The 6th Extinction


A military research station buried in the remote Sierra Nevada Mountains of Northern California broadcasts a frantic distress call that ends with a chilling order: “There’s been a breach. Failsafe initiated. No matter the outcome: Kill us . . . kill us all.”

When park ranger Jenna Beck arrives with her search-and-rescue dog, Nikko, to investigate, she discovers that all of the scientists in the lab are dead and every living thing for fifty square miles is annihilated: animals, plants, insects, even bacteria. The land is completely sterile— and the blight is spreading.

Only one team on earth has the scientific knowledge and military precision to handle this mission: Commander Gray Pierce and Sigma. As Pierce and his team race to decipher millennia-old secrets, they face their greatest challenge yet: stopping the sixth extinction—the end of humankind.

The Phoenix’s Perspective

First off, I must say that James Rollins is a wonderful writer – at least in my opinion.  He has an amazing talent for weaving history and science into a thrilling story.

Beginning with the title, James Rollins lets the reader know that this story will be based on a future they don’t want to see.  The phrase “sixth extinction” has been used by scientists to label the next mass extinction they believe will happen.  The idea of an extinction that would wipe out humanity is a really scary thought and this book captures is well.

The story centers around a team trying to save a town from a science experiment gone wrong.  It is a microbe eating everything in its path – plants, animals, everything and anything.  The team is split into three groups that span different areas of the globe trying to find a solution.  Rollins does an amazing job of weaving the three tales together.  As the reader, you never feel like you’re reading three different stories.  Instead, you feel like you are seeing all three aspects of one incredible story.

Rollins’ ability to tell a story is wonderful, especially one that is action packed with science playing the main role – from the all killing microbe to the naturally and genetically created species that we have never seen before.  Needless to say, I enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it.

Would I add it to the library?

Yes.  James Rollins always has a place in my library!


Genre: Fiction – Action, Adventure
ISBN: 9780061785696
Rating:  good

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