The 6th Extinction (Sigma Force Series) [NOOK Book]

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In a masterful epic that combines timeless mystery and ripped-from-the-headlines scientific intrigue, New York Times bestselling author James Rollins takes humankind to its endpoint, to a fate inscribed in rock and ice in an event known as The 6th Extinction

Life always finds a way. . . .

A military research station buried in the remote Sierra Nevada Mountains of Northern California broadcasts a frantic ...

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Overview

In a masterful epic that combines timeless mystery and ripped-from-the-headlines scientific intrigue, New York Times bestselling author James Rollins takes humankind to its endpoint, to a fate inscribed in rock and ice in an event known as The 6th Extinction

Life always finds a way. . . .

A military research station buried in the remote Sierra Nevada Mountains of Northern California broadcasts a frantic distress call that ends with a chilling order:

"This is sierra, victor, whiskey. There's been a breach. Failsafe initiated. No matter the outcome: Kill us . . . kill us all."

The site is part of TECOMM, the U.S. Army Test Command. When help arrives to investigate, they discover that everyone in the lab is dead—not just the scientists, but every living thing for fifty square miles is annihilated: every animal, plant, and insect, even bacteria. The land is completely sterile—and the blight is spreading.

Only one team on earth has the scientific knowledge and military precision to handle this mission: Commander Gray Pierce and Sigma. The dead scientists were working on a secret project, researching radically different forms of life on Earth, life that could change our understanding of biology and humanity itself. But something set off an explosion in the lab, and now Sigma must contend with the apocalyptic aftermath.

To prevent the inevitable, they must decipher a futuristic threat that rises out of the distant past—a time when Antarctica was green and life on Earth was balanced on a knife's edge. Following a fascinating trail of clues buried in an ancient map rescued from the lost Library of Alexandria, Sigma will make a shocking discovery involving a prehistoric continent and a new form of life and death buried under miles of ice. Gray Pierce and his dedicated team must race through eons of time and across distant continents to decipher millennia-old secrets out of the frozen past and untangle mysteries buried deep in the darkest jungles of today, as they face their greatest challenge yet: stopping the sixth extinction—the end of humankind.

But is it already too late?

The 6th Extinction combines pulsating adventure, intriguing history, and cutting-edge advances in science and technology in a thrilling white-knuckle ride that delivers as only James Rollins can.

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"KILL US ALL!" The final words of the distress call left no doubt; something at the military research station had gone terribly, terribly wrong. Investigators soon found that situation was even worse than it first seemed; not only are the entire crew of the research center dead; all living things within fifty square miles have been annihilated and the microbial plague is spreading. To identify the chemical curse and uncover a cure, the Commander Gray Pierce and the Sigma Force must probe deep into the frozen secrets of the past. And they don't have much time....

Publishers Weekly
07/14/2014
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.)
Book Banter on THE 6TH EXTINCTION
“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.”
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.”
Booklist on THE 6TH EXTINCTION
“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.”
Kirkus Reviews
2014-07-30
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062194923
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/12/2014
  • Series: Sigma Force Series , #10
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 217
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

James Rollins

James Rollins is the New York Times bestselling author of international thrillers that have been translated into more than forty languages. His Sigma series has been lauded as one of the "top crowd pleasers" (New York Times) and "hottest summer reads" (People magazine). In each novel, acclaimed for its originality, Rollins unveils unseen worlds, scientific breakthroughs, and historical secrets—and he does it all at breakneck speed and with stunning insight.

Biography

James Rollins is the New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of Black Order, Map of Bones and other adventure thrillers. He was born in Chicago and grew up in Ontario, Canada, and St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated with honors from the University of Missouri with a degree in veterinary medicine. And like most veterinarians, he presently shares his home with a Golden Retriever, a Dachshund, and a sixty-five year old parrot named Igor. Rollins currently practices in Northern California, and when not writing or working in his veterinary practice, he can often be found underground or underwater as an amateur spelunker and scuba diver. These hobbies have helped in the creation of his earlier books Subterranean, Deep Fathom, Amazonia, and Sandstorm. His thriller, Black Order, skyrocketed to the top of bestseller lists across the country, winning the author countless new fans, and was proclaimed by People magazine as one of last summer's "hottest reads." Map of Bones was chosen by Publishers Weekly as one of the most likely to win over Dan Brown's faithful audience, and the New York Times rated the book as one the summer's top crowd pleasers.

Author biography courtesy of HarperCollins.

Good To Know

Some fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Rollins:

"I often get asked if I still practice veterinary medicine. While I don't practice full-time, I still do volunteer. I work with a group that traps stray cats, brings them to the shelter, where I spend a day spaying and neutering them. It's basically eight hours of removing genitalia. It's a hobby."

"I am a TV junkie. I have two Tivos and they are constantly full."

