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Nationally bestselling author James Rollins has transported readers to the dark heart of the Amazon, the bowels of the earth, far below the ocean, and the top of the world. Now he embarks upon his most gripping and terrifying adventure yet: to a nightmare buried beneath a treacherous desert wasteland.

An inexplicable explosion rocks the antiquities collection of a London museum-a devastating blast that sets off alarms in clandestine organizations around the world, as the race begins to determine how it happened, why it happened, and what it means.

Lady Kara Kensington's family paid a high price in money and blood to found the gallery that now lies in ruins. And her search for answers is about to lead Kara and her friend Safia al-Maaz, the gallery's brilliant and beautiful curator, into a world they never dreamed actually existed. For new evidence exposed by the tragedy suggests that Ubar, a lost city buried beneath the Arabian desert, is more than mere legend . . . and that something astonishing is waiting there.

Two extraordinary women and their guide, the international adventurer Omaha Dunn, are not the only ones being drawn to the desert. Former U.S. Navy SEAL Painter Crowe, a covert government operative and head of an elite counterespionage team, is hunting down a dangerous turncoat, Crowe's onetime partner, to retrieve the vital information she has stolen. And the trail is pointing him toward Ubar.

But the many perils inherent in a death-defying trek deep into the savage heart of the Arabian Peninsula pale before the nightmarish secrets to be unearthed at journey's end. What is hidden below the sand is more than a valuable relic of ancient history. It is an ageless power that lives and breathes-an awesome force that could create a utopia or tear down everything humankind has built during millennia of civilization. Many lives have already been destroyed by ruthless agencies dedicated to guarding its mysteries and harnessing its might. And now the end may be at hand for Safia, for Kara, for Crowe, and for all the interlopers who wish to expose its mysteries, as it prepares to unleash the most terrible storm of all . . .

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    Good read, would make an interesting

    Good read, would make an interesting movie!!!

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    Awesome read

    My first time reading this author. Really enjoyed it. A good mix of Tom Clancy and Indiana Jones... Now to start book 2 of the series.

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    JAMES ROLLINS/ sandstorm

    Have you ever been in a duststorm or a sandstorm I have living in Pasco washington 50's/60's they closed school when the wind blew.this story is great has Safia,Cassander troops of US the Rahim of the deseret people. Everone seaking antimater , unbar city of glass with mummified bodies, sapphires, diamonds, roofs of gold and silver. The biggest sandstorme since 300bd. A very great read thank you MR. ROLLINS.

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    Director Crow

    An excellent blend of fact and fiction, James Rollins is truly a master story teller. Always enjoyable reading that keeps the pages turning.

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    Sandstorm

    I am a definite fan. Story is fast paced with charcters you want to share time with beause they are well educated people with lots of intresting stores to tell - without revealing secrets.

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