Crucible (Sigma Force Series)

Crucible (Sigma Force Series)

by James Rollins

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In the race to save one of their own, Sigma Force must wrestle with the deepest spiritual mysteries of mankind in this mind-expanding adventure from the #1 New York Times bestselling author, told with his trademark blend of cutting edge science, historical mystery, and pulse-pounding action.

Arriving home on Christmas Eve, Commander Gray Pierce discovers his house ransacked, his pregnant lover missing, and his best friend’s wife, Kat, unconscious on the kitchen floor. With no shred of evidence to follow, his one hope to find the woman he loves and his unborn child is Kat, the only witness to what happened. But the injured woman is in a semi-comatose state and cannot speak—until a brilliant neurologist offers a radical approach to "unlock" her mind long enough to ask a few questions.

What Pierce learns from Kat sets Sigma Force on a frantic quest for answers that are connected to mysteries reaching back to the Spanish Inquisition and to one of the most reviled and blood-soaked books in human history—a Medieval text known as the Malleus Maleficarum, the Hammer of Witches. What they uncover hidden deep in the past will reveal a frightening truth in the present and a future on the brink of annihilation, and force them to confront the ultimate question: What does it mean to have a soul?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062381804
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/22/2019
Series: Sigma Force Series , #13
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 656
Sales rank: 599
File size: 8 MB

About the Author

James Rollins is the author of international thrillers that have been translated into more than forty languages. His Sigma series has been lauded as one of the “top crowd pleasers” (New York Times) and one of the "hottest summer reads" (People magazine). In each novel, acclaimed for its originality, Rollins unveils unseen worlds, scientific breakthroughs, and historical secrets—and he does it all at breakneck speed and with stunning insight. He lives in the Sierra Nevada mountains.


Sacramento, California

Date of Birth:

August 20, 1961

Place of Birth:

Chicago, Illinois

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Crucible (Sigma Force Series) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How he takes these bits and pieces of history ,science and even sometimes myth to come up with stories ,just wow. You think it is absolute fiction but by the time you read the records and science articles, you start thinking and become unsure of if it is fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This seems to be a consistent problem I have with James Rollins books. His pacing and storytelling is so enthralling that I can’t stop reading. Then, before you know it I’m finished, and have to wait, oh so impatiently for his next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written from first line to ending. Didn’t want to stop reading .
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best one yet! Probably my favorite Sigma. What a page turner. I couldn’t wait to see what happened next! James Rollins, you rule this Genre!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this man’ s books!! Could not put “Crucible “ down.. cant wait til next in Sigma series.. please hurry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little more “humanity” here perhaps due to subject matter, but still a very good read. Mr. Rollins somehow challenges his readers to go beyond his story and fin out how much of his fiction is indeed fact based
Anonymous 11 months ago
I have always enjoyed and looked forward to his books and especially Sigma Force. A good read but for some reason I just thought there was a lot of (too much) information put in about the AI Eve. Seems like he could have elimanted about 75-100 pages of extra information about her and how it came about and still had a good book
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Davids3 More than 1 year ago
Crucible is terrible,
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mzread6 More than 1 year ago
missing text/pages between pages 129 and 130,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No other words read to find out why ?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh my goodness! Just finished Crucible! I'm exhausted, scared, exhilarated and emotional! I SO enjoyed it - thank you Jim, as always an intelligent, thought provoking and entertaining thrill ride! Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the Sigma Series. However, I've noticed a trend in obvious feminism. I love strong female leads. But when feminism is laced in male bashing it really sours the entire message. You can showcase equality without making men out to be spinless wimps and chauvinistic meatheads. I do love Rollins' work and this book is consistent with the prior installments. I just feel there's this idea and ongoing practice that the only way to highlight the strength, intelligence, bravery and morality of women is to pit them against the worst of men.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Outstanding but gives me nightmares.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AI is real
SheTreadsSoftly More than 1 year ago
Crucible by James Rollins is a very highly recommended action/adventure thriller and the latest addition to the Sigma Force Series. Rollins never lets you down! On Christmas Eve Sigma Force commander Gray Pierce and his best friend, Monk Kokkalis, return to Monk’s house in Silver Spring, Md., where they discover the house has been broken into and is a wreck. Monk’s wife, Kat, is lying unconscious on the kitchen floor. Even more alarming is that Monk's two daughters, six-year-old Penny and five-year-old Harriet, are gone, along with Gray's pregnant wife, Seichan. Kat is the only witness to what happened, but she is in a semi-comatose state and cannot speak - until a way is found to communicate with her. What they find out, along with other events, sends the team to the site of a massacre in Portugal. The lives of five women who led an international network of female scientists have been murdered and 21 year-old Mara Silviera, whose AI research they were funding, is missing. Somehow the current cutting edge AI research is tied to a group that dates back to the Spanish Inquisition, but the ultimate stakes are even more dire. Crucible is another exciting addition to the Sigma Force Series. Rollins always delivers pulse-pounding, nail-biting action and bases his story on historical facts and current scientific research resulting in a great mix of action, history, and science. The story itself is full of twists and surprise along with the trade-mark action you expect. As usual, do not skip Rollins author's notes at the end about his research for the novel. I've said it before, and I'm going to repeat myself here, but I appreciate the fact that Rollins treats his readers with respect and a nod to their intelligence and ability to comprehend a complex plot. As expected the writing is impressive as the various plot threads move along and are all equally captivating. This was a novel that will result in the "just one more chapter" mantra. Although I have read almost all the Sigma Force novels in order, I think you could enjoy this one as a stand-alone as Rollins provides enough background information on the characters. There is, however, a greater depth to the story if you know the characters, their backgrounds, their struggles, and their relationships. I will always take the time to read anything Rollins writes. He always delivers a fast-paced interesting thriller. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of HarperCollins.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars The Sigma series can always be counted on to deliver a great read and this addition to the series is no exception. In this fourteenth installment, the whole gang is back for Christmas but things go bad quickly and—in classic Rollins fashion—they split up to figure things out. Though its format is similar to the previous books in the series, there's a lot about this book that feels new. Maybe it's just that these characters I've been reading about for over a decade have families and are settling down. Or maybe it was the crazy science, this time focusing on artificial intelligence, that blew this book out of the water. I don't want to give anything away so I'll say nothing more than this is uncharted territory for Rollins and I hope all of this is only theoretical. *nervous titter* The science here is really the star. It's all so fascinating. I love that even if things seem a little farfetched, Rollins never jumps the shark. There is always scientific data of one kind or another to back it up and it feels so possible, if maybe not always likely. I can't recommend this series highly enough, though I would suggest starting at the beginning with Sandstorm and working one's way through them all chronologically. I received a copy of this book from Edelweiss and HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He out did himself
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read!
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