A Thriller

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In the race to save one of their own, Sigma Force must wrestle with the deepest spiritual mysteries of mankind in this mind-expanding adventure from the #1 New York Times bestselling author, told with his trademark blend of cutting edge science, historical mystery, and pulse-pounding action.

Arriving home on Christmas Eve, Commander Gray Pierce discovers his house ransacked, his pregnant lover missing, and his best friend's wife, Kat, unconscious on the kitchen floor. With no shred of evidence to follow, his one hope to find the woman he loves and his unborn child is Kat, the only witness to what happened. But the injured woman is in a semi-comatose state and cannot speak--until a brilliant neurologist offers a radical approach to "unlock" her mind long enough to ask a few questions.

What Pierce learns from Kat sets Sigma Force on a frantic quest for answers that are connected to mysteries reaching back to the Spanish Inquisition and to one of the most reviled and blood-soaked books in human history--a Medieval text known as the Malleus Maleficarum, the Hammer of Witches. What they uncover hidden deep in the past will reveal a frightening truth in the present and a future on the brink of annihilation, and force them to confront the ultimate question: What does it mean to have a soul?

Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ©2019.
ISBN: 9780062381781
Characteristics: xiv, 461 pages :,illustrations, map ;,25 cm.


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Mar 11, 2019

This one starts off with a bang and moves fast from there. I really enjoyed it. One of his best I think.

ReadingAdviser_Sally Feb 23, 2019

James Rollins delivers another fast paced, globe trotting action/ adventure/ thriller featuring our Sigma force hero's.

Usually I love sitting on the edge of my seat waiting to see how they save the world but this one was not my favourite. I felt like it was a little choppy because of the way the story was broken up into several different points of view and it contained quite a bit of technical jargon. On the other hand, it was a great premise and I do look forward to his next one.

Feb 16, 2019

Without a doubt I'd rank this one of his top two books.The subject chosen keeps the novice and techie reader plowing through this book. Throw in his mix of religion and AI and it becomes a can't put down read. Bravo James.

Feb 06, 2019

Oh dear. I've page-turner charged through all of Rollins' previous novels, thoroughly enjoyed them from way back when he was a directly-to-paperback author. This one never hooked me in, and I gave up half way through. Not sure if I've changed, or if this novel has? It seems to follow the usual formulae, has the usual characters, just seemed "tired' somehow. Or, again, maybe that's me.

Jan 30, 2019

Well, this was a great surprise from James Rollins! It’s always great to be back in the world of Sigma, Gray, Monk and Painter! But add in AI technology, saving the world, kidnapping, secret sects, good ole doom and gloom and we have one of the best Sigma Force novels yet!!

Nov 07, 2018

Available 8 Jan 2019


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ReadingAdviser_Sally Feb 23, 2019

“Uncertainty is a key aspect of human reasoning. Without uncertainty, we would never doubt ourselves or our decisions. We would be certain that we’re right all the time. It’s this certainty that can make an AI’s ability to learn turn brittle over time. But if an AI is uncertain and capable of doubt, it can begin to judge itself, to question whether an action or decision will have the consequence it desires and test it more thoroughly.”

ReadingAdviser_Sally Feb 23, 2019

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” —Arthur C. Clarke, 1962, from his essay “Hazards of Prophecy: The Failure of Imagination”

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