The Judas Strain - James Rollins

The Judas Strain

By James Rollins

  • Release Date: 2009-10-13
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 555 Ratings


An elite scientific military force must combat a plague beyond any cure—a scourge that turns all of nature against mankind in this nail-biting new thriller from James Rollins, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sigma Force series.

From the depths of the Indian Ocean, a horrific plague has arisen to devastate humankind – unknown, unstoppable…and merely a harbinger of the doom that is to follow.

Operatives of the shadowy covert organization Sigma Force, Dr. Lisa Cummings, and Monk Kokkalis search for answers to the bizarre affliction aboard a cruise liner transformed into a makeshift hospital. But a sudden and savage attack by terrorist hijackers turns the mercy ship into a floating bio-weapons lab.

Time is an enemy as a worldwide pandemic grows rapidly out of control. As the seconds tick closer to doomsday, Sigma’s commander, Gray Pierce, must join forces with the beautiful assassin who tried to kill him – following the trail of the most fabled explorer in history into the terrifying heart of an astonishing mystery buried deep in antiquity and in humanity’s genetic code.


  • Strong start, weaker finish

    By karenindixie
    The Judas Strain is not one of the best SIGMA books out there, but the story and characters are the ones we all crave. The heroes with their inner demons, the victims who rise up in strength, and the comic relief, the cruel and despicable bad guys. The ending falls a little short for me. Not horribly so. Just enough to lean more toward the 4-Star level. Do love Kowalski though because he is so much like a few ex-military guys I know.
  • Prescient pandemic fiction

    By rudydale
    Reading this fiction novel in 2021, while we’re in the 2nd year of a global pandemic, has special resonance. Unfortunately, reality is worse than fiction. Still I appreciate the mind candy diversion that is the Sigma Force series, although I find this author’s template so predictable- protagonist is threatened by secret cabal, gets blackmailed by terrorist but can’t tell anyone about it, and is seriously outgunned by said cabal. When reality is that we have all kinds of special forces to take on these situations.
  • Great read

    By The original BooBoo
    Keeps you on a roller coaster.
  • The Judas Strain

    By Hard run
    A great read. Couldn’t put the book down.
  • Plot too convoluted and unbelievable....

    By stepwill
    This is the second novel of James Rollins (or is it Jim Czajkowski) that I've read. In a number of ways the story lines remind me of the Devils and Demons films. And maybe it's just me, but the plot, and their associated cast of characters are even more difficult to follow. At the end, I still wasn't sure if the Guild are the really bad guys, or some of them are the good guys, too. I downloaded the third book in this set, but will put it aside and read it later - perhaps.
  • A fun read!

    By McCarty13
    As I plowed through this book I thought to myself this is my favorite sigma series book so far...then I hit the last hundred pages and it seemed to stretch its believability a little bit much for me. Although in the afterward he sates what was based on fact and what was fiction there was a lot more fact here than I thought. I would rate this just below Black Order and just above Sandstorm. I'd give it 3 1/2 if they'd let me.
  • Great story

    By Brock McAwesome
    Easily the best of the Sigma Force series that I've read so far.
  • Great read

    By Patvick
    Familiar characters, but a new great adventure. Be swept away by the fast paced action and drama, but learn the lesson that humans are not the most powerful force on this is the planet itself.