real virus noninfectious, since the job of a virus' capsid is to trick a cell into bringing it inside, then to open up to dump its nucleic acid contents into the cell to do its dirty work. Add on to this an entire ecology based on something other than DNA hiding in caves under the ice of Antarctica, and impossible conspiracies (a 5,000-man expedition kept an enormous secret for decades and a cabal of eco phreaks ready to destroy the world ) and you can see that this book requires hefty suspenders for any reasonably literate person's disbelief. That said, as an adventure novel it moves right along, keeping the reader interested in the action on several fronts at once. The characters are well developed and the pace never drags.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Always love a book by James Rollins! Fast paced scientific adventures.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Action. Always the non stop action!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fascinating plot line and the story moves well. I had not read the previous Sigma books but could not really tell I was missing much. Character development was a bit light but that is most likely because that was handled in previous books. As a biologist, I appreciated the discussion in the back about separating fact from fiction. I'm going to try the first Sigma book and see how this all fits.
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AMA001 More than 1 year ago
Very interesting. A lot of scientific jargon, but the story for very good.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Deep within the Sierra Nevada Mountains a secret lab lays buried deep away. The research is un-known to many and only known to a few. Word only gets out when a message is sent out from the institution, "There's been a breach. Failsafe initiated. No matter the outcome: Kill us...kill us all." With the park in danger, Jenna and her search and rescue dog Nikko are sent out to investigate. Only once they get their all the scientist and all living things are dead. Nothing is a live, even on a microscopic level. With this unknown menace spreading there is no one to stop it but one team. Sigma force and it’s leader Commander Gray Pierce. With the menace spreading Gray must lead his team on a globe trotting race to decipher what will end this menace before it ends mankind.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rollins takes us deep to the depths of the rain forest and deep into our source of pride asthe human race. We explore what imeans to do what is right vs what insecessary. Every page makes you question your own humanity . Excellent read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Way too scientific for me. Like all his other books way better. Rollins is best with history, not science. Hope he goes back to that format for next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed all of Mr. Rollins books. This book was good but I had a hard time getting into it and sticking with it. At times it felt like a science text book and a geography book. The story took a very long time to unfold and had almost to much going on. I felt like at times I was reading 3 different books. Having said all that I did still like the book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Non stop action.
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Wiliam_Maltese More than 1 year ago
A GLUTTONOUS LITERARY REPAST! I just finished reading James Rollins’ THE 6TH EXTINCTION. If I’ve one complaint, if it can even be considered a complaint, it’s that the novel may, in the end, have provided me with way too much of a good thing. Obviously, the author knows his subject, having done his homework, extensively, filling his plot with fact after fact, and conjecture that could, one day, very soon, be fact; all of which had me literally saying to myself over and over, “Yep, I have read that in a scientific journal. Yes, I know the scientific community has done that, has been working on doing that, is on the verge of doing that.” The author provides the reader with crash courses in Synthetic Biology, DNA, RNA, XNA, Facilitated Adaptations, Evolutionary Machinery, De-Extinction, Extremophiles, Indestructible Viruses, Jumping Genes … just to mention a few. There are good guys (and gals), bad guys (and gals), more than one “hidden environment,” prehistoric animals resurrected, new species engineered and synthesized, hints of species “seeding” by aliens, logical explanations for long unexplained real-life happenings, like the clandestine Nazi activity in Antarctica during World War II, and a secret U.S. expedition to the South Pole by Admiral Byrd and 5,000 men. Heck, there’s even a kid, a dog, an atom bomb, and a kitchen sink (okay, a laboratory” sink), thrown in for good measure. I felt as if I were a very hungry person who sat down to a multi-course meal that had me, by the dessert course, wondering if I’d really needed all that I’d eaten, feeling as if I’d possibly ended up eating way too much, way too quickly, with a final residual bloatedness that guiltily emphasized a decided overindulgence. That said … I’ve since come to the conclusion … in a literary landscape that has, more often than not, lately, left me finishing a book and wondering, “Is that all there is?” … that I’m more satisfied having been subjected to too much, rather than I am when I’ve found myself getting up "from the table" having been served up so little that I’ve found myself wanting so much more. Certainly, I’ll be on the lookout for the other books of the James Rollins “Sigma Force” series, figuring there are plenty of diet volumes out there to allow me an occasional unabashed overindulgence in decadent orgiastic literary feasting. Bon appétit!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read almost all of the Sigma books and really loved them. This one was a disappointment. It was too scientifically detailed for my liking and not much in character development. I really felt the several sub-plots failed to come together.
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