The Judas Strain

The Judas Strain

Book - 2007
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ju#65533;das strain, n. A scientific term for an organism that drives an entire species to extinction

A master at combining historical and scientific intrigue with cutting-edge adventure, New York Times bestselling author of Map of Bones and Black Order James Rollins returns with his most relentless, high-octane thriller to date--a terrifying story of an ancient menace reborn to plague the modern world . . . and of an impossible hope that lies hidden in the most shocking place imaginable: within the language of angels.

From the depths of the Indian Ocean, a horrific plague has arisen to devastate humankind--a disease that's unknown, unstoppable . . . and deadly. But it is merely a harbinger of the doom that is to follow.

Aboard a cruise liner transformed into a makeshift hospital, Dr. Lisa Cummings and Monk Kokkalis--operatives of the shadowy covert organization SIGMA Force--search for answers to the bizarre affliction that has inexplicably washed ashore. But there are others with far less altruistic intentions. In a savage and sudden coup, terrorists hijack the vessel, turning a mercy ship into a floating bio-weapons lab.

At a Fourth of July celebration a world away, SIGMA's commander Gray Pierce thwarts the murderous schemes of a beautiful assassin--a would-be killer who holds the first clue to the discovery of a possible cure. With the fate of every man, woman, and child on Earth hanging in the balance, Pierce joins forces with the woman who wanted him dead, and together they embark upon an astonishing quest--one that winds through Venetian tombs, Byzantine cathedrals, and jungle-encrusted ruins--following the trail of the most fabled explorer in history: Marco Polo.

But time is an enemy as a worldwide pandemic grows rapidly out of control. And as a relentless madman dogs their every step, Pierce and his unlikely ally are being pulled into an astonishing mystery buried deep in antiquity and in humanity's genetic code. And as the seconds tick closer to doomsday, Pierce will realize he can truly trust no one--not the bewitching enigma who runs at his side or even those who are closest to him--for any one of them could be . . . a Judas.

Publisher: New York : Morrow, [2007]
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9780060763893
Branch Call Number: FIC Rolli
Characteristics: viii, 450 pages : map ; 24 cm.


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Feb 28, 2016

Not one of his best efforts. He's always been a poor-man's Dan Brown but he really went above and beyond the limit of credibility in this one, to the point that it affected the plot

Jan 28, 2016

Spanning the globe in setting, with a race to find a cure to a viral/bacterial threat, against an organization of evil baddies, there was some interesting historical connections in the story.

While the plot does strain credibility a bit at times, it was still interesting and engaging to the point where I am looking forward to reading more of the adventures of the Sigma Force once I have a chance to.

May 15, 2014

The Judas Strain --- by James Rollins. --- Rollins is the perennial purveyor that pits the good guys, the Guild, against the bag guys, Sigma. And once again, the good guys have to save the world. The story line is implausible, impossible, but gets its claws into you none the less. The suspense is riveting; the plot has more twists and turns than a worm on a fishing hook. No moral to the story but, like cotton candy, oh so entertaining especially for a beach summer.

Robert9410 Jun 12, 2013

This is a book with a lot of action and it's definitely a very interesting read. It is very unpredictable and in that sense alone is quite entertaining. If you like intense action, suspense, conspiracy, as well as some Indiana Jones like adventure, you will enjoy this book. Moreover, the blend of (possible/speculated) old history (Marco Polo's travels) with new history (modern day world) is an interesting weave. The characters have depth and one is pulled into trying to figure out who is honest and who is not. Rollin's style of writing is a bit denser than other writers I have read. Even so ...this is plus, if you want to be "fully immersed."

lms Feb 27, 2011

thank heavens for antibiotics! A deadly strain of bacteria from the 13th century is unleashed and the Sigma Force rushes to contain it.

May 18, 2010

I didnt' renew these books 3 times, I must have just hit the but 3 times, sorry.

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