"ju-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."
I loved this book so much! Of the whole series, this book is my favourite. It was my second James Rollins book, and yeah, the first time I read it, I enjoyed it so much, it captured my imagination and my heart, and I just wanted it so much! And yeah, I enjoyed it just as much, rereading it now!
I really loved the historical and science in this book, from following the path of Marco Polo, and having the beginning be in his POV, and then the bacteria and how it affected Susan, and the rest of the world! And then how they combined, just so perfect!
This book was a bit more personal, for me, because we got to be in Gray's mom's POV, and see her, and learn his parent's names, so that was really great! Especially since I don't remember what, but I know something bad is going to happen later on in the series!
That ending? With Monk missing, presumed dead, but we know he's not. And the bye-bye of the angelic script, most likely. Which is too bad! But the containment of the bad stuff, which is really good! And then Susan joining the group of people who came before her! Great ending!
I enjoyed this book so much, love it the most of the series, and yeah, I can't wait to reread more!
Author: James Rollins
Series: Sigma Force #4
Read: October 17th, 2013
Reason Why: Rereading! And it's a Sequel Challenge 2013 Book!
Publisher: William Morrow
Published: July 2nd 2007