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Book review: 'The 6th Extinction: A Sigma Force Novel' by James Rollins

Characters in the latest Sigma Force novel find themselves in an underground labyrinth of caverns where prehistoric forms of life have survived for millennia beneath the frozen wastes at the bottom of the world, as an unknown plague threatens to wipe out all life on the surface of the planet.
by Glen Seeber Modified: August 22, 2014 at 7:30 pm •  Published: August 24, 2014

“The 6th Extinction: A Sigma Force Novel” by James Rollins (William Morrow, 426 pages, in stores)

Want a page-turner that may keep you up way too late for comfort the next day? James Rollins’ novels don’t disappoint.

His latest, “The 6th Extinction,” is no exception. I finished it at 4:30 a.m.

Then I had trouble getting to sleep.

Park rangers in the Yosemite Valley receive a 911 call from a research base hidden underground at a remote location. By the time ranger Jenna Beck and her Siberian husky companion Nikko reach the base, an unmarked helicopter takes off and the base erupts in flames and explosions, then a strange fog boils out of the base that looks like it is killing everything it touches.

Jenna and Nikko flee the deadly fog, taking refuge in a hilltop ghost town where they hope the fog won’t reach, only to be attacked by men carried by that same black helicopter, who clearly intend to leave no survivors.

Meanwhile — and there are a lot of meanwhiles in a Rollins novel, as he switches from one group at risk to another group at risk, keeping the tension at high levels from beginning to end — Painter Crowe, director of Sigma Force (a semi-secret government agency whose agents are combination scientists and military elite), is preparing to be married when he receives notice of an emergency near Yosemite. His fiancee, Lisa Cummings, also a scientist, will soon be in the thick of things when responders discover what is actually spreading from the disaster at the underground research facility. Spreading, with no known means of stopping it.

In Washington, D.C., Gray Pierce, the lead field commander for Sigma Force, is called in to work, only to find there has been a breach of security and a team of commandoes is storming through the offices, killing everyone they encounter.

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by Glen Seeber
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Glen Seeber was born in Kansas, but his earliest memories are of residing in Ardmore, followed by attending kindergarten and first grade in Tripoli, Libya, where his father worked as a geologist. The rest of Glen's education was obtained in El...
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