The 6th Extinction

The 6th Extinction

A Sigma Force Novel

eBook - 2014
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In a masterful epic that combines timeless mystery and ripped-from-the-headlines scientific intrigue, New York Times bestselling author James Rollins takes humankind to its endpoint, to a fate inscribed in rock and ice in an event known as The 6th Extinction

Life always finds a way. . . .

A military research station buried in the remote Sierra Nevada Mountains of Northern California broadcasts a frantic distress call that ends with a chilling order:

"This is sierra, victor, whiskey. There's been a breach. Failsafe initiated. No matter the outcome: Kill us . . . kill us all."

The site is part of TECOMM, the U.S. Army Test Command. When help arrives to investigate, they discover that everyone in the lab is dead--not just the scientists, but every living thing for fifty square miles is annihilated: every animal, plant, and insect, even bacteria. The land is completely sterile--and the blight is spreading.

Only one team on earth has the scientific knowledge and military precision to handle this mission: Commander Gray Pierce and Sigma. The dead scientists were working on a secret project, researching radically different forms of life on Earth, life that could change our understanding of biology and humanity itself. But something set off an explosion in the lab, and now Sigma must contend with the apocalyptic aftermath.

To prevent the inevitable, they must decipher a futuristic threat that rises out of the distant past--a time when Antarctica was green and life on Earth was balanced on a knife's edge. Following a fascinating trail of clues buried in an ancient map rescued from the lost Library of Alexandria, Sigma will make a shocking discovery involving a prehistoric continent and a new form of life and death buried under miles of ice. Gray Pierce and his dedicated team must race through eons of time and across distant continents to decipher millennia-old secrets out of the frozen past and untangle mysteries buried deep in the darkest jungles of today, as they face their greatest challenge yet: stopping the sixth extinction--the end of humankind.

But is it already too late?

The 6th Extinction combines pulsating adventure, intriguing history, and cutting-edge advances in science and technology in a thrilling white-knuckle ride that delivers as only James Rollins can.

Publisher: New York :, William Morrow,, 2014
ISBN: 9780062194923
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
text file, rda
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
Alternative Title: Sixth edition

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JessicaGma May 07, 2019

I enjoy these books immensely and this was no exception. With the mix of science, myth and action, you really cannot beat these as travel reads/beach reads.

Jun 06, 2016

I picked this book up in Chicago before flying to Texas, and by the time I landed in Houston I couldn't wait to start reading again. Albeit out of order, this was the first of the Sigma Force novels that I read and speaks to Rollins' ability to write a story that ties seamlessly into previous installments, while still making it possible to thoroughly enjoy the book without having ever read any others.

The story is great, and if you're a dog-lover, this book may speak to you on another level. Despite other's criticism, I think Rollins does a nice job of entwining animals into the story without making them overly cheesy or irrelevant.

I started this book a little over a month ago and loved it so much I'm already on my 5th book in the series since then and this particular novel was one of my favorite in the Sigma Force series.

Aug 13, 2015

I liked this 10th installment of the Sigma Force series. It is a nice reach back to Subterranean, the first book in the series.

Jan 16, 2015

Thoroughly enjoyed the story.
Good mix of fantasy, facts, military action and concepts that really make you question current day possibilities.

karcoldelharvic5 Jan 12, 2015

good read, sometimes too technical for an average person to comprehend

Jan 05, 2015

Another very good book from James Rollins.Also, he always gives satisfactory explanation about facts and fiction at the end of the book.

Dec 16, 2014

Life on this planet has always been a balancing act.

Nov 10, 2014

Once again, Rollins mixes fact and fiction into another entertaining novel. A little heavy on the science, but otherwise a good read.


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Aug 13, 2015

Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.
- Carl Sagan.
The Varieties of Scientific Experience (2007)

This quote opens the book. It was the hook that drew me in.

Dec 16, 2014

It's the unexpected that'll bite you in the ass every time.

Dec 16, 2014

Only as careful as I need to be.

Dec 16, 2014

Marines never leave a soldier behind. Even a four-legged one.

Dec 16, 2014

Life always finds a way.

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