Stats: Audio 15 hours, 12 discs, Narrator: Christian Baskous
Blurb: (Goodreads) The crash of a U.S. military research satellite in the remote wilds of Mongolia triggers an explosive search for the valuable cargo it holds: a code-black physics project connected to the study of dark energy, the energy connected to the birth of our universe. But the last blurry image from the falling satellite captures a chilling sight: a frightening look into the future, a view of a smoldering eastern seaboard of the United States in utter ruin.
At the Vatican, a mysterious package arrives for the head of Pontifical ancient studies, sent by a colleague who had vanished a decade earlier. It contains two strange artifacts: a skull scrawled with ancient Aramaic and a tome bound in human skin. DNA testing reveals both are from Genghis Khan — the long-dead Mongol king whose undiscovered tomb is rumored to hold the vast treasures and knowledge of a lost ancient empire.
Commander Gray Pierce, and Sigma — joined by a pair of Vatican historians — race to uncover a truth tied to the fall of the Roman Empire, to a mystery bound in the roots of Christianity’s origins, and to a weapon hidden for centuries that holds the fate of humanity
What I liked: It was fast-paced. Characters were mostly interesting, there is a happy ending, I guess (you’ll have to listen or read it to decide for yourself.) Rollins does this double ending thing that’s a little hard to understand let alone believe, but it is fiction after all, with relics of St. Thomas put in a cave by Genghis Khan so…
What I didn’t like: This time I wasn’t so thrilled with the narration. Baskous sounded like everything was “thrilling” so it was not as easy to hear what the real thrilling parts were supposed to be. And a couple of the female characters were Asian and their voices weren’t distinct enough to tell them apart, so even at the end I wasn’t sure who was who. Also, the thing the Sigma Force was going to do this time was “save the world!” Really? Save the world? I little too unbelievable for my taste. Avoid some major world destruction, save Manhattan, maybe (everyone is trying to blow up Manhattan, aren’t they), but save the world – couldn’t really swallow that one.