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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (21 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409102947
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409102946
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.1 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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JAMES ROLLINS is the New York Times bestselling author of international thrillers, translated into more than forty languages. His Sigma series has been lauded as one of the "top crowd pleasers" (New York Times) and one of the "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.

James Rollins decided to become a writer as a boy immersed in the scientific adventures of Doc Savage, the wonders of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, and pulps such as The Shadow, The Spider, and The Avenger. He honed his storytelling skills early, spinning elaborate tales that were often at the heart of pranks played on his brothers and sisters.

Although his talent emerged and grew, writing was not James' original profession. Before he would set heroes and villains on harrowing adventures, he embarked on a career in veterinary medicine, graduating from the University of Missouri and establishing a successful veterinary. This hands-on knowledge of medicine and science helps shape the research and scientific speculation that set James Rollins books apart.

The exotic locales of James Rollins novels have emerged as a hybrid between imagination, research, and James' extensive travels throughout the United States and Europe, as well as New Zealand, the South Pacific, China, Southeast Asia, Africa, Australia, and South America. Recent travel includes book tours and stops across the country and several European nations to meet readers and give talks, seminars, and media interviews.

In recent years, much of James' travel has involved meeting readers in small and large groups, at writing and fan conferences, and even aboard seagoing "seminars." James' mentoring temperament and coaching skills have made him a sought-out writing instructor and guest speaker for workshops, symposia, conventions, and other forums throughout the country. He is among the core faculty of the annual Maui Writer's Conference and Retreat.

James Rollins is the author of seven thrillers in the bestselling Sigma Force series (Sandstorm, Map of Bones, Black Order, The Judas Strain, The Last Oracle, The Doomsday Key, and The Devil Colony, Bloodline); six individual adventure thrillers; the blockbuster movie novelization, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull; and the Jake Ransom middle grade series (Jake Ransom and the Skull King's Shadow, Jake Ransom and the Howling Sphinx, and more coming in 2013). The ninth Sigma Force adventure, The Eye of God, is coming in Summer 2013.

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If you require the book equivalent of a Hollywood blockbuster, then The Doomsday Key fits the bill nicely. SOUTH WALES ARGUS thrives on a heightened sense of suspense BIG ISSUE IN THE NORTH A rollercoaster ride from start to finish...never pack a holiday suitcase without one RECORDER series

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Three brutal murders, three high-profile victims, three bodies marked with a mysterious and archaic symbol...

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By C. Green TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 July 2009
Format: Hardcover
If you've read any of James Rollins' previous books and hated it/them then I wouldn't bother picking up The Doomsday Key. This latest adventure featuring the men & women of SIGMA follows the same well worn template used for all of Rollin's previous books; namely some violent incident, this time involving the death of a priest in the vatican, leads to SIGMA uncovering a hidden conspiracy and at the same time solving some long hidden historical mystery. Stir in some pseudo-science to give it a pretence to factual accuracy, a bunch of treasures guarded by Indiana Jones-style traps and a series of action set pieces and you end up with a piece of OTT, often ridiculous but none-the-less hugely entertaining action adventure hokum. Nothing more and nothing less.

Assuming that you're a fan of such things and of Rollin's earlier books you'll probably find that The Doomsday Key, despite being entertaining, doesn't quite live up some of his previous efforts. Whilst it ends with an rapid fire, tense finale, the pace of the first two thirds of the book is slightly off and at times the story seems to slow to a crawl or meander badly. The central mystery isn't quite as compelling as it needs to be either and the main sub-plot, involving genetically modified crops, never really catches fire and then simply peters out. There are some great set pieces, such as a blizzard bound fight in the artic reaches of Norway, but they aren't enough to entirely rescue a book that needs to be punchier but gets weighed down with too much exposition.

Rollins also needs to move the whole 'Guild' story arc, that has run since the first Sigma novel, forward. I struggle to remember exactly what the Guild's primary motivation is at times.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. W. Dransfield on 3 Aug. 2009
Format: Hardcover
....absolutely loved it. James Rollins goes from strength to strength. Each book is thoroughly entertaining with well written action sequences fitting of the best adventure thriller. The storyline is fast paced, with page turning action involving all the Sigma characters from earlier books.

In particular the section of the book which deals with the Doomsday book in the Lake District is highly entertaining, as is the action sequence that takes place in the icy stretches of Norway. Pure escapism.

Managed to read this book in a very short space of time on holiday. As with all James Rollins books they seem to end far too quickly.

I would thoroughly recommed this book and this author. If you are new to Rollins then start with Sandstorm, the first in the Sigma series and take the very entertaining rollercoaster of a journey through all of the books, I promise you will not be dissapointed. A great book from a fantastic author. I would highly recommend this book.

So heres looking forward to the next one!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pamela on 22 Dec. 2009
Format: Hardcover
Other reviewers have already given a run-down on the plotline, so I won't go there. Instead I will just say that I loved this book. I think it's one of my favorite Sigma Force novels. If you enjoy stories that are fast-paced, filled with action and adventure and a bit of mystery, you'll enjoy this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Whelton on 26 Jan. 2010
Format: Hardcover
i had never heard of James Rollins until i picked up SAND STORM in a second hand shop, i have since bought his whole library and throughly enjoyed every one of them . Doomsday Key is no exception ,fast paced and action packed it is as good as it gets! what an author .Cant wait for more new releases!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 20 July 2010
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Yet again well written with plenty of corroberating facts that could be significant to a real story.
A wander around the world (again) with the usual charcters and the world yet again saved. couldn't put it down
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By veggie_grasshopper on 22 May 2010
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Having picked up The Doomsday Key last week, I've been barely able to put it down. My only previous experience of a Rollins novel has been Map of Bones but this new novel beats that hands down. I found the general plot idea, genetic manipulation of crops, fascinating and very well written. It's one of my own hobby-horses and I found the level of research gone into the book was pretty impressive.
I adore Rollins' Sigma Force characters and I can't wait for his next book to come out.
There are a lot of books of this nature on the market at the minute, and I've found some to be really very irritating (such as Steve Berry's Paris Vendetta) but The Doomsday Key is a refreshing change to what can become a stagnated genre.
Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys these kind of mystery novels with a twist.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rhian on 6 Mar. 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I know this states, 'price set by the publisher' however a price that is more than £2 above the paper back for an e book is unacceptable, this does not encourage use of kindle. This is an entertaining book, a shame about the price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Ronald Carter on 25 April 2010
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The Doomsday Key,is another great book from Rollins,it gets a little confusing in the middle,but a short recap brings the story back in line.
It certainly travels around the world,and the knowledge of Ancient Egypt,is excellent,I recommend this too any reader interested in thriller and Ancient history.Thanks James,keep em coming.
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