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The Devil Colony (Sigma Force #7)

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Deep in the Rocky Mountains, a gruesome discovery — hundreds of mummified bodies — stir international attention and fervent controversy. Despite doubts to the bodies’ origins, the local Native American Heritage Commission lays claim to the prehistoric remains, along with the strange artifacts found in the same cavern: gold plates inscribed with an unfathomable script.


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Published June 21st 2011 by HarperAudio (first published August 19th 2010)
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May 01, 2011 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Let me just start off by saying that I love books by James Rollins. Specifically, I love the books in his Sigma Series. Having said that, I think that this book is one of the best in his Sigma Series. Over the course of the series, you are introduced to characters who have pretty much reappeared throughout every one of the seven books. What I especially love, is that no one character is the main focus of the novel where he/she single-handedly solves the worlds problems and holds off the evil foe ...more
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
I read this book a couple of years ago and it's brilliant, my favorite book in this series. Btw this series is awesome! Read it!

Jul 11, 2011 Jared rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At the outset of this review, I need to make a couple of things clear:

1. I was asked by the PR dept. at Harper Collins if I would accept a free copy of this book and review it. I imagine they asked me (along with other Mormon writers/bloggers) to do this due to the book's subject matter including Mormons and Mormon history. I accepted, without any strings attached.

2. There exists no agreement that I would necessarily review this book favorably. The review below is my honest appraisal of this boo
Giovanni Gelati
Jul 05, 2011 Giovanni Gelati rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Consider this: 14 arrows in a bundle, nanotubes, Indians, Lewis & Clark, Sigma Force, Thomas Jefferson, 5 guys in a painting that aren’t supposed to be there, Ben Franklin, a buffalo hide, Jewish settlers and Mormons. What are you going to do with all? Hunh? I mean seriously! Well that is exactly what James Rollins has inside this novel plus a lot more.If you want to hear him talk about it as an added bonus , go to the archives of The G-ZONE, my blogtalk radio show, from Monday and listen in ...more
Oct 24, 2013 Barbara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

This is my first Sigma Force book and I didn't like it much. The premise of the story is that in the very distant past Native Americans buried some kind of nanotechnology-fueled doomsday devices around the Earth in an attempt to save mankind from their destructive power. In the present day a couple of anthropologists innocently unearth one of these devices setting off a chain reaction which could destroy the Earth.

Sigma Force (a group of government scientist/tough guys) sets out to contain the
Britt, Book Habitue
Couldn't finish it. Not in the mood for the violence. And honestly felt like if you're going to base large parts of your story on a religion you're "fascinated by" you could at least be a little more respectful. (The tone just didn't feel right that way.)

Also, living in Utah all the little things about Utah that were so obviously written by someone not from here drove me nuts. It happens, it's not a big deal, but it bugs me.

Overall, I was intrigued by the storyline but just couldn't devote that
Jeff Posey
This is fiction in the truest sense of the word: a tall tale, a yarn, a leg-puller. If you have any sort of a rational sensibility grounded in fact, then be prepared to suspend your disbelief -- time and time again.

That's my main issue with this book and every James Rollins book I've read (three to date, including Altar of Eden and Map of Bones). He reaches so far beyond the reasonable it begins to feel childish to me and my interest wanes in the story. It enters the realm of fantasy. It's too m
Oct 19, 2011 Rob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED "The Devil Colony" by James Rollins. It is the 2nd book by him that I've read and I've become addicted to the Sigma Force series.

This book held even more interest for me, because of who wrote it and what he wrote about.

The Author, James Rollins, is a Catholic who wrote a novel about a covert military team investigating spikes in neutrino emissions. Turns out they are emanating from gold plates buried by a lost civilization of Caucasoid Native Americans in Utah, Arizona and Wyoming. In t
I was kind of mixed on this one. I have enjoyed most of the previous Sigma novels from Rollins, however, this one just seemed too far-fetched to me. When I first heard about this new Sigma adventure, I was really looking forward to it mainly because of the aspects related to Mormonism (I grew up as a Mormon in Utah) but I don't think Rollins researched this very well - he actually got the name of the Mormon founder wrong a few times, citing John Smith when it should have been Joseph Smith. Then ...more
You know how when you're watching a magician perform, you're always more focused on the hand flourishes and the @_@ faces and the combination of hand flourishes and @_@ faces to see that he's done something really simple, and then all of the sudden somebody's been replaced with an alien and lighbulbs are exploding and you're like WOW HOW DID HE DO THAT?!

