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Sandstorm ❰PDF / Epub❯ ☁ Sandstorm Author James Rollins – Numa noite de tempestade a restauradora Safia al Maaz é acordada por uma explosão terrível Minutos depois um telefonema confirma lhe o pior a Galeria Kensigton do Museu Britânico da ual ela é a p Numa noite de tempestade a restauradora Safia al Maaz é acordada por uma explosão terrível Minutos depois um telefonema confirma lhe o pior a Galeria Kensigton do Museu Britânico da ual ela é a principal responsável foi destruídaA estranha explosão teve origem numa estátua milenar aparentemente normal mas após uma investigação descobre se no seu interior um coração de metal com uma inscrição em Sabeo a antiga língua dos povoadores da Arábia Ubar é o nome da mítica cidade das mil colunas a capital da rainha de Sabá ue desapareceu sob a areia há milhares de anos devido ao seu orgulho e opulência Safia acompanhada pela sua amiga Kara Kensigton e pelo explorador e aventureiro Omaha Dunn parte para Omã com a intenção de resolver o mistério mas o coração é apenas o primeiro obstáculo numa cadeia de pistas e indicações ue conduzem às portas de Ubar Para o conseguirem têm de agir com rapidez já ue brevemente irão descobrir ue não são os únicos interessados em averiguar o ue se esconde por baixo da areia Assim começa uma corrida impiedosa da ual só uma das partes pode sair vencedora.

10 thoughts on “Sandstorm

  1. Bill Bill says:

    Sandstorm started out in London with a literal bang and ended with a storm of supposedly epic proportions in an ancient desert city But by the time it did I didn't care any All I saw was a swirly world of sand glass and static electricity populated by cardboard characters The good ones would probably survive and the bad ones wouldn't and so what What happened in between was pedestrian and predictable thriller fare with too many guns and action and not enough thrillAnti matter? Bucky balls? Parthenogenesis? Underground cities? It all adds up to too much to suspend disbelief More like 'Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls' than 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' if you want an Indiana Jones comparison and Rollins apparently does naming one character 'Omaha' and having another repeatedly calling him 'Indiana'The characters never really clicked for me although the settings were pretty vivid The plot started unraveling for me when the big puzzle turned into a simple map to a city that wasn't lost but sealed If you intentionally hide a city why do you leave a map to it? And if you do why do you make it a puzzle? In the end there was absolutely no point for anyone to go there anyway Which is pretty much how I felt

  2. Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) says:

    Well if you're going to have insomnia this is one heck of a book to have handy It took me a long time to finish this book because I had so many irons in the fire towards the end of last year I am so glad that I did pick it up now because it turned out to be a very rewarding readJust a few of Danielle's Late Night Review Observations1 James Rollins writes detail oriented science heavy actionadventure It took me a bit to get used to his writing style but I have to say it really worked for me Since I am a self admitted science nerd I found the scientific aspects uite interesting and it usually didn't go too far over my head I loved Coral Novak's character A tough as nails special forces operative who is also a serious brainiac Which leads me to my next point2 I think Mr Rollins really loves and respects women Painter Crowe and Omaha Dunn are strong pivotal characters in this novel but the women really carry the show This novel is underscored and wrapped in the depths and characterization of women from the shy introverted scholarly tortured Safia to her outgoing adoptive sister Lady Kara who is eually tortured to the seriously twisted villain character a major spoiler if you haven't read the book and then there are the mysterious women of the Ubar descent who trace their origins back to the ueen of Sheba Although I thought that Lady Kara could have been fleshed out I think overall Rollins did a great job of rounding out this book with incredible women3Painter Crowe and Omaha Dunn surprise you because they are a lot emotional than I would expect tough guy action heroes to be Painter actually gets choked up a few times It was sexy And I loved the image of him running around in his boxers I'm a bit boy crazy I freely admit I like a man who can be free with his emotions Omaha is in the Indiana Jones vein but with a soft hearted depth that Jones doesn't uite show with women; he's never fallen out of love with Safia even with the bad mistakes he made That's another plus with this novel that Rollins is unafraid to stray from gender conventions and dare I say stereotypes4Going back to point 1 forgive me it's almost four am and my brain is muzzy I like that Rollins does his research to write a story that is about the possible and the plausible I loved the fact that he built this imaginative sciencefantastical adventure on a foundation of real life facts 5The action in this book is hot and heavy When I said it was detailed in the science facts don't let that scare you away Mr Rollins doesn't let his readers down when it comes to things blowing up characters in serious jeopardy and yes violent gruesome deaths Nothing gratuitous mind you If you like all the hardware and high tech action meeting the ancient treasure hunting motif you'll be a happy camper with this novelWrapping my wobbly thoughts together I thought this would just be a four star novel because of the fact it took a while to get into the book However I have talked myself into a higher rating during this review actually as I read the incredible imagery in this book at its climax I was mentally reading with my mouth wide open A guy who can write with this kind of depth and imagination is a man I want to read of I have to give this book 45 stars at the minimumHighly recommended

