Review: Sandstorm by James Rollins

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.

Sandstorm by James Rollins. Book #1 in the Sigma Force series. Narrated by John Meagher. Audiobook by Harper Audio, 2004. Run time is 16 hours.

Occasionally I take a break from the horror genre and read a treasure-seeking action adventure book. I don’t mind it being a little bit more formulaic as long as it’s nicely written. Don’t make it uber cliched and don’t make it TOO predictable.

I had looked forward to reading something by this author for a very long time. I’ve been hearing about him for a while now. Browsing his books, the plots always sounded fun! I had a hand full of books by him to try.

OOOOOOO MY. This is going to be a short and not exactly sweet review.

I was extremely disappointed with Sandstorm. 😦 For an author so highly praised as a best seller and a leader in this genre, the writing was just…. I’m sorry, but BAD! D: The plot premise was good, but it was written very amateur -ish. So many cliches and everything was so predictable! Sure, it’s action adventure, a genre not often known for being a “deep thinker”, but this was just too predictable even for the genre. :/ It left the story super NOT suspenseful and boring.

Sandstorm started out very nicely. It wasn’t long until we hit a few road bumps. By hour 4 (of 16!), the wheels were beginning to fall off. By hour 7, I was practically foaming at the mouth with the sheer amounts of ridiculous plot points after ridiculous plot points. There is a romance that just felt like it had zero chemistry and was forced. Didn’t feel natural at all! But that was basically everything! It was like a jigsaw puzzle where you know you aren’t putting the correct piece in the empty spot so you just jam it in to make it fit anyways? This book is a lot like that.

I even love science topics, but the whole story with the ultimate weapon got so convoluted I couldn’t even keep up anymore. Nothing felt like it made sense, and when it did it just felt so UGH! SERIOUSLY?! D:<

This book was extremely disappointing and so frustrating! I was so angry after this book, I gathered up every book I had by this author and took them to the used bookstore to donate. I didn’t want them anymore. I doubt I will read this author ever again.


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