The Devil Colony: A Sigma Force Novel
by James Rollins
Review by Steve Sawicki
William Morrow Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780061784781
Date: 21 June 2011 List Price $27.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
SIGMA force, a collection of scientists and ex-special forces soldiers, forming an elite unit funded by the DOD DARPA division, stumbles onto a centuries old mystery involving Lewis and Clark, Mormonism, Thomas Jefferson, and secrets being kept still by Native American tribes. As the team delves deeper into the mysteries they come up against old enemies--the Guild.
Puzzles solved lead to more puzzles as the force moves to uncover what strange force caused an explosion in the Rocky Mountains that now seems to be consuming the very ground the blast occurred on. To make matters worse, a young woman seen fleeing the scene is the niece of the current director of the force. Things go from bad to worse as the Guild always seems one step ahead of them and, besides being totally ruthless, are able to operate outside the bounds of law and order.
James Rollins has created an intriguing mystery/thriller that relies on historical material and evidence that is probably little known to most Americans. This makes for very interesting reading and one more reason to move from page to page. As if the action that Rollins has crafted isn't enough there's all that history upon which the plot depends and twists.
This is a finely crafted tale that is entertaining, fast paced, and twisting from one mystery after another. Rollins puts everything together in a very tight fictional package that is populated with well formed characters who are working their own agendas as well as the plot. And Rollins does an excellent job weaving together some pretty disparate material--Mormonism, Native American myth and history, American History, and, believe it or not, the ancient movement of Judaism. And, he does it in a way that makes you want to get from the first page to the last. Definitely recommended.