  3. Mike Mike says:

    This is the first of James Rollins's Sigma Force novels This is different than most of the books that are in my book list uite different in some cases It's basically an action movie in book form but it's a good one like Indiana Jones style And Rollins seems to know that it's that kind of adventure One of the characters is referred to as Indiana Jones occasionally It's the kind of humor I like in books the wink to the audience that everything is kind tounge in cheekBut even with it being not in the same class of book as Hitchhiker's Guide or Lost In A Good Book it's a lot of fun I usually read one of these after I've read something by George RR Martin because I know that it's going to be fast paced and fun with action explosions humor and completely ridiculous science And that's one of the things I like about the Sigma Force novels there's always a scientific reason behind everything and it looks like James Rollins actually does a lot of research into these subjects It may not always be totally believeable but I enjoyed Jurasic Park and I doubt I'd actually enjoy being chased by dinosaurs across a tropical island Er that means that it's good enough for me

  4. Billy Billy says:

    Not nearly as good as I expectedI read loved Map of Bones Rollins most recent release so I picked up this book thinking it would be just as good I moved backwards to this predecessor because I had not heard of Rollins before MistakeI cannot start a book not finish it I don't like to read than one book at a time; personal uirks I live with Usually I read a book a week because I usually find good reads based on reviews research sales There was nothing to suggest that I wouldn't like this Reviews of the book were good sales were good the story seemed enthralling My formula did not work This was a month long marathon of torture I felt like I was back in high school or college reading a book that I hated but had to read to complete a report or take a test to pass the courseWhat a disaster of a novel The book is over 500 pages long for 1 very simple reason this guy can drag out the description of a piece of dirt for at least a page It would also appear that Rollins pulled out a thesaurus the day he started writing this book picked out five to ten words that are not often used in conversation regurgitated those five to ten words over and over again Why? I don't knowThe story and the facts supporting it are promising intriguing It involves anti matter yes the same stuff in Angels Demons the lost city of Ubar the ueen of Sheba and the Garden of Eden the potential for world domination based on some long buried secret A good formula for a scientific historical thriller Right? WrongTo top it off Rollins attempts to add a love story you could call it a love triangle to this train wreck of a novel which only further bogs down the storySome of the characters described in full as if they will be a major player exist for no apparent reason other than to add a line of dialogue and the dialogue is bad throughout One character who appears in the first chapter is described with enough detail that you can assume he will be a key character never returns Why? It's a muddled messThe main characters are unemotional unresponsive almost lifeless considering that they are facing life and death situationsThe dialogue is ridiculous calm conversations about scientific realities falsehoods in the midst of a gunfight taking place under the so called sand storm of the century; attempted witty banter between two characters that have not had an ounce of chemistry; run on endless dialogue about scientific facts without a pause or interruptionI was thoroughly disappointed in this book I won't be reading any of Rollins' earlier works I may attempt the follow up to Map of Bones if one is released Maybe that was the turning point for Rollins the place where he found his writing niche I'm not sure if I will but I mightI am sure that there are many people who truly enjoyed this novel but I found it to be trite cliche a drudgery I hope anyone who buys this book enjoys it I just want to let you know that you may want to think twice before believing the great reviewsFor the sake of relativity I will provide a list of some of my favorite books in this genre so you can decide whether or not my opinion matters to you The Last Templar by Khoury The Third Secret The Romanov Prophecy by Berry Obsessed by Dekker Brethren by Young Labyrinth by Mosse and The First Horseman The Genesis Code by Case

