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Crucible

(Sigma Force #14)

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4.34  ·  Rating details ·  1,188 ratings  ·  174 reviews
In the race to save one of their own, Sigma Force must wrestle with the deepest spiritual mysteries of mankind in this mind-expanding adventure from the #1 New York Times bestselling author, told with his trademark blend of cutting edge science, historical mystery and pulse-pounding action.

Arriving home on Christmas Eve, Commander Gray Pierce discovers his house ransacked,
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Hardcover, 480 pages
Published January 22nd 2019 by William Morrow (first published January 8th 2019)
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Chad
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, edelweiss
After a gut wrenching start to the book, Rollins delivers another fast paced Sigma Force thriller. In this one a young woman creates the next evolution in A.I. But a group called the Crucible is determined to do anything to get the device and send the world back to the Dark Ages. Monk and Gray must do whatever it takes to keep the device safe.

This was intense. It felt like the stakes were raised and the characters even more in danger. Maybe it was just because A.I. will become a real concern in
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Sahitya
My romance with globe trotting action-adventure/spy thrillers started almost a decade ago and I’ve always had so much fun reading them. But I did feel that some of them have been losing their mojo when some of their books in the past few years didn’t feel upto the mark. However, I have been pleasantly surprised in the past few months and I’m so thankful for it. While Steve Berry’s latest The Malta Exchange and Matthew Reilly’s Three Secret Cities thoroughly impressed me, this book showed me ...more
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
Commander Gray Pierce arrives home on Christmas Eve, only to find out that Seichan, his pregnant lover is gone and his best friend's wife Kat is on the brink of death. Kat is the only one that saw the attack, but how to get someone in a semi-comatose state to speak? A neurologist may have the answer to that. Meanwhile, a terrified young woman witnesses a massacre by a video link and realizes that her invention is the reason for this and now she has to run. These two events will link together and ...more
Marialyce
I will admit, I am rubbish when it comes to understanding the workings of the computer. I do know how to turn them on an off, do the important things like write my blog and compile my shopping lists, but the rest leaves me with a blank look upon my face and the feeling that somehow I have been left behind. So, in James Rollins newest outing with the brave and intrepid members of Sigma Force, Crucible, left me lagging in netherspace or is it etherspace?

I did so enjoy the rapid pace of the story,
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Skip
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
At the heart of this installment of the Sigma Force series is a scary scenario: that artificial intelligence will eventually develop to an extent to protect itself against its human creators. Eve is invented by a Spanish scientist (Mara), and during her introduction to her sponsors, they are slaughtered by an ancient religious cult of witch-hunters, who want Eve to promote their agenda. Eve's last transmission is a Sigma sign. Meanwhile, the Sigma family is attacked: one left for dead and three ...more
The Real Book Spy
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
James Rollins’ (The Demon Crown, 2017, etc.) 14th Sigma Force novel delivers such a shocking conclusion that the author actually starts off with a warning to readers to proceed at their own risk.

What starts as a lighthearted opening set in Silver Spring, Maryland, soon morphs into something tragic. Commander Grayson Pierce and Monk, his best friend and colleague, talk over drinks at a small tavern on Christmas Eve. Monk, who was recently fitted with a newer, more advanced prosthetic, uses DARPA’
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Beth
Jan 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not even close to his best

I automatically order every Rollins novel to be delivered to my Kindle upon publication. One more of this caliber and I will require a sample first. While the premise was intriguing, the excess repetition rapidly became boring and the conclusion obvious. I understand the convention he was using in the development of Eve's intelligence, but a couple of examples would have sufficed.

Oh well, an occasional disappointment is inevitable. This is the first of his novels not t
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Shannon
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

The Sigma series can always be counted on to deliver a great read and this addition to the series is no exception. In this fourteenth installment, the whole gang is back for Christmas but things go bad quickly and—in classic Rollins fashion—they split up to figure things out. Though its format is similar to the previous books in the series, there's a lot about this book that feels new. Maybe it's just that these characters I've been reading about for over a decade have families and are
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Chris Wood
Jan 26, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sigma force? Sigma farce actually. If you are about to read this, thinking that it is another fantastic action packed Rollins jaunt involving our favourite greek lettered heroes, please don't. Stay back, retreat, theres nothing to read here!
Where to start, firstly this is not a novel, the book is comprised of an essay on neurological engineering into artificial intelligence with a very short story strapped on the back, Im struggling to keep my anger out of this review but honestly im fuming, wh
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Rissa
Jan 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Crucible
I liked the characters but I was a but lost. Seeing as though this was the 14th book in the series and I hadnt read any before hand i wasnt connected with the characters. I liked the ancient history and symbols ♾
Ahuva Traube
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
To be honest, I'm a James Rollins fan but I found it difficult getting through the book. It wasn't as enjoyable as many of his other books. I felt like he was throwing a whole lot at a wall and hoping something would stick. The whole idea of AI as the cause of man's destruction was done (equally poorly) by Dan Brown in his most recent book. I didn't love this book.
Steve
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An absolute home run. Rollins never fails to disappoint, but this Sigma adventure was a real treat. The technological aspects of this novel were pivotal to its success and the detail captured was comprehensive without being overdone. Something not easily achieved. Writers hoping to deliver an exceptional techno-thriller tend to either overindulge in the tech aspects of the tale, or skimp to the point where they lose credibility. Rollins continues to walk this delicate line with precision and fin ...more
Kate
This time it's personal for the Sigma team and that certainly adds tension and upset, for our heroes and for the reader. AI is the big threat here and, as usual, we have the excellent mingling of science and action. Fascinating depiction of a developing AI, really enjoyed that. This isn't my favourite of the series (it has tough competition and I found Crucible rather over long and not quite as exciting as normal) but it's clever and it's so good to spend time with the Sigma team again and, as a ...more
Vicky
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: james-rollins
Crucible is everything that you would expect from a Sigma Force novel, plenty of death defying action, cool technology, and truly evil villains, but this particular addition to the series is a bit different. Witches, artificial intelligence, and a group of religious zealots whose history dates back to the days of the Spanish Inquisition makes up the primary focus of the story but the underlining tone is really about family.