"My first job was to flip pizzas. I once got a pie spinning that was ten feet across. I had to spin it on my back to keep it going. Yet, I still love pizza."

"Two hobbies I love -- caving and scuba diving -- are also essential research for my novels. Case in point:

I've always been an avid cave explorer, from the vast systems in Missouri to the lava tubes of Hawaii to the tighter squeezes of the California foothills. But one of my most frightening episodes also allowed me to better describe claustrophobia in my novels. While climbing out of the fairly technical wild cavern, involving lots of rope work, I managed to jam myself midway up a narrow vertical chute. Hung up on my ascending gear midway up the chute, I found myself unable to move up or down. My chest was squeezed between two walls, my left knee turned the wrong way. I could not maneuver, and there was not enough room to get a rescue climber to me. I was trapped. I remember the team leader, leaning down from above, shining his helmet lamp at me. ‘You either find a way to un-jam yourself, or you stay there forever.'

So over the course of a long hour -- wriggling, sweating, cursing, and clawing -- I managed to creep a millimeter at a time out of the jam. After this event, I had a better understanding for panic and the determination born of pure desperation, essential ingredients for to writing thrilling fiction.

But spelunking through caves was not my only ‘research' lesson. Two decades ago, I also took up scuba diving and went on dive trips all around the world: Monterey Bay, Hawaii, South Pacific, Australia. I particularly remember one trip to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. I was informed by the dive master to beware of the many hazards found in the region. ‘On land, Australia has seven of the ten deadliest snakes. The seas are worse. Box jellyfish can kill in minutes. Local sea snakes are some of the most toxic. But worst of all is the stone fish. It looks like a stone, but its spines are loaded with paralytic poison. So be careful what you touch.'

And down we all went, buddied up in pairs, enthusiastic and excited. I dropped toward the reef and adjust my buoyancy until I'm floating just above the reef. All around spread amazing sights: giant clams, a flurry of colored fish, an astounding variety of coral. But I miscalculated my buoyancy, my weight shifted, and I planted a hand into the sand to stabilize my tumble, careful of the razor-sharp coral. Inches from my thumb, a jagged rock suddenly sprouted fins and swam away. I met the gaze of my buddy diver. His wide eyes firmed up the identification. The deadly stone fish. And I had almost slapped my hand on its back. As the fish scurried away, I understood at that exact moment how little Nature cared about the life of a scuba-diving novelist. Down here, Nature ruled. We were only visitors.

This mix of respect and terror is brought to life in my latest novel, The Judas Strain."

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    1. Hometown:
      Sacramento, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 20, 1961
    2. Place of Birth:
      Chicago, Illinois

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  • Posted August 12, 2014

    Review: THE SIXTH EXTINCTION by JAMES ROLLINS A riproaring a

    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.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2014

    Best of the Best

    I can only describe this latest Sigma novel as a uniquely original story by a master author. It is, without question, one of the best of Rollins' works and well worth the effort to read. I would recommend it highly for higher reading levels, but it is not a book easily understood by those with lower reading comprehension levels. Rollins never fails to simultaneously entertain and educate his readers and is clearly one of the best modern authors out there. Stephanie Clanahan

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 22, 2014

    Marking the tenth anniversary of James Rollins best-selling Sigm

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2014

    Wtf

    Ok this sucks

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2014

    Great read.

    Lurking under the frozen Artic wasteland are new species never seen before. Throw in some mad scientists, a killer virus, and explosions. What more could you want. Strangely there was an announcement this week about real life tunnels found under the Artic surface.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2014

    Awesome

    Awesome must read

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  • Posted September 12, 2014

    This is a good read ... however,

    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.

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  • Posted September 11, 2014

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    Another good book in the Sigma Series!

    Great book that takes place on 3 different continents simultaneously and Rollins weaves them into a fantastic ending. I like the way he kept all 3 events going and intertwining constantly. Lots of interesting science about South American and Antarctic geology with a bit of fantasy mixed in. I really enjoyed it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2014

    JAMES ROLLINS KEEPS GETTNG BETTER AND BETTER!

    As always, the Sigma Force rips, races and educates. I always think he cannot outdo himself but he does! Grab this one!

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  • Posted September 7, 2014

    Rollins greatness!

    Sigma Force Rocks!!

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  • Posted September 6, 2014

    Exciting

    Lots of action. Love Rollins books and love the Sigma force.

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  • Posted September 5, 2014

    Like all the James Rollins books I've read....outstanding

    very imaginative, a little to technical but a great story

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  • Posted September 5, 2014

    Scary! Thought provoking.

    I've read most the books by James Rollins. While reading this one I thought the story line was far fetched. Turns out this scenario isn't as off the wall as you'd think. Really gives the reader something to contemplate especially in the wake of all the viruses in the world today.

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