  5. Nick Borrelli Nick Borrelli says:

    Here's the thing about James Rollins his books are utterly predictable and he is just unable to create any type of suspense or intrigue I've read multiple Rollins books and they are all pretty much the same They are the epitome of the books that you see on endcaps at your local pharmacy or grocery store and that's about the type of reading level they are as well I just can't read any of his novels This one was another disappointment a wannabe Michael CrichtonClive Cussler type of story but nowhere near the skill to pull it off the way that thoose two excellent authors can I'm sure this will rub some the wrong way because his books sell millions and millions of copies see Dan Brown but I have to be honest

  6. Andy Andy says:

    Yahhhhh loved it 4 read t'rrific Harry It's all there has the right formulae for a good read glad I finally got around to this seriesStarts with a BANG a mystery evolves scientists government agencies come to the fore as the lead protagonists many with obvious sterotypical flaws which is all good fun a nemesis comes into the fray BOO HISS whose well you'll see there's a few good scientific leaps which are kinda viable if not plausible there's the Oh yeah thats clever alright moment which bridges the story nicely it finishes with a There's even an Indiana Jones style character calledwait for it Omaha Dunn Moments of tongue in cheek recommend to all who've not come across this series before will be adding Sigma 2 to my trl

  7. The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon) The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon) says:

    The first Sigma Force Novel A freak explosion in the Meuseum of Natural History in London sets off a chain reaction of events A race to find out what caused the explosion and find the source begins with deadly conseuences for the civilized world Painter Crow hardened CIA operative takes a job at DARPA in the newly organized Sigma Force Their first mission takes them into the scalding Saudi desert in search of the unknown The answers may be older than Christ and rooted in obscure scripture from the Old Testament and the Dead Sea Scrolls and the truth could shake the pillars of Christianity itself Fun charachters I Found Painter Crow Hard around the edges but in a way that I liked In the finest tradion of Action Adventure Rollins starts fast and ends at a crazy fast pace I've read the entire Sigma force series well listened to the audio books for some and this is another just plain fun readAnd just when you think this is all too good to be believed James Rollins comes out after the story and tells you what he invented and what really exists along with references you would be amazed at what we can do these days

  8. Brian Steele Brian Steele says:

    Simply put I love this guy's work Less bromantic than Clive Cussler and accessible than Micheal Crichton both of whom I do enjoy his tales are just fun adventurous and often educational I wanted to read the Sigma Force books in order so it took me a while until I could track down the first in the series and I wasn't disappointedWith any literature of this type you have to be able to muster up a certain suspension of belief Sigma Force in itself is a wild concept scientist soldiers running around acuiring deadly tech for DARPA We're not even going to get into the near meta physics that pop up in every book The thing is none of that matters You don't read these books looking for an accurate portrayal of our impact in socio economic politics you read these books for sexy spies crazy weapons secret societies and stuff blowing up And oh oh does Rollins give it to usSo yes I'm hooked Painter Crowe and the whole crew are awesome I think I'm on the 4th book now And seriously Gray Pierce would beat The DaVinci Code's Robert Langdon into a stain with one fist

  9. Zoey Zoey says:

    This is one of those stories I felt that I should’ve liked but didn’t The plot needed some editing – it reached the part I felt should’ve been the exciting climax and then kept going building to the level of absurdity – and then the characters killed itI liked Safia for all of about one page after she was introduced after which my opinion of her started to wane After a chapter of her I was sincerely hoping she’d get killed off so I was very disappointed to learn that not only would she not get killed off but that she was crucial to the story All of the characters make observations about how “strong” Safia is which is interesting since I never saw Safia being strong In fact if it wasn’t for the other characters beating me over the head with how strong and admirable Safia was I would’ve pegged her as being kinda pathetic seeing as how she kept having panic attacks and angsting over her not so terrible terrible past UghI kinda liked Painter Crowe up until his infatuation with Safia at which point I started to lose some respect for him Then later in the book there was some horrible line about how Safia’s wonderful womanly vulnerability called out the man in him and I very nearly stopped reading

  10. TS Chan TS Chan says:

    Sandstorm was like an Indiana Jones adventure set in the Arabian desert with the added edge of secret service agents Likeable characters great action a semi supernatural mystery with well researched elements and fast moving plot made it a really enjoyable and fun read This is my favourite kind of thriller so I'll definitely be reading of James Rollins' books

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