Over the years the Sigma Force team members have gone on high risk assign
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Brad
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Crucible is the latest Sigma Force novel from James Rollins. “Four women are killed on the Winter Solstice by an ancient order left from the Spanish Inquisition. A young scientist flees but leaves her fragile AI creation behind. Monk’s children are kidnapped along with a pregnant Seichan. Now Sigma Force must race to save their own and stop a damaged AI from more destruction.”
A wild ride from Rollins. Book has an old-school Crichton feel about the dangers of advanced technology. Rollins has done
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Reeda Booke
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another fast paced thriller, this one with an almost what-if? scenario involving the creation of an AI program. The result is truly terrifying, especially because this can be become a very real problem in the near future. I hope that whoever out there is working towards achieving AI, will truly consider the consequences.

A fun and exciting read. 4 stars
Arik Ermshaus
Jan 22, 2019 rated it did not like it
"No one expects the Spanish Inquisition. Especially when there’s AI involved in the brouhaha. Another mindless entertainment to fill time better spent with Monty Python—or Indiana Jones."
—KIRKUS REVIEW (not a starred review)

"Rollins does a good job keeping the action moving, but the future scientific developments he presents fall short of the standards set by Michael Crichton."
—Publishers weekly

I read this new sigma book even after being panned by reviewers who previously hailed Rollins. Now I k
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Brandy Wilkes
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Happy Thanksgiving friends!

I took full advantage of my break and got to tear through this amazing book! The Crucible is the 13th installment in this amazing series. James Rollins once again proves he has what it takes to keep you on the edge of your seat!

It starts with a heartbreaking beginning and doesn't let up from there. The world is on the precipice of the next technological breakthrough and due to our naitivity and carelessness it spells out certain doom that could plunge us back into the
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Joan
Jan 28, 2019 rated it liked it
I came upon Rollins' novels by accident and I am glad I did. I find his novels to be a good combination of cutting edge scientific research and intense suspense. This novel fits that description well. The cutting edge science is artificial intelligence. The suspense is nearly continuous as the world as we know it might be destroyed.

Another aspect of Rollins' novels I like is that it includes Christian overtones. The AI being created is named Eve. There is the theme of a created being being intro
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Lori L (She Treads Softly)
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Crucible by James Rollins is a very highly recommended action/adventure thriller and the latest addition to the Sigma Force Series. Rollins never lets you down!

On Christmas Eve Sigma Force commander Gray Pierce and his best friend, Monk Kokkalis, return to Monk’s house in Silver Spring, Md., where they discover the house has been broken into and is a wreck. Monk’s wife, Kat, is lying unconscious on the kitchen floor. Even more alarming is that Monk's two daughters, six-year-old Penny and five-ye
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Mariko
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I could give this book 10 stars I absolutely would! So fast paced & full mind blowing information, I loved it! I’d try & stop, but couldn’t, wanting to know more! Thank you James, your books never disappoint! Let’s also not forget my favourite features - historical notes & science fact or fiction, makes it even better.
Rod
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Crucible is what i would have to say is James Rollins taking us off on another adventure
the sort of a tale that would adapt to a screenplay I think i couldn't just sit down and enjoy this book
it took me some time to read it being busy the Sigma Force series have all been great reads
hope that our Author doesn't make us wait to long before we get Sigma Force #15
Doreen
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: challenge-2019
I could not WAIT to get this novel in my greedy little hands!! Fast paced from start to finish with more fact than fiction woven into the pages.

Interesting to note that the US announced the need to find additional funding for AI while I was reading yesterday.

Coincidence? I think not.
Joshua Warwick
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I found Sandstorm at a goodwill a while back after reading that one I quickly ordered the rest of the sigma force novels and read every one straight through. I was super lucky to win a giveaway copy of Crucible and dove right into it.Crucible did not disappoint it was full of ups and downs and not knowing what the real outcome would be until u reached the very end great story definitely recommend reading it and only disappointment I have is I'm done with it and will be waiting forever for the ne ...more
Ray Palen
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Read my review this Friday on bookreporter.com.
Theresa Ann
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another exciting novel by James Rollins. Science, history and fast paced adventure trips you on the first page and never lets go.
Tricia Douglas
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rollins takes the real and turns it into fantasy. This is why I love to read his books. His imagination is again put to the test with AI facts and fiction. We know that Artificial Intelligence is already here, but where it will go in the future is part of what Rollins proclaims in this book. The Sigma Force is again put up against ancient medieval powers and witches. Who will win?
Camille
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
Not my favorite book by Rollins. It was kind of confusing with this scientific aspect. Still trying to figure out what witches have to do do with IA.
Scott
Nov 01, 2018 marked it as to-read
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Debbie
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you haven't already started reading the Sigma Force series from book 1 I highly recommend this series. James Rollins's is one of my favorite authors and if you love action-packed, thought-provoking and addictive books you will love this series!

I swear my favorite authors are conspiring to give me heart attacks reading their latest books. First Matthew Reilly's The Three Secret Cities left me wanting to cry and then this one had me in agony for a good part of the book. Every time I think Rolli
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