Reading this book was a little like that. There was a lot of conspiracy theories and history--and I mean a lot. There's Native American history,
Freda Malone
Apr 17, 2013 Freda Malone rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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James Rollins is a brilliant writer. His works lure you through adventurous and historical events, both factual and fictional, that makes the readers feel like they are actually there, side by side with the Sigma Force of Monk, Kat, Painter Crowe, Gray and the Guild villains. I loved this book particularly because it centers on our founders (founding fathers) and the history of the growing claims of the United States, the Louisiana Purchase, Indian tribes, links between the bloodlines of our peo ...more
Sep 09, 2015 Yim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. I like that structure, one thing happens to cause the problems for the other and then they are interrupted by another. At the end, there is some lost but they save the big spot. Most of all, the mystery still remains to keep me want to read the next one! :)
Jun 23, 2011 Cee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a new fan of James Rollins having discovered his books a few months ago here at goodreads and sped through the first six Sigma novels last May. In The Devil Colony, Rollins once again combines history (founding of America) with new-fangled technology (nanotechnology) to create a huge problem that if left unsolved would blow up the whole world. It is a daredevil of a ride to see if Pierce and Crowe will win this one and save the ones they love.

When Painter Crowe cut short his career in the f
Jul 06, 2011 Randy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
James Rollins is absolutely the best at taking disparate elements and crafting a thriller that keeps one turning the pages. I feel safe in saying that this might be his best novel yet.

The disparate elements here are America's Founding Fathers, early Native Americans, and Mormonism.

The cave in Utah was the subject of legend among tribes of the west. A forbidden cave, one that, if entered, could signal the end of the world. Those who entered could never leave if the world were to be saved.

No one k
i picked this up at the airport because the little mason symbol on the cover completely reminded me of a friend who vehemently states (even as i question him incessantly at 3 in the morning) that he is not in the illuminati or whatever, which totally means that he is. AND. the inside read "is the birth of the nation based on a lie?" and i'm all holy shit my mom's birth was based on a lie! really. it listed her as male for like 47 years until she, dragging her friend carol for moral support, went ...more
Roxanne Barbour
Dec 30, 2012 Roxanne Barbour rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Blurb:Deep in the Rocky Mountains, a gruesome discovery--hundreds of mummified bodies--stirs international attention and fervent controversy. Despite doubts about the bodies' origins, the local Native American Heritage Commission lays claim to the prehistoric remains, along with the strange artifacts found in the same cavern: gold plates inscribed with an unfathomable script.
During a riot at the dig site, an anthropologist dies horribly, burned to ashes in a fiery explosion in plain view of tele
Aug 07, 2013 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like the idea of "summer reads," as in books that are heavy on plot and fun to read--but who am I fooling? I'll read this kind of stuff year 'round.

This installment in the Sigma books stood out because, in it, Rollins shows his hand and ties together bits and pieces from earlier installments to suggest a larger narrative that is bound up in a big, nifty conspiracy. My reaction to this reveal was a) "Awesome," and b) "I am reading the next book, pronto." I give Rollins major kudos for crafting
Riju Ganguly
Mar 08, 2015 Riju Ganguly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
James Rollins undoubtedly writes some of the best techno-thrillers in English, as i am having the opportunity to realise and savour these days, thanks to his works dealing with the 'Sigma Force'. This book was also very good, very fast, very interesting, and highly enjoyable. I, however, am also developing the idea that these books, which can't be re-read, should be used for intensive reading aimed at learning more about some of the most intriguing things of human history, especially the develop ...more
Jun 02, 2011 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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James Rollins' novel "The Devil Colony" is my favorite Sigma Force novel to date. One of my favorite aspects of the novel is that most of the action takes place in the United States. Who would have thought that we would have a mystery/conspiracy like this?! Rollins has masterfully interwoven some little known American history to create an extremely interesting story. Well worth the read! And the ending....let's just say it is going to be a long wait till the next Sigma Force novel.

