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2 Ratings: 4.0
Action Thriller by James Rollins

Twenty years after a wealthy British financier disappears near the site of a lost fabled city, the man's daughter leads an expedition of scientists in search of the city, which harbors a powerful but dangerous energy source.

Author: James Rollins
Genre: Science Fiction, Suspense
Publisher: Harper
Date Published: April 26, 2005
1 review about Sandstorm

Good but Not Great!

  • Apr 29, 2009
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As always Rollins takes some mystery of history and tries to explain it with an elaborate story that has its shares of superpowers trying to get something ancient to use as a weapon as well as corrupt US government people.

This time around a meteorite in a museum explodes causing those in the know to figure out that the explosion may have been caused by anti-matter. There are several clues as to where the lode of the antimatter may lie and it can only be discerned by Safia Al-Meez, the museum's curator. The government sends Painter Crowe, a DARPA operative undercover to work with Safia to find out. Unfortunately, she is almost kidnapped and then ultimately kidnapped by Crowe's ex-partner (Cassandra) who is now working for some high up corrupt government official. The story eventually leads for a search for the lost city of Ubar, supposedly the city of the Queen of Sheeba. Rollins introduces several other characters including Safia's ex-boyfriend Omaha, who is a reckless adventurer somewhat like Indiana Jones. In fact Safia's best friend insists on calling him Indiana. Not to give anything away but there is also an interesting group of women who have strong ties to ancient times that Rollins does a good job in portraying.

Rollins does a good job of explaining the legends behind Ubar but along the way there are many parts of the book that seem to have you shaking your head. Also, the corrupt Cassandra is full of contradictions and you realize that Rollins had to include this to ensure that the book's heroes don't get killed too soon into the book.

I have read several of Rollins works (Amazonia, Excavation, Ice Hunt) and while this book has some good parts it is not even close in quality to those other books and therefore I only give this book slightly more than 3 1/2 stars.

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