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The Devil Colony by James Rollins
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By James Rollins. #7 in The Sigma Series. Grade: A
New York named James Rollins’ Sigma Series as the “top crowd pleasers” and People Magazine called it the “hottest summer reads”. The author is also New York Times’ bestselling author of international thrillers that have been translated into more than forty languages.
Rollins unveils unseen worlds, scientific breakthroughs, and historical secrets–and he does it all at breakneck speed and with stunning insight… The exotic locales of James Rollins novels have emerged as a hybrid between imagination, research, and Jims extensive travels throughout the United States and Europe, as well as New Zealand, the South Pacific, China, Southeast Asia, Africa, Australia, and South America. Recent travel includes book tours and stops across the country and several European nations, meeting readers and giving talks, seminars, and media interviews.
Another addition to the Sigma Series, James Rollins’ The Devil Colony weaves American history with a thrilling story that leaves one curious about the next page itself. The reader cannot stop once he begins reading the book and that in itself is a great achievement of the writer. You can only guess what will happen and what actually happens in the story leaves you mesmerized and sometimes shocked!
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.
During a riot at the dig site, an anthropologist dies horribly: burned to ash in a fiery explosion in plain view of television cameras. All evidence points to a radical group of Native Americans, including one agitator, a teenage firebrand who escapes with a vital clue to the murder and calls on the one person who might help: her uncle, Painter Crowe, director of Sigma Force.
To protect his niece and uncover the truth, Painter will ignite a war across the nation’s most powerful intelligence agencies. Yet, an even greater threat looms as events in the Rocky Mountains have set in motion a frightening chain reaction, a geological meltdown that threatens the entire western half of the U.S.
From the volcanic peaks of Iceland to the blistering deserts of the American Southwest, from the gold vaults of Fort Knox to the bubbling geysers of Yellowstone, Painter Crowe joins forces with Commander Gray Pierce to penetrate the shadowy heart of a dark cabal, one that has been manipulating American history since the founding of the thirteen colonies.
But can he discover the truth — one that could topple governments — before it destroys all he holds dear?
The book does full justice to the curiosity that this synopsis creates. There is mystery, thrill, and adventure and in the end what can earlier be seen as impossible or improbable is depicted in a way that will leave you questioning your earlier presumptions. The writer gives the reader explanations as the story unravels. It is a brilliant technique that makes it impossible for the reader to shun any event as an exaggeration of fiction. You tend to get gripped by the event and its mystery even more.
There are various interesting elements of the book apart from the above. Mormonism, Native American legends, to atoms and molecules that can threaten our existence on the planet: it is all there and takes you on a mind exploding roller coaster ride. For example, the cave in Utah is a forbidden cave that is the source of myths and legends in the West. If anyone enters the cave, it could be the end of the world and to save the world, those who entered the cave cannot leave it. The location of this cave is a mystery to the world. An elder of a village passed this information to his grandson who along with a friend attempts to find it with the help of a map. It makes the plot very interesting. Another good part is that no one character emerges as the hero who saves everything. All characters are real and interesting yet they have flaws and are guided by the relationships they hold dear. Director Painter Crowe and Commander Gray Pierce race to figure out the ancient technology discovered in the Rocky Mountains and the gold plates with strange writings on them. There is also a mix of emotional aspects as the young niece of Painter Crowe calls on him to rescue her and Gray on the hand struggles to help his parents one of whom suffers from dementia and the other is fighting to keep everything together.
To conclude, James Rollins emerges as a great writer who has the talent to deal with fact and fiction and to combine them in interesting ways. He can weave the traditional with the modern, science and emotion and present it in a fresh way. He can narrate his knowledge without making the reader feel out of track with the story. The Sigma series exemplifies all this. The characters are developed gradually and each book offers something new yet equally tempting. The Devil Colony is the seventh book of this series. He deals with religion too in his books. Some books deal with Biblical text and Catholic history (Rollins is a catholic himself) and The Devil Colony takes in the Book of the Mormon. Dealing with religion for fiction is a risky business as it can leave some readers fumed with any incorrect information in the book. How far James Rollins manages to stick to the truth of the Book of Mormon can be questioned. However he takes that risk and can be seen as quite successful at it substantiated by the recognition that he is getting in the market.
Simply put, if you like fiction, mystery, suspense and a book with a fact paced story line and willing to escape the world for a couple of hours, do go ahead and buy the book. It is definitely worth a read.


Originally reviewed at http://the-vault.co.cc
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