The Judas Strain by James Rollins
A Sigma Force Novel

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ju·das strain, n. A scientific term for an organism that drives an entire species to extinction

New York Times bestselling author James Rollins returns with a terrifying story of an ancient menace reborn to plague the modern world . . . and of an impossible hope that lies hidden in the most shocking place imaginable: within the language of angels.

From the depths of the Indian Ocean, a horrific plague has arisen to devastate humankind--a disease that's unknown, unstoppable . . . and deadly. But it is merely a harbinger of the doom that is to follow. Aboard a cruise liner transformed into a makeshift hospital, Dr. Lisa Cummings and Monk Kokkalis--operatives of SIGMA Force--search for answers to the bizarre affliction. But there are others with far less altruistic intentions. In a savage and sudden coup, terrorists hijack the vessel, turning a mercy ship into a floating bio-weapons lab.

A world away, SIGMA's Commander Gray Pierce thwarts the murderous schemes of a beautiful would-be killer who holds the first clue to the discovery of a possible cure. Pierce joins forces with the woman who wanted him dead, and together they embark upon an astonishing quest following the trail of the most fabled explorer in history: Marco Polo. But time is an enemy as a worldwide pandemic grows rapidly out of control. As a relentless madman dogs their every step, Gray and his unlikely ally are being pulled into an astonishing mystery buried deep in antiquity and in humanity's genetic code. And as the seconds tick closer to doomsday, Gray Pierce will realize he can truly trust no one, for any one of them could be . . . a Judas.

About James Rollins

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New York Times bestselling author James Rollins holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine and resides in the Sierra Nevada mountains. An avid spelunker and certified scuba enthusiast, he can often be found underground or underwater.
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 703 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Crime. Fiction

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Thank goodness for the resourcefulness and bottomless purse of Sigma Force, America’s semi-secret collection of sharp-shooting scientists and commando types who are thrown into the fight one nanosecond after Seichan, a sexy, vaguely Asian, possibly turn-coat Guild operative, careens on her motorc...

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In James Rollins’s latest novel, THE JUDAS STRAIN gets its name from scientists who have coined the term after “studying the genetics of anthrax and other toxic bacteria.” It is a strain that “created the early ancestors of anthrax and other plague bacteria…and turns friendly viruses into foe.” ...

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From the cases of beneficial bacteria in the human body being transformed into deadly ones that Monk and Lisa discover on Christmas Island, ranging from one (Propionibacterium) that acts like stonefish venom to one (Acetobacter aceti) that normally is in vinegar but is found in one victim’s spina...

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When a bacteriological plague pops up in the Indian Sea by Christmas Island killing animals, fish, and humans, Gray Pierce, Lisa Cummings, and Monk Kokkalis from America's ultra-secret Sigma Force are sent in two different directions to discover what is happening and how to stop it.

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