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The Doomsday Key: A Sigma Force Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: James Rollins

Narrated By: Peter Jay Fernandez

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Date: June 2009

Duration: 14 hours 31 minutes


James Rollins, the New York Times bestselling master of nail-biting suspense and historical mystery, combines cutting-edge biotechnology with a centuries-old secret in an apocalyptic story that reveals where humankind is truly headed

The Doomsday Key

At Princeton University, a famed geneticist dies inside a biohazard lab. In Rome, a Vatican archaeologist is found dead in St. Peter's Basilica. In Africa, a U.S. senator's son is slain outside a Red Cross camp. The three murders on three continents bear a horrifying connection: all the victims are marked by a Druidic pagan cross burned into their flesh.

The bizarre murders thrust Commander Gray Pierce and Sigma Force into a race against time to solve a riddle going back centuries, to a ghastly crime against humanity hidden within a cryptic medieval codex. The first clue is discovered inside a mummified corpse buried in an English peat bog'a gruesome secret that threatens America and the world.

Aided by two women from his past'one his exlover, the other his new partner'Gray must piece together the horrifying truth. But the revelations come at a high cost, and to save the future, Gray will have to sacrifice one of the women at his side. That alone might not be enough, as the true path to salvation is revealed in a dark prophecy of doom.

Sigma Force confronts humankind's greatest threat in an adventure that races from the Roman Coliseum to the icy peaks of Norway, from the ruins of medieval abbeys to the lost tombs of Celtic kings. The ultimate nightmare is locked within a talisman buried by a dead saint'an ancient artifact known as the Doomsday Key.


  • Anonymous

    Though I'm beginning to recognize a certain format to his books, I love how Rollins takes odd historical facts and weaves them into a fascinating action packed story. I like the reoccurring characters from SIGMA, whom Rollins manages to infuse with enough depth to make them real. This was just a really fun read (or listen). I'm a definite fan.

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  • Mandi Scott Chestler

    The Doomsday Key exceeds expectations as a great suspense read/listen. Combining the exploits of a secret US special operaitons team, as they try to stop modern biotechnology terrorism, with the uncovering of a thousand-year-old pagan/early Christian mystery is just good plain fun. Both the Sigma Force charactors and the evil villians have depth and individuality--features often missing in high-action thriller novels. In fact, the author has done such a fabulous job weaving together the action thriller and the historical mystery genres, it sometimes seemed like writer James Rollins is really Dan Brown and David Baoducci sharing one brain and a word processor to create this book.

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  • debra armstrong

    Loved it..great read! His books never get boring...I also like the truth and fiction combined.

  • Terry Ellen

    Wonderfully narrated book, with a fast paced story. Loved the historically accurate facts interwoven in the story.

  • Debra

    One of the best books I have enjoyed in a long time, spell binding and informative. Could not believe at end of book, how much was actually based on truth.

  • Anonymous

    What an exciting book! It was exciting from start to finish. Do listen to the "notes to reader" at the end. It's amazing how much of the book is based on things that are actually true. Wow!!