Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Sandstorm by James Rollins

Product Description: An inexplicable explosion rocks the antiquities collection of a London museum, setting off alarms in clandestine organizations around the world. And now the search for answers is leading Lady Kara Kensington; her friend Safia al-Maaz, the gallery's brilliant and beautiful curator; and their guide, the international adventurer Omaha Dunn, into a world they never dreamed existed: a lost city buried beneath the Arabian desert. But others are being drawn there as well, some with dark and sinister purposes. And the many perils of a death-defying trek deep into the savage heart of the Arabian Peninsula pale before the nightmare waiting to be unearthed at journey's end: an ageless and awesome power that could create a utopia . . . or destroy everything humankind has built over countless millennia.

Quote: The image stopped, shuddering slightly on the monitor. The iron artifact could be seen clearly in its glass display. In fact, too clearly. It appeared to shine with a light of its own.

Why this book you might ask: I was looking in the used book store for a book on CD and found this. I like James Rollins books so I got it, about half price. A book I would probably like at a bargin price!
My thoughts: Even though the first half or so was a little slow this was a fairly fun read. I find the idea of a lost city under the Arabian desert fascinating. Rollins usually has a hook, linked to something in the past. This audio got a C instead of a B because I had trouble keeping up with the convoluted trail the adventure took. I think some of it could have been left out. I'm sure listening to it instead of reading it didn't help. I liked this book but it wasn't among my favorites of Rollins' works.

Links:
James Rollins at Wikipedia.
James Rollins official website.
Excerpt from Sandstorm.

Audio CD
Publisher: HarperAudio; Abridged edition (July 26, 2005)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0060874694
ISBN-13: 978-0060874698

Challenges:
100+ Reading Challenge 2010
Monthly Mixer Mele
Audio Book Challenge 2010
NaJuReMoNoMo

Time:
This audio - 6 hours
Total time - 6 hours

4 comments:

Amanda Leigh said...

I've looked at this book a few times, but I think I'm going to start with some of Rollins other books instead of this one.

Alyce said...

I like the idea of a lost city, but if I did decide to read this I would probably opt for it in book form since I also have trouble sometimes keeping up with the details in audio books.

Jo, a retired teacher said...

I was glad to finally see another book in your list that I have read (I'm not keeping up very well with you). I agree that you might have liked this better if you had read it. I quite enjoyed it, although I have liked some of his others better.

For me, there are just certain kinds of novels that work well for listening. I need to be able to reread or hurry though some parts of novels, and listening is not very conducive to that. I guess I'm not a very good listener.

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