Sandstorm - James Rollins


By James Rollins

  • Release Date: 2009-10-13
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 695 Ratings)


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 . . .


  • The action scenes are full of absurdities

    By BluesHarpist
    Before writing a book that involves the military, authors need to consider how many combat veterans are out there now. Still, you don’t have to be a combat veteran to realize what an absurd idea it would be to have small one-man helicopters and mortars used effectively in a swirling sandstorm capable of producing 80mph winds and toppling buildings. Then you have non-military things that just aren’t accurate. I would expect more accuracy in describing the characteristics of a carpet viper from an author who is also a veterinarian. While much of the story is not meant to be taken as remotely possible, I believe that the above mentioned things are. Nevertheless, I will give the book 2 stars since it could have otherwise been a fun read. My rating system: 5 stars are reserved for books that totally blow me away, or classics that I believe would have when they were new. I don’t give too many of these out, because it’s the highest rating that you could ever possibly give any book on here. 4 stars for books that I would recommend to just about anyone, or, at least, to someone who doesn’t dislike the genre. 3 stars for books that I would only recommend to someone who is fond of the genre. 2 stars for books that I would be hesitant to recommend to anyone at all, but the book was not a total disaster. 1 star for books that I found so terribly ridiculous, or poorly written, that I wish I had not spent time reading to begin with.
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    By JacobTheDane
  • Awesome

    By Ohyeahfun
    This Sigma series but James Rollins is going to be a great action series. Special ops with an internationl spin and loads of action. Great characters with an awesome plot makes for really entertaining and fun reading. Very hard to put down !
  • Sandstorm

    By Clymack
    I usually read to help me go to sleep. Rollins is a poor choice to that end. Once I start, I just don't want to put it down. Great detail and character development with lots of action. Very entertaining.
  • Sandstorm

    By Sugarpops momm
    After reading bone labyrinth , I read Sandstorm, I couldn't put it down!
  • Sandstorm

    By Brian Eugene Patton
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  • Sandstorm

    By 1BMac57
    Adventurous Fun Read
  • Love James Rollins

    By Bugsycmalone
    Historical fiction with science fiction brilliant author. James Rollins keeps me at the edge of my seat. I often read his books in just one sitting.
  • Sandstorm

    By CC in BOI
    Mr. Rollins books pull you into the story and keep the storyline and action rolling without a dull moment. Another very good read and interesting insights and details about the locations the story takes place in.
  • Great read for science junkies.

    By justwhendee
    I've read most of his individual adventures but this is my first in his series books. Another great Rollins book. Love the science and action/adventure!!