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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (11,024 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Rollins Narrator: John Meagher Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Sigma Force Novels Release Date: May 2010 ISBN: 9780061958618
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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...

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Quotes & Awards

  • “High adventure…Sandstorm is from a tradition that goes back at least as far as H. Rider Haggard’s King Solomon’s Mines…It worked for Haggard’s Allan Quaterman, it worked for Indiana Jones…[it] works here.

    San Mercury News

  • “Rollins mixes science, history, facts, and fiction into a thrilling swirl of an adventure story with a nonstop pace.”  

    School Library Journal

  • A 2006 Barry Award Nominee for Best Thriller

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michelle | 2/18/2014

    " Meeehhhh, this isn't my type of book. It's a fluff book, but I already have plenty of favorite fluff authors so I don't need another one. I can see why other people like James Rollins and his books (and I can see my dad liking this book), but I wasn't down with the whole action, running around the world for some mysterious lost treasure city, with a whole cast of adventurous people thing. I only actually liked Painter Crowe, and would have been okay reading other books in the Sigma series if they only followed his story, but I've been told the other books follow different people in the Sigma group. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 2/17/2014

    " Hokey but entertaining. Modern Romancing the Stone. I am committed to reading the series for whatever reason. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara | 2/16/2014

    " Not nearly as ingenious as The Last Oracle but still an easy, entertaining read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lan Kelly | 2/9/2014

    " Nice adventure, a little too out there for me, did like the pacing though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Draackje | 2/7/2014

    " In my quest for a decent action/adventure author, James Rollins was recommended to me. This book is indeed some kind of mix between Jason Bourne and Indiana Jones. I really enjoyed all the mystical and ancient ingredients throughout the book. Also I can't complain about a lack of action or chasing scenes. So why did I only mildly enjoy it? Partly because the lack of character explanation; I finished the book and still don't have the feeling I know much about the main character or the love interest or anyone else for that matter; I kept mixing up names and characters since they all seemed the same. Another part is that I read a Dutch translation that was often so bad that it interrupted the flow of the story, which I'm sure made the action scenes less enjoyable. Overall, the story had real potential, but it just didn't grip me like it should have. I'll be going on to the next action/adventure author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandi | 1/30/2014

    " This was decent. A nice implausible action story. I think I will give book 2 a try. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Randi | 1/30/2014

    " Good action novel. Need to suspend your disbelief a bit, but a fun summer read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jaroslav | 1/22/2014

    " I would say the BEST of Sigma force novels.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stan Livingston | 1/18/2014

    " Great story and I learned some interesting stuff along the way "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eleni | 1/13/2014

    " Can someone please buy the rights to this book series and make it into a tv series? It is awesome but I would love to see it come alive on screen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 D D | 1/10/2014

    " This was the first of Mr. Rollins books that I have read. It was very hard to put down. Mr. Rollins has a way of making you think that his stories actually happened, or are happening. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jordan | 1/6/2014

    " Loved this one. Very explosive, very compelling. Fun plot. Mystery unravels nicely. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank Wilem | 1/5/2014

    " I like his characters and the series. Great escapist fare. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon Lucy | 1/1/2014

    " What a page turner. History, archeology, government agencies,science and fiction, a tension between love interests..... Great book. I will definitely read more of James Rollins' novels! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 12/16/2013

    " If you like thrillers which are clean, you will love this book. Very suspensful and lots of excitement. I recommend it. This author is also recommended by Glenn Beck of Fox News, from whom I learned about him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicola Byrne | 12/6/2013

    " His best book so far. Had the gears in my brain cranking and smoking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sj Matthews | 12/5/2013

    " A great start and a great introduction to Painter Crowe, who remains one of my favourite characters from the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Delaine Youngblood | 10/23/2013

    " This foray into old-style pulp fiction is a wonderful change from the often overly sensitive action fiction. The characters, though not particularly deep or complicated, are likable. The action is non-stop, and the storyline itself would make a fantasitc movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe Barfield | 10/3/2013

    " These books are fun reads in the fashion of Edgar Rice Burroughs. I started reading James Rollins books when I worked on the North Slope. Fun adventures in the vein of Indiana Jones. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Reshma Sharief | 6/2/2013

    " The details gone into this book is superb. Enjoyed the book plus gained some knowledge too. Can see Oman in a new light "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Autumm Fenstermacher | 4/23/2013

    " Excellent book. I am looking forward to reading more from this series. Lots of actions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 3/6/2013

    " Great vacation read - very Indiana Jones. Characters are a bit one-dimensional, but the science and history are well-researched. Overall, I'll likely read more of Rollins thrillers (and there are a lot of them). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robyn Roze | 2/17/2013

    " James Rollins never disappoints me. I highly recommend anything written by him when you're in the mood for action and adventure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill Klanderman | 2/12/2013

    " Not a bad read but a little over the top in the stretching of reality. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Guy | 9/27/2012

    " A good mystery that keeps you guessing until the end. Has some swearing so beware. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 7/6/2012

    " Loved this book. Probably my favorite James Rollins book. Action and romance. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rajesh | 7/1/2012

    " Its definitely a nice read. But the science in the book could have been a little more believably narrated. Overall, a bit like Dan Brown. But I will pick up the next Sigma Force novel as well, even though not immediately. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen | 2/16/2012

    " The glass part is the best part. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Manachelle | 2/6/2012

    " First in the Sigma Force series. Loved it! Now, off to book 2.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie Bell | 6/7/2011

    " I absolutely love this series. Fans of the DaVinci code probably will, too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cassi | 4/18/2011

    " Great book. My favorite in the series. This book really got me hooked on James Rollins for a while "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yona | 4/15/2011

    " One really good book. Soon I'll read the rest of the Sigma Force Series.
    James Rollins became one of my favorite authors. This is the third book, that i`ve read from him, and I wansn't disapointed.
    Read it!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 4/14/2011

    " Not a fan so much of Painter being in on the action (I started reading the series with The Judas Strain), but it still wasn't bad. Would have liked to have known more of Safia's history, I really liked her as a character, but it's okay. Definitely a good start to the series "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 4/11/2011

    " A good book for night reading. Entertaining and action packed. Nothing revolutionary, but it presented some interesting historical possibilities. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fiera78 | 3/27/2011

    " FAntastic book like usually. But I prefer the later books where is more of history. This is I think much more action and science than history. :D "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jamaica | 2/12/2011

    " I listened to the abridged version of this on cd - not reccommended. The leaps that Rollins takes in the narrative which are pretty fantastical as it is, became even more disjointed when edited down. Plus, not enough character development so didn't really enjoy it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 1/12/2011

    " Not only are each of these books facinating but I always learn so much from each one of them! Never dissapointing! I would give them 5 stars but I rarely do that so they all stay 4 stars:0 Perhaps I should rethink that though. "

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About the Author
Author James Rollins

James Rollins is the # 1 New York Times bestselling author of international thrillers that have been translated into more than forty languages. Known for unveiling unseen worlds, scientific breakthroughs, and historical secrets, Rollins has a knack for breakneck pacing and stunning originality that has been hailed by critics and embraced by millions of readers around the world.

About the Narrator

John Meagher is a graphic designer and voice-over artist. He is also the author of the Tales of the Left Hand series, which he started writing as a side project to practice his narration skills. He lives in Virginia with his family.