A couple of ad
Aug 06, 2011 Skip rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Excellent addition to the Sigma Force series. A Native American protest group inadvertently detonates explosives in a burial site, triggering a geothermal catastrophe that threatens the planet. At the same time, the Guild is after gold tablets bearing long buried secrets of immense power for manipulating matter at the sub-atomic level. Director Painter Crowe goes off to Utah and Yellowstone, while Grey Pierce and Seichan head to Iceland and Kentucky to save the planet.
As minhas expectativas em relação a James Rollins são sempre altas, e por isso, quando o texto não me prende de imediato fico desmotivada...
E, infelizmente, foi o que aconteceu com A colónia do Diabo que não me cativou, nem pela acção nem pelos temas que aborda...
Mas a Linhagem Sangrenta me aguarda...
Tim The Enchanter
The second half was great but the first half was basically a repeat of the previous book. Not nearly his best but it was still quite good.
Jul 12, 2016 Kazi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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নেটিভ আমেরিকানদের কেনদরে রেখে কাহিনী ছড়ানোটা ভালো ছিল। ...more
this was WILD i'm still screaming and lowkey in shock from that last revelation
Originalmente visto aqui

Dois amigos decidem fazer uma exploração a uma gruta que está envolta em inúmeros mitos e superstições, herança cultural dos índios nativos dos Estados Unidos da América. O mito que envolve esta gruta nas Montanhas Rochosas diz que quem tentar sair da mesma, acabará por provocar a tragédia pelo mundo fora. Talvez até o fim do mesmo. Da existência como a conhecemos. Estes jovens acabam por encontrar uma realidade assustadora dentro desta gruta: estava cheia de restos hum
Nov 27, 2011 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Back in 2008, I sat stunned and angry as the end credits rolled at the premiere of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, having just spent two hours watching the systematic desecration of one of the idols of my childhood. In my disappointment with George Lucas’s story, all I could think was: James Rollins would have done it better. To this day I fantasize about what that fourth installment might have looked like had Lucas tapped Rollins to do the script rather than just the noveliz ...more
Rating: Strong Case for 5 Stars
Genre: Mystery, Suspense, and Thrillers


The Devil Colony is the seventh book in the Sigma Force series by James Rollins and definitely one of the better stories of the series. In this story, Sigma Force, which is a covert branch of DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, is asked to get involved when a highly publicized explosion rocks a cave in Utah killing an important member of a research team and setting off a chain of events that is hea
Yelania Nightwalker

La Colonia Maldita es el tercer libro que leo de James Rollins y me gustó mucho. 

Rollins sabe como atrapar al lector desde el inicio del libro. Nos muestra a unos jóvenes que se adentran en las Rocosas para buscar una cueva que posee un "tesoro", lo que encuentran, es la muerte. Porque todo el que entre ahí, no debe salir con vida; de lo contrario, la humanidad perecerá. 

Una mezcla entre misterio y religión, donde los Mormones juegan un papel muy importante en la historia de los Estados Unido

Alex Telander
May 19, 2011 Alex Telander rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
James Rollins’ latest book, The Devil Colony, does everything a thriller should with a compelling storyline, travel to exotic and unusual places, elements of the fantastic, and lots and lots of action. Rollins describes his novels as rollercoaster rides, which The Devil Colony may well be, and reveals this author’s storytelling and writing abilities at their very best.

In this new SIGMA Force novel, Rollins blends some shocking and relatively unknown American history with cutting edge science tha
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
I love James Rollins novels. If you crave reading some action/adventure escapism from time to time you can't beat any James Rollins novel. The Devil Colony by James Rollins is the seventh novel in his Sigma Force series, but can also be enjoyed as a stand alone novel. The great thing about Rollins' novels is that he creates complex plots based on scientific and historic facts. (He'll tell you what is based on fact and what isn't at the end of the novel.)

The book opens in 1779 when a Native Ameri
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Sigma Force (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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  • Map of Bones (Sigma Force, #2)
  • Black Order (Sigma Force, #3)
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“The truth is often one's best shield.” 28 likes
“Just about done here.” Kowalski sat cross-legged on the ground. Coiled at his feet was a spool of detonation cord threaded through cubes of C4. “It’s just like stringing popcorn.” “Remind me not to come over to your house for Christmas.” He shrugged. “Christmas is okay. It’s Fourth of July that scares most people away.” Painter could only imagine. Kowalski plus fireworks. Not a good combination.” 0 likes
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